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New Road Map Foundation is sponsoring a study of methods used by individuals and families who have successfully gotten out of debt. A project in cooperation with students at the University of Colorado Denver, the study will be used to develop educational materials to help other consumers to avoid or resolve financial distress in lasting, meaningful ways. Take the survey
Resource: 4 weeks to a more organized home
Need a simple approach to tackle "de-stuffing" your life? Check out this baby-steps program for decluttering.
Resource: Organic Housekeeping
Conquer clutter and clean your space the frugal and healthy way with Ellen Sandbeck's Organic Housekeeping.
Resource: Resilience Circles/Common Security Clubs
Read about ways communities can help each other in uncertain economic times.
In the news: Amid Wall Street Protests, Smaller Banks Gain Favor
Read about banks that operate as B-Corporations (benefit corporations), such as New Resource Bank in San Francisco, with a focus on improving communities and the economy as well as bottom lines.
In the news: Is Job Security Real Security? Gainful Unemployment May Be A Workable Alternative
Diversification isn't only for investments: explore the benefits of diversified income strategies through “gainful unemployment,” using strategies much in alignment with FI principles of honoring life energy through wise use of resources.
In the news: The Rise of the New Economy Movement
In the wake of the economic devastation the world has experienced since 2008, the "New Economy" movement has gained momentum, looking for alternative solutions to these problems. But just what is the New Economy Movement? The Rise of the New Economy Movement. Also, check out Money & Life, co-sponsored by NRM.
In the news: It's not always about the money
There are many sound reasons for making financial decisions. Once survival issues are secured, according to this article on Moneycrush, there can be many "right" answers to how to spend and how to save, decisions made on the basis of multiple factors.
In the news: The credit CARD Act is working
According to an article on Demos, American households are benefiting significantly from increased consumer protections in the CARD Act - the new regulation is working.
In the news: Prepaid cards under scrutiny
According to UPI.com, Consumers Union has released a new report detailing the need for stronger consumer protections on prepaid cards, and showing that using prepaid cards does little to help rebuild damaged credit.
Event: YMOYL featured in book club meeting
Unicorn Books and Gifts in Ramona, CA holds a book club meeting the last Saturday of every month. On May 26, the book club will be discussing Your Money Or Your Life. This is a great chance, for those in the area, to get together and discuss what the book has done in your life, or may yet do, or just discuss the general subject. Everyone welcome. To learn more, visit the website.
Resource Canada: FinancialHighway
A general financial education blog with a Canadian point of view, FinancialHighway offers plenty of material of interest to FIers everywhere, from spending and debt to money psychology.
If you use a credit card, how can you guard against unauthorized charges from outside sources or your bank? Consider BillGuard to help you monitor and challenge suspect charges.
Resource: The Mindful Word
Check out The Mindful Word, a blog highlighting the benefits of seeking and living "enough" in personal finances, lifestyle choices, business, and more.
In the news: Homeowners battle banks to stop foreclosures ... and win
In some encouraging news, homeowners are beginning to make headway against faulty foreclosures by turning the banks' flawed processes and illegal actions against them in court, and banks are taking notice. But, have the illegal actions stopped happening?
In the news: 8 ways to de-corporatize your money
Concerned about supporting mega-banks with your money? Looking for alternatives to huge corporate financing options? Here are some simple ways to put your money to work more locally and more personally, from Yes! Magazine.
Resource: FI classes in Florida
Holly Thomas is holding an FI-oriented financial workshop in Tampa on Friday, April 27, titled "Financial Lifestyle Planning Workshop: Will I Be OK?"
Resource: Making Good
Is it possible to have a meaningful career and make money at the same time? According to the authors of Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money, and Community in a Changing World, the answer is "yes!"
Member Profile: Holly P. Thomas
Holly Thomas is our newest Speaker/Instructor. A long-time professional in banking and financial planning, Holly specializes in helping individuals and small businesses create integrated financial/life plans that meet their needs.
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The New Road Map Foundation
The Financial Integrity program has its roots in the groundbreaking work of the late Joe Dominguez, co-author with V. Robin of the best seller Your Money Or Your Life. This wiki is sponsored by the non-profit New Road Map Foundation (NRM). Founded in 1984 to disseminate the proceeds from Joe’s original seminar recordings, NRM continues via this web site to support people in transforming their relationship with money, and aligning their finances with their values.
New Road Map Foundation (NRM) freely offers the Financial Integrity material to anyone who can benefit from them, only asking that it be used and shared in the same spirit.