You’ve resolved more than once to start doing paperwork on time. Each time, you begin with the best of intentions, but when you look at the piles of papers, you freeze. Can’t face doing paperwork? Here’s help.

Can’t Face Doing Paperwork? Here’s Help

Karen Caccavo Doing Paperwork, Paperwork Organizing

You’ve resolved more than once to start doing paperwork on time.  Each time, you begin with the best of intentions, but when you look at the piles of papers, you freeze.  Can’t face doing paperwork?  Here’s help. I’ve used the following “paperwork pointers” successfully with clients of Personal Money ManagerSM who faced the same challenge: There’s nothing like having the …

Have fun

Happy Blondies Day!

Karen Caccavo On the lighter side

Steve Caccavo was one of the founding owners of The Well-Bred Loaf, Inc.  He invented / re-invented Blondies in the late 1970s, selling them in several thousand stores in the NY Metro area, including Manhattan; and Rockland, Westchester and Bergen Counties. When the company was sold in 1996, the original Well-Bred Loaf® recipes were sold along with it. While this …

As a financial organizer, my objective is to bring more ease and order to my clients' lives.

Sometimes It’s the Little Things That Make a Difference

Karen Caccavo Daily Money Managers, Financial Organizing, Living Independently, Working with Seniors

As financial organizer / daily money manager, my objective is to bring more ease and order — to make a difference — in my clients’ lives. I achieve this in a variety of ways. I often start by tackling the big issues that are making life difficult for a client.  Erratic bill-paying? I create a system so bills are scrutinized …

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Hit the Refresh Button

Karen Caccavo Life Lessons, Paperwork Organizing

Making a New Year’s resolution?  Chances are it’s to get better organized.  So, as a financial organizer / daily money manager, how can I possibly ignore this topic? Here are my thoughts: Why pass up an opportunity to hit the “refresh” button?  Along with the first signs of spring, the first day of school, etc., a new year gives us hope …

You never know what adventures and opportunities await you.

Lessons From a New Kitten

Karen Caccavo Life Lessons

There is nothing like a new kitten to lighten things up and provoke a smile or two.  That’s what I found when my family adopted Rosie Mittens two years ago.  And since I have a home office, the furry bundle of joy follows me into my financial organizing workplace.  Little did I know that her most endearing characteristics could be …

With the aging population, you may find you are called in to help a senior with their personal financial life. If so, here are 3 essential tips….

3 Essential Tips for Working with the Seniors in Your Life

Karen Caccavo Paperwork Organizing, Working with Clients, Working with Seniors

I recently spoke to a local Rotary about my best tips, as an experienced financial organizer / daily money manager, for working effectively with seniors on their financial paperwork. Not everyone chooses, as I have, to make working with clients and their paperwork their career.  But, with the aging population, you may find that you are called in help a …

Paper clutter grows like weeds

Getting into the Weeds With Your Paper Clutter

Karen Caccavo Paperwork Organizing

“Clutter” is one of those words that gets tossed around (guilty as charged!); but what exactly is it? A gardening friend recently told me:  Do you know what a weed is?  It’s a plant you don’t like that’s growing where you don’t want it. As a financial organizer, I’ve transplanted this definition from the garden to the house. After all, …

Financial paperwork is no laughing matter. People must get it done. But the best way to get it done is to have some fun doing it.

Financial Paperwork — Get it Done, With Belly Laughs

Karen Caccavo Working with Clients

No question about it, the financial paperwork that accumulates on my clients’ desks and kitchen tables—from tax documents to medical bills—is no laughing matter.  It all has to be taken seriously. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t also have fun.  As a financial organizer, I get my best results by actively engaging clients in the process, and making the …

Staying independent and in control of one's life is a common desire as we age. How do *you* define independence?

Celebrating Independence Day — for Seniors

Karen Caccavo Living Independently

Recently, my Personal Money ManagerSM workweek included discussions with three of our clients.  At ages 68, 78, and 92, each of those clients has differing degrees of health and capacity.  But for them and many other seniors, the issue of how to maintain independence in a way that meets both their needs and those of their families dominates the discussion. …