An "Owner's Manual" can help you -- or family members -- navigate key contacts, household bills, and financial accounts.

Everyone Needs an Owner’s Manual: Here’s How to Get Started

Karen Caccavo Financial Organizing, Important Documents, Organize my finances, Working with Seniors

There’s a lot we learned the hard way this past, difficult year. But just reviewing the tough stuff wouldn’t provide an uplifting start to 2021. As a financial organizer / daily money manager, part of what I do is bring hope and positivity. Inspired by a colleague who does this each year, I put together a list of some of the things I… [ for MORE, click on the Title ]

Don't wait for inspiration to strike! Jump in, start the work, be ready, and see what happens.

Waiting for Inspiration?

Karen Caccavo Financial Organizing, Organize my finances, Working with Clients, Working with Seniors

There’s a lot we learned the hard way this past, difficult year. But just reviewing the tough stuff wouldn’t provide an uplifting start to 2021. As a financial organizer / daily money manager, part of what I do is bring hope and positivity. Inspired by a colleague who does this each year, I put together a list of some of the things I… [ for MORE, click on the Title ]

Hope for the Best

Hope for the Best, Plan for the Risk

Karen Caccavo Financial Organizing, Organize my finances, Working with Clients, Working with Seniors

There’s a lot we learned the hard way this past, difficult year. But just reviewing the tough stuff wouldn’t provide an uplifting start to 2021. As a financial organizer / daily money manager, part of what I do is bring hope and positivity. Inspired by a colleague who does this each year, I put together a list of some of the things I… [ for MORE, click on the Title ]

To illustrate that it's important to understand what it's like to be one of our clients.

Walking in Our Clients’ Shoes

Karen Caccavo Life Lessons, Working with Clients, Working with Seniors

There’s a lot we learned the hard way this past, difficult year. But just reviewing the tough stuff wouldn’t provide an uplifting start to 2021. As a financial organizer / daily money manager, part of what I do is bring hope and positivity. Inspired by a colleague who does this each year, I put together a list of some of the things I… [ for MORE, click on the Title ]

Illustrates Dad's Clutter Game

Dad’s Clutter Game: How to Get Rid of Stuff

Karen Caccavo decluttering, Life Lessons, Possessions

There’s a lot we learned the hard way this past, difficult year. But just reviewing the tough stuff wouldn’t provide an uplifting start to 2021. As a financial organizer / daily money manager, part of what I do is bring hope and positivity. Inspired by a colleague who does this each year, I put together a list of some of the things I… [ for MORE, click on the Title ]

To illustrate the tools to make a list.

Six Things I Learned in 2020

Karen Caccavo Financial Organizing, Life Lessons, Paperwork Organizing, Working with Clients

There’s a lot we learned the hard way this past, difficult year. But just reviewing the tough stuff wouldn’t provide an uplifting start to 2021. As a financial organizer / daily money manager, part of what I do is bring hope and positivity. Inspired by a colleague who does this each year, I put together a list of some of the things I… [ for MORE, click on the Title ]

Hear Personal Money Manager™ on the Taxgirl® Podcast

Karen Caccavo Life Lessons, Living Independently, Paperwork Organizing

As 2020 draws to a close (do I hear a cheer?), here’s something for those who, when it comes to paperwork organizing, would rather listen than read. I had the pleasure of appearing as a guest on the Taxgirl® podcast here.  (Shout out to a colleague and loyal newsletter reader who recommended me to Kelly Phillips Erb, aka Taxgirl® .) …

full faith & confidence

Full Faith & Confidence

Karen Caccavo Life Lessons, Living Independently

I lost my mom in 2013, though the Alzheimer’s that gradually took her away makes it seem like several years before that. Remembering Mom Spending time with my grown daughters recently, I asked them if they had any “lessons learned” from their grandmother, my Mom. Stories emerged, from her amazing matzoh ball soup to her zany ways of seeing things …

To illustrate a reporter's "scoop"

Here’s the Scoop: Becoming a Financial Organizer

Karen Caccavo Daily Money Managers, Financial Organizing, Paperwork Organizing, Working with Clients

From reporter to financial organizer I learned two important lessons from an earlier career as a writer and reporter.  First, shut up and listen!  If I didn’t have the “who, what, when, where, and why” plus a few good quotes by interview’s end, I was sunk. No story, no scoop. Second lesson:  Always be curious and eager to learn. Two …

6 Signs That You're a Daily Money Manager

6 Signs That You’re a Daily Money Manager

Karen Caccavo Daily Money Managers, Paperwork Organizing

I’m Karen R. Caccavo, and I’m a Daily Money Manager (also called a financial organizer).  I woke up recently with an earworm that I couldn’t shake.  What was the tune stuck in my head?  Aha!  It was the music on hold for E*Trade!  After all, the day before, it was my soundtrack for 45 minutes while waiting for a live …