You may remember that I’ve written about what I learned from my new kitten. Rosie Mittens has grown up beautifully. Now I’d like to share some life lessons from another living thing in my house: my sourdough starter! These, too, inform both my personal life and my professional life as a financial organizer / daily money manager.

Paperwork Pointers from an Unexpected Source

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

You may remember that I’ve written about what I learned from my new kitten.  Rosie Mittens has grown up beautifully.  Now I’d like to share some paperwork pointers from another living thing in my house:  my sourdough starter!  This, too, informs both my personal life and my professional life as a financial organizer / daily money manager. Weekly fresh-baked bread …

Can procrastination be good?

Want to Get More Things Done? Try Procrastinating!

Karen Caccavo Financial Organizing, Productivity

Can procrastination be good?  An article by Adam Grant in The New York Times asserted that when facing creative challenges, procrastinating can actually yield better results.  To illustrate, the writer tells of almost finishing an article but putting it aside.  Then, before submitting it, he found new inspiration and ending up submitting a more interesting piece. Surprise!  Procrastination is a …

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 …

What I do as a financial organizer

My First 100 Days as Your Financial Organizer

Karen Caccavo Financial Organizing, Working with Clients

I’m often asked what I do as a financial organizer / daily money manager.  (Understand, first, that I am not a financial planner or advisor; I don’t work with your investments.)  So what should you or a family member of yours expect from working with me?  What is my role? In short:  to gain, or re-gain, control of their financial …

I have too many books. What should I do?

“What Should I Do With All The Books?”

Karen Caccavo Books, decluttering, Financial Organizing

I grew up in a home full of books.  My parents —  avid collectors — took us to book fairs the way other kids are taken to the zoo. But my real education in the book world occurred when my mother moved into assisted living and eventually passed away, leaving thousands of books behind.  I was left to figure out …

Assistance from a daily money manager can help seniors remain independent as they age.

What is a Daily Money Manager … and Why You Need to Know!

Karen Caccavo Daily Money Managers, Financial Organizing

Late payment notices, overdraft fees, missed deadlines, confusing medical bills–you don’t have to be a senior to encounter these unwelcome surprises in your mailbox.  While keeping up with paperwork is something people of all ages must do, it can be especially overwhelming for seniors and the disabled.  A trusted family member or friend can help, but people often do not …

Are there any bank accounts you've forgotten about? Any checks you never cashed? Check with your state's Unclaimed Funds -- you might be surprised.

Billions in Unclaimed Funds: is any of it Yours?

Karen Caccavo Financial Organizing, Organize my finances

Here’s my best unclaimed funds experience as a financial organizer.  It was not an unusual first visit with a client who had contacted me to help manage her paperwork. What was unusual was the very first envelope I picked up from the pile of unopened mail.  Inside was a letter from a bank saying that if they didn’t hear from …

Daily Money Managers, Financial Organizers

Daily Money Managers: No Longer the Best-Kept Secret

Karen Caccavo Daily Money Managers, Financial Organizing, Paperwork Organizing

Daily Money Managers (and the important financial organizing work they do with clients) are in the news! In case you missed it, here’s a short roundup of what’s being said about DMMs with links to the complete articles. In Consumer Reports (April 6, 2017) “When Your Elderly Parent Needs to Give Up Control of Her Finances, What Do You Say to …