Category Coaching in Boston

Two Evictions Ago

“Fuck.” I say it aloud whenever I find out. Motions to evict always feel like going to a higher defense condition – defcon four. In those cases, ‘shucks’ doesn’t really cut it, so I try to take evictions seriously and play my part. I can’t do anything about hoarding or domestic violence, but back-rent is […]

How Banks Talk To ‘Poor People’

The community told my CDC they wanted financial services, and my CDC hired me. It was clear from day one we needed regular workshops and trainings, because a startling amount of residents were still unbanked and operating in the informal economy. Thus, the first thing I did was ask people why they didn’t have bank […]

Three Steps to Better Cash Flow

Cash flow is my favorite subject by far. It’s also one of the most complicated to work with. As is my aim with every client, I want to translate financial language into useful ways of understanding your money. Take an interest in the cash entering and leaving your pocket and I swear opportunities will appear. […]

Recovery Road

My morning routine begins with an apple and a dose of humanity. Since I was thirteen years old, I hadn’t touched an apple due to an allergy. It took me over ten years to figure out the problem was in the skin. Now, I walk to the kitchen every morning bleary eyed and take a […]

Jet Ski Bribery

I am dismayed by debts I can’t erase on a daily basis, to the point where I wish for a magic wand to wave and make them all go away. Clients come to me bearing collection letters in their outstretched palms. I take them and read the fine print searching for loopholes – I know […]

Rent Track: A Review

Before recommending products to clients, I sometimes like to try them myself. Everyone in the world of personal finance knows credit is hugely important. Employment, housing, insurance, and even cell phone plans use credit scores to decide what you get and how much it costs you. So, when my organization decided to connect our affordable […]

Put Your Money Where Your Values Are

Jan 2019 – My office floor is quiet as I put down my steaming tea and open the filing cabinet. I withdraw a folder labeled Mr. C and blow scraps of dust from the cover. Plopping it on my desk, I opened it like a fragile artifact and read the first note: Ten Student Loans… […]

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