San Diego, CA. More than a
few consumers discover their bad money habits in a deck of
cards dealt out by a blackjack dealers. Now comes LifeWise,
a life planning training and consulting company, out with
its new deck of cards called: Money Habitudes'. This
unique deck of cards is an effective, novel approach that
quickly reveal patterns of habits and attitudes about
money which can support or sabotage achieving financial
Syble Solomon is the creator of Money Habitudes. As a
national speaker and the founder of LifeWise, she provides
training to educate and encourage people to take personal
responsibility for their actions and attitude today so
they can create more options and opportunities for their
The Money Habitudes' cards are now available through the
nonprofit Institute of Consumer Financial Education (ICFE)
and are in use by financial, credit and debt counselors
with individuals, couples and groups. The cards are a
welcome alternative to what is currently available to most
counselors. Until now, they could either ask a lot of
questions, which many clients felt were intrusive, or a
counselor could use impersonal questionnaires which often
reminded clients of the unpleasant task of taking a test.
In contrast, the Money Habitudes deck of cards help people
associate the cards with a non threatening, social
activity and they easily engage, relax and share
insightful, productive information with the people they
have come to for help in turning around very difficult
financial situations such as living from paycheck to
paycheck, dealing with delinquent debts, chronic
over-spending, or being on a fixed income. Counselors and
their clients report they enjoy manipulating the cards
more than filling out a form or working on the computer.
The Money Habitudes deck includes easy-to-follow
instructions for six activities using 54 statement cards.
These cards describe a habit or attitude related to money
such as: 'I rarely buy anything unless I can pay it off
right away' and 'I am proud that I live modestly and think
others should too.'
On the back of each card is a colorful picture to identify
it with one of the six money habitudes. Each habitude is
associated with predictable money management behaviors
such as saving, investing, risk-taking and tolerance for
debt. Examples of habitudes include: Security (money
represents being safe and secure), Status (money
represents a way to create a positive image), Selfless
(money helps one feel good by giving to others), Free
Spirit (money is not a priority for a carefree life
style), Targeted Goals (money helps one achieve goals) and
Spontaneous (money encourages one to enjoy
the moment). Also included are user-friendly
interpretation cards for each habitude with suggestions
aimed at helping the user identify next steps for changing
The Money Habitudes cards are based on the most common
themes and supporting information found in current
financial and psychological research and are time
effective as well as fun. They were developed with input
from financial planners, family and consumer specialists,
credit/debt counselors, bankruptcy educators, university
faculty, personal and business coaches, therapists, and
For instance, a simple fifteen-minute activity will
provide the insights needed to:
1) Determine the most effective approach in working with
individual clients to help them successfully manage and/or
invest their money.
2) Identify the underlying challenges a client may face in
spite of having a good plan.
3) Predict and understand potential money conflicts when
working with couples, families or business partners and
A 'Money Habitudes Guide for Professionals' is included
with the four decks of cards as part of the counselors
package, and it offers the professional counselors
additional activities and more in-depth interpretations.
Money Habitudes cards and guides can be ordered online
About the ICFE:
The Institute of Consumer Financial Education (ICFE) was founded in 1982 by the late Loren Dunton (creator of the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation). The ICFE is dedicated to helping consumers of all ages to improve their spending, increase savings and use credit more wisely.
The ICFE is an award winning, nonprofit, consumer education organization that has helped millions of people through its education programs and Resources. It publishes the Do-It-Yourself Credit File correction Guide, which is updated annually. The ICFE has distributed over one million Credit/Debit Card Warning Labels and Credit/Debit Card Sleeves world wide.
The ICFE became an official partner with the Department of Defense/Financial Readiness Campaign in June of 2004.The ICFE was an active partner in the California Student Debt Resource Awareness Project (CASDRAP) which resulted in a new web site: (studentdebthelp.org). CASDRAP disbanded in 2010, shortly after the web site project was completed. In 2011 the ICFE assumed the single sponsorship of the (studentdebthelp.org) web site and is now responsible for its content and operation.
The ICFE is also an on-line help for consumers who spend too much. ICFE's spending help was featured in PARADE Magazine in the Intelligence Report section. The money helps and tips are from the ICFE's Money Instruction Book, our course in personal finance.
Visit the ICFE's other web sites at: www.financial-education-icfe.org and studentdebthelp.org. Both sites helps consumers and students with mending spending, learning about the proper use of credit, budget and expense guidelines, how to set up and implement a spending-plan and also how to access financial education courses and how to teach children about money. Other ICFE services include: Ask Mr. G, a free eNews, and an online resource center for students, parents and educators, plus financial education learning tools and a book store.