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Of Independent Means

Welcome to Of Independent Means, written by Cathy Curtis, CFP®.

Cathy has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, InvestmentNews, Money Magazine, Financial Planning Magazine, has appeared on ABC, KTVU and KGO, and is a regular contributor to AOL’s DailyFinance business and financial news section. 

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Cathy Curtis, CFP

Our goal is to provide relatable and actionable advice for independent women who want to improve their life and finances.

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25 Tips to Get Your Shopping Habit Under Control

We originally published this article on June 16, 2018. If you’re like a lot of Americans, your spending habits may have changed during the Covid-19 …

Creating a Budget Post-Pandemic

For the past few weeks, I’ve been teaching a personal finance class at Mills College. The first class covered cash flow and budgeting, so I …

personal finance

This article was originally published January 25, 2018. Personal finance is something that’s easy to put on the back burner. I hear it from clients …

Women's Financial Empowerment

This article was originally published June 16, 2018. In celebration of National Financial Literacy Month and our ongoing commitment to women’s financial empowerment, we thought …

Boost Your Financial Confidence

In many aspects of life, confidence is key. But if there’s one category where that emotion is often lacking, it’s financial. Fortunately, April is National …

You Were Not Born to Shop

We originally published this article on February 20, 2010, and it remains one of our most popular blog posts to date. In the spirit of …

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Our goal is to be your fiduciary financial partner so that you can focus on the rest of your life. If you’re ready to delegate the details of your financial life to an expert, get started today by scheduling an introductory call with Cathy. 

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