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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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Monitor Your Budget Busters

We originally published How to Stay Within Your Budget: Monitor Your Budget Busters on February 20, 2017, and have refreshed it for 2021. It’s not that difficult …

Podcast Guests Share Expert Money and Life Advice for Women

This year, I’ve had the opportunity to interview six smart, savvy women, who are experts in their respective fields. I learned a lot from these …

Finding Your Style Can Save You Money

This article was originally published July 23, 2015. There was a time when men’s grooming and fashion were as complicated as women’s. But that time …

Decision Detox

If you find it difficult to stick to good habits and are having trouble reaching your goals, it may be the result of decision fatigue. A decision detox can help you get back on track.

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 …

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