Real Stories Episode 16 – Lauren – Persistence One Penny at a Time

  • June 1, 2021
  • By: Greenpath Financial Wellness

It’s easy to look at Lauren’s finances today and take her success for granted.

She communicates openly with her husband and they work in tandem towards their shared goals. She partners with GreenPath to manage her household bills. She practices numerous healthy financial habits, like using an envelope system and savings buckets.

But it wasn’t always like this. Lauren’s journey to her current success is a great example of the power of persistence.

For over a decade, she desired support from a financial counseling agency but had not found one that met her needs. Talking about money with her spouse was a source of stress. She often struggled to pay for heating oil.

Fasten your seatbelt for the winding (and sometimes bumpy) route that Lauren took to achieve financial wellness.

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Music by Hir-o

Key Moments

2:49 Lauren describes the frustrations and obstacles she and her husband faced with their money.

7:51 She discovers GreenPath and starts to develop a self-adminstered plan with mixed results.

9:14 They decide to start the Debt Management Plan and start making progress.

14:48 Lauren finds love in a very unexpected place… her debt collector!

16:35 She talks about how they run their finances like a town.

23:01 Lauren shares how her financial plan is having a positive impact on her mental and physical health.

25:40 She talks about how she literally picked up pennies to pay for a vacation.

32:28 Lauren describes how they’re using savings accounts to work towards their financial goals.

37:48 She discusses how she’s learned to communicate with her partner about money.

42:11 Lauren shares that she no longer wakes up in the middle of the night stressing over money.

43:47 She gives advice to others experiencing financial stress.

53:28 Our host recaps the practical money tips that are lifted up in Lauren’s story.

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