The Money Savvy Mommy: How to Negotiate for a Better Job Title

by Mira Reverente It happens. You get a job offer with an acceptable salary and perks. But sometimes, your job title could use a bit more improvement. Many years ago, I was a restaurant manager. A couple of years into the job, I was offered a promotion at a different division of the company. I […]

The Money Savvy Mommy: Four Must-Read Money Books

by Mira Reverente In doing research for my book, I read so many personal finance, self-improvement and women empowerment books. Most of them were good and concise with no-nonsense approaches to money and empowerment. As we start the new year, I would like to share four of my favorites for your reading pleasure or to […]

The Money Savvy Mommy: Why Resolutions Aren’t For Everyone

by Mira Reverente One year ago, around this time, a friend asked me if I had set my goals for the following year. I gave her a quizzical look and asked, “What goals?” Since it was almost the new year, I had resolutions in mind. Just like everyone else, I used to come up with […]

The Money Savvy Mommy: How to Prioritize During the Busy Season

by Mira Reverente How many times have you heard these: “I’m too busy this month. Can we reschedule?” “There’s so much to do.” “I have to do this, and that (insert tasks), and so on and so forth before this and that (insert activities).” “I can’t wait until after the holidays are over so I […]

The Money Savvy Mommy: How to Find a Mentor

by Mira Reverente This week, I was invited by a local high school to participate in its bi-annual Mentors Expo. After the inital introductions, we broke up into groups and in the first round, I got about seven students who wanted to know more about journalism. One student asked if I have ever mentored a […]

The Money Savvy Mommy: Own Your Expertise

by Mira Reverente Yesterday, two checks came in the mail; one from an old client and one from a new one. More than the amounts themselves, having them in my hand gave me immense satisfaction, knowing that I cultivated the clients myself and that I was being paid for my expertise. It brought to mind […]

Calabasas Pumpkin Festival Celebrates the Season and City

Once again, the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival drew thousands of people of all ages over the weekend. For over 40 years, this two-day festival has brought the community together for fun and excitement all themed around everyone’s favorite orange gourd. Presented by the City of Calabasas and the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce, the event was situated […]

The Money Savvy Mommy: 5 Ways to Set Goals and Smash Them

by Mira Reverente It’s not quite the New Year yet, but I am already thinking about my goals for 2017. Note that I said goals, not resolutions. For me, goals are more specific and measurable. Resolutions sound temporary, trendy and whimsical, something that’s bound to become forgotten come Valentine’s Day or Easter. Some of the […]

The Money Savvy Mommy: Expect the Unexpected

by Mira Reverente Life threw me a curveball recently. Nothing too dramatic or life-threatening, but it came in the form of a jury summons at a very busy and inconvenient time. I had just wrapped up a large project and was looking forward to some down time before other large projects pick up again in […]

The Money Savvy Mommy: Why You Need a Will

by Mira Reverente There is something about single parenthood or getting older, or both, that makes one take a step back and do some reassessment. Recently, I was thinking, “What would happen to my kids if I suddenly pass away next month or next year?” And also, “What about my house and other assets? Will […]