DuPont Wealth - March 2019

BETTER FINANCE MANAGEMENT, BETTER PEACE OF MIND

Making the resolution to take better control of your finances is a goal that plays out in waves. It seems easy enough at first when you’re fleshing out what you believe your best course of action is, but you’ll undoubtedly be hit with a few setbacks before you’re able to see the true extent of what you need to do. The only surefire way to weather this monetary storm is to make short-term changes with long-term goals in mind. These are changes you set out to secure each morning so that you can have economic peace of mind down the road. How important is it to you that you have lunch at your favorite restaurant for the second time this week? Is that special drink from the upscale coffee shop really going to taste better than the one in your kitchen? By taking the time to write down, identify, and prioritize your discretionary expenses, you’ll be able to calculate exactly how your spending is sizing up with your goals for the year. In an interview with Forbes, author Thomas Dichter — a frequent contributor for their finance section — explains that staying objective about what he’s spending his money on helps him cut back on spending. He noticed that he started seeing major changes around the six-month mark of tracking his expenses because he was finally paying attention to purchases the average consumer ignores. Whether it was a candy bar at a vending machine or a new shirt at a retailer, he started noticing that these impulse buys were becoming less and less frequent. After a year of the newfound practice, he’d found that he’d come within 1 percent of his annual budget goal, so he has made it an integral part of his financial management practices ever since. For the first time

in his life, he saw that he was ahead of his annual income. He gawked at the revelation. The author went on to explain how the outside factors of seemingly endless lines of credit and the social pressure of consumerism in the United States helps contribute to overspending. But by utilizing a few simple tricks to get your goals back on track, you don’t have to fall into the same trap as so many others. Here at DuPont Wealth Solutions, we spend every single day working with clients just like you, and we want to show you just how easy managing your finances can be. Reach out to our experienced staff of professionals, and take the guesswork out of your finances. We aim to organize your income into avenues that will ensure a happier and more secure future for you and those you care about. As always, you can reach out to us at 614-408-0004.

SUDOKU

ASPARAGUS AND AVOCADO SOUP

Inspired by CookEatPaleo.com

This hearty soup is the perfect meal for those late winter days when you think spring will never come. It can be made vegetarian by substituting vegetable broth for the chicken stock.

INGREDIENTS

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12 ounces asparagus 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped 2 cups chicken stock

1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and cubed Juice of 1/2 lemon 1 tablespoon ghee or coconut oil Salt and pepper, to taste

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DIRECTIONS

1. Heat oven to 425 F.

2. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss asparagus and garlic with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast for 10 minutes.

3. Transfer asparagus to blender. Add remaining ingredients and puree until smooth.

4. Season to taste and serve.

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