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Today Show's Jean Chatzky Talking Financial Welfare in Helena

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Jean Chatzky is the Today Show's money guru as well as the AARP's financial ambassador. This morning during the Lifetime Financial Security Conference, she spoke to a large group of Montanans, who just wanted to know the first step to save.

"Automate it," suggested Chatzky. "Just put a little bit of money away automatically every single time you get paid. Take yourself out of your equation and allow the money to do it's best work."

Chatzky says it's not people's fault that they may not be good with money. It's not something we're born with.

"Human beings are not wired to be especially good with our money," joked Chatzky. "Where we sort of got lizard brains, and we're very much like our hunter, gatherer ancestors and we want to kill it and eat it, and that doesn't jive very well with saving money."

Even if you have a lizard brain, Chatzky knows it's easy to get overwhelmed, but anything helps when saving.

"Start small. Don't pressure yourself to feel that you have to start saving all at once because it's like a crash diet: you'll fall off the wagon, you'll fail," said Chatzky. "Save a little bit, and then allow yourself to feel good about that."

Chatzky noted that feeling good about yourself makes it much easier to continue to save money.
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