Financial Feng Shui?

by J. Money -

financial feng shui water flow

If you ever wanted to talk about toilets on this blog, today’s your day!

Got this text from my dear Auntie who asked if I’ve ever shared something like this before on the site, and I could confidently tell her that no – I had not, haha…

But that changes today ;)

Here’s her text that opened up my eyes in more ways than one:

financial feng shui

She then sent me a link to prove she’s not crazy: 6 Feng Shui Tips For Healthy Financial Flow

But of course, I had to research this for myself, and before I knew it I was flushed even deeper into the whirlpool of feng shui’ness! Pun very much intended!!

Places like Forbes, LearnVest, HGTV and dozens of others were encouraging this “financial flow” of money, even going as far to say that’s why we call it “curren(t)cy!” (nyuck nyuck nyuck)

And why toilet bowls?

“The toilet holds a downward spiraling energy. When you close the lid, you are protecting chi (energy) from going down and away from you… Listen to the language of our world and don’t “flush away” your finances. It’s also a good idea to tie red ribbons on the pipes behind the toilet, with the intention of protecting your finances once and for all.” –

Who knew ;) But there’s much more to this stuff than just potties…

Here’s a list of other tips I found while poking around this morning. A good way to expand your mind, if nothing else, haha… (and honestly, whether you believe in this or not, if it gets you to manage your money better, so be it! Just be prepared for what happens if the lids get stuck! ;))

Feng Shui Money Flowing Tips:

#1. Clean your stove — The stove represents “abundance,” so it’s good to always keep it clean and rotate the burners so you “open up more channels of opportunity.”

#2. Fix leaks in your house — “Water in feng shui represents two things: (1) money and (2) your emotions… When you fix something in your home, you are fixing it in your life. You don’t want your money leaking out, do you?” – (Coincidentally, the more leaks you have, the more money you’re also spending on water bills ;) So it really is smart!)

#3. Create a strong front door! — “Creating a strong front door is important, because your house needs it in order to be able to attract Wealth Chi. The front door is called the Mouth of Chi in feng shui, and its strength and auspicious energy are important to a good feng shui house.” – (Also recommended: not keeping trash or recycle bins around the front door, getting rid of empty pots (or filling them with plants!), and then keeping the hinges squeak-free for better balance and harmony…)

#4. Keep your house decluttered — So you can attract, and *keep*, the energy of wealth! Not to mention better piece of mind, ease on finding stuff faster, less money out the window on more “stuff,” and thousands of other non-feng shui-related benefits ;) The power of minimalism, baby!

#5. Remove dead flowers and branches from your house — “Dead or dried flowers or branches represent dead chi – they are the worst thing to have in your home.” – (And I guarantee at least 75% of us reading this right now has something dead in our house too, haha… Like old roses, perhaps?)

#6. Decorate your house with symbols of wealth — Like bamboo, fountains, fish symbols, “wealth crystals”, and then a number of colors that signify money as well like gold and purple.

#7. And then lastly, make sure your “money area” is prepared! — “Typically, this is your home office where you manage finances and other work. You will want to include elements like wood, which represent money and wealth. The color blue and pictures of rivers, lakes, and oceans represent water, which nourishes the wood. You can also use mirrors, plants, and small icons that symbolize prosperity.” –


And that’s just the tip of the feng shui iceberg… If I had another 1,300 hours to blow I’d list out all the others you could dig up, but for now you’ll just have to be good with front doors and toilet bowls :)

And turns out I actually lied! We HAVE talked about feng shui and finances on this site before! Almost 8 years ago! –> “Is Your Home “Making” You Spend Money?”  I guess I had blocked it from my mind after all these years as it drummed up quite the commentary, haha…

This one was pretty good from Bridget who’s actually still blogging too!

“Seriously? You always have such great posts, what’s with the voodoo garbage you’re hocking today?

Maybe after we all feng shui our homes, we can pray to Jesus for money. If he’s broke this month we’ll ask Buddha.”

(Much funnier to read now than back in the day, btw ;) )

But she has a somewhat valid point.

You can feng shui your house all you want, but without the most important ingredient, ain’t nothing going to save your finances… And I think you know by now what I’m about to say next:


Feng shui is great and all, and you can use it to get your mind and energy flowing right, but just make sure you’re tacking on some good ol’ fashion budgeting and investing along with it! There really is no substitution for it, as much as we all wish otherwise!!

So big thanks for the fun digression today, Auntie, but I’ll be sticking to my trusty FIRE path as it’s continued to flow me some wealth just fine ;) But you can bet I’ll now be thinking of you every time I use the restroom! Haha… And won’t be taking any chances by keeping the lid open, either.

What say you guys? Any big feng shui fans out there? Or is it just a bunch of malarkey? Any experiences or tips you’d like to chime in with?

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lily | The Frugal Gene May 30, 2018 at 6:24 am

#5. Remove dead flowers and branches from your house

We have a dog who tries to bring in an outside stick any time she finds one and wants to keep it (it’s really cute!) We tell her to drop it at the door but she sometimes brings it in before we notice and hides it. Can I be excused from #5’s bad chi?


2 J. Money May 30, 2018 at 9:29 am

Haha… As long as you spend 5 mins a day looking for the dead sticks you get a pass – whether you find them or not :)


3 Accidental Fire May 30, 2018 at 6:42 am

I have quite a few leaks in my house, including two leaky faucets and drafty doors. Clearly I have a lot of work to do on the feng- shui front….


4 [email protected] May 30, 2018 at 7:29 am

You went way down the hole this time J!

Keeping my home decluttered is a constant challenge. Keeping myself mostly minimalist is not hard. Doing the same for my kids toys is a huge one. As much as I’d love to start throwing away toys, I’ll never allow myself to do it.


5 J. Money May 30, 2018 at 9:31 am

SAME HERE. And every passing year they keep piling and piling up! Though my wife and I will go through them and sneak out the old ones every few months without telling a soul.. we used to feel bad about it, but considering they’ve never once missed any of them I’m thinking we need to put it in overdrive ;)


6 Jody May 30, 2018 at 2:19 pm

I’m going to put a plug in here for re-thinking the whole toy thing. I’m 43, I just moved, and I have been unpacking a boatload of my own toys, my mother’s toys, and her parents’ toys because MY MOTHER CAN’T THROW ANYTHING AWAY. I have currently sitting around:
-a gallon-sized bag full of Fisher Price Little People.
-half a dozen action figures to include Bobba Fett, the Dukes of Hazard, and Klinger from MASH. (I absolutely LOVE that I had a Klinger action figure as a child!)
-a HUGE box of Barbies and paraphernalia.
-another few boxes of dolls: Strawberry Shortcake, Sea Wees, My Little Pony.
-a big stack of old Archie comics.
-a variety of old toys and stuffed animals from the 40s and beyond.
-an assortment of matchbox cars and smaller Transformers.

That’s what I’ve come across SO FAR. I offloaded my stuffed animals, the rest of the matchbox cars, and a slew of other things over the years already. And let’s not even talk about board games!

On one hand, they bring back some nice childhood memories, and yes I am planning on selling most of it (have you seen what Sea Wees are going for on Ebay??). I’m going to keep track of what I sell and what it goes for, it should be an interesting study once I’m done. It’s a questionable investment, though. My parents didn’t know when I was 5 what things might be worth now; was it really worth it to store it in boxes for 35 or so years? Keep moving it around? Is it going to be worth the work to get it cleaned up, photograph it, and sell it? Dunno.

On the other hand, OMG, why mom why?? What I have to deal with is the tip of the iceberg when compared to what she’s kept at their house….

I’ve actually started listing my Unpacking Find of the Day on FB because some of the stuff that I have kept/my parents have offloaded on me is just fascinating. My great grandmother’s copper coffee ewer. My first camera (Kodak Instamatic!). My grandmother’s beaded purses from the 20s (in fantastic shape). Three Nazi medals from 1939 a cousin brought back as “liberated” souvenirs. I have no idea why I have a black and white slide of Toni Morrison, but I’m guessing I picked it up while doing work/study in the PR department of my university??


7 J. Money May 30, 2018 at 3:18 pm


This is the stuff juicy blogs are made of, haha… You totally need to document it all, or at least write up a summary report with fun stats and #’s that we can share here :) I bet you make a ton of $$$ off all that!


8 Jody May 31, 2018 at 10:59 am

Started the blog a week or so ago but it’s not up and running yet…. :D

I also found a coffee can of old coins my dad collected while in the Navy and immediately thought of you. Mostly interntional stuff, but not all. Haven’t had a chance to paw through it yet.


9 J. Money May 31, 2018 at 11:49 am



Look for the coins pre 1960s as a lot of them were made of silver and worth some decent money – even international ones.


10 Jessy May 30, 2018 at 7:55 am

Of course, financial feng shui can work. Why? Because every time you close a toilet lid, fix a leak, or remove an empty pot from the front door, you think about your finances, and oops, you remember that you have not paid the water bill (which is pretty high because of that leak), funded your IRA, or set up a budget. Hey, whatever works . . .


11 J. Money May 30, 2018 at 9:37 am

Hey – that works for me! I don’t care what it takes to get people to think about $$$ more – bring it on! :)


12 Chelle May 30, 2018 at 7:58 am

I love this post J Money!

Mindful Money just like people practice Mindful Eating.


13 J. Money May 30, 2018 at 9:38 am

You know it :)


14 Ms. Frugal Asian Finance May 30, 2018 at 8:11 am

My family is obsessed with feng shui. When we bought our first home, my dad asked me of I checked the feng shui. I just said the house was in our price range and met our needs, and that’s why we bought it.

I think there is a lot of wisdom in the feng shui concept, but the housing market is sometimes too sensitive for us to care about it.


15 J. Money May 30, 2018 at 9:42 am

That’s great, haha… Is your dad’s house all feng shui’d out? (and is his wealth multiplying?)


16 Leo T. Ly May 30, 2018 at 8:17 am

My house is situated at a T intersection and it’s facing the street directly. People say that houses in this setting is having money flowing out to the street. My argument is that money is actually flowing in. Direction of flow can change and I believe that I am changing the flow because talk is cheap. Action speaks louder than words and I took actions to make the money flow in.


17 J. Money May 30, 2018 at 9:43 am



18 Brian May 30, 2018 at 8:25 am

#4. Keep your house decluttered Yes! Less to clean, fix, find, store, etc. We are hosting an upcoming yard sale to help declutter our house and make a little extra cash too!


19 Joe May 30, 2018 at 9:15 am

Those feng shui tips are good ideas in general. I think it’s like keeping a clean desk. It helps to get you in the right mental state. It’s priming your mind to think about money more.


20 Lisa May 30, 2018 at 10:11 am

I used to think of feng shui as phoney baloney but their interior design tips ring true even if you don’t know quite why they make sense. It IS weird to enter a house and face a mirror. It IS unsettling to work with your back to a door. In terms of finances, it bothered me to have a savings account labeled “The Future” with $0 in it. (I have savings, just not in that account). So I closed it. And obviously that doesn’t change anything in terms of my finances, but money is about emotion more than it is about math. Next, I have to remove all the negative symbolism in my apartment- which basically means all the Redskins paraphernalia …


21 J. Money May 30, 2018 at 10:34 am




22 Mary Ann aka Dr Debt May 30, 2018 at 2:11 pm

I love it! Anything we can do to put positive energy on our finances is worth sharing! :)

Thanks! Love the variety of posts you share :0)


23 J. Money May 30, 2018 at 3:16 pm

We do try to spice it up around here, haha…


24 Jason Vitug May 30, 2018 at 8:12 pm

Imagine spending more money trying to feng shui your house as opposed to paying off debt or saving or investing that money.

I do like visual reminders and money does flow. And remember what your mind believes it will conceive so whatever gets someone to do more of what’s financially good for them is “fo sho” a good thing (for sure ).


25 J. Money May 31, 2018 at 11:52 am

Haha yup… Whatever it takes sometimes :) And most feng shui stuff doesn’t really cost money, does it? Putting things in certain order and keeping areas free of messes/stuff? in fact, probably saves you more over time!


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