Monthly Archives: October 2011

Balancing Stuff and Happiness

Here’s a brief, clever lecture from the TED series about the relationship between stuff and happiness.  I love the modular apartment design!  I also like the message of prioritizing your stuff.

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Four Awful Student Loan Risks That Will Kick You When You’re Down

Over and over again I hear the student loans are “good debt” or that you should let student loan payments go as long as you can, since they’re usually so cheap.  According to the Department of Education, between 10 and … Continue reading

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And what about the 53%?

Dear people posting on the 53%: I don’t think all of you really are in the 53%. So, I wrote a little post about the 99% stories on tumblr the other week, but what about the 53%?  You know, the … Continue reading

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No Blog Post Today

WordPress ate 3/4th’s of my post.  Despite my telling it to save repeatedly.  Your regularly scheduled posts will begin again tomorrow.

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Thoughts on Long-term Disability for White Collar Workers

I have had the misfortune of reading this post, “Young Office Workers Don’t Need Long Term Disability Insurance” by Kevin McKee at Thousandaire.  His thesis is that one needs to be tremendously disabled to not be able to work at an … Continue reading

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This Is Why I Don’t Buy Coach Purses

… (among other reasons.) So, have you ever seen someone strutting around with an expensive handbag, yet dressed in cheap clothing and getting into a junky car?  Please tell me I’m not the only one who’s noticed this. Perhaps it’s … Continue reading

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Bankruptcy: Will It Really Solve Your Problem?

People file for bankruptcy for a variety of reasons, the most common being that they can no longer pay their monthly bills.  This can happen for a variety of reasons, such as loss of income or increasing expenses. There are … Continue reading

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Blogging the Journal: “The Young Adult: Financial Education, Social Networking, and Internet Security” by Eileen Gallo, Ph. D.

I really liked the idea behind Dr. Gallo’s article on using the internet securely in this month’s Journal of Financial Planning.  Here’s a link to “The Young Adult: Financial Education, Social Networking, and Internet Security” by Eileen Gallo, Ph. D., … Continue reading

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The 99% and Occupy Wall Street

Hopefully you’ve heard of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations by now.  Here are some of their stories, from We Are The 99 Percent.  Here are a few of their stories.  You can hover your mouse over the picture to read … Continue reading

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Judge Ye Not By Lifestyle

It never ceases to amaze me, how lifestyle expectations drive spending decisions.  In a society which is defined as a “consumer society,” it’s easy to let ourselves be defined by the type of goods and services we consume.  Not only … Continue reading

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Why 401(k) Loans Should Give You The Heebie-Jeebies

Question:  Would you take out a loan that, if you lost your job, would have to be paid back right away or you would be charged about 40% “interest”?*  No?  Then don’t take out a 401(k) loan. “Wait a second,” … Continue reading

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Wow! Look, a Paper Bond!

Now here’s something you don’t see every day: a paper bearer bond.  This little beauty came across my desk the other week, and I thought you might want to take a look at it.  It had only one coupon left: … Continue reading

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