3 Things About Retirement You May Not Know

Retirement planning

When it comes to retirement, people have two diametrically opposed views on what it will be like. The optimistic group looks forward to it, seeing it as a time to quit the rat race and finally spend their time doing fun things rather than chasing money. The pessimistic group dreads thinking about it, seeing it […]

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Help!… Jerry is burning the bridge

While not directly related to personal finance, it can have big implications on your job search should you burn the bridges behind you.  Let’s face it if you are looking for work and there are burnt bridges out there it can make it a little more difficult and that my friend will affect your finances…badabing!  Let me share with you a little story of something that happened at work this past week.  Jerry was a happy employee of my company (1),his boss left the company to go work elsewhere.  His boss contacts Jerry and recruits him to work there with him.  Jerry obliges and accepts the job to work with his new boss at company (2).  Jerry turns in his resignation and a competitor entered our … [Read More...]

Week 6 Recap: Feels like I have been doing this forever!

Well here it is the Five For Friday: March Madness Edition. This week we have had an explosion with traffic.  Out of left field we must be getting noticed.  Thank you and I appreciate you stopping by, hopefully I haven’t bored you too much that you come again or subscribe.  Now to take a look at the sites that caught my eye this week:  I wrote an article about your emergency fund the other week, but here another blogger, Frugal Portland, poses the question to the world.  Great we have an emergency fund, now when can we use it?    Anthony Thompson over at the Joyfulselfmanager.com talks about how we lose brain power as we get older.  The article suggests changing things up is one way to … [Read More...]

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All good things must come to an end…It was a good run while it lasted…RIP Encyclopedia Britannica print edition

Childhood….Ahhh those were the days of no responsibility where my only recollection of money was that my parents had it and I needed it to buy candy or that new toy.  But what I do remember as a youth was that my parents subscribed to Encyclopedia Britannica.  I asked my mom a while back how they ended up with the encyclopedias and she gave me the spiel where a salesman came door to door saying something about how it was going to be the way of the future.  They had just had me as their first child and they didn’t want me to be left behind as everyone else was subscribing. Well, Encyclopedia Britannica is calling their 2010 print edition of the famed 32 volume print edition its last.   … [Read More...]

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Shhh…. What do you think of that B*****?

Now that I have your attention, you are probably scratching your head wondering why that would be on a personal finance website.  Shame on you for thinking that!! What would your mother say?  The word is in the news all over the world now.  That magical word is BUDGET.  The congressional budget, state budget, city budget, your personal budget, budget for that trip, some websites use that as part of their web address...this budget that budget... What in the world does the word budget even mean?  According to my good friends over at Merriam Webster here are the origins of budget: Middle English bowgette, from Middle French bougette, diminutive of bouge leather bag, from Latin bulga, of … [Read More...]

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Side Hustle: The Real Mobile Hot Spot

The bulk of us that read and blog have regular full time jobs.  Many of us do this for fun or as a side hustle trying to make some passive income.  I have been an avid reader for a few years and have seen some interesting side hustles over at Budgets Are Sexy side hustle series.  This one that I am about to tell you about takes the cake.   A New York marketing firm, Bartle Bogle Hegarty’s Labs (BBH), created a stir at the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival (SXSW) recently.  The festival held in Austin, Texas is geared towards bringing the eclectic music of Austin to the rest of the world.  Now that we are in the technology age where we feel the need to be constantly … [Read More...]

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From My Frugal Side: 5 ways to cut costs in the bathroom

I don’t know where this one came from.  I was sitting there yesterday thinking (not thinking in the bathroom) and I started rattling off ways to save some money in the bathroom.  These ideas are not going to require any major design changes to your bathroom.  Sure you look at the picture above and think where can I possibly save any money.  The bathroom is probably one of the most frequented locations in the house and these simple changes can add up over the year. Water Saver – add a water saving showerhead to your shower and this can cut up to 33% of your water consumption.  We added one of these to our rental unit and our unit and instantly began to notice our consumption go down.  With … [Read More...]