I have no doubt that saving money and building assets over the last 2+ years has made work a “smoother” part of my life. In general I don’t view it as a life sentence anymore – I’ve learned (and personally observed) that becoming at least competent at personal finance opens a lot of doors.… Read More
“Live Below Your Means”.
It’s probably the most well-known and obvious piece of personal finance advice. Spending more than you earn will lead to debt, instability, and your livelihood being dependent on a job.
Then there’s the “personal finance 180” – you slash expenses, downsize your house, get rid of your car and sell a bunch of stuff, leaving you with a lean mean new budget and lifestyle. … Read More
One word for the opposite of disappointment is happiness.
It’s so simple that there’s even a formula that can easily be photoshopped onto any inspirational picture you want.
Happiness = Expectations – Reality
When reality doesn’t meet your expectations, you’re disappointed. … Read More
I recently finished reading Authenticity – What Consumers Really Want, by James H. Gilmore and B. Joseph Pine.
The process of reading the book got me thinking about what authenticity really means and how we search for it in different ways. … Read More
The general assumption in investing is that the stock market returns around 7% a year on average. Some years are better, some worse, with some variance due to fees and investment choices. And so it goes that if you have debts with interest rates anywhere between say 3-6% (typically a mortgage or student loans), you have a difficult choice to make.… Read More
My all time favorite photography work is Broken Manual, by Alec Soth. Manual was created from 2006-2010 and explores the desire of people to escape their lives and their means of doing so. Soth has noted that the book is “not about people who run away, but about the dream of running away.” Contrasts are made between the childhood fantasy of escape and the realities of those who actually did. … Read More
Shopping is the Great American pastime. And why not? It’s fun to get new things, imagine how our lives could be different, and feel the power that comes from spending our money how we want to.
I think another – maybe not so great – pastime is the companionship we feel with others when complaining about spending money.… Read More