I have worked for several large banks in my lifetime, and frankly, I have always wondered why people go to the bank. Since the early 1990’s, most people have had many options to save, get, borrow, or invest their money without setting foot inside a brick-and-mortar bank.
Some of those options include ATM’s for quick cash and deposits. Online banking for virtually everything else you need including investments, loans, and opening/closing accounts. Telephone banking with toll-free numbers which allow banking for all the same needs and wants. Direct deposits for your paychecks and social security benefits. And now, there are smartphone apps that enable you to do it all, even taking a photo of your checks and depositing them from wherever you may be at the moment. Continue reading
Poems, songs, and proverbs have been written about time over the centuries. We talk about time every day, whether we are “saving” it, “spending” it, being “on time”, having “time off” or measuring it in some other way. After all is said and done, time is the only thing we all share and we never know exactly how much of it we will have in the end. The very last thing we should do is waste our time. It’s that important and precious, isn’t it?
In this blog I have written about some “time savers” over the past year or so. Today, I want to talk about the importance of time in a few of the ways that affect you, your family, and your finances. Continue reading
A few weeks ago, in my roadmap to happiness, I mentioned knowing what is enough for you. In our consumer society, we always seem to want more and have a difficult time “settling” for what we already have. But having gratitude that we have enough—enough to eat, a place to live, health care when we need it, family and friends—can make us rich beyond our wildest dreams.
I was reminded of this wealth during the past few days. My wife Suzanne volunteers at a food bank, and the clients there don’t always have enough. It is difficult to see people struggling for basic needs. Thankfully the food bank is able to provide them with a considerable amount of food. The donations they receive provide not only canned and boxed goods, but fresh bread, dairy, and produce as well as frozen meats. Of course when you have perishable goods, it can be a challenge to manage the inventory with the demand before they spoil. And that is why last week we received the unexpected abundance of a case of zucchini, several pounds of carrots, and a case of ripe pears. Continue reading
The following blog post is part of the The Road to Financial Wellness Blog Tour.
Over a period of 30 days, the Phroogal team will go to 30 locations to raise
awareness about financial empowerment. Today they will be in Elizabeth, NJ!
Our goal is to help people learn about money by starting the conversation.
We understand that local conversations can help bring
about national awareness.
I worked for forty-five years in the business world before I began writing this blog in my retirement. That’s how long it took me to put together, in a simple way, how you can achieve happiness, success, and financial health in your life by focusing on a road to that very goal. By avoiding many of the mistakes I, and many others, have made over the years, you can improve your chances of feeling that feeling that makes you a success.
It seems like most of us work very long, hard hours, making personal sacrifices in the hope that we will make more money and get promotions. Despite doing that, most of us aren’t really happy in our current situation. We want more, but we don’t seem to know how to get there. A big part of the equations is that we think that being financially successful makes us happy, and that monetary wealth guarantees we will have it all. Continue reading
As I mentioned in my blogiversary post, I’m going to be involved in some new opportunities to expand my connections and this blog. This week marks the beginning of two of those activities, and I’d like to share some details with you.
Well, who would have believed it? Some 70 posts and a year have just gone by in a flash. Just a year ago I was looking for something to do and keep busy in my newly retired life and little did I know then that this blog would grow into what it now has become! Originally a once-a-week project, it now is published twice weekly, usually on Tuesdays and Fridays. It continued to evolve into an interesting, personally rewarding, and hopefully beneficial endeavor.
The original concept here was to write about my experiences and recommendations in retail shopping and saving money, Continue reading
I often wonder if every family realizes the importance of teaching the kids about handling money. Money certainly is a topic that comes up every day, and when your kids reach a certain age, they should be included in the process that can teach them how it’s earned, spent, saved, and donated to help others and worthy causes.
Children are most likely to be receptive to this kind of education at an earlier age rather than later. Teenagers, for example, think they already know everything there is to know, have a competitive mindset when it comes to status with their peers, and certainly mom and dad can’t really teach them about much, can they? Young children are constantly absorbing and asking questions and being curious about everything. Money is no exception. Continue reading
It’s now March and the snow has finally melted and the skies seem to be turning much bluer and the temperatures are warmer than just a few short days ago. Spring is finally sprung and with that thought my mind is now drifting to what it always does this time each year: Baseball.
As I dwell on it just a bit more, I am reminded how baseball is just like life itself. Continue reading
Judge Judy. It’s a TV show. It’s on every day all over the USA and other countries. It’s the best known of the syndicated court-type television shows and Judge Judy, a.k.a. Judith Sheindlin, is the highest paid TV judge in the world, by far. I get it. You probably love the show or hate it, but I readily admit that I watch it often. It’s one of my guilty pleasures of retirement.
Despite its comical and sometimes ridiculous stories and litigants, you can actually learn something from the show. I’m in constant amazement about what appears to be the most common sense concepts that are unknown or truly ignored and regularly quoted to the “real people, real cases” by Judge Judy. Continue reading
You remember Saint Frugaltine, don’t you? Patron saint of those who wish to save money while remaining romantic? Well, Saint Frugaltine’s day is coming up soon and those of us who wish to celebrate have some planning to do.
Now if you’re one of those people who don’t celebrate, who think it’s all part of a grand conspiracy to get you to spend more money, let me ask you this: if how much you spend (if anything at all) is up to you, what’s so wrong with celebrating love on just one day a year? It doesn’t even have to be romantic love (singles, I’m looking at you!), it can be family love, friend love, pet love, hobby love or whatever kind of love you value in your life. If you do nothing else for Saint Frugaltine’s day, at least spend a moment of gratitude for the love that you have. You’ll instantly feel richer.
If you want to celebrate, let’s look at some of the ways you can remain true to your budget while displaying your passion for your love.