Holiday Stress Relievers for the Gift of Peace

Ah, the holidays are really here. Yup, it’s holiday crunch time and let’s hope that the crunch isn’t the sound of your head banging against a wall! I know you can tell what time of year it is. The stores are more crowded, your “to do” list is a mile long, your calendar is full of events and errands. Perhaps the littlest things are starting to annoy you. Then there’s drama with family, friends, work, money…ok, so you know all about those things that can create holiday stress. So how are you going to get through this time? Do you have a plan to relieve the stress and really honest-to-goodnessly (ok, I made that word up!) enjoy the holidays?

Holiday Stress Relievers for the Gift of Peace

Look, I’m not a doctor nor do I play one on TV, but I have a list of ways I like to relax each year when it comes to holiday time. Here are a few suggestions that I hope will ease the stress for you like it does for me!Continue reading“Holiday Stress Relievers for the Gift of Peace”

15 Money Movies That Make Great Last Minute Gifts

As we are rounding third and heading for home (excuse the baseball reference please, but I’m so deprived at this time of the year!), I thought what’s more of a holiday treat than to get a DVD of a classic movie that you love and other family members may not have seen? Classic DVD’s are usually a bargain and can even be purchased used online to save even more. (If you order from Amazon today, there’s still time to get it by Christmas with standard shipping.) Then I thought why not tie it all in and pick money movies that can entertain and teach you some great financial lessons!

15 Money Movies That Make Great Last Minute Gifts

While I haven’t gotten to see The Big Short yet (it’s not playing near me until next week), here’s my list of some of the best money movies of the past 40 years. So why not take a stroll down memory lane and give one of these to a loved one or friend? It’s a great evening at home with popcorn and an entertaining money lesson without any of the pain.Continue reading“15 Money Movies That Make Great Last Minute Gifts”

Giving Tuesday: Ways to Give Wisely

Now that the holiday shopping season is in full swing, it’s easy to get caught up in the rampant consumerism of the holidays and forget about the real meaning behind it all. That’s just one of the reasons that today has been dubbed Giving Tuesday, to remind us to help others in need and to act for real change in our communities.

Giving Tuesday: Ways to Give Wisely

 

Obviously giving is important for altruistic reasons, but it also makes you feel good, gives you a potential tax deduction, and makes a difference in the world. With a number of different ways to give and over 1.5 million non-profit organizations to give to, there’s something for everyone. I recommend finding a charity that means something to you and reflects your interests.Continue reading“Giving Tuesday: Ways to Give Wisely”

How to Find the Right Lawyer for Your Needs

We have all heard the lawyer jokes, haven’t we? Ones like “How can you tell when a lawyer is lying? His lips are moving!” Well, as funny as that one is, it’s not a laughing matter when you actually need an attorney to help you in real personal or business matters. Whether it’s to prepare your will, make estate plans, resolve a tax issue, handle a personal injury claim, evict a tenant, draw up a business contract, defend against a civil lawsuit, or even handle a criminal proceeding, lawyers are invaluable professionals in navigating the complex legal maze and protecting your rights.

How to Find the Right Lawyer for Your Needs

The interesting part of needing the help of a good lawyer is that most of us really don’t know where to look or even begin. Unless you’re someone who has unfortunately dealt with lots of legal issues, you may think you can just look in the yellow pages, run a quick search on the internet or call some number you see advertised on TV. That’s probably not the best idea. But there are some ways you can find a lawyer who will meet your needs and become a real asset to you.Continue reading“How to Find the Right Lawyer for Your Needs”

Thanksgiving Roundup: Being Financially Thankful

Every year, Thanksgiving gives us a wonderful opportunity to sit around the table and celebrate with our family and friends by sharing the many things we have to be thankful about. It may be the fact that we can simply gather together and share the love or that we have our health or a roof over our heads and food on the table. There is always something to be thankful for! I hope for all of us it’s not just a day off from work or another day to watch football or shop for a bargain, even though for many people that may be how they spend part of the holiday. I hope it’s much more than that for you.

Thanksgiving Roundup: Being Financially Thankful

Having said that, I thought today on the eve before the eve before (at least here in the US), I’d look at Thanksgiving from a slightly different angle:

What was the single best financial decision or action this year for which I am most grateful? (click to tweet)

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Hidden Money Messages in 12 Popular Beatles Songs

I grew up at a perfect time to be a teenager. I was 14 in February 1964, just when the British Invasion came to America heralded by the arrival of the “Fab Four” known as the Beatles. It was their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. I don’t think there’s a teenager who saw that show who doesn’t remember that night and the exciting changes that occurred across the nation as a result. 70 million people tuned in to see John, Paul, George, and Ringo, and from that day to this one, music was just never the same.

During all my teen years, the Beatles influenced everything from fashion to politics and from culture to music trends. Some 50+ years later, you can still feel the influences. Beatlemania was unlike anything before, and I doubt it will be like anything in the future.

Hidden Money Messages in 12 Popular Beatles Songs

It occurred to me when reviewing a list of Beatles songs (there are over 200 original recordings), that many of their song titles can be interpreted as encrypted messages about financial fitness and personal development. I may be taking some liberties here (alright, a LOT of liberties), but I looked through the many titles and came up with the top 12 songs that I have twisted into interpreted as money matter themes. I admit it’s a bit of a stretch, but I wouldn’t put it past them if there were actual hidden money messages for us all! Continue reading“Hidden Money Messages in 12 Popular Beatles Songs”

Goal Planning or Do You Believe in M.A.G.I.C.?

Just about everyone has dreams, hopes, and visions of what they want their lives, jobs, and families to be like. It’s our nature to think about these things and work towards our desired result. But how do you get there?

Goal Planning or Do You Believe in Magic?

A plan is the first step in achieving our goals and with no plan, getting where we want to be is very unlikely. “Winging it” just doesn’t cut it. Wishing and hoping, well you already know from your own life experiences that that doesn’t work either. So now you may be thinking, where do I go from here? Continue reading“Goal Planning or Do You Believe in M.A.G.I.C.?”

Even More Sunshine

With Labor Day passing, everyone’s thoughts seem to turn to back-to-school and the start of autumn. Even though we’ve had some of the hottest days of the summer recently, I’m already thinking about the cold weather that’s going to come our way soon enough, which brings me to my front door. My 26-year-old front door with gaps under and around it that let the cold air freely flow inside and the warm air (and my money!) escape outside.

I’ve been putting off its replacement for longer than I should, but I don’t want to spend another winter with this relic. So I had a company come to give me an estimate, and I really liked everything the man said, until he got to the price. I swear I heard something like “one million dollars” a la Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers movies. Time for some other estimates! I tried the contractor that my development recommends, and after leaving several messages, I’ve yet to receive so much as an acknowledgement. Strike two! Time to make some more calls.

Even More Sunshine

Meanwhile, back at the blog, things have been rolling along. Did you catch my Every Day Is Sunday post earlier this week? When you’re retired, the days can really blur together if you don’t set up some structure for yourself. I wish I had started planning my retirement activities before I actually retired, but I’m glad I started this blog to keep me busy…and it has kept me busy!Continue reading“Even More Sunshine”