Haven’t we all dreamed that one day we’ll hit the big one? Buy a lottery ticket and get that million dollar jackpot? If only it was our lucky day (sigh), that’s all we need to turn the ship around and sail into that beautiful harbor of the rich and famous. Is it really luck that makes people rich? I don’t think so and if you think about it seriously, you’ll know that isn’t the way millionaires make it.
Rich people are a minority and there are good reasons for that. They do things and act differently than the average person. The habits of the rich breed success and wealth. Your chances of becoming rich aren’t guaranteed, but your chances are better if you emulate the rich in their success-breeding habits, even just a little. Continue reading
Recently, I saw this advertisement (from last year) about finding a financial advisor you can trust:
I think it’s quite clever and delivers home the point that a reliable and trustworthy financial advisor needs to do more than just “look the part”. If you’re going to follow someone’s advice on your finances, you need to be sure that advice will be worth it and keep your best interest in mind. But how do you determine if you’ve found the right advisor for you? 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
Who would have believed 25 years ago that the smartphone would be as commonly found in your pocket as wearing shoes each day on your feet? I know I never dreamed of being accessible 24/7 by phone and have the data resources available at my fingertips to settle a bar bet, compare prices while out shopping, or find my way home when driving and lost. But we live in a world where technology is king, and to support that king, we have to pay our dollars in tribute. It’s not really much of a choice whether or not to have a phone, but mostly a necessity these days. That’s why you have to do your due diligence to find the best affordable deal for you and your family.
When you don’t feel well, whether it’s a random headache, a temporary infection or a chronic illness getting you down, the last thing you want is to spend more money to feel better. The good news is that there are many ways to help save money on medications. As I’ve gotten older, and accumulated more health issues, medication has become a daily routine. It can eat up a lot of your budget if you’re not careful. Here are some ways to control the costs.
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
Is there really a science to looking for great deals on a specific day of the week? Well, according to some experts, there actually are better days to shop and save than others! Jot these down and next time you’re in the market for a bargain, try shopping on the best day for that category.
Buying a new car? Mondays are the best deals around. Why? Pretty simple, they have the least amount of shoppers on Mondays and after what may have been a poor weekend result (weather may have affected sales, or perhaps the staff just didn’t close many deals), the salesman are “highly motivated” to start the week successfully. Continue reading
In the world of financial responsibility and saving money, our rewards come from achieving our goals. It can be a long journey, and not always a “fun” one, as we adapt our lifestyles to fit our budgets. But a number of financial organizations and other companies are seeking to inject some play into that process through the gamification of savings. Games are great motivators, after all, who doesn’t like to win? So if saving money is your game, you may be wondering where the prizes are.
While winter is at its height here in New Jersey, I can’t help but think about vacationing somewhere warm and tropical. Vacationing is something I really enjoy, just like most people who like to get away from it all. You could just sit home and relax, away from your job, and enjoy your own backyard. You could take a stroll in the park and admire the flowers, but I much prefer travelling and seeing the sights as well as going to places I have never been before. And one way to do that is timeshare vacations.
The truth is I’m not going to paint a rosy picture about timeshares for you. They aren’t for everyone and depending on whom you talk with, they can be anything from fabulous to warning, warning, stay far, far away! Continue reading