Day #357: Where to Splurge

I was reading a post by another blogger recently and he listed all of the items where he felt that it made sense to splurge and concluded by asking his readers their thoughts on the matter.  That’s a tough question for me.  I’m such a bargain shopper that it’s tough for me to part with …

Day #356: The Best Place to Be a Landlord

I read an article recently that listed the top 10 places to own rental property in the U.S.  Before I get to that list, I wanted to share the results of my own digging on the subject.  The article based its findings on supply and demand.  That is, from a landlord’s perspective, you would want …

Day #353: Home Stretch

Now that I have cut back on blogging on weekends, I realize that I’ve made it to the home stretch of this 365-day project.  Come Monday, there will be just 10 days left.  Gosh!  I look back on the last year and so much has happened!  It’s amazing what you notice when you open your …

Day #352: Small Victories

I lose everything.  This spring when it seemed as if I was constantly traveling, I lost both pair of my eyeglasses.  I sucked it up for a while, but I finally just got tired of not being able to see.  I remembered that there was some sort of provision for eyecare in my health coverage …

Day #351: What is a Ponzi Scheme?

I just read an interesting article that addressed the question of whether or not the U.S. Social Security system is simply an elaborate Ponzi scheme.  It’s an interesting proposition if you think about it.  You see, a Ponzi scheme (named after Charles Ponzi, a notorious scam artist in the early 1920s) is a fraudulent investment …

Day #350: Eating Healthy on the Cheap

Now that my workouts have increased in frequency and intensity, it seems that I am hungry ALL of the time.  However, I’m worried that I’ll get so hungry that I’ll eat junk because it’s fast and easy.  My solution?  I rarely eat at all.  I was sharing this dilemma with a friend this morning and …

Day #349: What’s The Deal With Greece?

You may have heard rumblings recently in the financial press that some folks aren’t too happy with Greece these days.  Often, there is a significant event in another country and we either fail to pay attention or realize its importance.  These days, we all need to understand that we really do operate in a global …

Day #346: Quest to be the Best

I remember having a conversation with my father once when he was disappointed about a tough loss in a college football bowl game.  He was working to collect his thoughts in order to address the team, coaches and fans.  For most of the conversation, he was staring at his shoes — clearly deep in thought.  …

Day #345: The Value of Finance

One of the biggest things that I try to get my students to understand is the value of the financial concepts I teach — beyond the grades that they earn in my course.  If you look at the people who have been victimized through financial swindles or simply made poor financial choices, much of their …

Day #344: Buyer’s Market — Depending on Where You Look

I work in one of those professions where folks don’t always stay with the same employer for their entire career.  In fact, when I was in school, many people told me that you shouldn’t get too tied down to any one place.  Others say that no matter how good you have it, occasionally it might …