“Well, that’s not stealth wealth.” “Do you know how many years you’re delaying retirement with that kind of spending?” “Could my neighbor keep up with the Joneses any harder?” “I have these friends who would have a lot more money if they just wouldn’t make such bad choices with their money.” It’s easy to spout … [Read more…]
There’s no shortage of people doling out advice on the interwebs. In fact, there’s no shortage of advice on this very blog. While I’m long been a proponent of the fact that there’s nothing one-size-fits-all about personal finance, this is the first time I’m going to say something so explicitly. I hope you ignore me—and … [Read more…]
The interwebs are filled with financial advice, cautionary tales, and success stories beyond my wildest imaginings. Amidst all that collective wisdom, though, are some sayings that seem significant but might actually be problematic oversimplifications. Here are five tweetable money truths that simply don’t ring true for me.
Letter grades are one of the hallmarks of the American education system. Whether it’s an A or an F or something in between, letter grades define our academic abilities as students for nearly two decades of life. And then what? People still talk about succeeding and fret at the notion of failing. What would happen if … [Read more…]
Sometimes I think I should turn in my personal finance blogging card. This past week, I’ve been confronted with two different money dilemmas that have me stumped: emergency funds and found money. I understand the basic principles of both. Emergency funds are one of the most talked about topics in personal finance. And na-na na-na … [Read more…]
The first time I mentioned the revolutionary concept of financial independence early retirement (FIRE) to my mom a few years ago, I was met with a scoff. She applauded the idea of financial independence. But early retirement? It was met with pursed lips, a decided frown, or the click of her tongue behind her teeth … [Read more…]
My husband doesn’t read my blog. He convinced me to start it, cheered me on enough to actually convince me to purchase a domain name and self host, and that was about it. Except for one day very early on when he clicked and clicked to get my page to 100 views…and promptly got busted … [Read more…]