Category Archives: Personal Finances

Guess Who’s Back!

Cue up the theme song from the Greatest American Hero (and George Constanza’s answering machine):

george-believe-it-or-notBelieve it not Don isn’t at home (with his parents)

Please leave a message at the beep

I’m not around (anymore) or I’d pick the phone

Where could I be?!?

HellOOOOO Chicago! I am back!

6+ months ago I shamelessly announced I was unemployed and living with my parents. It was bar none, the most attention grabbing blog post I’ve written to date. I’ll admit it was a little self-indulgent. Who am I kidding? It was a lot self-indulgent. Continue reading Guess Who’s Back!

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Ignorance is Bliss

Whenever I’m offered a piece chocolate cake I politely turn it down, which leads to a casual inquisition why. There is always somebody around who finds in unfathomable that I would refuse a piece of delicious chocolate cake. What could be my excuse?! chocolate-cakeDon runs marathons constantly, so he can’t be on a diet or anything like that, right?

The Nosey Nancy is correct that I’m not on a diet. I just don’t like chocolate cake. The reason is I was allergic to chocolate as a child. The allergy went away as I grew older, so it’s not like I’ll break into hives if I eat a Hershey’s Kiss. Continue reading Ignorance is Bliss

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The Limits of Persistence

I have a general policy to not answer my phone from numbers I don’t recognize. seinfeld telemarketerMy thoughts are if the person on the other line is calling about something important they will leave a message. Most of the calls I receive must not be important because I rarely get the voicemail notification, and even when I do get a message it’s usually the tail end of some stupid automated call. (Man those are annoying!)

So you can imagine my surprise when I heard “Yvette’s” voice on the other end of a message I received last week. Continue reading The Limits of Persistence

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Revisiting Why to Make Your Bed

I’m struggling with a new topic writing now (SPOILER ALERT: It’s about giving and receiving advice). I haven’t fleshed out my thoughts enough to share them yet, but I don’t want to continue my bad habit of missing blog posts. maid-making-bed-hotel-room-5940350I also see this as an opportunity to apply my lesson learned last week to always having a back up plan. After writing that, I realized I have more than 50 blog posts. I have no excuse to miss a week because I can always revisit old material.

As such, I going back to well with one of my earliest post, Making the BedContinue reading Revisiting Why to Make Your Bed

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Revisiting the Father’s Day Habit

I’m going back into the vault this week and bringing back and oldie but a goodie for Father’s Day.  It’s also a reminder to myself that I need to be back on track with that pesky book idea I had.


#1 DadFather’s Day made me think of what habits I have picked up from my father.  The habit that jumps out first is how to be responsible with my money. The conversation that had the biggest impact happened 6 months into my first real job. I just received my first pay raise. My dad suggested I increase my 401K contributions by the 5% increase in pay I was about to receive. He reasoned (correctly) that people spend whatever money is in their checking account. Continue reading Revisiting the Father’s Day Habit

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