Category Archives: Personal Finances

Bucking Conventional Thinking: Why it’s stupid to buy an iPhone cover

Do you have a protective cover for your iPhone? It seems like almost everyone does these days. I say almost everyone because I’m one of the few who doesn’t

iPhone-Shattered-ScreenApparently that’s a really big deal because I get comments about this regularly. People are shocked when they notice my naked iPhone. They say, “what if you drop your phone?!” I tell them I’m not worried about it. They give me a condescending look as if I’m a child skating on thin ice thinking sooner or later that ice will crack just like the iPhone screen. Continue reading Bucking Conventional Thinking: Why it’s stupid to buy an iPhone cover


Getting Attention without Click-Bait

Bad ScienceHave you heard that sitting is the new smoking? Apparently Forbes thinks so. It wrote an article about the dangers of sitting in 2015. When I saw the headline I rolled my eyes so hard you might have heard me.

I was reminded of that article this week when I watched John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight on Scientific Studies. The video is a snappier, funnier version of Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks by Ben Goldacre. The book is still worth reading, but if you don’t have the time I’ve included my highlights below.

Bad science, click-bait headlines drive me up a wall. Continue reading Getting Attention without Click-Bait


Who’s Taking My Money?!

Last week I shared that I’m writing a book to teach recent college graduates how to save money.

Yes, I know that makes me a nerd. What can I say? I find this topic interesting. Plus it’s important. Most people wished they started saving earlier in life. That might even include you. So help a brother out and spread the word.

One thing I definitely did not understand when I started working was how significant taxes are.  This topic is particularly timely right now since the IRS tax filing deadline is tomorrow.

It’s easy to find famous quotes on taxes like this one:

Ben Franklins“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
Benjamin Franklin

Sure it’s true, but Continue reading Who’s Taking My Money?!


What the Hell, I’ll Just Write a Book

50thThis is a milestone blog post for me. It is officially my 50th blog post. That’s a nice round number and I think that’s worth celebrating by shaking things up.

To that end, I’d like to announce that I’m doing something that is VERY different for me: I’m writing a book!!

I figure there’s no time like the present since I’m unemployed, and I have something to say (in book form, not blog form). Continue reading What the Hell, I’ll Just Write a Book


Why You Should Sell Your Car to Lose Weight

Can you imagine getting by without a car?

Most people cannot, but I definitely can because I haven’t owned a car for 7 years. People are always surprised when I tell them that, but also are usually awed by it. Owning a car represents freedom and has been a huge part of the American dream for generations. Why would I give up that freedom? It turns out freedom is really convenience. As with almost anything, convenience has its costs. These costs can be hard to find, particularly for car ownership.

bad_mechanic_with_partI first thought to sell my car in 2008 when I receiving a shockingly high maintenance bill. At the time I was living in Chicago and barely used my car. I didn’t need it to go to work, or meet out friends, or even to visit my parents on holidays. I could use the train for any of those. I drove my car to get groceries and run random errands about once a week. That’s it. So why was it costing $500 a year to repair a car I hardly used?! Continue reading Why You Should Sell Your Car to Lose Weight