Category Archives: Personal Finances

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


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