I Don’t Want To Win “The Price Is Right”

price is right“Come on down you’re the next contestant on The Price Is Right!”

Actually you’re not the next contestant, I don’t have the authority or staging presence to make that call. But it was a nice lead in, wouldn’t you say?

Anyway, occasionally I’ll catch an episode of the game show: The Price Is Right.

If you’ve seen the show, you know that it has prizes ranging from earrings and jet skis all the way up to a “Brand New Car!” If you haven’t seen the show  Read more

The CVS Chain Reaction

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 11.23.45 AMIt started with Frosted Mini Wheats. It ended with laundry detergent and paper towels. It all happened so fast. Well, not really – it took a few months.

Over the past couple of months I’ve been caught up in what I like to call the “CVS Chain Reaction.” Not really caught up I suppose, but more: “taking advantage of an available and advertised system that happens to string you along.” Let me explain. Read more

April Challenge

apr chal copy 2My March Challenge wasn’t as successful as I had originally intended. I was able to organize quite a bit, but alas there remains a good deal of work left before my next book is ready to edit. I see this as an ongoing endeavor in which I will consistently make strides moving forward. No credit for partial work, I’ll count this as a miss. This brings my monthly challenge record to 5 and 2, not outstanding but still reasonable.

April Challenge = 50 / 50 Read more

3 Stocks To Balance Your Current Income with Future Growth

SureDividendArrowNote: Today’s post is a guest post by Ben Reynolds. I don’t regularly seek out these posts, but Ben recently contacted me with some ideas. I thought his enthusiasm and underlying message was reasonable, so I decided to feature his work. Ben runs the website: Sure Dividend. “Sure Dividend focuses on high quality dividend growth stocks trading at fair or better prices suitable for long-term investors.” I have made some footnotes to his piece, but otherwise what follows is his. I hope you enjoy! Read more

The Real Currency Of Life

real currency 2I don’t like to do this too often, but I wanted to bring about an essay to your attention: “Time Well Spent, The Declining Real Cost of Living in America.”

It’s a report published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas in 1997. The basic idea is that while the nominal price of goods has been increasing consistently, the amount of time required to obtain said goods (the true currency measure) has been steadily declining. It’s perfectly in-line with this websites ideology. If you like anything about this site, this report will be a great read – color graphs and all. Read more

Why Investing Is Important

why invest 2Here’s a link to the Forbes 400 list. It’s a catalog of the richest people in America. I could reproduce the table, but I’ll just describe it instead. The list includes: rank, name, net worth, age, residence (you know, in case you want to stop by for their Halloween party) and the source of their wealth.

There’s something very intriguing about the richest of the rich. However, I bet my takeaway is a bit different than most. All of these people share one thing in common: they all got to where they are by Read more

Trading Time For Chicken

chick fil a 2Recently a Chick-fil-A restaurant (fast-food chicken place) opened in a neighborhood near me. In order to generate publicly, the company offers a seemingly appealing contest: the first 100 patrons are rewarded with free chicken meals for the year.

At first blush this seemed like an interesting opportunity. Especially for me: my schedule is flexible, I eat chicken and I definitely like free. So I figured I’d check out the details and learn more. Read more