Remember the ’80s? The stonewashed jeans? Hypercolor t-shirts? The bad hair and cheesy tunes? Punky Brewster, Alf, and Garbage Pail Kids? If you were a child of the ’80s, you probably wore bright neon colors and tight-rolled your jeans. You watched VHS tapes and recorded songs off the radio with cassette tapes. Your first real
A little over a week ago, I responded to a mailbag question from Mary, who was struggling with the decision about whether to go on an expensive trip (that she could afford) with her ailing sister. She was worried about the long-term financial impact of this big expense and was weighing it against doing something
An old dear friend of mine has an absolute fascination with the idea of “cleanses.” She’s constantly trying out juice cleanses and organic fruit cleanses and other such things, with the idea of clearing her body and mind of “toxins.” I’ll be the first to admit that I doubt the usefulness of juice cleanses and
It’s a pretty familiar feeling for everyone at some time or another in their life. You’re doing some household chore and you realize that having some particular item would make this task more convenient, so you add that item to your shopping list. Or, maybe, you’re at the store and you see something that is
Your children are in college. You are determined to pay for their education. It is a lot of money! You wonder if Uncle Sam helps you here — I mean, in the form of tax incentives. Well, in fact, he does. Thanks to the current laws, yes you could save on taxes when you pay
Recently, I attended the funeral of a friend. It got me thinking about life and death. Without getting too morbid or philosophical, let’s focus on a tangible financial question related to the circle of life: How do you live life to the fullest now, yet simultaneously save for the future? Maybe some examples will help.