The World’s Easiest Guide To Understanding Retirement Accounts

May 05th, 2006

I want to be clear about something: I'm sincerely interested in doing less and less work as I go through my life. That's why I'm always puzzled when I meet people on a career path that will have them working more, not less. That's like being a real-life Mario Brother, where every progressive level you beat means your life gets ...

The Best Decision vs. The Financially Smart One

May 03rd, 2006

The financially smart decision isn't always the right one. When I say this, it usually irritates engineers and economists, who love to believe that we all behave rationally. This just makes me even more gleeful, resulting in an upward spiral of doom. Seriously, I love messing with them. Anyway, my friend told me an interesting story the other day: After ...

Cost vs. value: Why I bought a new car

March 29th, 2006

In college, I drove a rickety-ass minivan that my parents let me use. Here's how bad it was: It shook so badly that when I drove it on the freeway, I always drove in the right lane so that when it broke down--not if--I could simply pull over gracefully. When I took it to get a smog check, which of ...

Your College is Not a Technical School

November 17th, 2005

I went to school with some of the smartest people in the world--people whose knowledge and insight would stun you regularly--but you wouldn't always know it. Maybe it was the guy who didn't know how to pump his own gas, or the girl whose monotone voice and paragraph-long questions made me want to jump off a bridge and stab myself ...

My Free Insider's Kit will show you how to earn more money

We love to debate minutiae

October 11th, 2005

If you're below the age of 125, you have heard people saying one of more of these phrases about losing weight: Don't eat before you go to bed because fat doesn't burn as efficiently If you cut your carb intake and raise your protein level, you can lose lots of weight quickly If you eat fruit in the morning, it's ...

Cheap versus frugal

September 26th, 2005

Everybody knows a cheap person, and probably hates them. But I think we often mislabel frugal people cheap. These are just my opinions, but here's what I think differentiates the two: Cheap people care about the cost of something. Frugal people care about the value of something. Cheap people try to get the lowest price on everything. Frugal people try ...