As I’ve studied happiness over the past few years, I’ve learned many things that surprised me. Each day for two weeks, I’m going to debunk one “happiness myth” that I believed before I started my happiness project. Yesterday I wrote about Myth #1: Happy People Are Annoying and Stupid.
By Paul MichaelMy wife brought this to my attention. I’m not an avid Oprah viewer, but usually when I tune in I hear good advice. And with the help of financial guru Suze Orman, she’s asking families all across America one simple question; what can you live without?
At first, it seems like a daunting task.
Don’t go out to eat.
Don’t use your credit cards.
Although I mention other methods of investing around here from time-to-time, the fact is that most of my retirement investments remain ensconced in index funds. Index funds are mutual funds created to track the movement of a stock market index, such as the NASDAQ or the S&P 500. Their goal is to earn the same return as their corresponding index.
Turkeys don’t like skunks. Skunks like turkeys, but mainly because they can eat the baby chicks. So it isn’t surprising that when a skunk comes around a mother turkey will attack it to keep it away from her babies.
The Clorox bleach company recently contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in trying their Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. My cats have a nasty habit of kicking litter out of their litter box, so I’ve been using Clorox wipes to clean up their kicked-up mess for years. I don’t use the wipes in any other location of my home, but in the litter box space they are essential.
A few days ago, I was being interviewed by a local newspaper when the interviewer, after asking a ton of questions about frugality and my ideas on personal finance, simply asked me the titular question.
Do you want to be rich?
I thought about it for a moment and realized the question - and the answer - isn’t as easy as it sounds.
"Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide." ~Marcus Tullius CiceroThe above quote, from our beloved Ancient Roman lawyer, writer, scholar, orator and statesman, is great for certain situations.
Tax season is in full swing. Readers are peppering me with questions, and marketers are forwarding promotional material for their products. This seems like a good time to meld the two opposing forces into a single post!
Tips for preparing your tax return
According to the Wall Street Journal article “Xerox Tries to Go Beyond Copiers” (subscription required), Xerox is pushing consulting services that show clients how they can save money by eliminating unnecessary machines and cutting down on paper use. From the article:
A few years ago, I did a couple of projects under the table for a local company. They paid me in cash, with a quiet understanding that they didn’t plan to issue me a 1099 and I didn’t plan on declaring that income.