Archive for January 2012

Dollar signs and dreams

“It’s not dollar signs that are standing in the way of what you want in life” That wonderful quote, courtesy of Adelaide Lancaster, has been staring out at me from the back cover of my book. It’s quite a thought. Indeed, I wish I’d thought of it, but I will take it as a blurb. For the past year, I’ve been pondering the question of what I’d do with all th… read more »

After debt freedom

When I started researching All the Money in the World, one of the first things I noticed about the shelves of personal finance books out there is that most seem concerned with getting out of debt. Dave Ramsey, in particular, has a whole program for doing a "debt snowball" to attack the smallest debts first, with "gazelle-like intensity." The general mantra is… read more »

Friday Round-Up: The Little Mistake That Kills Your Productivity

Over at CBS MoneyWatch this week, I've been returning to some classic productivity advice (with one wild card thrown in). The most read post? "The little mistake that kills your productivity." As with "What the most successful people do before breakfast," I now know that is an incredibly click-able title. "Little" implies that it won't be hard to remedy. It… read more »

Merit Badge Parenting

Last week, I wrote about the "merit badge mindset" -- how we could give ourselves the satisfaction of external rewards and validation for things that we're largely doing for ourselves. This is why I sign up for races and track my runs in a log. I'm doing the same with book promotion, logging my progress as I commit to doing multiple things each day on that project… read more »

Someone else’s budget

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a young man (or woman) in possession of a desire to better his finances must soon be in want of a budget. A big chunk of personal finance literature is devoted to teaching how to examine what is coming in (let's call it "X") and then how to divvy up X into different budget buckets. These buckets are assumed to be a certain s… read more »