Yearly Archives: 2012

My Route To The Leisure Class

When the phrase “leisure class” comes to mind, most people picture private jets, large mansions, and vast family fortunes. They envision people who hold careers as an investment banker, surgeon, or high priced lawyer. In short, the general conception is that the leisure class comprises an exclusive group and reflects an unattainable status. This is

Never Assume Someone Has a Completed Estate Plan

In the past I have stressed that regardless if someone is with working with a professional that person’s testamentary intent should be the most important objective when planning his or her estate.  Recently, I have been seeing a trend that makes me believe that goal needs to be restated and tweaked a bit – Testamentary

Updating My Dividend Income Investment Portfolio

Every two to three months I like to update my Dividend Investment Portfolio (or known around these parts as the article formally known as the Perpetual Income Machine) and since my last update was in December of 2011 I figured it was about time.  These posts are to provide myself with a “watch list” for

Maximizing Family Resources to Get College Financial Aid

It’s no secret that paying for college is an incredibly expensive proposition these days. Tuition at private schools has been steadily rising for years, and state financial troubles have now caused public school tuition to skyrocket, as well. No matter how much or how long you save, it often seems as though no amount of

Would You Pay More for an American Made Good?

I was watching one of my favorite shows last week, Shark Tank, and there was a particular story that got me thinking.  According to ABC Donny McCall, designed the patented made-in-America Invis-A-Rack, the most innovative cargo management system for pick-up trucks ever developed. This collapsible truck track can be unfolded in seconds to carry everything

February 2012 Net Worth Update

With another month in the books it is time to do my net worth update.  Considering how well this experiment has gone recently it is hard for me not to get excited about writing this post at the beginning of each month.  Just as a reminder, I started this net worth experiment a little over