Author Archives: Evan

What Monthly Expenses Exist Today That Weren’t There in the Past?

The other day I had an interesting conversation with Helaine Olen, an infinitely more talented writer than I, about what is holding back my generation and the generation below me from financial prosperity.  I was responding to a recent article by Ms. Olen titled “The Problem with Finovate” in which it is her contention that,

Why Does it Seem Like Public Unions Do Not Want to Face Reality?

Unlike most personal finance bloggers I share my thoughts about other issues including politically charged topics.  In the past I have explained how I don’t often agree with union/labor on the smallest of issues and to a lesser extent the teacher’s union; well we have yet another example today. I do not know a lot

You Can Now Get Sued for Interfering with an Expected Inheritance in California

As always nothing provided in this BRIEF post should be considered legal advice. I am not sure how this flew under my radar for so long but according to Wealth Management there is a new tort on the books in California.  The tort is Interfering with an Expected Inheritance.  For those that are not familiar with

September 2012 Net Worth Update

Every month since January 2011 I have shared how my net worth has changed from the month before, year to date and even the growth since I started this experiment.  I share just the progress and not the actual numbers.This absolute zero method has its obvious draw backs like you don’t know if I started

How I Make Money Blogging

I have shared a lot of my financial details on this site including my investment strategies, my growing net worth and even a secret business I want to open up, but I have never discussed how this blog operates as a business.  Until today.  I have no real interest in running the type of blog

Analyzing the Prepayments on One of My Student Loans

As I made my monthly payment the other day on one of my student loans I wondered how much I have saved in interest over the years by adding to the principal some months.  Since the lender didn’t provide me with that information I almost looked at it as a challenge to see whether I