Category Archives: Random

Quality vs Quantity over Time? Which Do You Choose

A lot of personal finance bloggers always carve out a special exception for purchasing quality or premium items. For example, you’ll read something along the lines of “I bought an apple laptop because it is a quality product and it will last me forever.” When it comes to certain items I just don’t get that

Caring Less about the Financial Stupidity of Others

Not sure what has happened over the past couple of years but I find myself caring less and leas about the stupidity of others with regards to piss poor financial decisions.  I am not sure if it is maturity, immaturity, age, zen focus, lack of focus, selfishness, becoming jaded, etc., but I stepped back the

How Much Do We Really Know About the Businesses We “Know?”

Was watching a special on CNBC on Marriott and was shocked to learn that Marriott doesn’t actually own many hotels.  Rather Real Estate Investment Trusts and other companies own the hotels and pay Marriott to manage them! That reminded me of two shocking about two product ownership flow charts I have seen: Who actually owns

An Unusual Way to Create an Amazing Legacy

I came across this amazing and unusual estate plan where the a family created a credit union for heirs only.  Forget having to worry about gifting or tax ramifications of intra-family loans this a legitimate credit union where, according to the CBS’ article, For a $5 deposit, plus a 25-cent handling fee, you become a member

Is Anyone Stupid Enough to Care if a CEO’s Salary is $1?

I am not sure if it is an actual trend or I am just noticing it more, but it certainly seems that more and more companies have CEOs whose salary is equal to $1/yr.  Whenever I see stories like this I always shake my head in utter disbelief that anyone actually cares.  It seems like

Thinking about all the Jobs I have had throughout my Life

I was listening to comedian Jim Norton on Opie and Anthony talk about his days working at Pergament which was a home improvement store in the New York / New Jersey area, and it got me to thinking what jobs I have I had in the past? I tried to put this in chronological order,