• Finances

    Called on the Carpet

    The other day I was scanning a customer’s items at work when one of my managers approached me. “You’re due for your break now, aren’t you?” she asked. “Whenever!” I chirped. “Would you mind coming to the office before you clock out for it? We have something to discuss with you,” my manager asked. “Um, sure.” I watched her block…

  • Finances,  Investments

    The Fear of Being Wrong

    I ran my bank account a bit lower than I like at the end of August. It was a deliberate choice; not only did I want to give my daughter one last, really nice birthday in light of the fact it may be the last one I spend with her, it was the last time I would have free trading…

  • Finances,  Investments

    Investment Update

    The other day I closed out my books for the month of August. Here are the numbers: Beginning Balance: $1,340.61 Dividends received: $20.46 Personal Investment: $286.00 ———————————————— Total Invested in the stock market: $1,647.07 August was a tight month. I had to set aside some funds to celebrate my daughter’s 19th birthday. Since this very well might be the last…

  • Finances

    The Art of Definite Action

    As I mentioned in a previous post I am concerned about my finances for the upcoming winter. Rather than allow the fear to eat at me I decided to take some definite action and meet the concern head-on. Up the street from my home is a gas station that happens to be hiring, not only for cashiers but for management…

  • Finances,  Frugality,  Housing

    Winter Worries

    The kid will be moving out this winter. She plans to get married once her fiancée graduates BASIC training and move on base with him once he gets things sorted. Here’s a picture of him in training: The demon Fear has raised its ugly head since I’ve received this notice. She will probably move out mid-winter when the bills are…

  • Education,  Productivity

    Bedtime Routine

    Time is the one thing I never seem to have enough of. Between my public job, caring for my home, and writing I never seem to have enough time to pursue my self-education goals. While I read on my days off and on my breaks at work my progress was annoyingly slow. It took weeks to finish a single book…

  • Car-Free,  Finances,  Frugality,  Housing

    Frugality and the Pareto Principle

    According to the 80/20 Principle, 20 percent of actions will provide 80 percent of results. This is especially true when it comes to frugality. When you break it down the majority of money I personally save falls into two main categories: housing and auto. By renting a one-bedroom house in a less than ideal area, I saved $200 a month…

  • Finances,  Frugality

    Why Bother Saving Money?

    A common question I receive from family and friends is “why bother to save money?” Their reasoning is that, if they can afford it, they should enjoy every penny they have to spend. There’s nothing wrong with this logic on the surface. We’ve been trained to believe that we no longer really need to save for retirement or for protection…

  • Finances,  Inspiration,  Investments,  Simplicity

    The Magic of Time

    I moved to this house in April 2011. In the fence row of the front yard was a little sapling beside my front gate. My friend Mr. A wanted to chop it down. I told him to leave it; it would grow into a fence post eventually. That sapling was so insignificant that I never even bothered to photograph it.…

  • Education

    The College Path

    Last year a friend of mine decided to attend college. He wants to increase his education so that he can get a better paying job. I’ve encouraged him in this endeavor by assisting him with technical difficulties when his computer messed up and by acting as a sounding board when he doubts his ability to continue. He stopped in at…

  • Inspiration,  Investments

    The Art of Staying Motivated

    The other night I came home after an exhausting shift at work. I plopped down in front of my computer to check my emails before engaging in my nightly habit of reading a bit before I went to bed. As I sat there I thought “what’s the point?” What was the point in reading more when I was so drained?…

  • Finances,  Investments

    A Goal of Freedom

    With all of the work I’ve put in to learn about investing and the stock market I’ve allowed one important piece to fall to the wayside. I need a concrete long-term goal to focus on in order to not only have a measuring stick of my progress but to inspire me during the dark hours. I woke up this morning…

  • Finances,  Frugality,  Investments

    Frugality is Essential for Success

    Everywhere you turn these days one can find ads touting this investment or that business as the way to “get rich quick.” Just buy this course or whatever and money will flow into your life like a raging river. Bull crap. There’s no such thing as “get rich quick.” It’s all a scam to part us with our hard-earned money. …

  • Investments

    Missing the Boat

    One of the first stocks I researched happened to be the company that originally owned the store I work in. Since they had sold my company off I decided not to buy, but since the owners of my franchise happened to also own another store that was involved in the company, I set up some news alerts just to keep…

  • Investments

    A Stock Market Ouchie

    While I was digging through the bargain bin at the Stock Market I stumbled across a company with a LOT of potential. This media company, while it has its fingers stuck in traditional media sources like television and radio stations, not only creates its own content but has been slowly transitioning to embrace the new way people receive media. I…

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    Finances,  Frugality,  Organization

    Moratorium

    Everyone’s needs change over time. You may slow down or stop using an item, or you may start to use something else instead. It’s just a part of life. For instance, I was a big fan of pencil and paper. I not only write copious lists, I also composed my book/blog drafts and kept a journal in paper format. To…

  • Investments

    Why I Won’t Invest in Index Funds

    I’ve had a lot of recommendations concerning Index Funds as of late. It seems that many people believe that they are the way to go. I happen to disagree, especially with current market trends. An Index fund is a business that buys shares in some (weighted funds) or all of the companies listed on the stock market. As a result,…

  • Finances,  Investments

    The Challenge of Investing in the Stock Market

    One of the major challenges of entering the stock market on a shoestring is brokerage fees. These are fees that you have to pay any time you buy or sell a stock. While there are a number of discount brokerages out there, many of them require that you open an account with anywhere from $500, $1,000, or even more. When…

  • Finances,  Frugality

    How I Made an 82.82% Investment Return on $7.56

    One of the smartest decisions I have ever made was to take business classes in high school. I learned how businesses save a fortune simply by buying the items they use in larger quantities instead of as they use them. Unfortunately, this teaching runs counter to how many people manage their finances. They only have so much money until payday…

  • Finances,  Food,  Frugality

    Bargain Food

    One of the ways I stretch my dollars is by taking advantage of the fact that I work in a grocery store. Every single shift I look around for good deals and take advantage when I can. For instance, when my employer issued coupons for a free 24-pack of bottled water with a purchase a while back, I bought some…