This is kind of a cliche questoin, but I think it’s important to remember what the holidays are about, since it usually gets overshadowed by Black Friday, cooking way too much food, and chatting with crazy family members. Did you take time this past thursday and this weekend to reflect on what you are most thankful for this year?
Supporters of using credit cards use the claim that debit cards cannot be used in all situations. They list things such as hotel reservations, rental car reservations, airplane tickets, and other related services that traditionally started requring that people put a credit card on file for “collateral”. However, I have been travelling quite a bit in the past few years, and I have always used my Visa debit card for these purchases.
Contrary to my post from a few days ago, I opted not to wait outside for a PS3. There were already plenty of crazy people outside, so I knew that my chances were few and far between. I tried to score one on Costco.com today, but my attempts were futile. The website was locked up the entire time that they were supposedly on sale. The next thing that I knew, they were sold out. What gets me about these scarce products that pop up every year around the holidays is all of the horrible stories that arise around the country. One person waiting outside of Best Buy was actually mugged and shot. Another group of people shot a BB gun outside of a car to scare people out of line. Another story came out about a store manager having the great idea of putting ten chairs next to each other and making 50 people run to sit down in one of the chairs. Whoever ended up in the chairs, received a PS3. What a bonehead move on his part. I hate frivilous lawsuits, but I really hope someone sues him if they got hurt. I am almost positive that Sony and other manufacturers do this on purpose. They want the frenzy generated by not having enough supply to meet the demand. You cannot convince me that a multi-billion electronic juggernaut like Sony Corporation is unable to produce a video game system with the same components as an average personal computer (minus the graphics capabilities).
Check out the submissions for the festival of Under 30 Finance #10 over at Tired But Happy. Check out the rest of Tired But Happy’s articles, too. What I like most about the Tired But Happy Blog is her honesty about life and money. Anyway, support those of us who are twentysomethings and struggling to make it through the world of life, money, and the pursuit of careers that don’t bore us to death.
Most of you have heard about this, and it is true. People with pre-ordered PS3′s are selling them on Ebay, and people are actually buying them for $1,500, $1,700, even $2,200! Once I saw this, I said to myself, “Why didn’t I buy a pre-ordered PS3!” Now, I am thinking about sitting outside overnight to buy one. Target only has 8 people in line right now, and if they get 10 systems, then I would have a good chance at getting one. Let’s say I sold it for $1,600, then I would make $1,000 in profit! That is crazy. What some people will pay for convenience is beyond reason.
As you can tell, I am trying out a new blog design. As far as style goes, I liked the other one better, but this design is much more functional when it comes to incorporating google adsense, installing plugins, and manipulating code. Anyway, let me know what you think. Also, if any of you know a good plugin for making it easier to integrate images, let me know.
Men, Listen up. Many men ask their significant other to marry them during the holiday season. This means that numerous clueless men are looking for engagement rings as we speak. I was like you about 3 years ago. I was on a budget, but I wanted to get my girl a ring that she would be proud to show off to her friends. I did a ton of research, and now I am going to pass off my wisdom to my fellow gender.
Mistake 1: Not Contributing to a 401(k) that matches your contribution
If your employer offers a company match for your 401(k) contributions, then you NEED to start putting money into that fund. It is the closest thing to free money that you will ever come across. If you already have an IRA, stop putting money into it and throw that money into the company-matched 401(k), or if you have enough money to invest in both, then do that. The point is that it is ridiculous not to take advantage of a company match.
Mistake 2: Not Being Aggressive Enough with your Investments
This is not a political blog, but politics affect every aspect of our lives whether we like it or not. a shift of power occurred yesterday with the Democrates winning the majority of the House of Representatives. It’s still possible that they could win the Senate majority as well.
There are less than two months left until Christmas, and it is less than one month until Black Friday. Many of you are familiar with Black Friday. It is the friday following Thanksgiving, and It is the busiest shopping day of the year. Retailers call it Black Friday, because some retailers begin to move out of the negative and into the positive for yearly profits.
That title makes me want to puke. I know that most readers do not want to hear me get on my soap box about why I think using credit cards are a huge financially poor choice, but you have to agree with me that it is a huge conflict of interest for a CREDIT CARD company to be teaching financial education. Gee, I wonder if they are going to teach kids to use credit carsds and use them frequently? My guess is that they will pitch them the same garbage that most adults buy into. Basically, they will teach these kids to worship the credit score. They will have them so worried about their credit score, that kids will start to worry if their school grades affect their credit score. Here are some excerpts from the Capital One website about their financial education plans.
The article from Business Week titled, “Is There a Gene For Business?” explores the debate between whether or not entrepreneurs are born that way or you can teach someone to be an entrepreneur. As you will read my blog post below, I believe that everyone born in America has the ability to be an entrepreneur. I believe we all possess the qualities of an entrepreneur somewhere inside of us. The key is finding those qualities and using them. You will see in this article that some prominent executives in the business world agree with me and others do not agree. Anyway, I think it is an interesting discussion, so check it out.
I was going through some old junk a few days ago, and I stumbled across a necklace that I made when I was in elementary school. When I was young, I would buy materials to make beaded necklaces, bracelets, and anklets. I don’t think I charged enough money for them, but when you are working with kids whom only have enough money for lunch, you’ll get what you can take. In middle school, my friends and I used to take cans from neighborhood recycling bins, crush them, and take them to the recycling center. We would get $5.00 for every so many pounds. It ended up being enough money for some baseball cards and Checker’s burgers.
I stumbled across a personal financial blog called Free The Drones, and it is a very resourceful personal financial blog. There is also a forum where people can post questions and answers to financial questions. Also, check out the author’s humorous posts about dysfunctional financial personalities like the Moocher.
Recently, you saw the statistic in the media about married couples comprising less than 50% of the family households in America. This is the first time since they started keeping track of the statistic that it dipped below 50 percent. Many households contain single-parent families, gay/lesbian partners, and unmarried couples co-habitating with mutual children. However, the main reason for the decline in marriages is not due to the rise in alternative lifestyle relationship, rather it is due to an increase in divorce over the past three decades.