Personal Finance Round-Up: Leverage What You Have

red house leverageThe U.S. government is in trouble – money trouble that is. We as a nation are in trillions of dollars of debt, much of that to foreign countries, which is scary in and of itself. The worst part is that we are going more and more into debt every day.

So what can the U.S. government do? I mean, the budget remains unbalanced, but to balance it would require enormous cuts like never seen before. Plus, we’d lose too much of what the government provides.

Well, to answer that question, Mike at has found a creative way to pay off U.S. debt. Why doesn’t the government tap into capitalism to help get the country back in the black? The economy may be hurting, but companies are still buying advertising. Why not rent out some premium space on the White House wall or lawn, hang something from the Washington Monument, or drape a very large Prada dress over the Statue of Liberty?

While those may be extreme measures, and $30 million for such tactics wouldn’t even dent the deficit on Capital Hill, it reminds me that we all have assets that we sometimes forget about or devalue. Each and every one of us has unique circumstances and experiences. Combine that with a little innovation and you have a winning combination.

Here are some more innovators with something to say:

Don’t Go Broke Playing Host This Summer [Mint Life Blog]
Do you have big summer plans but are worried about the big bill that comes afterward? Check these tips out for ways to cut those costs and still have a good time.

Rebalancing: Lessons from the Yale Model [Wealthfront]
It’s hard to go against the grain, especially when money is on the line when a wrong decision is made. Sometimes the biggest gain will come with that risk though.

Maximizing Time While Changing Car Oil [Money Reasons]
Doing any kind of maintenance on your car takes some time, and unless you’re doing it yourself or the place is within walking distance of home, you’re probably stuck at the shop for a half hour or so. Why not do something with that time?

The Cost of Air Conditioning vs. a Fan: Is It Time to Re-Think Our Addiction to AC? [20 Something Finance]
For many today, going without AC for even a day is torture, but what are those conveniences really costing you?

Solar Leases: Adding a Touch of Blue to Every Roof [Money Mamba]
Since solar energy was created, it’s been used very little. It’s not that the public doesn’t want to get in on harnessing this free energy source, what’s been holding you and I back is the high cost of entry. Finally there is an answer.

Learn Japanese Over Skype [I Heart Japan]
Everywhere we look, things are progressing into the digital world. Things that have always been done in person are no longer required to be, like learning a language. Because of that, services are becoming more readily available and cheaper too.

7 Top Freelance Survival Tips [Freelance Folder]
If you’ve ever done freelance work, you know it can be tough. No one is looking out for you but you, and if something doesn’t work, it’s entirely your fault. Here are some tips to keep on going.

How a Personal Assistant Can Help Budget Travelers [Fluent in 3 Months]
Personal assistants aren’t just for the big shots anymore. With this job moving to the virtual world, you can hire a virtual assistant for just about any task at very affordable rates.

10 Most Momentous Strikes of the 20th Century [Business Pundit]
Every so often, something strikes at the souls of people enough for them to stand up and take action. There is a lot you can learn from a strike.

How to Invest 30 Minutes and Gain 4 Hours for Your Business Every Day [Smart Passive Income]
A balanced life requires regular exercise to be a part. However, physical fitness has a lot more to do with the rest of your life than you might think.

  • Money Reasons

    Thanks for the mention!

  • SavingMoneyToday

    Thanks for the mention! Glad you liked the article.