Hoarding, the Scarcity Mindset, and an Unnecessary Attachment to Your House

“I steal cracker packets. I hoard them. Once my collection is large enough, I’ll take them to the flea market and try to sell them to discerning lovers.” –Jarod Kintz My parents like to watch the show American Pickers, so when we go home for the holidays, we usually wind up watching an episode (or […]

The Slippery Slope to What the Hell, or, Why Spending Diets Don’t Work

“Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.” –Mark Twain “My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the hell she is.” –Ellen Degeneres I used to be a pretty decent competitive poker player. I earned a couple of entries to […]

Lies, Damn Lies, and Anchors

“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others.” –Fyodor Dostoyevsky “The best lies about me are the ones I told.” […]

Why That Advice Column and Those Online Financial Calculators Do Not Work for You

“You know how advice is. You only want it if it agrees with what you wanted to do anyway.” –John Steinbeck I was kind of a personal finance nerd well before I took the courses needed to be able to sit for my CFP® exam. OK, let’s be honest, I am a nerd. There is […]

Where’s Waldo? My Recent Appearances

Occasionally, others ask me to share some insight with their audiences on a variety of personal finance topics. I’m always grateful to them for sharing the opportunity. Here are a few of my recent appearances for (what I hope is) your reading pleasure: Unstuck | How to Fix Your Worst Money Mistakes So you’ve made […]

Don’t be the Taxi Driver

“The one thing you shouldn’t do is try to tell a cab driver how to get somewhere.” –Jimmy Fallon “Life is like a taxi. The meter just keeps a-ticking whether you are getting somewhere or just standing still.” –Lou Erickson Imagine that you’re a taxi driver in New York City. You live modestly, so you […]