Have you booked a ticket for an airline flight lately? The pricing options for seating, boarding priority and luggage allowed have exploded. It can be time-consuming to figure out the most cost-effective option. It’s all too easy to miss the “old days” when buying a plane ticket didn’t seem to involve so much nickel & diming.
A gentleman in his early 80s came to speak with me. There are valuable lessons in his story for everyone who has a pension, who expects to have a pension or who will never have a pension.
Earlier this year, there was a report in The Washington Post about a teacher in Southern California who called U.S. service members “the lowest of our low.”
Apparently the school district was “deluged by thousands of emails, many from veterans, active-duty troops and military family members.”
Maybe you’ve heard about the new twist on the Microsoft scam. It used to be that an individual would get a call from someone pretending to be from Microsoft trying to get access to that person’s computer.
The first thing to realize when it comes to making complicated decisions perfectly is that there is no “perfectly.” Complicated decisions usually have at least one significant obstacle and often it’s more like “one thing after another.”
A few weeks ago, a customer emailed to ask if I would consider writing a column about the pitfalls of credit cards for young people, especially college students. He said he had a feeling his kids weren’t hearing him and he thought they might get the message if they saw it in the paper.
This is not about delayed gratification, although delayed gratification can be a very useful way to build your wealth – especially when the “delay” causes you to re-think an expenditure and ultimately forgo the “gratification”.