This Class Should be MANDATORY

This Class Should be MANDATORY

The Core Classes – English, Math, Science and History

These core classes in high school are supposed to either prepare you for college or life after high school.

As a college educated person, these core classes prepare you to have a wide knowledge base in addition to understanding the world at a very high level in your chosen field but also at a substantial level in other disciplines.   The way in which a chemist describes the world is going to be very different than the way an English major or a Sociology major does. Being exposed to these “other” areas is thus part of the intellectual growth of going to college.

In my opinion, today’s education is missing the most important core class.

PERSONAL FINANCE

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Staying Balanced in the Middle of Chaos

Staying Balanced in the Middle of Chaos

It has begun.The annual ritual of children returning to school.It doesn’t matter whether it is the first year of kindergarten or the last year of college, it marks a turning point in our lives for both the student and the parent.With that starting day, it is an evolution of days, weeks and weekends filled with activities – Dances, plays, football and volleyball and many other school related activities.

Yet in the midst of the initial back to school chaos is an opportunity for you to focus and make a difference in your life.I challenge you to take the 95 days between Monday, August 22 and Thanksgiving November 24 and focus on you.

The Next 95 Days.

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The Jetson Economy

The Jetson Economy

The Jetsons
Meet George Jetson.
His Boy Elroy.
Daughter Judy.
Jane his wife.

Did you start hearing the theme song in your head?

If not take a moment and revisit the incredible Jetson’s.  A show about the future conceived and cancelled in one season.

Yes, one season from a launch in prime time on September 23, 1962, to a final episode on March 17, 1963.

Now before I launch into my point of the Jetsons being alive and well in 2016.  Trivia points for answering the question of who were the other four characters in the sitcom. Post your answers on my Facebook Page and be honest!  No using Google or any of the other search engines.  Prizes for the quickest and wittiest!

In case you missed the Jetson’s you can use YouTube and watch the episodes.  The theme song will stick with you for a while.

The Jetson’s show was cancelled due to technology.  They were ahead of the current technology and were unable to overcome the flaw.

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Is College Still Worth It?

Is College Still Worth It?

Just two weeks.

That is all you have left until they leave.  You have thought about this for 18 years.  Sending your son or daughter to college.  You saved and planned for the cost and now the day has come when it is time to walk back to the car and make the drive home after moving them into the beginning of their next step in life.

No, they will not be there magically as if it was a dream when you get home.

This begins a step towards their future life and it is time to let them go.

It happened three times at our house.  End each time there came a day when the emotions came out and the tears spilled wondering if over the past 18 years – did I do everything I could as a parent to prepare them for this?

I think the answer is yes, except not letting them know that if they needed change they could go to the Kroger close to campus to see if they can get change.  The answer to the question is “yes, they sell quarters at Kroger.  $10.00 gets you a roll of quarters.

Yet the question remains, did you or I do the right thing?

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Which Way Are You Going?

Which Way Are You Going?

“Cat: Where are you going?

Alice: Which way should I go?

Cat: That depends on where you are going.

Alice: I don’t know.

Cat: Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”   – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

DOES IT MATTER?

One of the questions that I am often asked in general conversations is “where should I be investing my money now?”.

My answer is always the same.

“That would be hard for me to answer since I do not know what goals you are trying to reach with your money.”

The questioner then follows up with, “well it doesn’t matter, I just wanted to know what you thought was a good investment right now.”

Without having a plan, the odds are high that your future is much like a Financial Zombie!  

Are you one?  Are you part of a growing population between the ages of 30 to 50 that are living paycheck to paycheck. According to a report from the Consumer Federation of America and the Consumer Planner Board of Standards, Inc., 38% of households live paycheck to paycheck.

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