Personal Financial Update, December 2019

It’s hard to believe that it’s December already and that there is less than a month left of 2019.  The year went by fast, but a lot was accomplished during that seemingly short time span.  Christmas shopping has begun, and it’s being cash flowed as planned.  Plans are being made to visit family, attend a […]

Should Personal Finance be Taught in School?

Should basic personal financial literacy and skills be taught in school?  It’s an interesting idea and one that I happen to support.  There is a growing movement to implement such classes in school.  A quick Google search will pull up commentary from financial gurus, financial websites, colleges and universities, and parent and teacher groups all […]

Vacationing on a Budget

We recently returned from a 10-day trip out west. We hiked in the Nevada high desert, went to Lake Tahoe, stayed a few nights in Yosemite National Park, sat in hot springs in the California Mountains, spent 3 days in San Francisco, visited the Red Wood Forest on the California coast, and hiked in several […]

Personal Financial Update, NOV 2019

November is here and with it comes the falling leaves, chilly nights, and shorter days.  They are calling for snow showers in the next few days. I bought oil for the tanks to keep the furnace running, and I got a load of firewood for our camp for the winter.  Hunting season is fast approaching […]

Buying Used Items

You have certainly needed or wanted something in your lifetime. And, what do you do when you want or need to buy an item?  You most likely go to a store or a website and purchase whatever it is you are looking for correct? That is normally what I do for everyday items. Walmart and […]

Personal Financial Update. Oct. 2019, Part 1

October is upon us, and so is the chilly weather.  I had to light a fire in the wood stove while I was doing some work at our camp this past weekend.  I’m starting to price oil, as I will need to fill the tanks for the furnace soon.  I also need to buy propane […]

Personal Financial Update, Part 2. September 2019

As September draws to a close fall is in the air here.  The nights are getting cooler and the leaves on the trees are starting to turn and fall.  We closed the swimming pool for the season a week ago, and we have begun harvesting fruit from our pear and apple trees.  Soon I’ll be […]

Finding and Building With Cheap Lumber

If you are like me, then you may enjoy building things with wood.  I’ve built a bookcase from common lumber, and I’ve also done a few projects using salvaged wood from old pallets.  So, how can you get lumber cheaply?  Lumber is a commodity and is bound to the markets, but you can use a […]

Where to Put a Million Dollars

The Bare Naked Ladies sang an entire song about what they would do if they had a million dollars.  But, what would, or could you really do?  So, if you are in the 7-figure club, where can you put your wealth to ensure that it stays safe, continues to grow, provide income, and won’t disappear […]

Personal Financial Update – SEPT 2019

September has been a trying month for me so far.  My loving dog of 10 years passed away earlier in the month.  That has been a source of distraction from financial matters and from blogging, but I will give it my best. Wealth Building I have yet to make any adjustments in my saving or […]