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Alcohol Is Expensive: How Much Is Your Cocktail Marked Up?

By |April 15th, 2019|Categories: Personal Finance Tips|Tags: , |

I used to write various travel and recreation-related columns. One column that I was particularly proud of was called, “The Occasional Cocktail.” In this column, I would write about and review lesser known cocktails, mixed drinks, and all things related to mixology. I would experiment with new cocktails and share the experience. Moreover, I like introducing readers to drinks they

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Too Many Parents Are Supporting Adult Children

By |April 10th, 2019|Categories: Personal Finance Tips|

Over a decade ago, I lost everything. I lost my job in academia. Also, I experienced a big breakup from a long-time relationship. Then, I lost my apartment and was homeless. I asked my elderly mother if I could move back home for a while. It was one of the most humbling, shameful, and most humiliating experiences of my life.

Scared of Flying? Coping With the 737 Max 8 Crisis

By |April 8th, 2019|Categories: Personal Finance Tips|Tags: , |

I loved flying on airplanes when I was younger. Then, something weird happened to me. I got older and my infatuation with flying slowly evaporated, and it’s all about practicality now. As I have gotten older, I find that I don’t enjoy flying all that much anymore. I am now just all too aware that I am in a pressurized

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Diamonds Have No Value. You Know That, Right?

By |April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Personal Finance Tips|

Quick joke. What are the three rings of marriage? First, there is the engagement ring. Then, there is the wedding ring. Finally, there’s the suffering! I had no idea what I was doing when I first got married as a young man. It was quite a shock to me to learn that a man had to buy an engagement ring

What Is Universal Basic Income?

By |April 1st, 2019|Categories: General Personal Finance, Life|Tags: , |

When I was a child, I don’t like to say I was poor. I was definitely from what you would call a, “working class,” family. Yet, I think that most people, in our current socioeconomic atmosphere, would equate that term with poor. In the 1980s, I grew in the era of Ronald Reagan, trickle-down economics, and the economic insecurities of

Dealing With Student Loan Debt in The Golden Years

By |March 27th, 2019|Categories: Personal Finance Tips|Tags: , |

  It’s not easy getting older in America. I am really not looking forward to it. Currently, I am in a period of my life where I am no longer young enough to naively believe that I will be young forever. I am entering middle age. And, worrying profusely about saving enough money so that I can exist comfortably when

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