What Motivated You To Be Financially Responsible

What Motivated You To Be Financially Responsible

This is an article by Shane of BeatingBroke.com as part of the Yakezie Blog Swap. This swaps’ topic is “What motivates you to be financially responsible.”

Motivation is a funny thing. It’s a word that we give to many things, all of which are things that drive us to do something. Often, when someone is particularly good at something, or, succeeds at something, we say that person was “motivated”. I like to use a term called Financial Intentionality. What it really boils down to is that our intentions for our money are what give us our motivation. They are what drive us to earn, save, and spend that money. […]

I won the lottery

I Won The Lottery!!!!

If you’ve been sleeping under a rock for the past few weeks, let me fill you in about the Mega Millions lottery.  The Mega Millions is a lottery game that is plated across multiple states.  No one had won the lottery for, I don’t know, a month or so, and it went all the way past a $300M jackpot.  Only one winner was declared out of millions of lottery tickets sold.  Only one lucky person will end up swimming in all that money (remember Scrooge McDuck?).  That one winner my friends, was me.

I won the lottery! I won $300 millllllllion dollars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! […]

I Grew Up Poor And Survived

I Grew Up Poor And Survived

Last week Fabulously Broke had a blog post entitled, “Can you survive on an extreme budget and make tough choices?” She linked to a game called Spent, which was created by the Urban Ministries of Durham to show how many people end up turning to charities for help. In answer to her question I said yes, I could because I grew up poor. I’d like to tell you a little about it.

I’ve mentioned a few times that I was not born in this country. I came to this country at age 6 with my 5 year old brother and one suitcase each. I’m sure most of the things in those suitcases were not even ours. My mother had immigrated to this country almost two years earlier without us, leaving us with strangers in our home country. At the time she did not know that she could have brought her young children with her when she immigrated, but she didn’t know what situation she would find herself in, so perhaps it was for the best. […]

Don't Let Debt Depression Get You Down

Don’t Let Debt Depression Get You Down

Back in 2007 I had a business which failed.  I had invested quite a bit of money into the business, but the recession and a municipal building project killed my business.  I was left with a 6 figure debt and while I was paying it every month, I felt as if I was getting nowhere.  It took a long time for me to admit that I was depressed.  Sure, my business failed and  I had tons of debt, but the worst thing was that I felt as if I was adrift at sea alone.  […]

Waxing, Screaming and the Bucket List

Waxing, Screaming and the Bucket List

I’m incredibly sick today, so please pardon me for being lazy and bringing this old post back.  I thought that it was hilarious.

This post might be rated a little PG-13, so, if there are little children near the computer, please click on the video to the right to watch that instead and then come back another day. Ahem. All adults in the room? Okay, here goes. I have a bucket list. It’s a little list that I made last year with some things that I’d love to do before I die. We should all have one, no matter how old we are. […]

And The Winner Is…

Thank you for helping me celebrate my second blog anniversary on Wednesday.  Lots of you turned out for the party.  Wait, there was no party?  Cookies? No, no cookies either.  Oh, I know, it was for the giveaway that I offered where I pledged to hand out $25 to one lucky winner.

There were 105 entries to the giveaway.  Gosh, the recession must be in full swing still.  You all did wish me well also, so I know that it’s not just about the money.  It was a nice, warm, fuzzy feeling.  I’d like to make one of you feel nice and warm and fuzzy with the sound of $25 extra jingling in your bank account.  Are you ready?  And the winner is… […]

It's Our Two Year Blogging Anniversay

It’s Our Two Year Blog Anniversay

Today is the second anniversary of the launch of this blog, and boy, have we both come a long way, baby. Two years ago, I did not have the love of my life (Puppy, of course), I was very unhappy, over $120,000 in debt and clueless as to what to do. After lurking around a multitude of personal finance blogs, I decided to start one myself. I have heard many times that ignorance is bliss, but I did not know the exact extent until earnestly blogging for the past few years. I laugh now at my ignorance, nay, arrogance then. […]

What Are My Goals for 2011?

What Are My Goals for 2011?

Alright, we reviewed just how horribly I did last year in meeting the goals that I had set for myself. It’s time to begin looking forward to 2011 since 2010 is almost over.  I really don’t have very distinct goals set in my mind, so please excuse me if I end up going through a bit of a stream of consciousness to get to where I think I will need to be.  Any mistakes I make stays.  I’m not editing. […]

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The Breakthrough

I’ll be a little bit off topic for this post, so I have a apologize ahead of time.

I watch half of The Biggest Loser every week. If you’re not familiar with the program, the contestants go to what is essentially a fat farm where they try to lose weight every week. One of the two individuals with the lowest percentage of weight lost for the week is voted off. Of course there are plot turns and twists and challenges. The “winner” of the entire show gets $250,000. […]