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The Garage Renovation Project
Tue, 12/9/14 | 4 Comments
The Garage Renovation Project

Over the summer, my better half and I wrapped up our latest renovation project – the garage!
I wasn’t wise enough to take “before pictures” so that I could post a before/after comparison here (yeah, dumb), …

Unlimited Vacation Days? No Thanks!
Tue, 12/2/14 | 27 Comments
Unlimited Vacation Days? No Thanks!

The hottest new job perk these days is unlimited vacation time (aka “discretionary time off”, or DTO). That’s right, UNLIMITED VACATION DAYS! (WOO HOO!)
Virgin Air and Tribune (parent company for Chicago Tribute and the Los …

Jason Brown Leaves NFL Millions & then the Story Takes a REALLY Odd Turn
Tue, 11/25/14 | 13 Comments
Jason Brown Leaves NFL Millions & then the Story Takes a REALLY Odd Turn

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and while you contemplate leaving your friends and family for the consumer madness of Black Friday, I wanted to share a good story that is in the spirit …

The Millennial Personal Savings Rate is in. Sound the Alarms!
Mon, 11/17/14 | 13 Comments
The Millennial Personal Savings Rate is in. Sound the Alarms!

When someone asks me to give them one personal finance metric to really focus on that matters more than any other, there is no hesitation in my reply: “personal savings rate“.
No matter which way you …

Labeling the 3 Types of Purchases Makes you a Wiser Consumer
Mon, 11/10/14 | 14 Comments
Labeling the 3 Types of Purchases Makes you a Wiser Consumer

At the simplest level, when you break down everything you buy, or consume, it can all really be distilled in to 3 categories:
1. The stuff you actually need.
2. The stuff you want, that you think …

Open Enrollment Deserves your FULL Attention. Here’s Why
Wed, 10/29/14 | 10 Comments
Open Enrollment Deserves your FULL Attention. Here’s Why

Earlier this week, I received a note from my employer’s HR department that open enrollment for 2015 benefit elections had started. I instantly got a little giddy.
Every year, I get geeked out to find out …


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