It's time to put aside hardcore saving tips and retirement planning strategies for a few minutes and talk about something a little more seasonal: Which scary movies are the best to watch this Halloween! Aside from cinnamon apple cider donuts and carving pumpkins, scaring myself silly watching a boat-load of horror movies is one of my favorite things to do all throughout October. And why not? It's cheap entertainment! Most of the major TV channels get into the "spirit" (... bad Halloween pun ...) by re-running marathons of all the horror classics. Or if you're keeping up with modern … [Read more...] about Good Scary Movies to Watch This Halloween – 2016 Edition
This week, millions of people will scarf down their turkey dinners, prematurely leave the table (and the company of their families), and then head into the night to spend billions of dollars on tablets, smart phones, flat-screen TV’s, and other gifts for people on their Christmas lists. In fact, according to Statistic Brain, 23% of Black Friday retail shoppers will camp out at a store, arriving at midnight or before. If you plan to partake in this festival of consumerism, here are some interesting trivia facts surrounding Black Friday for you to ponder and talk about with the other … [Read more...] about The History of Black Friday and Other Fun Stats
I wanted to take this opportunity to break up our normal regimen of posts devoted to serious personal finance topics and dive into something far more entertaining: Good scary movies to watch this Halloween! If you’re like me and always looking for some good, cheap fun around Halloween-time, then there is nothing better than renting a couple of really scary movies from the Redbox or Netflix that will leave you scared to go to bed. This is the third edition of my “good scary movies” post. You can find my past horror movie picks from 2013 and 2012 at these links with reviews of some of my … [Read more...] about Good Scary Movies to Watch this Halloween – 2014 Edition
This week, thanks to my wife, the MMD household made a ton of money on the side. But this wasn’t our usual passive income or blog revenue. Nope. This was different. This week my wife completely schooled me in the art of how to sell things online fast – all by using Facebook! Who knew these days that’s all it would take. I can still remember the days of the dark ages (i.e. about 20 years ago) when I used to go looking through the newspaper (remember those?) classified to find guitar gear. In more recent years I’ve really been a fan of using Internet sales sites like Ebay and … [Read more...] about Want to Know How to Sell Things Online Fast? Just Ask My Wife to Put It on Facebook!
It’s that time of year again to have some good, cheap fun and rent a whole bunch of great scary movies! In case you didn’t already know, I absolutely LOVE scary movies. I don’t know what it is about them, but I like watching ones that are well written or intriguing. So throughout the year I’ve collected the titles of a few of my favorite recent scary movies and thought I’d share them with you in time for Halloween. (Before you read on, make sure you check out Part 1 which was published last year. In that review, my scary movie picks were Trick ‘r Treat, Piranha, Drag Me to Hell, Silent … [Read more...] about Great Recent Scary Movies to Watch This Halloween – 2013 Edition
Everyone looks forward to a little time away from work. Sometimes when work sends you to a meeting or conference, it can be fun to expand it out a bit and do a little exploring. If you travel for vacation, this is especially exciting because you set the agenda But whether you travel for business or pleasure, there are also a lot of things that could go wrong. The good news is that most of those risks could be mitigated. All you need is a good international travel checklist to help you plan ahead so that your life and your wealth don’t get put into jeopardy. Below are a few tips … [Read more...] about Have Your International Travel Checklist Ready to Go
Women everywhere be prepared to take one step backwards from 100 years of progress against gender inequality in the workplace. In a very sad display of male chauvinism, CNN Money recently ran an article about investor Paul Tudor Jones. What was the story about? His candid statement that: “… you will never see as many great women traders as men”. … [Read more...] about Is There Still Gender Inequality in the Workplace? Yes If You’re a Money Manager
It’s official: According to a recent article on CNN Money, you can now expect to receive less from Social Security than what you paid into it them. Here are the figures: $600,000 paid in. $579,000 in expected benefits. This will come as no surprise to the skeptics and nay-sayers who have long felt that Social Security has been heading south and in need of some desperate revision. In the spirit of conversation, I thought this topic would make an interesting “Ask the Readers” topic: If the government were willing try something different, would you be in favor of the … [Read more...] about Ask the Readers – Would You Support the Privatization of Social Security Accounts?
As I write this commentary, there is still no solution to the Fiscal Cliff situation. In all my assumptions about our budget for next year, I have decided to be realistic and assumed that our taxes will go up. Thank you Washington for dropping the ball. Despite whatever efforts have been made, I question if any solution would really fix the problems that revealed themselves in 2008. In a sense, I wonder if we’re simply putting duck-tape on a leaky pipe. Are we actually addressing the real problem? Consider the facts: … [Read more...] about The Future of the U.S. Economy and Why We’ve Still Got a Long Ways to Go
Now that my wife and I have been married for more than 10 years, picking out Christmas presents has become somewhat of a challenge for each other. She’ll ask me what I want for Christmas, and I’ll do the same. But neither of us can really think of many things in particular. It’s not that we’re fussy or don’t know what to get each other. We’re both got a lot of things that we really want to do, but they’re not really your classic “under $50 and under the tree” variety. Part of the problem (if you can really call it that) is that we’re both pretty realistic about what we want. We don’t get … [Read more...] about What I Want for Christmas