Category Archives: Intelligent Consumerism

You Can Live Debt Free

Do you dream of being debt free?  As long as a person has debt, they are working for someone else.  Unfortunately that someone else is a bank.  The ticket to be debt free is to change how you are managing your finances. Today, debt is as American as apple pie with trillions owed in mortgages, auto loans, and credit cards. Household debt in 2017 stands at $12.35 trillion.  It is only slightly lower than the […]

Wearing Success on Your Sleeve

“Wearing success on your sleeve”.  That is an interesting phrase.  My close friend Chris told me a story about when he was a teenager. When he was 16, he had a job working at Burger King.  With his first paycheck, he bought a 14-ct gold bracelet.  When his dad saw the bracelet, he asked Chris why he wanted to “wear his success on his sleeve”.  Chris was just a teenager and wanted to be cool. Chris’s dad is a highly successful […]

I am Frugal, not Cheap

While my wife likes to tell people that I am cheap, I am just frugal.  I don’t like to spend money.  When I must spend it, it is like saying good-bye to a close friend.  Well, that might be a bit dramatic, but it honestly does sting some when we part ways. When I do spend money, I seek out value.  I want the best quality product at the lowest price.  In the past, there […]

Why I Paid Down My Auto Loan on a Used Car as Fast as Possible

Cars are a necessary expense for most Americans. Unless you are lucky enough to live near a good public transportation system or in a major urban area, you will likely need a vehicle to accomplish tasks of daily living, such as getting to work, buying groceries, or going out to dinner. Buying a car can be expensive, and having a car loan can be a pretty steep financial burden, particularly on top of student loans, […]

The Aldi Experience

The first time I ever visited an Aldi grocery store was when I was 16 years old.  I just passed the exam for my driver’s license.  One Saturday, I wanted to borrow my grandmother’s car to go cruising with my friends.  She agreed to let me borrow the car for a few hours, but I had to work for the privilege to use it. My job was to go to the market for her.  My assignment was not to […]

I Bought a Lemon

  The first time I took on debt was the spring when I graduated from high school.  When I was a senior in high school, I was not 100% sure what I wanted to do with my life.  I knew that I would ultimately attend college, but I was not mature enough yet at the age of 18. After talking about it with my parents, we decided that I was going to work for a year or […]

Sirius XM: Getting Past No

Yesterday, when I was checking the mail to see what type of junk the postman delivered, I noticed a letter from Sirius XM Radio.  When I opened the letter, it was for my subscription renewal.  I have the Sirius XM All Access Plan.  The total that I owed was $273.  That was for the base price of $239 and $34 for a music royalty fee. Wait, I know what you are thinking.  This guy has a blog about personal finance […]