Last night, my wife and I went to a nice dinner and went to the musical Wicked, here at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles. Now, I want to tell you that I am not a “musical” kind of guy – I have seen a bunch of them, but the last one I really liked was RENT. So I was afraid I was not going to like Wicked at all, but boy was I wrong. Although I could do without many of the quieter, slower numbers, it was hilarious, sad, dynamic, and incredibly political. Talk about drawing similarities to today’s political climate – wow. But anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed the show and if it is (or will be) playing in your city anytime soon, I highly recommend you check it out. You won’t be disappointed – almost every guy I know that has seen it has thought the same as I did before going, and came out loving it.
I just looked up where I live, and I found out that my typical neighbor is predominantly of white ethnicity, majority attaining College education level and generates about $54,964 per year in household income.
Renter occupied: 70 %
Vacancy rate: 6.3 %
Median household income: $54,964
Monthly rent affordability: $1,374
Crime rate index: 0
Ethnicity: White (86 %) , Asian (7 %) , Hispanic (6 %)
Age groups: 25 to 34 (22 %), 35 to 44 (21 %), 65+ (17 %)
Education: College (32 %) , High School (27 %) , Graduate School (21 %)
Average Rent (2 Bdr): $2,713
While there is a lot of talk around the PF water cooler about being frugal & saving your money, there are certain things that I feel it is OK to spend money on. Too often, people buy crappy goods or have terrible experiences because they are too busy being penny-pinchers, or they buy food that is terrible for them because it saves a few bucks in the short term. But at what expense in the future are you saving money today? Let’s take a look at a few things that I think it is OK to spend your hard-earned money on.
Well, after seeing the book reviewed on so many other personal finance blogs, I guess you kind of knew it was coming. However, I am giving my copy away to one lucky reader! But more on that later. For now, I would like to discuss this book “You’re Broke Because You Want To Be” by Larry Winget. I was sent an advance copy to check out, and I gotta say, it’s a pretty decent book for anyone needing a kick in the pants to get their financial life in order. Mr. Winget is the host of A&E’s Big Spender, where he berates seemingly normal people with normal jobs into getting their finances in order. I have caught the show a few times and it is always amazing it me that people with that kind of money cannot seem to manage it and end up feeling broke because of their habits. But Mr. Winget comes in and gives them a dose of reality and hopefully these people get back in line…and if you are one of them, this book is for you.