About two weeks ago, I was having a pretty in-depth conversation with a good friend of mine when the topic of money came up. Normally, I try to keep talk about both money and politics out of my discussions with my friends, but this time I decided to go with it to see where it went. We talked about how much money we used to make in our twenties compared to today, and if we were doing better now than we were then. While I make about 50% of what I used to make at my highest earning level in corporate America, I am much happier than I was then – I make my own hours, work when I want, and have downsized my life enough that I can still live comfortably. My friend, on the other hand, makes a great deal more than me but yet wouldn’t stop complaining about not having any money.
You will be called for jury duty one day – I guarantee it. If the state, city, or county knows that you exist, you will get a summons to appear for jury duty at least several times in your life. And while we really should all be willing to do our civic duty when called upon, sometimes the timing or location of said duty doesn’t work for us at all. So instead of just ignoring the summons as inconvenient and throwing it in the trash (which can land you in contempt of court), you should try to reschedule or get out of jury duty this time, and hope it’s a while before you are asked again. But how do you get out of your civic duty of being a jury for one of your peers? Try on some of these excuses for size. While some are entirely legal and legit, and some are just plain silly (and possibly illegal), it may be worth the effort to give some of them a try if the timing of your jury duty doesn’t fit in your schedule.
Ever had a problem with cockroaches in your home? I have, and it’s not fun.
Back in college (which feels like 1000 years ago at this point) I lived with another guy in an old duplex we shared with another couple of guys (parties were great!) that had bullet holes in the back door. And yes, you could still see through them to the outside… good times.
Yep, moving again. Granted, this move isn’t as far as my last few – California to New Mexico and then New Mexico to Colorado – but in a week or so I will be moving exactly 1/2 of a block. After much angst and discussion, I decided that I wanted to stay in Colorado for a while but that I also wanted to cut out a big chunk of my expenses, which in turn means I don’t need to bring home as much money as I do currently to pay the bills. So I will be moving from a 2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartment to a 1 bedroom/1 bathroom apartment and going from 1300 square feet to 756 square feet. I have known for a while now that I had way more space than I needed, so this will be a nice move to the “right” size place for me. But even better than that is the amount of cash I will be saving!
Few subjects are as distorted by myths, half-truths and falsehoods as money. While most people know enough to get through their lives, Mark Twain described much shoddy thinking about money when he famously said:
“It ain’t so much what we know that gets us into trouble. It’s what we know that just ain’t so.”
There are many reasons for the widespread state of confusion about money, but a major problem is simple lack of education.