Encore post: Dreams, passions and cardboard arcades

More Money Than Month is on vacation this week, but so as not to leave you empty handed I thought I’d share some of my favorites from the past. I loved this video about a young boy named Caine and his cardboard arcade. At 9 years old he hadn’t learned to listen to those voices […]

Post Secondary Enrollment Options: a great way to save on college tuition costs

It is no secret that as our society has developed, the need for a college degree has become more and more important. At the same time the cost of a college education has gone up substantially. In general, tuition costs average about an 8% increase per year. This is compounded by the fact that as […]

Help your kids avoid a mistake they will regret for years

Approximately 20 million Americans attend college each year. Of those, about 60% borrow money to be able to go. Depending on what source you use those outstanding college loans total somewhere between 902 billion and 1 trillion dollars for all Americans. The sad part of those college loans is that 60% of those loans are […]

Book Review: So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport

The popular career advice that is presented by many career coaches these days is you need to discover your passion. You will be most successful when you discover what you are most passionate about and find work that fits within that passion. I recently heard an interesting interview with Cal Newport, the author of So […]

Trading our freedom for stuff

Most of us spend at least 40 hours each week working to make money to support ourselves. Some spend considerably more than 40 hours. Some people are fortunate to do work that they love. Others just work for the pay check. Sometimes we think of work in terms of what we can buy. We work […]

The importance of the first step

Many years ago I had to have some fairly major surgery and spent several days in the hospital. I recall very vividly the day after the surgery, the nurse came into my room and forced me to get out of bed to take a short walk. I was absolutely convinced she had lost her mind. […]

Book Review: How’d You Score That Gig by Alexandra Levitt

A study by Right Management, a staffing consulting firm, found that as many as 84% of workers were looking to change jobs in 2012. That is an astounding number, but it is not unusual to see studies that show those kinds of figures. It is clear that many in America are working in jobs that […]

How to be a stay-at-home mom without bankrupting your family

A large percentage of US households are two income families. Many families feel they need both incomes to make ends meet. The hard part comes when children enter the picture.  At this point many moms (sometimes dads) find it very difficult to face going back to work and dropping the kids off at a day […]

Book Review: Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job

One of the critical success factors in those who are financially successful is working in a position that matches their passions. Sadly, though, numerous studies have shown that more than half Americans go to jobs they hate, living for quitting time on Friday. If you have a dream, you need to follow a process that […]

A radical approach to college funding

I read an opinion piece recently from the New York Times with a unique approach to the issue of ever mounting student loan debt. Luigi Zingales, a professor of entrepreneurship and finance at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, proposes that instead of using debt as a means to finance an education, […]