bologna taxes - stairwayofphi

Bologna Taxes

bologna taxes - stairwayofphiWhen it comes to disliking taxes, I'm no visionary.  I, like many others, do everything I can to avoid as much as legally possible to keep my piece of the pie out of self-interest.  But if you make money, taxes are unavoidable.  Well, at least our tax dollars are going to help people in need, though.  ...Right?

Unfortunately, I reached a discovery yesterday which made me question the effectiveness of the federal government and realize just how a huge chunk of taxes are a bunch of bologna.Continue reading

Time Perception and Your Mental Cache - Time Clock

Time Perception and Your Mental Cache

Originally Posted On February 25, 2016
Time Perception and Your Mental Cache - clockDo you ever get one of those days where you keep looking at the clock and only 5 minutes has passed?  That's been all of February!  This month has felt longer than any month before it!  It's just dragged and dragged and dragged!  At first I thought this was due to the excitement of being able to make my first active investment using the paycheck that will come on Monday or maybe it was because of all the work I've been doing outside of my day job, but after looking back, I realize that I've accomplished more in February than I ever have before!Continue reading

Do Something Great or Watch TV - TV Suicide

Do Something Great or Watch TV?

Originally Posted On January 18, 2016

Do Something Great or Watch TV?In my last post, I told a story of how I was affected making last-minute changes when feeling rushed for time with the underlying message being, "Take your time and try to make decisions when you aren't feeling rushed/pressured".  That got me thinking about time, in general, and about how much time I waste on a daily/weekly/monthly basis.

If you don't have a financial budget, chances are you don't have control of your finances.  But even those of you with a financial budget, how strong is your grasp on controlling time?  Mine could certainly be better.  In this long weekend, I've helped a friend with a woodworking project, hit the gym twice, visited the house and taken some measurements in preparation for moving in, and started packing, but I've also spent several hours almost every day in front of Netflix with nothing to show for it!Continue reading

Lessons Learned From Neglecting Time - Clock Time

Lessons Learned From Neglecting Time

Originally Posted On January 18, 2016

Lessons Learned From Neglecting Time - Clock TimeA few months ago I had an awful time trying to save money on Black Friday.  While I preach frugalism, occasionally I, too, make a frivolous purchase.  This time it was on a big-screened TV - something I had never bought myself before and which I don't intend to buy another for a very long time.  I had decided at the beginning of the month I wanted one and, with Black Friday around the corner, determined that the ideal buying time for a new TV was quickly approaching.Continue reading