Big Thanksgiving Thank You to Our Readers!

November 27, 2008

Thank you to the readers that make this site possible!  Despite the fact that:

  • You may not always agree with what we write
  • Some of the things we write about may not apply to you

You continue to read the site on a daily basis, and for that we thank you!

We know your time is valuable so we try and provide valuable content to say thanks for the taking time to check us out every day.  Thank you for being such great partners in our personal finance quest!

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What a Turkey Dinner Can Teach You About Money

Here are some Thankgiving money lessons I had a lot of fun writing a few years ago. Some of them are:

  • Don’t Be Afraid To Fail
  • Plan Ahead
  • Ask for Advice
  • Don’t be Last Minute

and my favorite one, “Have an Emergency Plan”

“We have experienced several crises where the first dish doesn’t turn out. If my wife bought the ingredients for several dishes and has enough time, the crisis is averted. If no emergency plan is in place then we show up to Thanksgiving dinner shamefully empty handed.

Be prepared for the unexpected. The best way to do this is to build up an emergency fund that will cover your living expenses for 3-6 months. If life takes an unexpected turn for the worst, it will not be as bad if you have a safety net to catch you.”

Giving Thanks For My Job

Last Thanksgiving I shared my money blessings and I have one to add this year.  My sister is in town for Thanksgiving and last night we were disucssing the countless hours I spend on this site in the middle of the night once I get home from work and the family is in bed.  She made the comment, “so it’s like you have two jobs”.

After thinking about her comment, I’m really thankful that I have the opportunity to have “two jobs” that I enjoy and that provide for my family.  My heart goes out to those that have lost a job in this bad economy and I’m thankful that I still have a day job.  Thanks again to you, the readers, for making this “second job” possible : )

Happy Thanksgiving!


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Ben Edwards, the founder of Money Smart Life, saved up enough to buy a Nintendo back when he was 12 years old. When he used the money to buy shares of Wal-Mart stock instead, he knew he wasn't like the other kids... His addiction to personal finance has paid off for his family and now he's helping you to afford the life that you want. Check him out on the web at Google Plus, Twitter and Facebook.

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2 Responses to Big Thanksgiving Thank You to Our Readers!

  • marci

    Even tho I did not cook anything but the pies, as I went to a family home, I was thankful to take home the turkey carcass, and the turkey broth. That will make several more free meals for me, along with the veggies out of my garden!

    What surprised me was that out of 9 adults, I was the only one interested in stretching that carcass farther…. it would have been in the garbage.

    It was a lesson I learned early in life – My grandfather would always claim the turkey carcass after a family dinner and take it home for he and my grandmother to make soups with!
    That was back in the early 60’s – Thanks, Grandpa, for that early lesson in Frugality!

  • Vincent Scordo

    Hi Ben,

    It’s tough stuff managing a blog (late at night and early in the AM) and a full time job but I think the end product is worth it! I’m liking Money Smart Life and your tip above about “planning ahead.”

    Success with money is about planning and thinking about the future (as opposed to living in the present with no money strategy). One other money lesson I like to add to my quick tips is “not think like everyone else”, here is some more detail from a recent post I wrote: