Personal Finance Review – Getting Old Edition

July 29, 2007

I guess it happens to the best of us, we all get old sooner or later.  We were reminiscing about Spring Break 1998 at a friend’s 30th birthday party last night and a younger guest commented they weren’t even in high school at the time, wow I feel old. 

This friend is a nurse and sometimes shares various sad stories of patients passing away.  Every time I hear one of these it makes me realize that life is short and we should spend as much of it as we can doing what we love.  Before I know it, we’ll be celebrating his 75 birthday and we’ll be the ones in the hospital being cared for by a nurse who’s just turning 30.  Life is short, so make sure you enjoy your weekend!  Here are some money articles I enjoyed this week.

– The Digerati Life talks about investing internationally and the Sun’s Financial Diary takes a look at Vanguard’s new Europe Pacific ETF.

– Money, Matter, & More uses the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) approach and gives us 10 simple steps to becoming wealthy.

– Gen X Finance saw that I have carpal tunnel and reminds us of the importance of disability insurance.

– Five Cent Nickel is looking for the best 529 plan and the Lazy Man offers a guide to choosing a 529 plan.

– Free Money Finance is letting his Smart Money magazine subscription expire.

– Blueprint for Financial Prosperity takes a look at synthetic diamond rings; I tend to agree with him, diamond rings are over hyped and overpriced.

– The minimum wage went up this week. Mighty Bargain Hunter wonders what’s the point of minimum wage, Consumerism Commentary talks about future minimum wage increases, and Cash Money Life ponders whether the increase is good or bad.

– I wrote a few articles on money mistakes to avoid; MoneyNing gives an example of how low cost index funds can help avoid the mistake of selling low and buying high.


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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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5 Responses to Personal Finance Review – Getting Old Edition

  • MoneyNing

    Ben: Good suggestion! I should 🙂

  • Ben

    I guess age is relative. They say you’re only as old as you feel but try telling that to the rep when you’re trying to buy life insurance : )

  • Art Dinkin

    You were still Spring Break-ing in 1998? Now I am feeling old! 🙂

  • MoneyNing

    I’ve always not cared much about the whole “getting old” deal up until recently when I realized that I would go to places and see many people who are just… younger! It’s amazing how you never appreciate your youth until you don’t have it! (disclaimer: I’m actually still only 27 but I’m starting to realize that I can’t be forever young)

    Thank you for the mention! 🙂

  • Patrick

    Thanks for including my post. 🙂