Tag Archives: frugality

Utopia Yourtopia Mytopia

I am glad to see that utopia is still more commonly used than dystopia. (Check Google Ngrams and Google Trends for data.) That alone means there’s hope for the human race. But, except for magazines like Yes! and Intelligent Optimist, … Continue reading

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Tolerate Risk Or Not

Fear freezes people. It works for fawns. Not so well for opossums, at least since we showed up. Fear is tied to risk and risk can’t be avoided. Risk is also personal. Understanding my risk tolerance is why my bio … Continue reading

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Cautious Positive Suspense

“That’s excellent news! High five!”, a neighboring friend and worker in a co-working space. Me, “Oh yeah. High five.” He used exclamation points. I used periods. He’d just overheard the second of two positive calls, both of which were worth … Continue reading

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Balanced Optimism

They liked my house! They didn’t buy it, but they liked it.  At least they liked it more than one of the other houses in the neighborhood. Friends frequently comment on my upbeat attitude in the midst of financial mayhem. … Continue reading

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Total Perspective Shift

The philosophical underpinning for today comes from the Hithchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Welcome to the “Total Perspective Vortex“. ” . . . the TPV is now used as a torture and (in effect) killing device on the planet Frogstar. … Continue reading

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Money Sitting Still

Can you believe it? I actually have money that’s not in the market. It must be invested, right? Nah. There’s a time to move and a time to sit; and with money it is possible to do both. Personal finance … Continue reading

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Frugal Disaster Preparedness

Even before last weekend’s post my intuition suggested I should cancel most of my plans for the week. I made a trip to the store, bought lots of soup ingredients and oranges, and lined up low expectations. Maybe it was … Continue reading

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Your Moving Money Game

A toast to the Seahawks. I heard that they won. Maybe someday I’ll watch a replay. I worked through The Game because it was the best way to spend my time. Then, after my work was done, I watched the … Continue reading

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Concentration Dissipation

Hello, President Obama, you stole my thunder. I was planning on blogging about financial inequalities and you go and make it headline news. Er, thanks. I guess I’ll blog anyway. A new datum inspired me. Wealth continues to concentrate. It … Continue reading

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ACA And HAMP And Me

ACA and HAMP, government programs for health care and housing. Before you think I’m about to either praise or vilify them know that I am an extreme moderate independent. I am (extremely) certain that solutions are in the middle (moderate) … Continue reading

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