Within a matter of weeks, the item that was marked down to $40 jumped to $135. The original price of the blazer was $180. They are great quality and last for years, but that price point is more than I am willing to pay for a garment of clothing. When I notice they are having a sale, I proceeded quickly to identify what I wanted and ended up buying 5 blazers that day. If you’re asking yourself how does this relate to the stock market, I’m getting there.
On October 10, 2018, at 3:45PM EST, I looked at my account and all I saw was red. All I could ask myself was “what the heck is going on today”. I didn’t know if what was happening was related to the political climate in the U.S. or if something had taken place internationally. I flipped on CNN and Bloomberg and saw, “BREAKING NEWS - STOCK MARKET DOWN 800 POINTS”.
Everyone is panicking and selling out of their positions.
I’ve read that “holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die”. What happens when you are the other person? I’m speaking of a situation where you are angry with yourself. What happens when you are angry with you? In my experience, this can lead to a debilitating scenario where you give up on yourself or aim lower than your best. It can lead to poor decision making based on guilt, shame, or unworthiness. It can cause you to sabotage your progress. These are just a few of the negative effects of anger and not forgiving yourself or others.
$4.99 per person is what the American Farm Bureau reports will be spent for Thanksgiving dinner. That means a family of 10 would spend just under $50 for the entire meal. Is that close to what you plan to spend? Sometimes, we overspend on the meal and overindulge during the meal. We stuff ourselves to the point were we become lethargic and cannot move. This overindulgence harms us physically and financially. Use the action plan below to help you maintain your financial wellness.
Here's an action plan to help you enjoy the holiday while achieving your financial goals.
Medical bills are the #1 reason people file for bankruptcy in the U.S. It is estimated that 56 million Americans are struggling to pay their medical bills. I had just let my Cobra coverage go because it was costing me $600 a month out of pocket and I twisted my ankle. I thought the pain of the injury was ridiculous until I started receiving the medical bills and then the phone calls. If you are considering filing for bankruptcy because of medical bills, explore and exhaust all of your options. Know that you are not alone. Be strategic and empower yourself.
I read a story in a magazine column recently where a woman was asking for advice. She caught her husband of 11 years cheating and was having trouble deciding whether or not to stay in the marriage. From the little bit that the woman shared, I could sense the turmoil and conflict she was experiencing. It’s easy to say “I’d leave him” when you have nothing vested in the marriage. I can’t say with certainty what I would do, but I looked at the story from a personal finance perspective and thought I’d share my personal thoughts and suggestions on some things that I would think about during this crisis.