August 11, 2012

Consider Traveling for Surgeries or Other Medical Care (223/365)

For most of us, medical care starts with our primary care physician. We visit the doctor, he or she refers us to a specialist if needed, we go to the specialist if needed, and we receive the care we need. The problem with this equation is that it just assumes that the best bargain available in health care is the one closest to you. Is it providing the best quality? […]

Cut back-to-school costs with these thrifty tricks

As a kid I loved back-to-school shopping. A new pair of kicks, a cozy white cardigan, and a backpack stuffed full of fresh school supplies were my reward for crossing the finish line of summer. Today, the high cost of back-to-school gear makes me want to quit the race. Have you seen the long supply lists schools give kids today? […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #86

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Margaret Heffernan on daring to disagree Most people avoid disagreement because it’s uncomfortable and might lead to hurt feelings or arguments. […]

Delaying Social Security Payments is Worth 7%

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting take on the value of Social Security. Specifically they look at what it's worth to delay taking benefits. They calculate the value of the delay and give it a return percentage as if it was any other investment you might make. […]