Diamonds and Dogs #25

Aug 6, 2015 by

In each post of the Money Counselor “Diamonds & Dogs” series, I pick three items—an article, a website, a video, an image—that in my humble opinion would be especially valuable—the Diamonds—in helping Money Counselor readers make better money choices. And to contrast with the three Diamonds, I pick one lame item—the Dog.

money idea gems3 Diamonds

  • Jason runs a thoughtful and thought-provoking blog at Dividend Mantra, which is about a lot more than dividends. I especially liked his article “Shouldn’t the Joneses Be Keeping Up With Us?” I’m sure I found his thoughts so appealing because at least those he shares in this post mirror and reinforce my own. Jason posits that the liberty to set one’s own schedule is the ultimate luxury. Amen! I agree wholeheartedly that no asset is as valuable as your own time.
  • I liked the excellent checklist presented in “20 Signs That You’re Financially Stable,” published on Well Kept Wallet. It’s fun to see how we stack up against these sorts of financial well-being measures. The author says that if at least 16 of the 20 signs describe your financial status, then you’re good. But work toward 20! How’d you do?
  • I must be in a mood for lists, because I also liked very much the simple “3 Questions I Ask Myself Before Buying” article on Tsh Oxenreider’s popular blog The Art of Simple. Tsh just finished traveling around the world with her husband and three kids, so she must be on to something good. 🙂

lame money adviceA Dog

Usually I have a tough time picking just one Dog from many candidates. But this time the choice, though not really related to personal finance, was clear: Donald Trump disrespecting Americans who, while serving in a combat role in the armed services, had the misfortune to be captured. In this the comical, bombastic, bag of wind Trump became nothing short of despicable and disgusting in my book. Will be enjoyable to watch in the weeks and months ahead as the ruthless Republican establishment goes to work dismantling The Donald.


Do you have a nomination for a Diamond or Dog? Send it to me please. I’ll give you credit if I use it in a “Diamonds and Dogs” post.

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