Author Archives: Chasing Our Tales

Adulting

The usage of the word “adulting” has increased tremendously on social media recently. It’s defined as “to do grown up things and hold responsibilities such as a 9-5 job, a mortgage/rent, a car payment, or anything else that makes one … Continue reading

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Why I Don’t Budget

A friend recently asked how I budget and track my spending. I don’t – no budgeting other than a weekly review of my credit card statement online to check for any unauthorized payments. This is a thought experiment as budgets are … Continue reading

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I’m Rich because I Buy Expensive Things!

No, not even close. This headline sounds ridiculous, right? Unfortunately I see this idea portrayed too often – in reality, the cost of someone’s possessions tells you almost nothing about their actual level of income or accumulated wealth (see my … Continue reading

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Experiences Comes First

When evaluating a commercial or other advertisement, the product such as the luxury convertible or newest phone is almost always portrayed as enabling an experience: the luxury car is being driven on beautiful winding mountain roads, and the phone is sharing … Continue reading

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Treating Yourself, Just this Once

Thinking about a luxury watch or your first fancy pair of shoes? Be aware of the “Diderot Effect” so nicely summarized in this Lifehacker post otherwise that single luxury splurge may cause a snowball of extra spending. If you’ve ever bought … Continue reading

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Necessities Are Not Advertised

Imagine all the commercial messages you’ve ever seen or read: sports drinks, beauty products, luxury cars, 11-piece dining room sets, and the latest generation smartphone. What do they all have in common? They’re for unnecessary products or services. If you … Continue reading

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Stoicism – Not Just for Dead White Guys

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine This post on the Truth. No Consequences. blog changed my life. It’s a long one – print it out, sit down with a highlighter, … Continue reading

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