Archive for August, 2009

Multitasking for Dummies

Friday, August 28th, 2009

I have been conducting an on-again, off-again study of my own performance with multitasking.

Bottom line: It sucks.

Fixing Your Health

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Health care is expensive. Very expensive. If you are waiting on your insurance, S.O., or the government to fix it/provide money for your care… keep on waiting. Let me know how that turns out.

By this point in your financial journey, you’ve mastered some pretty important skills. So how does your health figure into your finances beyond being a painful expense and experience?

Credit Card Interest Rates Increasing

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Many of us have already or will soon receive notice with our monthly credit card statements that the interest rates will soon increase.

For those of us at Pookah Finances 101, this creates a problem, as we are carrying a balance from month-to-month while we work ourselves out of debt.

For those of us at Pookah Finances 201 (and 301), we don’t care. We pay off our interest-bearing credit card bills in full every month, thereby avoiding the interest fees. In addition, we have the ready cash available in a high-interest savings account to pay off the full amount of our efforts with credit card arbitrage.

Needless to say, Pookah Finances 201 (or better) is a great place to be in this economy.

But as for those of us at Pookah Finances 101 (or lower), we now have a problem.


Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Many years ago, my father gave me some of the wisest words I’ve ever heard. One of the things he said was, “People who want to succeed are more often held back by what’s behind them than what’s ahead of them.”

My human’s father is very wise in spite of being male.

Ignoring the parenting gender differences between cats and humans for a bit, let me throw out some thing’s I’ve said: