Whenever I want to do something fun with friends we often find ourselves stuck playing the “I don’t know, what do you want to do?” game. Other times we find a great activity, but it costs us a buck too much. Few and far between are the great activities that are a lot of fun, yet less intrusive on the wallet. All of these activities can be found in my Activity C.L.U.B. with a new one being introduced each month.
The Lost Cousin of Golf
The sport of golf is one of the top sports in the world featuring a number of household names. A close cousin, although less famous, is the great sport of disc golf. Disc golf features the same general layout of golf – the goal of getting to a spot on each hole – but has a much lower cost to play and easier learning curve.
In life, time is often times our most valuable asset. In an attempt to simplify my finances and reduce the amount of time I spend on them, I have tried to minimize the number of banks I use and focus on banks that provide me quick and, at times, instant services.
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Buying contact lenses is one of the best purchases I make each year. I know that a large part of my eye problems comes from the fact that I stare at a computer all day and perhaps I can work on that, but now that my eyes aren’t what they used to be, I love “putting my eyes in” every morning and enjoying 20/20 vision. Purchasing contacts, though, is not always a great experience.
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I have always loved the idea of public transportation. You get to sit there and not worry about navigating traffic. You have time to read or if you have an iPhone you can even play games and catch up on the news. Recently, I decided trying public transportation for a week would be a great social experiment. Believe it or not I survived, and after looking back, I realize I learned a lot about myself, people, and public transportation in Atlanta. Here are the highlights.
The Obsessed Analytic blog is slowly growing and more and more of you are checking it out for advice on life, money, and technology! In an effort to reward those who like to recommend this blog to their friends, I’m offering a $10 iTunes giftcard to the first person who joins the Obsessed Analytic Page on Facebook and has 20 or so other friends join too. Continue reading $10 iTunes Giveaway!
Behind the scenes of the internet, there is a war going on between web browsers that has helped improve the internet experience for everyone. Gone are the days of Netscape vs. Internet Explorer. Today, there are many new players and a few very innovative companies that are leading the way.
I recently came across a post at the finance forum Bogleheads regarding investing for retirement. There are a countless number of strategies out there, but most of them don’t help the average person easily invest for retirement. Although good in their intent, trying to explain to someone not familiar with the world of finance how to best allocate their retirement funds, annually rebalance their portfolio, or optimize their foreign currency diversification is not effective. I’ve decided to simplify the discussion for most people so that anyone can easily prepare for retirement without making investing their job or only hobby. Continue reading How to Save for Retirement if Finance is Not Your Life
My loyalty to all things Apple all started a few years back when I first wanted a MP3 player. Like iPhones today, iPods were the craze. Of course, I knew back then that the only reason people had iPods was to be cool and show off how much money they had. So in my quest to be unpopular and cheap, I decided to take the path less traveled by getting a Creative mp3 player. With great joy, I spent my first 10 hours with the device trying to sync it with my computer. Crap! Creative had forgotten to install some software on the device before selling it and it didn’t work out of the box. With some hacking around my computer, I downloaded it myself, installed it, and then was ready to enjoy. Continue reading How the iPhone Changed My Life
It’s easy to think that a big bonus, a lottery win, or a pot of gold will provide what you need for life, but in reality a person can make millions of dollars in their lifetime and still have little to show for it. While money may not be your most important goal, how you spend your money is important. One’s ability to properly spend on what has lasting value to them and save towards future goals will define his/her wealth much better than how much money they came across along the way. Continue reading Save Money with a Clean Budget
Being an obsessed analytic, I am always trying new things to help me improve at life. Don’t worry, I do take time to enjoy life, but I want to always be improving. Surprisingly to me, all the books and articles I read that were full of wonderful advice did not have the biggest impact on guiding my direction. Instead, the most impacting activity I did was sitting down with peers and mentors and discussing my life.
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