Monthly Archives: September 2013

The science of spending and happiness

I recently read Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending by Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton. This book found the intersection between how-to books on happiness and personal finance. And even better, all of their recommendations are based on solid research. Some of their suggestions come as no surprise (“buy experiences”) and others provided a […]

Yard Work is Hard Work: a short film about buying a home and other things

Professor Jodie Mack created this collage animation movie using all recycled materials. It’s about relationships, consumerism, and homeownership. So basically, the American “Dream.” I especially enjoyed the scenes with the financial planner (including a cameo appearance by paper cut-out Roger Ebert) and the couple’s peaceful vacation. The whole thing made me wonder about money and […]

How much does health insurance cost? (Part III of IV)

This is Part III in a series called Health Insurance for the Self-Employed: When doing what you love doesn’t come with health insurance. The posts in this series focus on the importance of health insurance and finding, evaluating, and enrolling in individual health insurance. I’ll also discuss strategies to save money and different ways to […]

Why enroll in health insurance? (Part II of IV)

This is Part II in a series called Health Insurance for the Self-Employed: When doing what you love doesn’t come with health insurance. The posts in this series focus on the importance of health insurance and finding, evaluating, and enrolling in individual health insurance. I’ll also discuss strategies to save money and different ways to […]

When doing what you love doesn’t come with health insurance (Part I of IV)

“…if the creativity of any living creature could be seen, what would it look like?“- K. Moyes This is Part I in a series called Health Insurance for the Self-Employed: When doing what you love doesn’t come with health insurance. The posts in this series focus on the importance of health insurance and finding, evaluating, […]

What is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau? (and why you should care)

I first heard about this U.S. government agency in 2011. I haven’t been following the CFPB very closely over the last two years. So I did some research this weekend to update myself on its work. Here’s some background: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was set up to regulate financial products and services in the […]