The federal Highway Trust Fund is running out of money, and some senators have proposed to fix the problem by raising gas taxes. This, however, is the wrong solution because it treats the symptom, and not the underlying reason for the shortfall.
You can keep living under piles of possessions, whether they're in plain sight or hidden away in closets and spare rooms, or you can choose to finally get free of them. Once you start the purge, you are likely to find yourself feeling lighter and less burdened.
We are a generation of maximizers, and it's both a blessing and a curse. Sure, we can identify what we like, online, on our phones and in store, but liking a product simply isn't enough to make us buy it.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are stark reminders that Christmas has become the most wonderful time of the year... for retail. When the main focus of the holiday is on, 'What did you get?' we miss out on the true spirit of the holiday season.
Most of us are guilty of some overindulgence during this happiest of seasons. We may eat more than usual, drink more than usual or spend to excess. And while sometimes we can reign in our overindulgences, it doesn't mean we aren't affected by our friends, family and colleagues who don't.
Some of my friends can't wait for the holidays. The rest can't wait for them to be over. It's no wonder we're conflicted. We've allowed our most traditional, warm and fuzzy holiday to be smothered by an avalanche of consumerism and immediate gratification.
The Congress is beginning negotiations on the budget. If the end result is a budget dominated by tax increases and discretionary spending cuts, the deficit will be lower but the unfairness will be magnified.
It is refreshing to finally get honest with yourself and know exactly where you stand. Write out every dollar that you owe and write out the interest rate of each debt. It may not be pretty, but now you can create a plan and feel a sense of control.