No Such Thing as Enough Money

How much money is enough?  It’s a philosophical money question that often arises out of discontent. We see someone of substantial means, like a celebrity, live a troubled life. Or, we ourselves experience great fortune yet feel unhappy. It makes us wonder where the finish line is, the point when you can stop striving forContinue reading “No Such Thing as Enough Money”

The Relationship Between Money and Marriage

I love scotch; she hates it. There are many things my wife and I don’t agree on, but money isn’t one of them. We are intentional spenders, buying only what mutually aligns with our needs or values. For instance, disinterested in paying for the trappings of an ostentatious wedding, we tied the knot at NewContinue reading “The Relationship Between Money and Marriage”

The Cost of Friendship

An oak tree can grow to 100 feet tall and live for more than 100 years. In a mast year, an oak tree can shed as many as 10,000 acorns, hard little squirrel delicacies raining down dozens of feet on your lawn (or head) like tiny missiles. These are things I learned only after shippingContinue reading “The Cost of Friendship”

Why We ____ : I.M.S. 1-Year Anniversary

One year ago, I promised myself that I wouldn’t write this post. One year ago Incognito Money Scribe launched, and I vowed then not to write one of those posts about the “lessons learned after X years of blogging.” Not that there is anything wrong with them. I just never wanted this blog to focusContinue reading “Why We ____ : I.M.S. 1-Year Anniversary”

The Relationship Between Money and Happiness

My happy place costs around $20, excluding tax. A few cold beers on a beach with family or friends is enough to make me feel satisfied in life. I suppose there are finer beaches than along the Detroit river, which is closest to me. But I’ve drank beers on beaches in other states and otherContinue reading “The Relationship Between Money and Happiness”

Are You Financially Resilient?

A young woman in the Land of Oz asks her way to Kansas. “If I were you,” she is unhelpfully told, “I wouldn’t start from Oz.” But if Oz is where you are, you have no choice; from there is where you start. That is how it is with many financial hardships. We must startContinue reading “Are You Financially Resilient?”

Stories That Make You Rich or Go Broke

Why do you make certain decisions? How can you make better ones? Perhaps, you need a better story. I think finance is synonymous with storytelling. Wall Street publishes more stories than the publishing industry. Exhibit A is the GameStop saga, where a group of day traders bid up the beleaguered video game retailer’s stock priceContinue reading “Stories That Make You Rich or Go Broke”

3 Retirement Myths of the Social Media Era

Social media has altered our perceptions of success, relationships, politics, culture and even retirement. But know this: no matter what type of designer retirement you think you have put together for yourself, bereavement, illness, ennui and financial challenges happen to everyone. No amount of wealth, success, power or planning can make you impervious to them.Continue reading “3 Retirement Myths of the Social Media Era”

The Power of Framing in Money, Life

In a consumerist culture, happiness is closely associated with wealth. The more you earn, the more you can buy, the happier you will feel. Yet, there is a reason why studies show older adults are happier, and it’s not from accumulating massive levels of wealth. The secret is found in a quote attributed to RomanContinue reading “The Power of Framing in Money, Life”