Choices

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 151-May 31 “No matter how big or soft or warm your bed is, you still have to get out of it.”—Grace Slick Never before have human beings had as many choices as those presented in our modern society. The train, the steam ship, the automobile, and the airplane have made travel accessible to the masses. With mobility come broader perspectives and new choices: You can live anywhere, choose any career, meet anyone. Today you can pack up and move to New York, Chicago, Orlando, Kansas City, or a farm in Montana. You can learn to sail, write a book, produce a movie, adopt a child. We yearn for the excitement of the new … [Read more...]

The Son of Jaws Meets the Bride of Tuna

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 150-May 30  “There’s a sucker born every minute.”—P.T. Barnum “Easy money!” The ads seem to scream. “Work at home part-time and make thousands of dollars!” Solicitations arrive in the mail: “You’re already a winner of one of these four fabulous prizes: a new car, a new television, a new stereo, or luggage. Send your check for $39.95 shipping and handling to….” Of course you get the luggage—a plastic little fold-up airline bag worth $1.49. I know because I fell for that one. Have you? Here are the Top Ten Telemarketing Frauds, as reported by the national Fraud Information Center: 1.     Work-at-Home Plans: … [Read more...]

The Chinese Version of Heaven and Hell

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 149-May 29 “Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”—James M. Barrie This is a story I heard years ago, origin unknown: In the Chinese vision of Hell, many people are seated around a large table. The table is laden with fine food, piled high in the middle of the table, looking scrumptious and smelling delicious. At each place setting, there is a set of very long chopsticks with which each person can reach the food in the middle. But the chopsticks are too long for the people to be able to get the food into their mouths. So they are all wailing, angry and starving. In … [Read more...]

Tax Advice

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 148-May 28 “There’s only one thing worse than paying income tax; and that’s not paying it!”—Anonymous I am not a CPA, nor an enrolled agent. I don’t prepare tax returns, so I am not going to give you specific tax advice. This is just the general news I think everyone needs to know: Get professional advice. Pay the money. I never had a tax preparer that didn’t save me more money on my taxes than his or her fee cost me. In The Millionaire Next Door, authors Stanley and Danko outline many areas where the typical millionaire saves money, buying second-hand cars, resoling their shoes, etc. “But they are not nearly … [Read more...]

Taxes

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 147-May 27 “A government that always robs Peter to pay Paul will always have the support of Paul.”—George Gershwin One morning, I got up early and went to a networking breakfast. The sun was shining, business was good, and the people at the meeting were fun. I was in a great mood as I sat down with my plate full of bagels, eggs, fruit and cereal. The gentleman who sat next to me, though, was clearly not in the same frame of mind. “I can’t believe how much money I have to pay in taxes,” he complained. “I had to write such a big check to the IRS this week, it’s obscene. And what the government does with the … [Read more...]