13 Lessons Classic Horror Movies Teach Us About Personal Finance

13 Finance Lessons Learned from Horror Movies

I grew up watching horror movies. Which is a bit comical, since I’m pretty much a big chicken.

No joke. If someone jumps out at me from around the corner yelling “Boo!”, I’m gone.

You’ll find me two miles down the road, without a thought of returning until the whole house has been purged of evil spirits.

I don’t know why I consented to watch all of these films. Maybe it was a sign of the times.

Because it seems like the 80’s was the decade of scary movies. Or that could just be my warped recollection.

But family fun night — let’s watch Friday the 13th!

Teenage sleepover — of course, Sleepaway Camp!

And for the annual Halloween party — well, I’d expect nothing less than gathering together to watch our favorite silent masked villain — no, not that one, the other one. Michael Myers, of course.

Watching horror movies was a legit rite of passage when I was a kid.

And it went hand-in-hand with checking under my bed, sleeping with the lights on, and asking my dad to check for monsters in the closet.

And yes, as a full grown adult, I am still afraid of the dark.

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Debt Payoff Update: Be Careful What You Wish For

Dandelion Wish Debt Away
 Dandelion — Can’t Wish Debt Away

You Cannot Wish Debt Away

It’s funny, when you spend so much time wishing for something to happen.

Wanting it so badly, it’s all you can think about. And you imagine what life would be like, if you could only accomplish this one goal.

Make this singular change that’ll make everything worth it. Something that will improve your life exponentially, so you can finally enjoy a brighter future.

And then it happens.

But it’s not exactly as you imagined it would be. There’s a twist at the end. A kink in the plan. A curve ball you didn’t see coming.

Or maybe you did see it coming, and chose to ignore it. Ignorance is bliss, isn’t it?

So here is what I’m talking about:  Debt.

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Side Hustles to Make Money Online

Side Hustles to Make Money Online
Side Hustles to Make Money Online

Side Hustles to Make Money Online

This next post was written by my friend and colleague Andrew, who blogs at Wealthy Nickel. It’s all about finding the right side hustles for you to actually make money online.

Because — let’s face it — not all side hustles are created equal. Just like we are all individual human beings, with strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes. A side hustle that I might detest could potentially be right up your alley, and vice versa.

That’s why finding the right side hustle idea for you is such a personal decision. Because you really want to find a side hustle that you can stick with for the long term, to actually make some money.

To find out more, read on and learn the details of 7 side hustles to make money online.

Not Your First Rodeo

If you’ve spent any time at all on the internet, I’m sure you’ve seen a hundred articles about how to make money online like:

  • 5,265 Easy Side Hustles to Make Money Online; or
  • 9 Creative Ways to Make $5,000 in 3 Days; or
  • How I Became a Blogging Millionaire Overnight in my Pajamas

Well, let me stop you right there.

This is not that article. I am not selling you a blogging course, or promising you will retire early by taking online surveys.

What you will get are some legitimate, solid ideas that you can use as a starting point to craft the perfect online side hustle strategy for you and your family – whether you’re looking for ways to make $500 a month or $5,000 if you’re willing to put the work in.

Making money online is a very personal topic for me, and one I spent a lot of time trying to figure out a few years ago.

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The Long Journey of a Side Hustler

dog with stick and bindle
The Long Journey of a Side Hustler

Defying Stereotypes

Quick — when someone uses the term “side hustler“, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind?

  • A fast-talking charlatan, using sleight of hand to con you out of your life savings?
  • A 20-something jack-of-all-trades, picking up gigs to support video game downloads and extra beer money?
  • Or even an insta-famous social influencer promoting their must-see makeup hacks?

 

social influencer selfie - side hustler extraordinaire

 

Well, I’ve got some interesting news for you.

Because the stereotypical side hustler has evolved over the years.

And here’s one you may have never thought would meet the criteria:

Middle-aged corporate professional, with an aversion to social functions, and an affinity for creative expression.

Does that sound like a side hustler?

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