Jun 252015
 

Some people may think of me as frugal, but that’s actually not entirely true. For example, I spend a lot of money (over $2,000 every month) on interest payments. 😉 It’s fun to find out how much other people spend on their hobbies. But in the end it’s pointless to judge their behavior because money contains different meaning to different people. This is because our real wealth is time. Money is merely a means to maximize the enjoyment we get out of our time in this world.

This is why some people who make $30,000 a year can live a happier, more fulfilling life than others who make $300,000 a year. The income gap between the rich and poor gets a lot of attention, but from a broader perspective most people have roughly the same amount of real wealth in this world, which is measured in years, not dollars. The truly unfortunate are those who are so poor that all they have is money, lol. If all my financial assets disappeared overnight I’d be fairly upset. But if I knew I only had a few more months to live I’d be devastated. 😱 I don’t blame Walter White for what he did. Dire times call for extreme measures.

So if our goal is to enjoy life to its fullest using our limited financial resources then we simply have to allocate the right amount of money for each block of time we spend living. This means if we watch more than 10 hours of live sports a week then spending $3,000 on a new 60 inch 4K Ultra HD LED TV is totally justified. 😀 After seeing a football or soccer match in 3840 x 2160 resolution there is no going back. 😉 But on the other hand if we use those 10 hours a week to play PC games then we should spend $3,000 on a new kick-ass gaming computer instead. 🙂 The point is to choose what our interests, passions, and values are in life, and spend our money with the purpose to maximize our happiness in mind. This way, we’re less likely to second guess ourselves and regret our purchases.

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Nov 092013
 

Twitter’s Initial Public Offering

The micro blogging site Twitter has become a publicly traded company as of Thursday this week. Its price jumped from $26 a share on opening to $48 almost immediately. There is a lot of interest in this hot stock right now. TWTR ended this week at $42 a share. The Twitter IPO raised over $2 billion, the 2nd largest for an internet company. Even more than Google. Not bad considering Twitter isn’t even profitable yet 😕 I plan to invest in Twitter some time in the future, but it’s still too early for me now.

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Best Deal of the Year

Future Shop is having a special trade-in offer this weekend that can’t be missed. Bring a copy of any used Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, or 3DS game to a Future Shop this weekend and you can trade it in for a brand new copy of: Assassin’s Creed IVCall of Duty: Ghosts or Battlefield 4 for current generation consoles. This means you can bring them a copy of NHL 10 for the PS3, that you’ll probably never play again, and take home a copy of Call of Duty: Ghosts. Even if you’re not a gamer yourself you can give away these new games as gifts and your recipient will think you paid full retail price for them at $60 each 😉 Or you can always just resell the games for profit. Here’s one way to do it.

  • Step 1: Go to a used games store like EB games (GameStop equivalent) and buy any used Xbox 360 game for $10
  • Step 2: Take your used game to Future Shop & trade it in for 1 of the 3 new titles, eg: Assassin’s Creed IV for the Xbox 360
  • Step 3: Sell your new Assassin’s Creed IV game on Ebay
  • Step 4: Profit 😀

Over half a dozen Assassin’s Creed IV copies have sold on Ebay.ca over just the last 24 hours alone. The cheapest one was sold at $54.02, and the average sold price was about $57, or slightly below MSRP. This means if you price your game at $50, you’re almost guaranteed to sell it right away 😀 That’s a $40 profit you made, or 400% return on your $10 investment! Wow 🙂

And if you do this every day over this long weekend, you’ll have $40+$40+$40 = $120 by the end of Monday 😉 I’ve heard this deal is also going on at Best Buy so if you hit up both stores you could double your earnings to $240! If you feel bored this weekend and want to make some easy money, there you go 😉

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 Breakfast Recipe

Here’s a creative way to eat your bacon, eggs, and toast in the morning.

Ingredients: See previous sentence.

Instructions: Follow the visual guide below and bake until it looks like the final image.

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[Edit 1:10 pm PST] Apparently the news about the trade in deal on my blog has generated massive gatherings of people across Future Shops and Best Buys across the country. [/edit]