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Contests That Focus Primarily On Entry Fees

Monday, July 28th, 2014 by

I was looking at a contest today where they were looking for creative submissions in an effort to hold a contest of sort where at first it sounded like a neat idea. However, upon looking at it further it seemed like they asked everyone for a pretty low entry fee which kind of made me think that was the real intent of this operation. Essentially, it’s almost like paying into a lottery system.

While granted not all entry fee based contests are like that, surprisingly many of them are. Usually I notice these things tend to target people in a creative field more as to many it sounds like a great opportunity to get more exposure for one’s work or talent. This is one of those times though where you have to really make a decision rationally as opposed to emotionally. Example, researching everything about the company that you can find as well as the operators of the contest. Your wallet will thank you later.

Spending So Much To Find Love Later In Life

Saturday, July 26th, 2014 by

I was reading an interesting story today about a person named Dr. Emil Chynn who apparently went with the life route of making sure your career is all good first so that you will be financially ready for love and to start a family. Apparently he hasn’t had much luck and even went to extremes such as offering to give away cash in the five figure range if someone introduces him to a match.

That’s kind of interesting to think about in terms of how much money one would potentially spend to find a mate later in life versus how much simpler it probably is when you are at a young age. Then again, maybe this is simply the case of someone working too much continuously and not taking the time to meet people. I was thinking too, is it inappropriate to think of this kind of stuff from a financial point of view?

Example, the other way to think about it is you take the priority in finding your match first and then build your wealth together. This is as opposed to two people trying to make it on their own and then hoping later down the road they meet someone of an equal level. Money and finance isn’t so straight forward when it comes to life direction huh?

Seeing People Spend Money Like Water

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by

I saw this interesting video today of a proposed reality show to be shot here that revolved around “Ultra Rich Asian Girls” of Vancouver. I guess you can say it seems to be going in the direction of all of those “Real Housewives of” shows where people get to view the drama revolving around rich people. This was the trailer I saw:

For the most part it seems like they are trying to find people who essentially inherited a lot of money and as a result are pretty carefree with the way they spend it. What caught my attention are the comments that people made such as how showing stuff like this will simply encourage people to be irresponsible for money. That got me thinking, does seeing things like this actually influence you to spend less or more in your life?

I know for myself, seeing things like this ironically makes me not want to be irresponsible with money. Am I the only one that thinks it’s silly for example to see someone buy such expensive things where they don’t seem to even think about the future or what would happen if they lost all their money one day? In that sense, it’s almost like it’s a free life lesson and in some ways is no different than reading stories of people who are say addicted to a certain substance. Like there, no matter how much you try to glamorize it I would think seeing it would discourage you from following that path.

Trading Away Excess Garden Goodies

Sunday, July 13th, 2014 by

I was having an interesting conversation today of a person who grows a lot of fruits and vegetables in his backyard where for some items they simply grow too fast and his family can’t consume everything. I was curious if he ever traded them with other people for different goods and he mentioned that he didn’t as in his mind most people wouldn’t be supportive for the idea.

This made me curious if it was simply a cultural thing in some places as I know here a lot of people would be open to the idea. Generally speaking, it costs us money to buy this stuff from the grocery store and as long as the other person has a need for the item it is almost like another form of cash. Funny enough, I even remember a person in my old neighborhood was simply selling groceries that he grew for the heck of it as he was bored of simply being in retirement a mode. As well, he would buy the items from other gardeners as well to then resell it.

Money doesn’t always have to be in the form of cash or credit I guess you can say in terms of having some kind of currency to buy items.

An Online Summer Camp To Save Money

Sunday, July 6th, 2014 by

I was reading about this makercamp.com site today where it is essentially a virtual summer camp.  Because it sounds like it is free at the moment, some people are considering this as an option for the summer time to keep the kids busy while saving money from sending them off to a traditional summer camp.

Makes me wonder like in these cases whether or not it’s better to simply spend the money on something more traditional to encourage some physical activity and such.  I suppose that heavily comes down to if you want your children to become more tech savvy too.  I always thought it’s more about the face to face interaction when it comes to these kinds of summer events personally.  Would you do this just to save money for example?