Amanda Stanhaus

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Saving is Sexy

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I’m alway aspiring to make saving sound sexy, but Helen Gurley Brown was the original.

Here are a selection of Helen’s tips from what’s basically my bible, Sex and the Single Girl.

-Scrimp on what isn’t sexy or beautiful or really any fun, so you can afford what is.

-Never pay more when you can pay less.

-Don’t subscribe to a newspaper if you see one at the office or can borrow your landlord’s.

-Ditto magazines. Ask a friend to pass hers on after she’s read them.

-If you pay the bills, turn off the lights when you leave home.

-Give up smoking.

-Negotiate with everybody.

-Don’t undertip. This little economy is unworthy of you.

-Work for a rich man.

-Get adopted by a wealthy couple.

Got it? Got it!

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(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy blog: XO, Bettie.)

What Do I Want From My Investments?

What do I want?

What’s my time frame?

How much commitment?

Am I ready to give it all up?

Questions I had to answer while picking stocks. My beloved $$ was up for grabs.

(click on the bold-faced vocab words:))

A couple of weekends were jam packed with business sections of newspapers and magazines, years of annual reports, financial blogs, and chats with my financial advisor.

Picking the right stocks for my financial situation, time frame and risk tolerance turned into a production.

I’ll re-answer the above questions every few months to make sure my portfolio still serves my needs. But remember, I value invest. Hiccups don’t faze me and my loyalty.

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(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy blog: XO, Bettie.)