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Review Category : Jenkin’s Corner

10 Things That Annoyed Me In 2015

There are things that annoy all of us.   Don’t you wish you could just make a list so you could go off on some Dennis Miller like tirade of things that just set you off?   They say as you get older, that more things make you cranky.  I’m not sure if that is accurate or not, but here is the official list of 10 things that annoyed me in 2015. Alex Trebek- We watch Jeopardy many nights, and frankly I’m sick and tired of Trebek’s smarminess acting like he knows every answer known to man. Pretty easy with a cue card.  The worst of it is when he made fun of a guy who won the show twice from Nashville, TN, letting the audience know that even though he talks slow he still knows his stuff. Taquerias and Burger Places- Enough is enough. How many ways can you make a taco or a gourmet burger?  I would easily trade in ...

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Do Parents Gifts Come With Strings Attached?

Imagine this scenario: Mom and Dad get to hear some great news from their son or daughter when they tell them they are getting married.   The initial jubilation and excitement from the news is almost overwhelming as Mom and Dad’s little baby is now going to really be all grown up.   So, Mom and Dad want to help pitch in for the wedding and tell their son or daughter that they will contribute $25,000 toward the wedding.   A few weeks later, Mom now gets involved with the initial guest list and becomes adamant about certain relatives that must be included for the wedding.  The arguments ensue between Mom and her daughter in this case, and then the daughter begins to wonder was this really a gift from Mom and Dad or did it come with strings attached? Most parents will say that they want to help their children or grandchildren when they have excess financial resources to do so down ...

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How To Maximize Your Verizon Smart Rewards

When most people think about their loyalty rewards programs, the first words out of their mouths are about their frequent flyer miles.   In addition to that, families get into tracking their American Express Membership Rewards, point programs through their favorite hotel chains, and even from rental car programs throughout the country.   If you think its hard to manage your 401(k)’s and IRA’s, just ask those who have more than four or five frequent reward programs.   One program I stumbled upon recently through Verizon is something called the ‘smart reward’ program, and here are a few tips to maximize your Verizon points. OK.  Let me give you the scoop.  This could be one of the worst reward programs I have ever covered in my blog.   I love the fact that Verizon puts together some note within the ‘smart rewards’ site letting you know about their best price match guarantee and that other sites don’t always have authentic deals.  Here’s the newsflash.  ...

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How To BEAT The FOUR Biggest Lies Retailers Tell

The best stuff is in the front of the store! The lie: The lie is that the newest stuff is often in the front of the store.  When a retail store changes over seasons, the old stuff heads toward the back of the store and the new stuff makes its way to catch your eyes when you walk into the store.   Retailers will tell you this is the ‘best’ stuff, but that is only a matter of opinion.  If you mean the ‘best’ new stuff, than that might be accurate, but last season’s stuff is just as good, if not better, unless you plan to be on a show with the Kardashian’s. Your defense: The best defense for this retailer lie is simply ask the store salesperson where the clearance racks are, which is always where you want to start in any mall or department store.  To curb your spending appetite while going shopping, the odds are you will find ...

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7 Things You Pay For That Annoy You

Maybe someday I’ll run for politics.  With all of the debates going on, at least I would shoot straight on what I think about different things, whether people like it or not.   As my journeys take me to local restaurants, sporting events, and out of town hotels, I’ve compiled a list of 7 senseless charges that would be on my first list of things to get rid of today.  They might not win me an election, but they sure are annoying and don’t seem to make any sense at all.  Maybe these things just annoy me. Hotel Wi-Fi– What’s the deal with some hotels still charging a ridiculous $14.99 a day to access Wi-Fi? Do I really need to sit in the lobby while I check my e-mail? For crying out loud just mark it into the hotel bill.  What I like even better (not!) is that they give you the regular Wi-Fi or ‘premium’ Wi-Fi for $4.95 a day ...

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How I Grew To Hate The Pumpkin

It used to be that the month of October was the month of the pumpkin.  Families galore excited about picking a weekend to head to the local pumpkin patch, sip down some apple cider, and get all of the carving materials ready to go for Halloween.   For many people, fall time is one of the best times of the year.   The leaves are changing, the weather cools off, and all kinds of sporting events are going on from college football to the World Series.   Now, the fall is no longer about these images, but instead we are barraged by pumpkins, pumpkins, and more pumpkins to such an extent that even Michael Myers would be coming back to life. Remember the movie Forrest Gump when Bubba said, “Anyways, like I was sayin’ shrimp is the fruit of the sea.  You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, sauté it. Dey’s uh, shrimp kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo.  Pan fried, deep fried, ...

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Why Do You Stick Your Tongue Down My Throat?

I recently attended a conference and was able to hear Josh Brogan speak about social media. The entire speech was entertaining, but one statement he made during the speech stuck out to me when he discussed the new world of Linked In. He shared a comment something to the effect of I accept you as a connection and you stick your tongue down my throat. I laughed at first, but then I thought to myself, “What in the world has happened with some basic etiquette?” Since I have roughly 5,000 followers myself, people ask to get connected to me all of the time. Here’s a recent scenario of what happened, and then I’ll share my three very simple tips for LinkedIn etiquette because apparently companies aren’t training their sales people anything except to be robots and just keep clicking the send button. An individual on LinkedIn asked to be connected with me.  I chose to accept the connection (as I’m ...

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Six Ways We Live Like The Jetson’s Did

Who could ever get this famous theme song to cartoon show The Jetson’s out of their head? http://bit.ly/1IBR6fN  Meet George Jetson . . . His boy Elroy . . . daughter Judy . . . . Jane his wife.   Do you remember watching this funny cartoon show as a kid and wondering in the year 2062 if any of this would actually become a reality?  We are only in the year 2015, and many of those childhood fantasies are now a reality of our day to day lives.   Here are six ways we are starting to live like the Jetson’s. Face Time- Remember when Jane Jetson would have those calls with her friends so they could see each other before they went out to the shopping mall?   Well, in today’s world we have Apple’s Face Time, Skype, Go to Meeting, and now Periscope.  You can pretty much see anybody, anywhere, anytime through the click of a button. Flying Saucers- Most ...

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Why You WILL tell your child YES

Like many parents, I recently experienced the sadness and euphoria of sending our first child off to college.   As much as you can prepare yourself for that moment, it’s an incredibly bittersweet moment as you pull away from campus and see your child really start to begin life on their own.    These are the beginning moments where they make more decision on their own, handle their day to day affairs, and begin to take over the basic management of their finances. I’ve always considered myself to be a parent who would tell my child like is really is without any of the sugar coating.   It wasn’t long before my children realized my feelings on things including why participation trophies make no sense, why your chores in the house don’t deserve allowance, and that soon they will be responsible for their own financial future.  I am in the financial planning business, so you can imagine that money is a top of ...

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Why Are We Always Hungry At The Airport

After doing the Your Smart Money Moves column for the past seven years, I’ve decided it’s time for me to begin to share some of my observations about life. Some of these will still have to do with money, but a few times per month I’d like to bring you something that will make you think, laugh, or just want to get involved in the conversation. “Hunger is the physiological need for calories, water, and salt, and it’s driven by a mix of factors including your diet, appetite hormones, and emotional factors such as stress,” says Maggie Moon who is a Los Angeles based nutritionist. What’s most interesting to me is that I’ve never heard anybody say, “I’m so hungry. I can’t wait to get to the airport so I can eat.” In fact, most people tend to try and have a meal at their hotel on vacation or a quick bite at their house before they go to the ...

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