Re: Five ways to prevent retirement
This kind of goes along with my question on tricks and strategies for ER that I recently posted.
I agree with #2 as a college professor. Good colleges are just as beneficial as "great" colleges. The ability to get a job is really the responsibility of the job seeker rather than the social merit factor of having a degree from a particular college.
I also am keenly aware that "you can lead a kid to college, but you can't make him (or her) think"!!!!!!!
Cars are another pet peeve. I fly in the face by buying new, but I keep them 7-10 years, maintain them well, and drive them into the ground. I've bought pre-owned and my luck was 85% not good--even with high end Volvos.
I have a well crafted and developed reputation as a grouchy old curmugeon-- and I like it--it keeps the "hand-out seekers" away. I refuse to give to university and alumni funds. And after years of being forced to give "my fair share" to United Way as a school administrator, I refuse to participate in that, too. I guess my mantra for the past several years is that charity begins at home.
Just my 2 cents (really nickel's worth but adjusted for inflation).