The Secret of Personal Finances Revealed

“Is it getting dark outside? Are you having trouble seeing? Turn the lights on!” is the gist of one “Wiggles Tips” segment on The Wiggles television show. These segments introduce the show’s preschool audience to a bit of humor – even they are old enough to know to turn on the lights when it’s dark out.

Newspapers and other media often have the adult version of Wiggles Tips when headlines like “People Are Upset about Gas Prices” appear on the front pages. Why is that news? I often ask myself, thinking back to the criteria for newsworthiness I learned in Journalism 101. Others might say, “That’s stating the obvious.” A


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4 Responses to The Secret of Personal Finances Revealed

  1. Excellent points Shannon!

    I recently saw a number of comments at another pf blog ripping into the blogger for stating the obvious. Comments ranged from the sarcastic “tell us something we don’t know” to the less than eloquent, “duh!”

    It never ceases to amaze me at how overlooked the obvious often is. Thanks for reminding us that just because something is obvious doesn’t mean it’s unimportant.

  2. AMarino says:

    You listed all good points which the former poster already stated. When you have a newbie reading some of this information for the first time, it is new to him or her.

    Frankly, I have read some bits of information that I already knew but because of the way it was written – I saw something new and different in it.

  3. Gail says:

    It is simple to say, yet for many it is so very hard. Families with crushing financial burdens refusing to give up cable TV, individual cell phones, etc. Saying that they need them. One of the most important aspects of personal finances is determining what you really NEED versus what you really WANT. Most of us can find ways to afford our needs, but most of us can’t afford all our wants. With proper knowledge and experience handling finances, the ability to afford some wants appears, so just because you can’t afford something now doesn’t mean you can’t afford it forever.

  4. Osadg says:

    I don’t think there is anything wrong with stating the obvious. There is no magical cure for debt, and it’s silly that people don’t think the obvious things through. (Some) People get into debt, by spending money they don’t have and then want a magical cure for how to get out. It should always be obvious, but hey maybe one day after hearing the same advice over and over they’ll finally get it.

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