For almost as long as I’ve been living without a human roommate, I’ve enjoyed the company of my cat, Rupert. I adopted Rupert from my friend who determined his newborn daughter was allergic to cats. He had already owned Rupert for a long time, and I knew I’d be the cat’s new owner for the second half of his life.
Rupert was fifteen or sixteen years old when I brought him to the veterinarian to have him put to sleep this weekend. His quality of life had been worsening over the last year, though trips to the vet didn’t indicate why he was unhappy or having health problems, nor could the vet offer any suggestions to help. His suffering seemed to increase in the past weeks, and I had to make the difficult decision.
For most of my years with Rupert, I commuted to my place of work every weekday, and I knew that he would be waiting for me when I returned home. In recent months, as I’ve been working from home, Rupert kept me company when he wasn’t sleeping during the day. There were times he was a pest, but overall, he was a very sweet cat who was always happy to provide companionship. I may find a new cat sometime in the future, but not until I can settle other aspects of my life.
Here are some articles from around the web that piqued my interest lately.
Are discount grocery stores worth the savings? The overall question is whether it’s always better to buy the least expensive option. Unless you need to budget down to the penny to avoid going into debt in the short-term, a long-term view of paying the best price for the most acceptable level of quality makes more sense.
How to find unlisted jobs and win every salary negotiation. Ramit Sethi offers advice on these issues millions of unemployed people are facing in today’s job market. The tips boil down to effective networking with potential colleagues and going above and beyond what’s required to show that you’re not just another candidate in a large sea of potential employees.
JT McGee offers 12 personality types of passive investors, modeled after Carl Jung’s work on personality types, as well as after David Keirsey’s combination of Jung’s work with theories of temperament dating back to classical Greece. The types suggested by JT aren’t necessarily related to the psychology of the investor, but they do help to categorize the various ways an investor can take a hands-off approach to investing.
Always be the underdog to get ahead. Financial Samurai offers advice: don’t make too big a deal over yourself, and you can take your goals — or, I suppose, your enemies — by surprise.
Suze Orman’s Prepaid Debit Card: A Lesser of the Evil Prepaid Options. In this article for GoBankingRates, I look at the Approved Card, marketed by financial guru Suze Orman, as a product on its own. It’s not the best option for its intended audience, but it certainly isn’t the worst, either. Suze received backlash because as a personal finance expert she should “know better.” Here’s my original evaluation.
Published or updated January 23, 2012.