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What would you pay to relive your first kiss?

Assuming it was worth reliving, that is. For some, the first kiss is pretty dreadful.

A company called Bid On Equipment decided to survey a couple of thousand people to find out what certain once-in-a-lifetime moments would be worth to them. A few examples of average payments:

Relive the birth of first child: $100,622

Attend a Tupac Shakur concert: $4,991

Be at the “Star Wars” premiere: $11,757

Hear the Gettysburg Address: $26,896

It wasn’t clear whether we’d get to relive childbirth knowing then what we know now about things like epidurals.



But seriously: People were willing to shell out some pretty big bucks, and tended to be willing to pay more for personal moments in time vs. cultural ones. Bouncing off that, I wrote a piece for The Simple Dollar called “What would you pay?”

The main point: When you look back 20 years from now, will you wish you’d spent even more time playing Fallout – or will you wish you’d hung out more with family and friends?

That you’d hung out more in the moment (i.e., a screen-free environment) with your loved ones, or that you’d all spent time showing one another cat videos? And so on.

Another post at The Simple Dollar was topical yet also timeless. “How long could YOU survive a job shutdown?” brings back that perennial favorite, the financial fire drill. Those of us who weren’t directly affected by the recent unpleasantness find it all too easy to say, “But I don’t work for the government, so what does this have to do with me?”

In the piece, I suggested we view the shutdown as an object lesson. There’s no such thing as a secure job. We can’t predict layoffs, illness and such – but we can prepare for them. Hence the financial fire drill.

I’d love to hear your feedback – especially if it appears in the comments section on the actual article. The more conversations, the better. I tell myself that TSD honchos are saying, “Wow, look at all the comments Donna’s posts engender! We should totally give her a raise!”


Ticking off some retirees


Of three new articles I recently published at Money Talks News, one raised quite a few hackles: “7 reasons it’s dumb to claim Social Security early.”

Before you all start hissing and flinging sharp objects my way, please know this: I don’t write the headlines!

And in fact it does make sense for some folks to claim Social at age 62 vs. their full retirement ages. Sometimes, though, it doesn’t. Read the article to learn why.

While you’re at it, read these two other MTN pieces:

“11 top tips for saving on every purchase in 2019”

“12 ways retirees can make money through passive income”


Playing fast and loose


Show of hands: Who thinks that financial infidelity is as bad as physical cheating?

Turns out quite a few people believe that sneaking is sneaking, whether it happens between the sheets or regarding the ledger sheets. In fact, some think that clandestine cash acts are more scandalous than getting a bit of strange.

“One in four older adults say keeping money secrets is worse than a physical affair,” my post on Considerable, explains why. (Hint: It’s all about trust.)

When asked to do a piece called “These are the best and worst states to retire,” I have to say I could not have predicted some of the top 10.

Florida, sure; it came in at No. 1. No surprises there. But I would never have pegged South Dakota as the second-best place. Or New Hampshire (No. 4) and Wyoming (No. 8).

The folks responsible for the study (WalletHub) ranked more than climate, obviously. Categories such as taxes, life expectancy, crime rates, culture and access to medical care were also factored in.

Alaska didn’t make the top 10. But at least it didn’t end up in the bottom 10, unlike my home state of New Jersey.

Readers: How’s the first week of your no-spend February going? I’ll be posting an update soon, so feel free to add your experiences to the comments, or send them to me at SurvivingAndThriving (at) live (dot) com.

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