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The Cost of Taking Your Own Advice

Posted By Gabriela Zabalua On October 14, 2011 @ 12:26 pm In Notebook | Comments Disabled

Taking a revitalizing vacation [2], working out [3] and eating well [4] have started to pay big dividends for Segunda and Lady Piola [5]. Their slimmed-down reflections in boutique windows are sparkling and, more importantly, they’re feeling vibrant (though a bit sore). Next, the mighty duo decides to exercise their minds with a good novel [6].
Segunda and I know nothing feels better than a book in hand and an afternoon rolling out before you like a red carpet [7]. That is, until your “boomerang” daughter swirls through the door trumpeting: “I got a job!”
Those four words are music to any parent’s ears; they certainly were to mine. After weeks of scouring job boards [8] in an effort to heed my advice on how to become a financially independent adult, she beamed as she explained how her new job aligned with her future career goals. I breathed deeply, savoring that rare moment when life lessons hit home.
Then came a knock. The mail carrier, framed in my doorway, handed me a bundle of envelopes as if it were a gift. Instead, it was a stack of bills from my whirlwind travels [9]

“It looks like it’s time,” I humbly told my daughter, “for Mom to take her own advice.”
I directed some of my newfound energy toward getting my finances back in equally good shape. Luckily, I knew where to turn. I clicked through the AARP website [10]with its wealth of financial advice [11] and tips on saving [12].
Are your finances in order? What’s the best savings tip you’ve ever heard? What’s the best book you’ve read recently?

Let’s share! Thanks,


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[1] Image: http://aarpblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/blog13.jpg

[2] vacation: http://www.aarp.org/travel/travel-tips/info-08-2011/one-tank-getaway.html

[3] working out: http://www.aarp.org/health/fitness/info-12-2010/martina_functional_fitness.html

[4] eating well: http://www.aarp.org/food/experts/denisse-oller/

[5] Lady Piola: http://www.aarp.org/relationships/pets/

[6] a good novel: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/books/

[7] red carpet: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/books/info-02-2011/carmen-marc-valvo-book.html

[8] job boards: http://jobs.aarp.org/

[9] whirlwind travels: http://www.aarp.org/travel/destinations/

[10] AARP website : http://www.aarp.org/

[11] financial advice: http://www.aarp.org/relationships/caregiving/info-08-2011/decide-create-share-money.html

[12] tips on saving: http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-06-2010/99_great_ways_to_save_intro.html

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