Brent Esplin

My Thanksgiving Post Was Selected for the Carnival of Personal Finance

I hope everyone is enjoying my posts, and more important, learning how to better manage your money.  I enjoy writing and am confident I have a lot of important and helpful information to share. My last post, Thanksgiving Thoughts on Gratitude and What it Means to Have Enough, was included as an “Editor’s Pick” in the “Carnival…

Thanksgiving Thoughts on Gratitude and What it Means to Have “Enough”

This Thanksgiving season I have been reflecting on our constant quest for “more,” on what it means to have “enough,” and on gratitude.   So this week I am going to depart from offering practical advice on money management and instead turn philosophical.  We Want More, We Want More! Many of you have seen the popular…

Don’t Underestimate the Incredible Power of Compound Interest?

“The most powerful force in the universe is compound interest” – Albert Einstein Take a minute to read the two questions below and estimate the answers. Don’t put too much thought in to it, or perform any calculations. Simply read the questions and write down your estimates: Starting on the day you are born you…

When It Comes to Debt, Are You Smarter Than an Octopus?

Stories are great teaching tools.  One of my favorite stories related to personal finance was told by Thomas S. Monson, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, about a visit he made to a church school on the Island of Tonga.  As he peeked in one classroom he noticed that the students were paying unusually…