I've recently started reading Mint's blog on a regular basis. It's very good and today's is a belter: Personal Finance According to the Simpsons. They've taken Homer Simpson's philosophies on life, work and money, and explained how it relates to managing your finances.
If you don't have time to read their analysis, the quotes alone are worth repeating:
“Buy low and sell high; that’s my motto … This year I invested in pumpkins. They’ve been going up the whole month of October and I got a feeling they’re going to peak right around January. Then bang! That’s when I’ll cash in.”
“(Bart), if you don’t like your job, you don’t strike, you just go in there every day and do it really half-assed. That’s the American way.”
“Son, if you really want something in this life, you have to work for it. Now quiet! They’re about to announce the lottery numbers.”
“If something’s hard to do, then it’s not worth doing.”
“All right, let’s not panic. I’ll make the money by selling one of my livers. I can get by with one.”
“Marge, don’t discourage the boy! Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It’s what separates us from the animals! Except the weasel.”
“Oh no! What have I done? I smashed open my little boy’s piggy bank, and for what? A few measly cents, not even enough to buy one beer. Wait a minute, lemme count and make sure…not even close!”"
Homer: “Look at this Marge, $58 and all of it profit. I’m the smartest businessman in the world.”
Marge: “Its food bill today was $300″.
Homer: “Marge, please, don’t humiliate me in front of the money”
“Oh they have Internet on computers now?”
“How is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain. Remember when I took that home winemaking course, and I forgot how to drive?”
“Bart, with $10,000, we’d be millionaires.”
“It’s a secret thing called a home equity loan. I get all this cash…and the house gets stuck with the bills!”
“When you gave me that money, you said I wouldn’t have to repay it ’til the future. This isn’t the future. It’s the lousy, stinking now!”
Thanks to Mint, especially for the last two quotes which seem rather relevant considering recent times.