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Here are five lies you’re probably telling yourself about money.
- You have “good debt.” We’ve all been told there’s a difference between “good debt” like student loans or your mortgage . . . and “bad debt” like from credit cards. And while it’s true that some kinds of debt are worse than others, it’s best to avoid it altogether.
- You don’t have enough to invest. If you have enough money for a Netflix subscription or a cup of coffee at Starbucks, then you have money you can invest.
- You’ll be earning more in the future. We all want to assume we’ll earn more as we get older and more experienced, but there are no guarantees.
- You saved money buying something on sale. If you rationalize a purchase by saying it was on sale, or that you used a coupon, you’re ignoring the fact that money still left your wallet. You only truly “save” money if you were planning to buy it anyway.
- You get paid well, so your crappy job is worth it. Financial security is important, so it’s not necessarily smart to quit your stressful job, follow your passion, and become a professional “Pokemon Go” player.
But if you live reasonably and spend wisely, you should be able to find a middle ground where bills get paid AND you’re happy at work.
This is some glazed, powdered, Boston cream-filled irony right here.
52-year-old Don Pemberton of Mesa, Arizona is an Ironman athlete . . . which means he does triathlons that include a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile marathon at the end. Most of us couldn’t even do ONE of those.
He was out training earlier this month, and was about 30 miles into a 90-mile bike ride when he went into CARDIAC ARREST. Yes, even though he’s in insanely good shape, it turns out one of his arteries was 85% blocked.
He managed to stumble toward the nearest building, where he fell and blacked out. And it happened to be a DUNKIN’ DONUTS. Even better, one of the employees happened to have CPR training.
Her name is Hannah Bentley, and she did chest compressions until paramedics showed up and took him to the hospital. Without Hannah, he would’ve died.
As far as we can tell, he hasn’t acknowledged the irony that his super-healthy body was saved by a donut shop. But he HAS thanked Hannah for saving his life. He’s also raising money to send her on a cruise, at GoFundMe.com/CruiseForHannah.
(NBC 12 – Mesa)
Ironman Athlete Saved by a Dunkin’ Donuts Employee
18-year-old Sam Ray was in his parents’ garage working on his truck last month in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, outside Nashville. And while he was under it, the jack gave out and the truck LANDED on him.
It had him pinned so he couldn’t move his arms. And one of them was getting burned, because it was pinned under a hot exhaust pipe.
So he started yelling for help, but he knew nobody could hear him because he was home alone. Luckily, his iPhone was in his back pocket, and the weight of the truck on top of him activated SIRI.
Now, Sam says he’d never really used Siri before, and thought it was kind of stupid. But in this case, he realized she might be able to save his LIFE.
So he told her to call 911, and she did it. Then he gave his address to the dispatcher, and rescue workers were able to lift the truck off of him.
He ended up with four broken ribs, a bruised kidney, and burns to his arm, but he should make a full recovery. And he says he’s DEFINITELY a fan of Siri now.
(WSMV / WKRN)