What I Learned About Money from Dr. Seuss

If he were still around, Dr. Seuss would have turned 108 years old on March 2 (tomorrow)! Dr. Seuss isn’t the first person you’d think of when personal finance comes to mind, but his books offer great advice related to money. Even as an adult, the advice speaks volumes.

The Cat in the Hat
Fun doesn’t have to be expensive. Imaginations are free and board games are a one-time investment. Instead of going out and over spending, invest in some in home entertainment that you can reuse. Taboo, Scrabble and Apples to Apples are some of my favorites.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Don’t be frugal to the point where it makes you a Grinch! Your budget shouldn’t rain on anyone else’s parade. If it does, maybe you should re-evaluate. Don’t get so caught up saving that you miss out on enjoying your family and friends.

Green Eggs and Ham
Try something new with your financial plan. There are so many great tools out there that can help you! Step outside of your comfort zone.

The Sneetches
Trying to be like everyone else can get expensive. Have you heard of the expression “Keeping Up with the Joneses”? Well, it’s expensive to do. Live within your means and resist the urge to compare your situation to others. Everyone is in a different place financially in their lives.

The Lorax
If you don’t decide to make a change, then it won’t happen. Individually, make it a focus to improve your financial situation. It takes 21 days to build a habit and it’s never too late to get started!

Author: Tim Harrington is the CEO of FiPath (www.FiPath.com), an online consumer financial resource to help guide consumers making financial decisions.