There are so many places around where you can research your personal financial questions, there really is no excuse not to be “in the know” or at least opinionated about finances in this day and age.
Where do I do my research?
- Money Blogs, there are new ones coming up every day. I read them, and I form opinions on what is being written. There are a bunch in my right hand column go read what they have to say, and think about it.
- Newspaper(s) if you receive one at home, read it, there is always interesting things to make you go, “Hmmm….”
- The Library, the Ottawa Public Library is an amazing place, and you can reserve books on-line, so you don’t even have to go to the Library to browse, just go on-line and away you go!
- Talk to friends, no, I am not saying look for hot stock tips or such things, but just talk about topics that interest you and see if they have any insights about budgeting, or buying cars, or other things. This is how my wife and I end up finding “contacts” that can get us good deals on things too.
You notice none of this costs that much (ok the newspaper costs some money, but many of them you can read on-line). I don’t buy finance books, unless I have taken them out of the library first and thought, “This is a book I want to keep and reference a lot”.
Remember the more sources you have the more likely you are to be better informed. Learn folks, life is a learning voyage!