Valentine’s Day is commonly referred to as a Hallmark holiday with the implication being that it was somehow manufactured for the sole purpose of siphoning money out of your wallet and into the hands of every teddy bear manufacturer, flower grower and chocolate supplier. The truth, though, is that Valentine’s Day is just like most other western holidays, a pagan holiday co-opted by Roman Christians because they couldn’t invent their own. Valentine’s Day began as Lupercalia, a pagan fertility celebration that was said to take place from the 13th to the 15th of February. (Who knows really… calendars were constantly changing back then.) The Romans took the middle of those and made it a feast day in honor of Saint Valentine, a bishop who married soldiers and their women in opposition to the emperor’s prohibition on marriage for young men. (source) Silly Christians… constantly stealing pagan holidays and calling it their own, Saturnalia/Christmas being the most egregious example.
There are a lot of websites out there built around personal finance. They all feature a billion little tips and tricks to help you get “rich.” As if having money was some sort of cosmic adventure only undertaken by the most savvy and informed amongst us. Blah blah blah. It’s not. I’m certainly not a so-called expert—that was Bernie Madoff—but I do know that all these tips boil down to a few simple steps and I’m going to share those with you right here. Don’t buy finance books and don’t be a sucker for some “guru” and his financial seminar. Get out your pen and paper, take copious notes and stop sucking at money! (more…)