Monday, February 11, 2008

Monday's Money Funny - Who Needs a 401k? I'd Rather Have A Castle

I've started a feature on my blog called "Monday's Money Funny" which are humorous (or at least humorous to me) articles/jokes/just about anything (real or satire) that I've discovered over the weekend when I catch up on all my on line reading that spark a need for knowledge. For example last week's a satire on the government's plans to spark the struggling economy. This week's is a book review on "House Lust: America’s Obsession With Our Homes” by Daniel McGinn.

I hope you enjoy the fifth of the series from NY Times

Below is a preview of the article, click on the link above to see the article in its entirety:

Putting a modern-day finish on this propensity is “House Lust: America’s Obsession With Our Homes” by Daniel McGinn (Currency, $24.95), which chronicles an epic of satirical, if not quite biblical, proportions.

“How did home renovations come to routinely turn families’ lives upside down?” he asks. “Why do thousands of us now watch reality shows about home flipping or house hunting? Why did so many people decide to start investing in real estate, or quit good jobs to seek a fortune selling houses?”


“Our homes may no longer be making us rich,” he writes, “but living through an era when we thought they might has resulted in a permanent shift in thinking — one that will leave many of us happily obsessed with houses for years to come.”

The millions of Americans currently facing home mortgage foreclosures will probably regard such unbounded optimism as the eighth deadly sin.

I don't know about you, but after seeing this book review, I've already consolted my library to be added to the waiting list to read this book. It raising interesting questions of oneself (especially for me since I'm planning to buy a home some time in the near future) about how much of a home is really needed and what's the best strategy for purchasing one. I'm personally a huge fan of Money.MSN and found an article by Liz Pulliam Weston about how big should you really go.

Stay tuned for next week's Monday's Money Funny. Also if you run across any Monday Funnies please email them to me at and if I use them I will give you credit and link to your blog.

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