Is there morality in personal finance?

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  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    July 23, 2013 9:14 a.m.

    Good thoughts on frugality.

    We live in a society where excess is often celebrated.

    Everybody wants the latest and greatest.

    Happiness is found in living within your means, whatever they are, and using your means to help others.

    Going golfing everyday just because you can doesn't benefit anyone, including yourself.

    Sometimes wealth hurts people more than they realize.

  • gee-en Salt Lake City, UT
    July 22, 2013 2:24 p.m.

    Wow...why the hatin'
    on Ben Franklin?
    (attempted rhyming intentional)
    Is it possible he might have learned some of these virtues from his more humble upbringing? And perhaps he attributed those virtues learned while growing up to some of his successes later on in life?
    I wonder if too often people look at a finished product and lament that those finished products would know nothing about "what it's like in the real world". When in actuality, it took much hard work and refinement "in the real world" for those finished products to become what they are.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    July 22, 2013 11:07 a.m.

    Ben F. does make a great quote.

    Looking deeper into how he actually lived his life might raise some eyebrows.

    Isn't that the way it is with all of us mere mortals?

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    July 22, 2013 11:03 a.m.

    Ben Franklin's view of chastity was also frugal: "Rarely use venery but for health and offspring." Of course, his idea of "rarely" was every day and with whomever he could persuade into it.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    July 20, 2013 10:51 a.m.

    Ben Franklin would know all about frugality. Living in mansions and castles, drinking fine wine, and partying it up with French elites.