Money is serious.
That's the truth and it stinks. With many people's payday rapidly approaching, it's easy to start thinking: oooh, the weekend is here and oooh, maybe I'll treat myself to something with this money in my bank account.
That's where the CHALLENGE really comes in.
We're nearing the mid-way point of the month long challenge to improve our financial lives.
How are you doing? Are you making any small changes? Any big ones?
Here are 5 ways to make money more fun.
Watch some movies about money (and life).
Here are some really good ones (and they're either FREE or cheap to rent).
1. Jerry Maguire, 1996.
This is a great film because it's about a person who decides to take a big risk - a big, big risk - that, let's be honest, most of us won't ever take in our lives. What it can do for us, though, is teach us to follow our passions, focus on what we're good at and, most of all, believe in ourselves. The more we believe in ourselves, the more we're following our dreams. As the saying goes, if you follow your dreams, the money will follow.
2. Wall Street, 1987.
This classic movie shows the aspirational aspects of making tons of money - with all the '80's glamor and drama - and then it quickly reveals its seamy, dark underbelly. If you haven't seen this movie, see it. If it's been a while, see it again. Greed really isn't good.
3. The Wolf of Wall Street, 2013.
This film is based on the memoirs of penny stock boiler room scam artist Jordan Belfort and his insanely true life story of greed, lust and fraud that landed him in prison. This film is not suitable for the kids but it is a highly entertaining look at life when money - and the desire for it- gets wildly out of control.
4. Boiler Room, 2000.
To some degree, a lesser known film in this genre but one that is infinitely worth watching, Boiler Room examines the life of a lost Queens kid who runs an illegal casino out of his apartment. One night, a fat cat comes by to play blackjack at his place and recruits him to join a chop stock brokerage firm on Long Island. It all goes crazy from there.
5. The Pursuit of Happyness, 2006.
This beautiful film is based on a memoir about a man who goes from a homeless salesman (who invested his entire life savings into bone density scanners and lost it all) who eventually opens up his own multi-million dollar brokerage firm. It's less about rags to riches as it is about the power of hope and love in the face of adversity.