This past Saturday, I went to an old friend's birthday dinner. During dinner, one of the guests mentioned that he had gone shopping at a store in the meat packing district that sold what apparently are supposedly the best jeans one can buy... for $500. No, not $5.00... Yes, five hundred dollars. Of course, I laughed at this and mentioned that I can't pay more than $22.00 for a pair of jeans that I will destroy within a year's worth of wearing. The entire dinner table looked at me like I had just kicked a puppy. Anyway, after further discussion, one of the other guests had made me promise to go to Barney's to consult their jeans specialist and even made me promise to invest in a good pair of jeans. She said that I could find a really good pair for under $200.
Tonight, I received a reply from my Financial Advisor. I had inquired about rolling over my old 401k into an IRA so that she could invest the money into more beneficial options. She discussed starting small on the contributions to the 401k at my new job. She asked me to send her my investment options so that she could make suggestions as to what are the better funds to put my money into. I emailed her back asking her what steps I had to take to roll over the amount of money I had amassed in my 401k at my last job. The whole process made me feel powerful because I was using my money wisely... taking my funds and using them to create a retirement fund. I felt older and wiser. Definitely more responsible.
I won't be keeping the promises I made on Saturday night. Later.