I’m a new doctor, and I drive a car that’s nine years old, has over 200,000 miles on it and a few dings in the doors. I’ve heard image is everything when you’re a doctor, but I like not having a car payment. Should I just get over being self-conscious about the fact that my car is surrounded by fancy doctor’s cars everyday in the parking lot?
I like not having a car note, too. I’d walk, ride a bike or drive a nine-year old car with over 200,000 miles on it and a few dings in the doors before I had a car payment!
As new, young doctor you’ve probably got six figures in student loans hanging over your head right now. So you need to get out from under all that before you start thinking about driving something fancy.
If this car is truly on its last legs, then I’d say save up for a few months and upgrade to a decent, used $3,000 car. A Mercedes doesn’t prove you’re a doctor, and you need to be worrying about what’s smart for YOU instead of what other people think!
My husband and I both work, and we just bought a great house for $150,000. He makes $50,000 a year, and I make about $30,000. We’ve been getting lots of different mortgage life insurance offers in the mail. They say they will pay off the house if one of us dies. Do you think we should take advantage of this?
No! These kinds of offers are terrible, unless you’re uninsurable. Here’s why.
Mortgage life insurance is about five times more expensive than term life insurance. You and your husband both need about eight to 10 times your annual incomes wrapped up in good, level term policies.
Forget that overpriced stuff. These will take care of you both and the house for a lot less if something unthinkable happens.
I’m a sales rep, and I’ve come across an opportunity to work as an independent phone rep in a different industry and region. Do you think it would be unethical to take advantage of this part-time opportunity, as long as it doesn’t interfere with my current, full-time job?
I think the best way to answer these kinds of questions is to reverse them. Ask yourself, if you were the boss and someone on your team wanted to do this, how would you feel?
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