Tuesday, April 20, 2010

On April 20

Is it appropriate to say that not smoking — legal or only-legal-for-medicinal-purposes-in-certain-states substances — is also a pretty good choice from a frugal perspective?

Part of the reason I could never see myself smoking is I never would be able to stand the cost of the addiction.

That said, even though taxes raised on cigarettes (there's even talk now and then of legalizing and taxing marijuana) benefit society. you have to feel a bit for those who are truly addicted. Especially in the case of cigarettes where the cost does hurt individual's finances, but it's more difficult for someone to quit in spite of the fact.

Are there many PF bloggers out there who are cigarette smokers? I'd be a bit surprised if there are.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Roth IRAs

(Hi, again blogosphere! Why yes, it has been a looooong time since I've posted!)

Well, I just recently opened a Roth IRA an account to make a contribution before the expiration for the 2009 tax year. I opened my account at Vanguard and opted for one of their retirement target date fund accounts, Vanguard Fund Target Retirement 2050. Why? I guess that's because it seemed like the easiest choice without too much work.

I went with Vanguard over other companies for my Roth IRA because of its non-profit/co-op like status. For a financial services company, I liked the sound of that.

But for future investing, I've heard of good things with TradeKing and investments in ETFs from Vanguard. That's a little over my head yet at this point, but I will be looking to consider that route for future investments.

Any advice out there for newbie investors? What's the PF blog world's experience been?