Coming off our discussion of fear in advertising, there’s another evil publicity scheme that typically crops up around this time of year in an effort to pry your money out of your purse: bald-faced lying. Sadly, it looks like your favorite personal finance writers have become victims of the fibbing that seems rampant this holiday season. Don’t believe me? Check out the evidence for yourself.
- A Penny Closer starts off this festival of LIES! by saying you don’t have to give her an anniversary gift if you’re her husband. But that’s not true! You have to get her eight gifts wrapped in silk or you’ll be sleeping on the couch until Easter.
- More LIES! courtesy of The Simple Dollar who admits to having lied to himself about money. I imagine he used to say “I have $8,000 in my wallet” when he was really too poor to afford a wallet.
- Next is Being Frugal who debates both sides of regifting, or as I like to call it, giving the gift of LIES!
- Thanks to Cash Money Life, you no longer have to believe the LIES! you’re hearing about the Do Not Call Registry. Lie #1: Being on the Do Not Call Registry is the reason your dates never call you back.
- Generation X Finance points to news that those variable-rate mortgage loans may have been LIES! and lenders may lock in some ARM borrowers at rates lower than their smarter fixed-rate friends.
- Somebody gave I’ve Paid For This Twice Already a square jar full of round sprinkles. I didn’t know that LIES! came in sprinkle form now.
- Were you murdered in your house, and now nobody will buy it? The Digerati Life helps you sell that house with a spooky past. Note that not all states require you to disclose that your home has a scary legacy, so you might be able to LIE! your way to a sale.
- And finally, Gather Little By Little wasn’t fooled by the LIE! that you live. shop. die.
Until next week, don’t give in to the horrendous lies and deceit that seek to crush your soul until all that remains is a lifeless husk of sorrow, and have a delightful weekend!