My brilliant youngest daughter is almost finished her doctoral program. She is so smart and so focused, even at 25 years old, she sometimes just blows me away. She finished high school and college early and is just flat-out smarter than me! Since I can’t really counsel her on her studies (many days I have no idea what she’s talking about 😊), when we talk, I like to focus on things she doesn’t have time for, like her own state of mind and outlook for her life. Read more
One thing that has always struck me about the way people spend money is how much it has evolved during my lifetime. Today, we are much more savvy and flexible about how we use debt and insurance than we were 50 years ago. Most people don’t really think about the retail prices anymore when they buy a house or a car; instead, they think, “Hey, I can make the monthly payments!” and that’s typically about as far as it goes. Read more
I greet you today by saying “Bless you all” and I am so glad you are reading Straight Talk! It’s been a busy year already, where once again I think we can all agree NOTHING is as simple as it seems. Read more
A new benefit has appeared on the horizon for Louisianians. It will allow many of us to have a never-ending Open Enrollment Period on Healthcare.gov, the marketplace for individual health insurance.
Yep, I said never. Read more
It was as sad as it was predictable. There we were, in the grocery store, looking at meat prices. We had just received one of those big flyers in the mail touting a really good sale on 85/15 ground meat. That’s my go-to mix for cooking burgers on my grill — not so “fire-starting,” if you know what I mean, but it still has enough fat content to get that amazing, fresh-from-the-grill taste! Yummy! Read more
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Health Care Economist Mike Bertaut appeared this week on WWL’s Great Day Louisiana. He was talking about the two biggest stories in health insurance this year. Read more