Friday Night Links: Gray Hair Edition

by Krantcents · 6 comments

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One of my students had a gray hair today!  What is the big deal?  He is fourteen (14) years old!  Why does this have anything to do with personal finance?  There is an entire industry which markets their hair dye products to us day and night.  What is wrong with gray hair?  In many cultures, the older generation is admired for their wisdom, experience and knowledge.

What is wrong with getting old?  I would rather have gray hair than no hair!  Getting gray hair just means that your hair follicle is no longer producing melanin.  As we get older, we lose the pigment in our hair.  Gray hair is just one indication you are old.  I cannot run the mile in less than four (4) minutes and I do not need to anyway.  I can still do a lot of other things very well.  I live a very active lifestyle; enjoy my career and have enough money to live well in retirement.  Old age is not so bad!

Many of the old people I know are happy and retired!  They achieved what everyone is looking for, happiness!  Maybe you should ask how they did it rather than ignoring them. Not every old person achieved success, but many did.  I can identify the best or my favorite articles of the week.  This makes a good segue to today’s picks for Friday Night Links.

The following articles caught my attention:

PT Money  - The Automatic IRA: Coming to a Small Business Near You?

Redeeming Riches  - Should I pay Off My Mortgage Early?

Retire by 40  -Quit or Get Fired?

Smart on Money  - Before You Retire: Are You Building Your Assets?

Squirrelers  - Underwater Mortgagers and the Current Real Estate Market:  Buying Opportunity or Not?

The selection of blogs is up to the committee of one established by krantcents as a representative of the Academy of Frugal Journalistic Writers. That committee can be influenced by meaningful comments, signing up for my RSS feeds, backlinks, links, trackbacks, Facebook Likes, Twitter, Re-tweets, Digg, StumbleUpon, delicio, Yahoo Buzz, Google Bookmarks and other social media. If you plan on creating a single purpose political action committee (PAC) to buy advertising on my blog to solely influence the committee, please go ahead! Please understand it will not influence the results.

I read more than five hundred (500) articles a week and I highlight just five (5) in my Friday Night Links.  You can learn a lot from old gray haired people!   Thanks for reading Friday Night Links Gray Hair Edition.

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Maggie@SquarePennies June 1, 2012 at 9:01 pm

I got my first gray hair at age 21. I saved it! There is nothing wrong with gray hair, but I color mine. I find that people tend to ignore me when my hair is not colored. I sort of fade into the wallpaper I guess.

I might be still coloring my hair into my 90′s. It’s my choice and I’m happy with it.

Krantcents June 2, 2012 at 7:14 am

Gray hair is different for men and women. Women look good when they color their hair where men look artificial. Initially, the gray hair bothered me, but I now embrace it as the new blonde. I think for men it gives us authority.

Darwin's Money June 2, 2012 at 6:29 am

I knew a guy in college with completely gray hair at like 18. I guess it might be a genetic thing or something. We were all used to it and nobody made anything out of it, but I guess people that didn’t know him would have thought he was older. It’s sad but in today’s job market, employees feel compelled to look younger for fear that they’ll be let go before other younger workers, so they engage in everything from plastic surgery to weight loss schemes to “seem” younger and fit.

Krantcents June 2, 2012 at 7:17 am

When I returned to the work world in my mid forties, I colored my gray to look younger. More than hair color, employers do not want to hire older workers. They think you will quit when you hit 65 years old. Since we are living longer, there is no magic retirement age.

Barbara Friedberg June 3, 2012 at 6:30 pm

I’ve been coloring my hair since age 17. I have no idea what color my hair is :)

Krantcents June 4, 2012 at 6:28 am

It is whatever you see in the mirror. :) Those of us (mostly men) who reveal their gray hair experience what I describe.

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