Win You Call The Shots by Cameron Johnson

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I have several copies of You Call The Shots by Cameron Johnson (read my review) to giveaway and you can be one of the lucky winners! To make this more than just a “leave a brief comment, win a prize” contest, I’m going to ask that you list one topic you wish personal finance blogs would write more about. It can be as specific or as broad as you want, as long as it’s interesting. Be funny, be creative, be outlandish, but don’t just leave a “I hope I win” comment before next Wednesday and you’ll be in. Laffy taffy type jokes are an acceptable substitute as long as they haven’t appeared in the 500,000 unique visitors contest comments before.

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27 Responses to “Win You Call The Shots by Cameron Johnson”

  1. MoneyDummy says:

    I wish personal finance bloggers would write more about their PERSONAL finances. Seems like a lot of what I read is a rehash of old, old arguments (credit cards, real estate, the stock market), and discussion of MSN money articles. I’d like to see more of the flesh, blood and sweat behind pfblogger’s money lives.

  2. Michael says:

    I really wish more personal finance bloggers would write about Canadian financial issues. There are some out there that do but they are few and far between.

  3. John Wilks says:

    I’ll start investing with Zecco soon. I want to know as much as possible about that company before do. How long it takes to transfer from my brick and mortar to Zecco (I’ll guess about 3 days) and also if the trades are in real time or if they take a while to go through.

    Thanks god you are writing a review on them.


  4. Vanessa Klinger says:

    I wish personal finance would present more ideas on the philosophical approch to finance. I think that there is too much “textbook” information instead of “heatfelt” information in personal finance. We all know that people manage their money with their hearts not their heads. So I think that if articles are more written to modify a persons feelings on finance might improve their thinking.

    Thanks very much!

  5. Rick says:

    I wish personal finance bloggers would talk more about tax issues. What are the best ways to (legitimately) reduce one’s tax liabilities? What are the best investments, etc.? By all means, I want all information to be legal, but I hate paying taxes, and I want to know all kinds of strategies to reduce by tax bill.

  6. Rick says:

    [Sorry if this shows up multiple times. This blog doesn’t take my comments half the time]

    I wish personal finance bloggers would touch more on tax issues. I hate paying taxes. So I want to know the best (but totally legitimate) strategies to use to minimize the taxes I pay. And this is more than just “invest in a Roth” or whatever. I would like more advanced strategies.


  7. B-rad says:

    The finances of being a bachelor: Why it is better than getting hitched?

    I want to remain a bachelor and not have to spend money on someone else, a ring, a wedding, and all the rest of that mess.

  8. shouldbeworking says:

    I would like to know more about the online banks(reviews) that are out there. Just today I’ve been searching financial blogs for information/suggestions/comparisons(that’s how I got here today) as I know I’ve come across information in the past. However, I’m having a really tough time finding information.

    I also wish financial bloggers would put their two cents in on the realty wave of the future. There is serious money to be made from buying beach property. Now I’m not talking beach front property, but the section of beach that is currently “underwater”(high tide/low tide does affect this). With water becoming a precious commodity in the future, it stands to reason that it’s use will eventually contribute to a diminishing of coastal waters and therefor……NEW beach front property!!! Think about it…….You asked for OUTLANDISH :o)

  9. Dustin says:

    I would like to see more about how to generate more income. Sure I have a little bit of an idea about how to invest, but what else can I do or what do you do to bring in more money each month/year. Whether it is odd jobs or investing, I am always looking for information and to be taught how to make more money outside of my job.

  10. Alexander U says:

    Just FYI, I bought the Johnson’s book because of your review and found it plain empty. There is zero about motivation/economics of being entrepreneur/other useful stuff. If you want a funny autobiography – go for Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bronson, if you want a book that makes you think – take Nassim Taleb. Avoid Johnson, he is good at making money, not writing about it…

  11. I wish more personal finance weblogs wrote about cheap and effective ways to clean grout. Oh wait, Money Dummy already did that. Oh well. Given that, I guess I’d like to read more secrets about Home Depot paint. 😉

  12. shouldbeworking says:

    I’d like to see financial bloggers have more discussion on the different online banking institutions. I’ve been looking around for one this morning(which lead me to this site) as I know I’ve seen different thoughts on them, but have been having a hard time finding information(from a bloggers standpoint)

    Also, I’d like to see their thoughts on the realty wave of the future. I’d like to know what the thoughts are on beach property. I’m not talking beach front property, but the actual beach that extends up to 100 yards into the ocean. From my understanding this stuff can be bought for a song. With the depletion of available drinking water becoming a concern, it’s easy to see that our ocean water will surely be in high demand. When we start desalinating ocean water, the water level HAS to go down, and as a result, new beach front property. Talk about the opportunity of a lifetime!!!!

    Hey, you said to be creative and OUTLANDISH!!! :o)

  13. Brenna says:

    I would like to see more of an everyday finance situations and what the personal finance blogger has done to improve their situation.

  14. Jen says:

    I would like to see more post on how to generate PASSIVE income.

  15. Vinit says:

    Deriving income from multiple sources.

    I’m interested in knowing what new ideas can you come up with (or your readers can think of) for making money. Like for example who would have thought 5 years before that one could make money by blogging.

  16. keith says:

    I would like to see more posts about me winning and then selling this book…after using its pages for toilet paper.

  17. Justin says:

    I wish PF blogs would cover more about the total cost of housing. We see so much about mortgage payments vs. rent payments, but what about insurance, property tax, maintenance.

    I know it gets covered, but I’d love to see specifics like “I’ve owned my house for 5 years, and I’ve had these things go wrong and they cost this much to fix” and “remember every year you’ll be writing that nice 5k check for property taxes”

    Also, some more calculations about tax deductions would be nice, especially as it relates to the advantages of home ownership.

  18. Mike says:

    More about bonus money for opening a new savings or checking account at any bank/credit union etc.

  19. Edwin says:

    I’d like to see more from bloggers who have accumulated wealth for themselves and have been very successful financially. I’d like to know how they did it and what it took to get there.

  20. Brad Franzwa says:

    I would like to see some financial discussion about the escrow ballooning that occurs for people taking on loans for new homes. It works like this: Since the taxes due are always a year later, the initial escrowing for a loan of a new home lacks the anticipation of future taxes. New homeowners (like myself) know that taxes will go up thousands of dollars the following year, and mistakingly think that they need to anticipate the escrow going up to account for the property taxes. About 12-18 months later, the tax bill arrives to the escrow holder. Instead of raising the escrow by the monthly portion of the yearly taxes, it instead raises the escrow amount enough to pay off the negative escrow balance.
    So the first year’s house payment is $1400, the next year’s payments are $2000, and the third year and subsequent years settle down to $1700 for the life of the fixed loan. My wife and I expected the $1700, but not the $2000. The only way to not pay the additional amount for year 2 was to write a check for $3600. It was a real sting for people buying new construction.

  21. I’d like to see more about Finances and fitness.

    Nickel, as for home depot paint secrets, watch First Time Home owner over the next couple of weeks. My wife has been writing articles while we wait for the paint to dry; I just haven’t had time to set up an account for her so that she can publish them on the site. We have been painting non-stop for the past week and a half; never again am I going to try painting 4 rooms and a hallway all at the same time (the only rooms we opted not to paint were the bathroom and office).

  22. Jeff says:

    I agree with the above comment about posts with a Canadian focus. Canadian finance blogs are few and far between.

  23. Jim says:

    I would like the blogs to explain to me why I was so stupid as a teenager. Financially, of course. And to save current teens from falling into credit card debt! It needs to be in big, bold type (possibly disguised as “txt” shorthand, cause the kids dig that) and it must be concise (no attention span — see earlier parenthetical). Possibly bullet points. Those are still cool, right? Something like — CREDIT CARDS WILL RUIN YOUR LIFE. SHE’S NOT WORTH IT, SAVE THE MONEY. BEER IS BETTER WHEN OTHER PEOPLE PAY FOR IT. BANK OF AMERICA IS NOT YOUR FRIEND.

    Especially the last one.

    • jim says:

      Your second bullet point isn’t too far off either. 🙂

      • Jim says:

        That actually brings up another good topic. “The High Cost of Romance” has a nice ring to it. I needed someone to tell me at 17 (and 19, 20, 22, 24) that my money would be better off in a savings account or a CD than being spent on a very expensive piece of jewelry for a girl whom I most likely won’t be speaking with in a year or so. Which isn’t to say small gifts aren’t great. I’m all for it. Just save the big gestures until you’re older and actually have the money to pay for it. Oh, and being in love kinda helps too. (Of course, I probably wouldn’t have listened to whomever told me this…)

  24. Ben says:

    One thing I think would be a big help to readers would be specific comparisons of two different personal finance options. For example should I invest in a mutual fund vs an ETF?

    I think indecision holds people back from taking financial action, I know it does for me, so specific comparisons might be a good way to help people make informed decisions.

    Not that you and other bloggers don’t do this sometimes, I just think more of it would be useful.

  25. Tiffany says:

    I would like to read more about adhering to simple living techniques as a means for achieving financial independence. Thanks!

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