Counting the Cost! – Can you afford it?

June 23rd, 2018

I am not really a ‘techie’ person so buying the latest gadgets do not fascinate me as they do others. However I must admit that the newer models of phones are quite attractive.  The prices for those phones however seem out of reach of


Dollars and Sense…do you spend wisely?

June 21st, 2018

Recently a friend of mine who is a civil servant was excited that she was going to get some extra funds in her pocket one month due to an increase in her pay. She outlined to me all the ways she was going to


The U.S. Dollar and the Jamaican Consumer

June 20th, 2018

At the risk of revealing my age I remember when the U.S dollar was equal to $5 Jamaican dollars.  At that time it was very scarce to even see currency from the United States unless you worked in the tourism sector or had relatives


Removing sugary drinks from schools- Is it enough?

June 13th, 2018

Sugar used to be king in Jamaica many centuries ago.  The cultivation of sugar cane was a staple among many areas on the island. Even though times have changed, you can still see the impact that sugar has had on our lifestyle. Popularity of Sugar Jamaicans


Getting a credit card- Is it worth it?

June 6th, 2018

I recently got an email from a local bank.  The email stated: “You have been specially selected to apply for a credit card.” It might be flattering to think that you have been ‘specially selected’, but any reasonable person needs to be careful of


Should you invest?

June 3rd, 2018

Everyone knows that it’s best to have something put away for a rainy day.  However despite this knowledge, many persons don’t have an emergency fund. They might try to save but are unable to do so consistently. As a result they have nothing much to