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The Great American Summer Job

By Sarah Fallaw on May 24th, 2017 in Current Events, Lessons Learned, Mentor's Corner, Psychology and Careers

Waiting tables, mowing lawns, babysitting, retail sales, camp staff, stockroom: how many of these summer jobs did you have in high school and college? What about the teens you know – are they working this summer? When I saw the headline that retail jobs that once filled the time of teenagers looking to make money […]


The Ultimate in Alone Time

By Sarah Fallaw on Mar 9th, 2017 in Current Events

If you are the mother of small children, or a working mom, or a woman who needs a mental escape from your busy day, the idea of having a place all to yourself is appealing. The latest in ultimate escapism is aptly called the “she shed,” discussed in depth in the Wall Street Journal. In […]


Consumption: Full Speed Ahead

By Sarah Fallaw on Jan 2nd, 2017 in Current Events, Lessons Learned

If part of your work involves educating others on how consumption can affect their ability to build and maintain wealth, looking for outside patterns of data and trends might be a way to bring an “ah-ha” moment to clients, children, friends, or family members. A string of articles in last week’s Wall Street Journal wove an […]


The Gift of Data

By Sarah Fallaw on Dec 22nd, 2016 in Books and Publications, Current Events

The follow up to The Millionaire Next Door is underway, and part of that effort has been analyzing data and merging the findings into the drafted chapters of the new book. A few weeks ago, I visited the team at Kennesaw State University who worked with us to administer the massive survey to assess the habits, behaviors, […]


Assessing Black Friday Fitness

By Sarah Fallaw on Nov 23rd, 2016 in Current Events

The frenzy of holiday shopping started over a month ago, culminating with this week’s Black Friday sales, where an estimated 137.4 million people will shop for something. My father had a lot to say about Black Friday shopping, particularly about those who felt it necessary or were compelled to stand in line for hours waiting […]


On the 20th Anniversary of The Millionaire Next Door

By Sarah Fallaw on Oct 20th, 2016 in Books and Publications, Current Events

As we progress through this election cycle I am having a bout of deja vu.  We’ve been here before. Back in 1996 we were watching another election cycle that involved the Clintons–Bill Clinton versus Bob Dole versus Ross Perot.  We were also seeing increased technology addiction (chatting on dial-up ISPs), and feeling as if threats […]


A Nation of ‘Waiters’

By Sarah Fallaw on Sep 1st, 2016 in Current Events, Studying the Wealthy

The inter-generational wealth transfer that is looming in the United States is also being anticipated by our friends in Canada. “We are a nation of ‘waiters’” writes Garry Marr in the Financial Post, “as in, we are waiting for parents and grandparents to expire to get our windfall.” For a variety of reasons, that statement […]


Respect for The Classics

By Sarah Fallaw on Jul 13th, 2016 in Mentor's Corner

My brother and I grew up on healthy doses of Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and Eric Clapton, to name a few. My father had these artists on vinyl albums, tapes, and later, CDs. Now that he’s gone, I smile when I hear “Gimme Shelter” or “Tangerine,” remembering him with bittersweet emotions. My father respected […]


The Handbag Challenge

By Sarah Fallaw on Jun 14th, 2016 in Current Events, Lessons Learned

For many of us, handbags hold our entire lives. My life is held in a six-year-old mom purse, coated on the inside with a thin layer of dried Cheerio powder mixed with applesauce and regularly confused with a punching bag. I have a running joke with my colleagues at Data Points that I’m not buying a new […]


The Luxury of Indiscriminate Spending

By Sarah Fallaw on Apr 29th, 2016 in Lessons Learned, Mentor's Corner, Studying the Wealthy

Think about items that could be passed down to the next generation: jewelry, artwork, a treasured photograph, or a favorite book. What about the luxury of not being frugal? The luxury to buy whatever one wants? Are affluent parents passing down that “luxury” unknowingly? For those not fortunate enough to inherit large lump sums or […]