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Financial Advice From Six Classic Movies

Financial Advice From Six Classic Movies

What I learned about finances from The Godfather is you give The Godfather the money he wants and you get to keep your knee caps. That seems like a fair trade. Joy Mali, of The Washington Times and Dumb Little Man, shares more financial and credit advice from The Godfather and other classic movies:

There are three main reasons many of us watch movies:

  • We watch movies to be entertained.
  • We also watch movies to become aware of social and economic issues.
  • We watch movies to be informed and educated.

Films are subjective-what you like, what you don’t like,” says director Christopher Nolan. “But the thing for me that is absolutely unifying is the idea that every time I go to the cinema and pay my money and sit down and watch a film go up on-screen, I want to feel that the people who made that film think it’s the best movie in the world, that they poured everything into it and they really love it. Whether or not I agree with what they’ve done, I want that effort there-I want that sincerity. And when you don’t feel it, that’s the only time I feel like I’m wasting my time at the movies.

Movies can help educate us on how to manage our finances and credit health. Here are six movies that not only provide lessons about money, but may also give you tips to improve your credit rating:

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    Wall Street (1987): “The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. 

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    Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind. And greed, you mark my words, will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA. Thank you very much.” – Gordon Gekko

    This quote by actor Michael Douglas, playing the infamous Gordon Gekko, speaks boldly about how greed drives our country. This impassioned speech gives a nod to how important it is that we want more and more, to the point of greed. Because we want to have the ability to purchase more, we open up credit accounts that allow us to buy what we want now and pay for the items later.

    These payments are tracked on our credit histories. Even the United States government goes into debt to pay for the things the country needs today and makes payments on these credit accounts.

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      Shawshank Redemption (1994): “Get busy living or get busy dying.” – Andy Dufresne

      This award-winning film about a wrongly imprisoned New England banker sends the message that viewers might want to plan for the future, especially in these current times of economic crisis.

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      Maintaining stable employment, working to pay off debts, building an emergency savings fund, and checking credit history to make sure everything is in order are four things every consumer can do to help plan for the uncertain future.

      This character understands if you are not living, then you are dying. In financial terms, we could view this statement as: if you are not saving then you are wasting.

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        The Godfather (1972): “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” – Vito Corleone

        This timeless trilogy provides a viewpoint on money that indicates how everything has a price to be paid. Corleone is not speaking directly about monetary value when he states the above, but the statement is applicable to finances.

        Every financial action we make comes with a price. If we cannot refuse the offer to open up certain credit accounts, we must also take the responsibility for paying off the debts we incur.

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          Jerry Maguire (1996): “Show me the money!” – Rod Tidwell

          Athlete, Tidwell, makes this statement to his sports agent, Maguire, to motivate him to make more lucrative endorsement deals and contract agreements for him. Tidwell knows his worth, and he will not settle for less pay than his expertise and celebrity can command.

          To take a page from Tidwell’s book, you can ask for the salary you deserve and show confidence that you will get it.

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            Field of Dreams (1989): “If you build it, he will come.” – Shoeless Joe Jackson

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            When you make sound financial decisions and monitor your credit, you can build a positive financial standing that can result in creditors offering to extend you credit.

            Lenders tend to reward consumers with positive credit standings with even more credit lines. These are the consumers who can write their own loans, with favorable terms.

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              Boiler Room (2000): “And there is no such thing as a no sale call. A sale is made on every call you make. Either you sell the client some stock or he sells you a reason he can’t. Either way a sale is made, the only question is who is gonna close? You or him? Now be relentless, that’s it, I’m done.” – Jim Young

              There are winners and losers in every aspect of life. In the world of money, the employee who enters the boss’ office with a well prepared request for a raise may come out the winner. This employee may know his or her worth and is willing to negotiate for a higher salary.

              If the employee is less prepared, or full of self doubt, the discussion could very easily turn into a declination of the raise request. Those who climb the financial ladder to increased salaries are relentless in their pursuit of higher pay.

              Joy Mali is a staff writer on The Washington Times and Examiner. Her work is also published on Lifehack, Yahoo and other mainstream sites. She likes to share interesting tips to help people manage their personal finances & credit.

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              40 Healthy And Really Delicious Meals You Can Make Under $5

              40 Healthy And Really Delicious Meals You Can Make Under $5

              Ever had those moments where you really wanted to eat something delicious and healthy but didn’t have the financials means to do so? Whether you’re a student or parent, this compilation of 40 great, healthy, and inexpensive recipes will make every night special and help you get fit! No more meals where you have to force the food down! It’s time to make that budget your best friend and turn it into great recipes. Enjoy!

              1. Fish Tacos in Crunchy Shells ($3.56 per serving)

              Is there a better way to end the day than a Fish Taco dinner filled with protein and nutrients and is easy on the wallet? This recipe calls for a boys’ or girls’ night in front of a good movie or game.

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                2. Mini-Meatball Noodle Soup ($3.43 per serving)

                We’ve heard of the delicious spaghetti and meatballs recipes, but imagine having that same meatball goodness in a soup? It’s like Christmas in a bowl. Healthy, warm, and only $3.43 per serving.

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                  3. Spaghetti and (Vegan) Meatballs ($2.13 per serving)

                  Now it’s time to look at the traditional spaghetti and meatballs recipe, but with a little twist: vegan meatballs. This way, you can enjoy the Italian tradition without adding on the extra calories. I’m sold!

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                    4. Kabocha Squash and Lentils ($3.12 per serving)

                    Absolutely delicious way to end the day with a Kabocha Squash and lentils dinner. The beauty of this recipe is that you can actually make many other things from the mixture, from dips to full-on meals. All under $5 per serving.

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                      5. Baked Coconut Lentils ($0.91 per serving)

                      Coconuts are always a good idea, but it doesn’t have to be eaten only for dessert or breakfast. With this great recipe, you can now eat a lunch or dinner filled proteins and a coconut twist. Yum!

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                        6. Easy Marinated Roasted Chicken ($3.40 per serving)

                        We love chicken and at less than $5 per serving, we are in heaven with this recipe. Add some vegetables and rice on the side and you’ve got yourself a full meal!

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                          7. Organic Greens and Goat Cheese Gratin ($2.36 per serving)

                          This is absolutely divine. You get in your healthy greens and your fat macros with this great recipe. Takes only a few minutes to make and it’s easy on the wallet. Bon Appetite!

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                            8. Beef Pot Roast ($3.22 per serving)

                            One word: perfect. This meal will warm your insides and fill you up with the high protein content.

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                              9. Fajita-Style Quesadillas ($0.43 per serving)

                              If you want to eat Mexican tonight but want to stay in your budget, this Quesadilla recipe is your best friend. It’s tasty and filled with healthy ingredients for less than a dollar per serving.

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                                10. Fish Tostadas with Chili Lime Cream ($2.82 per serving)

                                Another great lunch idea for the busy days ahead. Prep this in the morning or the night before and you’ve got yourself a healthy and cheap lunch meal!

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                                  11. Beef and Black Bean Chili ($1.36 per serving)

                                  Might not look like much, but this amazing chili is actually extremely healthy for you. The protein from the beef and the carbs from the black beans will fill you up in no time, and keep you full for a long period of time. Delicious and warm, just right for the winter!

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                                    12. Crispy Fish and Peppers ($2.18 per serving)

                                    Amazing recipe for anyone looking to change up their meals while keeping their macros in check and not going overboard on spending. Satisfies your crunch tooth (see what I did there?) and gives you all the protein you need to stay full and lean.

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                                      13. Vegetarian Gumbo ($1.50 per serving)

                                      You have the perfect macro mix here with the carbs, fats, and proteins. At less than $5 per serving, you’ve got yourself a meal that will last for the whole week!

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                                        14. Mexican White Bean Soup ($0.99 per serving)

                                        With the cold weather creeping in, it’s not a surprise that soups are coming back in style. This great Mexican White Bean Soup dish will keep you warm for winter without making a hole in your pocket.

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                                          15. Black Beans with Mango & Cilantro ($0.38 per serving)

                                          Mangoes make every dish a little bit sweeter, which is why we absolutely love this recipe. A normal rice and bean dish might be a little meh, but add the sugary taste of mangoes and you’ve got yourself a party!

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                                            16. Bean Burritos ($0.71 per serving)

                                            If you’re having people over tonight and don’t want to spend too much time or money on food, this dish is a great option! You can even cut up the burritos into pieces and make finger foods while everyone’s watching the game or gossiping.

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                                              17. Five-Spice Beef Kabobs ($2.43 per serving)

                                              The spices in this recipes add a delicious twist to the beef kabobs, which is definitely worth trying!

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                                                18. Cornmeal Crusted Pork ($1.92 per serving)

                                                If you like the fried crunch but want to opt for a healthier alternative, cornmeal is your man. This healthy recipe will satisfy all your fried desires without making you pop open your pant’s button.

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                                                  19. Chicken, Tomato & Cucumber Dinner Salad ($2.57 per serving)

                                                  Easy to do, extremely healthy, and super delicious. A must-try!

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                                                    20. Lentil Soup with Beef and Red Pepper ($1.90 per serving)

                                                    I can’t believe how cheap this meal is, especially for all the nutrients it contains. You can make a big pot on Sunday night and divide it into small portions to last you a whole week.

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                                                      21. Smoky Mushroom Stroganoff ($1.90 per serving)

                                                      Craving pasta but not sure what to top it off with? How about smoky mushrooms with a twist?

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                                                        22. White Bean Tuna Salad ($1.36 per serving)

                                                        You can add this White Bean Tuna Salad in your sandwich or just eat it as-is for a quick lunch on a busy day.

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                                                          23. Sausage Eggwiches ($0.80 per serving)

                                                          Who says you have to eat fast food to get an eggwich? This delicious recipe will give you an amazingly healthy eggwich for less than a dollar per portion. Can you say Breakfast?

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                                                            24. Baja-Cali Black Bean Salad ($1.17 per serving)

                                                            Great snack to add to a movie-night with friends. You don’t have to use chemically-processed salsas anymore, you can now use this homemade salad for your chip dips.

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                                                              25. Gnocchi, Sweet Corn & Arugula in Cream Sauce ($2.24 per serving)

                                                              Italians always knew how to make carbs look good! This delicious Gnocchi recipe will give your lunch a whole new meaning. Easy to make and only $2.24 per serving.

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                                                                26. Vegetable Lasagna ($1.73 per serving)

                                                                If you were looking for a healthy lasagna, you’ve just found it. At under $5 per serving, you can fill yourself up right away without putting on the extra calories.

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                                                                  27. Fajita-Ranch Chicken Wraps ($2.05 per serving)

                                                                  Don’t know what to make for lunch this week? How about delicious chicken wraps with a healthy ranch? This recipe will make all your lunches, even the quick ones, healthy and colorful.

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                                                                    28. Quinoa with Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts ($1.24 per serving)

                                                                    A dish that has quinoa and brussel sprouts can’t be unhealthy, it just can’t, which is why this dish is one to keep in the books. Easy to make, healthy, and will keep you full for a long period of time.

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                                                                      29. Butternut Squash Chili ($1.04 per serving)

                                                                      You don’t need meat to make chili now that you have this recipe! It’s 100% healthy, filling, and smells absolutely delicious.

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                                                                        30. Fast Shrimp Bisque ($2.03 per serving)

                                                                        Seafood doesn’t have to be expensive if you know how to do it right, and this fast shrimp bisque is a great recipe to try if you’re in the mood for some seafood!

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                                                                          31. Chicken-Noodle Casserole ($0.98 per serving)

                                                                          Looks divine doesn’t it? This super easy to make dish will satisfy all your taste buds without burning a hole in your wallet or adding a few extra numbers on the scale.

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                                                                            32. Burrito Cups ($1.18 per serving)

                                                                            Entertaining someone tonight and don’t know what to make as appetizers? These burrito cups are a great alternative to chips or other greasy finger foods. All you need to enjoy it is a spoon and a cup.

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                                                                              33. Lemon-Dill Shrimp & Pasta ($2.45 per serving)

                                                                              Another impressive shrimp recipe under $5 per serving. The lemon-dill twist adds a great taste to the dish.

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                                                                                34. Potato Frittata ($0.87 per serving)

                                                                                If you want to eat potatoes for breakfast but still want it to be healthy, this is the recipe for you. At under a dollar per serving, this potato frittata will make you see potatoes in a whole new light.

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                                                                                  35. Grilled Pork and Pineapple ($2.67 per serving)

                                                                                  Meat and fruits? Oh, yes. The juiciness of the pork mixed with the liquid sugar in the pineapple will make you wish you knew about it sooner.

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                                                                                    36. Greek Honey-Lemon Pork Chops ($2.15 per serving)

                                                                                    Another splendid recipe mixing sweet and salty for a healthy meal. Easy to make and absolutely mouthwatering.

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                                                                                      37. Jamaican Pork Stir-Fry ($2 per serving)

                                                                                      You can add this healthy stir-fry to any dish as a side or amply enjoy it as-is for lunch or dinner. You can even make a wrap sandwich out of it if you’re in a rush to eat.

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                                                                                        38. Herbed Salmon ($2.49 per serving)

                                                                                        Salmon contains a healthy dose of fats that will boost your metabolism, lower inflammation, and make you happier. At under $5 per serving, need I say more?

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                                                                                          39. Five-Spice Pork Kabobs ($1.96 per serving)

                                                                                          Exquisite recipe under $5 per serving that will most definitely awe everyone at your dinner party.

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                                                                                            40. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Mango-Black Bean Salsa ($1.24 per serving)

                                                                                            You don’t have to eat sweet potatoes alone anymore with this flavorful recipe.

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