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The Personal Finance Word Game

Today’s post is all about fun. There will be no advice, tips, travel, or plans. No, today we’re going to talk about the Personal Finance Word Game.

Those of you whom were around in the 80s will remember this game well. It is a blatant copy of another fun game. The game itself is not copyrighted, but the name is. As such, we will refrain from naming that game so that we have fun, and I avoid lawyers. Let’s just say it rhymes with ad-lib and sounds kind of angry. (Subtle, am I not?)

To play this game I give you a statement with missing words. Those missing words are parts of speech. Into those places you want to fill in the words, without reading the context around them. Then once you’re complete you read the whole thing and laugh about the funny results.

So for example:
“The _____ (noun) walked down the street. “

If I plugged in a word in line with the context it would seem normal. For example, “The dog walked down the street is perfectly ordinary”. But what if I plugged in the word Orange? That would just be nonsense.

“The orange walked down the the street.”

Now before I go too far, I gather from searching the personal finance blog sphere this game made the rounds before, in 2009. However, it appears in 2009 the version that circulated was far more serious than what I have in mind. In that time period they seemed to have commenters plug in their actual information to get to know them. This was a great ice breaker for new joiners to the community, and I’d love to have some real answers to the blanks. However, my real reason for this post matches my non serious mood. I’m primarily looking for flashbacks to my child hood. A time when the results were almost always something rather hilarious, often times slightly obscene. Now, mind you I don’t want this getting to far out of control, given this is a family blog, so no curse words, but otherwise it’s fair game. Copy what I have here and insert your words. Then paste your results in the comments section. Let’s see how creative the community is.

Hi my name is _______(noun). I want to retire by _____(noun). When I retire I plan to _____(verb) _____(noun). In order to retire I plan to _____(Verb) _____(adjective) ______(noun). I will do this by _____(verb) _____(adjective) ______(noun). Today, I have ______(adjective) ______(noun) ______(verb). I ______(verb) as a _____(noun). I am currently _____(verb) ______(preposition) _______(adjective)_______ (noun). One unique thing about me is I like to _____(verb) ______(preposition )_____ (noun)

First my serious results:

Hi my name is Full Time Finance. I want to retire by 55. When I retire I plan to travel the world. In order to retire I plan to control my spending. I will do this by sticking to my plan. Today, I have X million saved. (and here you thought I’d let my net worth out of the bag). I work as a Project Manager. I am currently married with two children. One unique thing about me is I like to read a lot about finance.

The Much more entertaining Personal Finance Word Game Approach:

Hi my name is Full Time Finance. I want to retire by Noon. When I retire I plan to Dance the Macarena. In order to retire I plan to rob rich people. I will do this by waving a pointed banana. Today, I have 99 red balloons saved. I sing as a Tenor. I am currently enamored with video games. One unique thing about me is I like to eat a lot of apples and bananas.

 

Please give the Personal Finance Word Game a try in the comments.  For the English teachers in the audience, my apologies if I used a part of speech incorrectly, or really for my grammar in general.

12 Comments

  1. Hi my name is Erik. I want to retire by 40. When I retire I plan to read a lot of books. In order to retire I plan to build a fantastic business and brand. I will do this by working consistently each day. Today, I have a lot of time to grind. I work as a quantitative analyst at a bank. I am currently learning about statistical learning as it applies to banking. One unique thing about me is I like to play basketball every weekend.

    • fulltimefinance@fulltimefinance.com
      [email protected] April 15, 2017

      Statistical learning in banks actually sounds interesting to me… Does that make me weird?

  2. Leo T. Ly @ isaved5k.com
    Leo T. Ly @ isaved5k.com April 14, 2017

    Hi, my name is Leo T. Ly. I want to retire by 48. When I retire I plan to do more fishing. In order to retire, I plan to invest diligently in income producing assets. I will do this by purchasing dividend paying stocks and rental properties. Today, I have $1.2M bucks saved. I work as a Realtor. I am currently trying to save my second million bucks. One unique thing about me is I like to talk about money.

  3. Jack Catchem
    Jack Catchem April 14, 2017

    Game On:
    Hi my name is Jack. I want to retire by Jill. When I retire I plan to climb hill. In order to retire I plan to climb that freaking hill. I will do this by using smart GPS. Today, I have stupid GPS readings. I suck as a navigator. I am currently losing my questionable mind. One unique thing about me is I like to scream helplessly when lost on hills.
    Regards,
    Jack Catchem

    • fulltimefinance@fulltimefinance.com
      [email protected] April 15, 2017

      I love it. Serious and joking one alike. You’ll have to share pictures on your blog some day of the bat cave, complete with GPS coordinates.

  4. Jack Catchem
    Jack Catchem April 14, 2017

    Sorry, are we doing the serious one?

    Hi my name is Jack. I want to retire by 50. When I retire I plan to play violin & write. In order to retire I plan to maximize government benefits. I will do this by over analyzing government pensions and benefits. Today, I have fairly awesome benefits. I rock as a cop. I am currently trying to become BATMAN. (A Millionaire Crime Fighter). One unique thing about me is I like to do… my… job.

    Thanks for the challenge!

  5. Mr. JumpStart
    Mr. JumpStart April 15, 2017

    Hi my name is Mr. JumpStart. I want to retire by 53. When I retire I plan to buy real estate. In order to retire I plan to avoid frivolous expenses. I will do this by avoiding compulsive decisions. Today, I have one years income saved. I work as a HS physics teacher. I am currently married with 2 high school aged kids. One unique thing about me is I like to travel free from credit cards.

    • fulltimefinance@fulltimefinance.com
      [email protected] April 17, 2017

      Nice to meet you Mr. Jump Start. Your comment raised the question. Does your state give a decent pension for HS teachers, and how does that fit into your retirement plans?

  6. Mustard Seed Money
    Mustard Seed Money April 15, 2017

    Hi my name is Rob. I want to retire by forty. When I retire I plan to relax by the beach. In order to retire I plan to save as quickly as possible. I will do this by living below my means. Today, I have lots saved up but I need more. I am currently a rad accountant. One unique thing about me is I like to do pushups for fun.

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