Financial Lessons Learned from Arrested Development

There's Always Money in the Banana Stand

Photo by Anirudh Koul, used with a Creative Commons License.

As we all anticipate the return of Arrested Development, we can look back on the episodes (they’re on Netflix) and remember that the Bluth family offered more than just entertainment.

In fact, there are quite of few things that you can learn from Tobias’ acting coach, the stair car, and everyone’s lack of judgement, including:

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  • Here are some of our favorite financial lessons as inspired by Arrested Development. Heck, we could probably dedicate an entire month of blog posts just to the financial no-nos of the Bluths:

    1. Watch Out for Hop-Ons
    2. Keep an eye out for billing mistakes, late fees, and other financial mishaps that can spring up without notice. Read through your statements and check in frequently with your accounts. Dispute bogus charges if something doesn’t look quite right. Being vigilant when it comes to your finances can help keep you organized and in control, no matter what the situation.

    3. Steve Holt!
    4. Keep things simple (like Steve), not only with your finances, but in your lifestyle in general. We all have a tendency to over complicate our lives with too many things. Stick to the necessities and find ways to save on the essentials. Eliminate clutter. Cut back on excessive costs. Save money. Save time.

    5. There’s Always Money in the Banana Stand
    6. Keep an emergency fund. Not sure how much you need? Well, most people agree that $1,000 is a good start for an emergency fund. It’s also a good idea to build up a cushion that can sustain you for three to six months in case of medical emergency, job loss, or other financial hardship.

    7. Get a Stew Going, Like Carl Weathers
    8. Be resourceful and find ways to stretch what you already have. Find creative ways to enjoy staple pantry ingredients or make meals that can be enjoyed for several days. When it comes to redecorating your home, try rearranging furniture or moving around decor instead of running out to buy something new. Same thing goes for your closet; look to see what you already have and try out new outfit combinations instead of hitting the mall.

    9. “I’ve Made a Huge Mistake.”
    10. When you make a financial mistake, the first step is to recognize it. Next, take control of the situation and own your mistake. You’re human. They will happen. Once you have a grasp on what went wrong, learn from it and find ways to prevent it.

    11. Always Leave a Note
    12. Keep accurate financial records. There’s nothing worse than trying to sort out whether or not you paid a bill when you have a mess of papers, ripped open envelopes, and junk mail piling up on your desk. Invest in a few file folders or find ways to organize your billing statements, bank statements, and other financial documents. Also, be sure to keep electronic back ups of your financial documents in case of emergency.

    What financial lessons have you taken away from watching the Bluth family?

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