Gary Allen on Business – Sunday, February 22, 2015 – Podcast Now Available

Some Oscar Swag… and America Saves Week!

One celebrates the art and glamor of Hollywood, while the other tries to celebrate the savings of average Americans. Strange bedfellows but it works for me!

Oscar Swag Bag

On the program this week, a little bit of Hollywood glitz with the Oscars grabbing all the attention this weekend. So who am I to ignore the bright lights! In the first segment, I cover this year’s swag or goodie bag that 21 folks will receive this year.

The host and twenty losers from the major Oscar categories will receive the so-called swag bag. However it must be quite a “bag” if you notice the picture to the left. In the show I mention it has a retail value of $125,000 but I found out later, that was an incorrect amount. In fact, the swag bag is worth an astounding $168,000.

Above is a picture of the Oscar Swag Bag, but the Academy actually has nothing to do with it at all. Back in 2006, the Academy settled a long dispute with the IRS over taxation of the goodie bag and since then they have steered clear of it.

Here is a list for those that really want to know what’s in the bag!  Here are SOME of the highlights of the 2015 Oscar Nominee Swag Bag:

Antiperspirant: $5.49
Each swag bag holder will receive a bottle of Dove Dry Spray antiperspirant and Dove Men+Care antiperspirant.

Lip gloss: $36
The swag bag will contain a bottle of Flickable’s vegan-friendly lip gloss.

Lollipops: $68
This six-pack of herbal tea-based lollipops from Dosha Pops incorporates 24 karat edible gold leaf.

Travel pillow: $69
The Oscar nominees and host can rest easy on the trip back home with an innovative travel pillow from NapAnywhere.

Ambrosia Apples: $75
This new variety of apple is known for its low acid content and sweet flavor.

Condiments: $280
Rouge Maple is providing an assortment of organic maple syrup, salad dressings, jellies and mustard, as well as an apron to keep all that sticky stuff off those gowns and tuxedos.

Accessories: $300
Female nominees will receive a trio of bracelets from Jan Lewis Designs, and the men will receive silk ties.

Personal Training: $900
Celebrity trainer Alexis Seletzky is offering up 10 sessions of personal training.

Skincare: $1,200
Gift bag recipients can stay forever young with a host of products from Wellness 360, including a hair stimulant and skin serum.

Liposuction Wearable: $4,068
The stars can avoid going under the knife with a non-invasive liposuction wearable device from Ventura Lipo-Light.

Home spa system: $5,060
Steamist is providing a home spa system that delivers the ultimate steam bathing experience.

Italian luxury hotel package: $11,500
The Nominees and host can enjoy a three-night stay at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, the Villa Armena in Tuscany and the Grand Hotel Tremezzo in Lake Como. Maybe George Clooney will have them over for cocktails.

Glamping: $12,500
This luxury camping trip from TerraVelo Tours includes surfing, hot air balloon rides and horseback riding.

Lifestyle makeover: $14,239
Reset Yourself is offering the recipients supplements, hair mineral analysis, a kitchen/pantry detox, expert meditation consultation and more to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Luxury rail trip: $14,594
The Oscar swag bag recipients can enjoy a luxury rail trip through the Canadian Rockies from Rocky Mountaineer.

Horoscope reading: $20,000
The founder of Enigma Life, Olessia Kantor, will fly out to meet each Oscar nominee and host to deliver their 2015 horoscopes. Kantor will also teach mind control techniques and conduct dream analysis.


America Saves WeekIn segment two of the program, I start the festivities for “America Saves Week,” which is the eighth year of this event. However, in this segment and the following one, I point out how the name might not be the best. The reality is a better name might be, “America Does Not Save Week” or possibly it should be more aptly named, “America Needs to Save More Week.”

I continue to cover “America Saves Week” in this segment of the program. I spend some time chatting about one of the major problems or disconnects with saving for retirement. The actual information we receive about:  How Much?, How Am I Doing?, What Should I Be Doing?, and a few others is less than satisfactory. It is no mystery why people feel in the dark about their retirement. That needs to change if we are to see a marked improvement in the coming years.

In the last segment of the program, I cover some of the excuses people use not to save as well as some of the highlights of a Fidelity study that outlines how even small increases in savings over time can have a big impact. Finally, I challenge the listeners to make a difference in their own lives by increasing their retirement savings at work by one percent.

I hope you enjoy this program and I really hope you find it possible to increase your retirement savings.



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