Almost 400 years ago, the Native Americans brought a bag of one of Americans’ soon-to-be favorite snacks to the English colonists. It was meant to represent goodwill during their conversations and negotiations. A snack believed to have been around since 300 B.C. but certainly could have been around longer. This token of goodwill evolved into the celebration of our Thanksgiving holiday and expanded the likelihood that many other settlers and colonists would continue to travel to America.
One simple snack would require almost no changes since that day except for the tools used to create it and maybe some advanced flavoring options. Now it can be made in the microwave, an air popper, a kettle or stove top, but then it was roasted on the hot embers of a fire. It is commonly seen at movie theatres, fairgrounds and at sporting events. The same snack that that fed people for thousands of years has remained a staple snack and Americans consume over 17 billion quarts of this item each year. You guessed it! It is popcorn.
Popcorn is one of my personal favorites because it’s usually simple (and inexpensive). Anyone can make it and it can be flavored to each person’s individual specifications. It’s a classic and proven performer as far as snacks go. There are options like more butter or less butter, sweeter or saltier, but it never strays far from the combination of a basic corn kernel and heat to produce the desired results. Investing, like popcorn, doesn’t require anyone to reinvent the wheel. It all starts simple strategy and gets tweaked for the individual but the goal remains the same of producing as many popcorn flakes and leaving as few “teeth-cracking” kernels as possible.
So next time you eat popcorn, consider your own investments and how your kernels might stack up in retirement. By the way, I still prefer the stove top kind in the aluminum pan!
Written by Alex Vassey, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ at Vassey Financial Planning & Investments. With systematic planning and proven strategies, Alex Vassey helps families prepare for all stages of life from college savings accounts, to funding a busy and vital retirement, to handling long term care insurance needs. You can reach Alex via email at Alex@vasseyfpi.com or at his office, located at 140 Bountyland Road, Seneca, SC 29672.