Monthly Archives: October 2005

Back With WordPress

It was a busy morning (for me in Japan – only 11:00 AM here) as we switched this site back to wordpress – hopefully we have all the glitches worked out and I can go on my happy way writing … Continue reading

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New Software Needed

Well, it looks like this software isn’t going to cut it either. We tried wordpress to start, but couldn’t get it to work. This one was working fine except for a few minor glitches I was willing to put up … Continue reading

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Monday Carnivals

Both the Carnival of Personal Finance (#17) and the Carnival of Debt Reduction (#4) are live. If you aren’t familiar with carnivals, they bring together posts from various authors on a specified subject. This gives you a good opportunity to … Continue reading

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Money Quote – Bob Hope

“A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it.” – Bob Hope

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The Credit Card Trap

There’s an article over at Kiplinger – nothing really new, but I did find the first paragraph rather interesting: America is the richest country in the world, yet, ironically, we have the highest percentage of people living paycheck to paycheck. … Continue reading

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Why Saving Is Important

Having a savings cushion is much more than simply having money in the bank. There is a sense of relief (not having to worry day to day how your going to pay for the next necessity) and empowerment (you have … Continue reading

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Money Quote – Sophie Tucker

“I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor: Rich is better.” – Sophie Tucker

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Balance The National Budget

For those of you that have mastered your own budget and are ready to move onto bigger and better things, you may want to check out The National Budget Simulation This simple simulation should give you a better feel of … Continue reading

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How Do You Eat An Elephant?

We went to visit our friends this weekend and I was playing with their young son when he asked me the following riddle: “How do you eat an elephant?” I couldn’t come up with the answer, so I finally asked … Continue reading

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$6.99 A Gallon Gas

So you thought $3.00 a gallon gas was bad? Make sure that you don’t rent a car and take it back with a partially empty tank. According to an article at, you can pay close to $7 a gallon … Continue reading

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Money Quote – Howard Hughes

“I’m not a paranoid derranged millionaire. Goddamit, I’m a billionaire.” – Howard Hughes

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Getting Financially Squeezed

The story that heating prices this winter are going to be skyrocketing over those paid last year is becoming a common story in the news these days. While reports that energy bills may increase by 90% this winter, what … Continue reading

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The Avian Flu Virus – Getting Financially Prepared

It seems that the President and Congress are finally getting the hint that the Avian Flu Virus might be something to prepare for ahead of time. Living in Japan where I’m living a lot closer to where they predict the … Continue reading

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Money Quote – Benjamin Franklin

“If you would like to know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.” – Benjamin Franklin

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B of A’s New “Keep The Change” Program

Bank of America will be coming out with a new program later this month called Keep the Change. Basically what they have done is set up a “change jar” for you without ever having any coins since it’s all done … Continue reading

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Top Resale Value Cars

With gas prices and the increased cost of driving because of it, you might think that the largest cost for owning your car is gasoline. If you think a bit harder, you might consider finance charges or insurance to be … Continue reading

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Money Quote – J. Paul Getty

“Money isn’t everything, but it sure keeps you in touch with your children.” – J. Paul Getty

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A Look At The New Nickel

A peak at what the new nickel will look like:

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Record Bank fees

It should be no surprise that is reporting that banks received a record amount in fees last year: …Last year, banks, thrifts and credit unions collected a record $37.8 billion in service charges on accounts, more than double what … Continue reading

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Get Paid To Drive

I don’t think there has been an article I’ve written in the past that has produced more mail from readers than Get Paid To Drive. There seems to be a fascination that one could be paid to drive their car … Continue reading

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