Monthly Archives: November 2005

Credit Card Condoms

I received an email the other day asking me what I felt was the most difficult part of climbing out of credit card debt. While there are a number of issues that need to be addressed when tackling credit card … Continue reading

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Hackers Going After Investment Accounts

Business Week is reporting that hackers are going after home computers searching for online investment accounts and emptying them out when found. They are targeting people’s home computers because they are much less secure and most contain (84% as reported … Continue reading

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Money Quote – Mark Twain

“I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position.” – Mark Twain

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Personal Finance Net Worth Ranking

I’ll be combining this into a single post with Personal Finance Net Worth in future months, but had a request to rank the list from top to bottom and will do so here this time. This really doesn’t mean anything … Continue reading

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A Different Kind Of Begging

One thing that you don’t find much of in Japan is people begging for money. Even in the big cities, it’s the exception to the rule rather than the norm. I’m not sure exactly why. I imagine it’s a combination … Continue reading

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Money Quote – Benjamin Franklin

“Beware of little expenses, a small leak will sink a great ship.” – Benjamin Franklin

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What The Government Knows About Your Money

I’m not big into conspiracy theories and don’t think the government would really find anything interesting about my spending habits or how I use the money I have, but I came across an article by Barton Gellmandid from the Washington … Continue reading

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Money Related Spanish Proverb

“Don’t invest your money on the advice of a poor man.” – Spanish Proverb

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Google Adsense Referral Program

Google has started two new referral programs. One is for their for their adsense textads which will pay $100 to you when anyone signs up with your referral when the person who signs up generates $100 in adsense revenue. In … Continue reading

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PF Bloggers Net Worth – October

There are quite a few personal finance journals out there with the writers tracking their net worth for the world to see. Below are a few that I have run across. It seems that October was a mixed blessing with … Continue reading

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Money Related Chinese Proverb

“The rich man plans for tomorrow, the poor man for today.” – Chinese Proverb

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Get Paid To Look At Photos

Amazon has launched a new site called Amazon Mechanical Turk in Beta which pays you to do such things as look at photos. Why would someone do this? Basically the reasoning behind it is that computers can do a wide … Continue reading

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Lost Bet: The $235 Strange Food Dinner

Warning: If you’re a vegetarian or squeamish about food, you’ll probably want to skip this post. It’s never a good idea to make bets in a drunken stupor – financially or otherwise – but that is what I did with … Continue reading

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Money Quote – Bob Dylan

“What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.” – Bob Dylan

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ING Increases Interest Rate To 3.5%

With the Federal Reserve raising their rates to 4%, ING Direct increased their interest rate from 3.4% to 3.5%. This is still a half point below Emigrant Direct which is offering an interest rate of 4.0%. I don’t think that … Continue reading

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Money Quote – Ken Hakuta

“Lack of money is no obstacle. Lack of an idea is an obstacle.” – Ken Hakuta

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Cheap Sleeps At The Love Hotel

I’m not sure if I should be writing about our major money saving travel within Japan secret or not. I guess I should begin this post with a warning that this isn’t a typical money saving option, but if you … Continue reading

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Money Related Yiddish Proverb (2)

“With money in your pocket, you are wise and you are handsome and you sing well too.” – Yiddish Proverb

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I-Bond Warning

I received an email asking if I thought moving savings into I-Bonds was a good financial move at this time with the rates at 6.73%. My humble opinion is that it would not be a good move at this time. … Continue reading

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I-Bond Rate Is 6.73%

I made the right move with the I-Bond for my niece. The Treasury Department announced today that the I-Bond rate from November to April will be 6.73%. This rate includes a fixed rate of 1.0% (this is down from 1.2% … Continue reading

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