Monthly Archives: September 2006

My Sister Is Moving

My sister, her husband and their one-year-old girl who have been living in San Francisco are all moving to Canada (Victoria on Vancouver Island) in October. It has been an extremely busy week as I have spent a lot of … Continue reading

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Pets and Babies

For those that have them, pets and babies can have a huge impact on your personal finances. For those that are looking for ways to reduce the costs associated with either or both, there are two good articles over at … Continue reading

Posted in Budgeting, Making Money, Personal Finance, Saving Money, Shopping | 1 Comment

Welcome Forbes Readers

Welcome to all those who made it here by way of Forbes. Dan Frommer put together a nice piece over at Forbes called Cut Your Tech Bills where he quoted me and mentioned a few of the posts that I’ve … Continue reading

Posted in Credit Cards, Personal Finance, Saving Money | 7 Comments

$110 To Move Fast Through Airport Security

The Transportation Security Administration has announced they plan to lower the price from $200 to $110 a year the cost of getting fast-tracked through airport security. The reduction comes after companies argued the $200 fee was too high and “could … Continue reading

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Credit Score Obsession

It seems that lately I have come across people that are extreme when it comes to their credit score. I’ve met several people that are obsessed with their credit score and how their financial decisions will effect it. This got … Continue reading

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How Not To Invest

**Warning: there is some foul language in this video** This video is a classic example how not to invest in a business (in this case a roller skating party). While studying the correct ways to invest your money is helpful, … Continue reading

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Power Of Compound Interest

Here’s a little video I came across that gives the numbers on why it’s important to start investing early and the power of compound interest – since I know people learn in different ways, I thought a visual might be … Continue reading

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Picking Stocks vs Saving

Some more support for my contention that most people are better off concentrating their time on learning how to save money rather than learning how to pick stocks. But are you good enough at it to make it worth your … Continue reading

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Blogoversary – 1 Year

Kind of hard to believe that I have been blogging here for an entire year. As with a lot of this, time has just flown by. As I seem to do with most anniversaries, I’ve taken a bit of time … Continue reading

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Paralysis By Analysis

There are a lot of things that keep people from getting their personal finances in order. One of the issues that I struggle with most is paralysis by analysis. For me, it’s a two part problem. First, I always want … Continue reading

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Differences Cost Money

I was reading an article the other day stating that the Dutch have become the tallest people in the world. While this may be an intriguing fact to you, you’re probably wondering what the heck this has to do with … Continue reading

Posted in Saving Money, Shopping | 7 Comments

Personal Finances Are The Daily Things You Do

I was thinking as I took my walk the other day about personal finances (yet another indication of what a personal finance geek I am). I think one of the biggest problems that people have when it comes to personal … Continue reading

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Coverdell Education Saving Changes

While 529 plans had their federal tax deduction permanently extended recently, Coverdell Education saving accounts lost some of their appeal. A nice advantage of the Coverdell saving accounts was that the money in the accounts could be used for private … Continue reading

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Getting Needed Exercise

One way that I exercise is to go to a community park land in the hills a few miles away from my house. There are a lot of hiking trails back there and it is a great way for me … Continue reading

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Drink Beer – Earn More

I’ll raise a beer to that A new study by economists Bethany Peters and Edward Stringham has found that those who drink socially earn 10% or more than than those who don’t. The study found that social drinking helped people … Continue reading

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Marrying Your Finances

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Shop Smart Magazine

Only from Consumer Reports would you find a shopping magazine that has no advertisements in it (No Hype + No Ads + Just Great Buys). In fact, as Editor Lisa Lee Freeman says in her column, “To put it bluntly, … Continue reading

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Driven To Debt

I got into a heated discussion with one of my friends over credit cards. He has concluded that his current financial problems are due to credit card companies and they have driven him to debt. He likes to shout to … Continue reading

Posted in Credit Cards, Debt, Personal Finance | 11 Comments

Going For A Push Mower

I was looking at the back yard today and thinking about lawn mowers. I started thinking about this because our neighbor across the street has a riding lawn mower. Now we live in the suburbs and while he has a … Continue reading

Posted in Housing, Saving Money | 12 Comments

Should You Sign Your Credit Card?

I had an interesting conversation with a friend this evening. He had read an article that suggested that instead of signing the back of your credit card, you instead place “Check ID” in place of the signature. The theory goes … Continue reading

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