Monthly Archives: December 2006

My Quote For 2007

At the end of each year I pick a quote that I would like to embody the coming year. This is the one I have chosen for this year: Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all – … Continue reading

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The Only Financial Resolution You Need

With the end of the year, my guess is that a lot of personal finance writers are going to be giving you advice on some of the money moves you can make as financial resolutions. The moves will likely be … Continue reading

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Tooth Fairy

One of the special moments that occurs when children are growing up is the loss of their first teeth. To celebrate this special occasion, parents often leave a small amount of money under the child’s pillow in exchange for the … Continue reading

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Cable Company Gets Smarter

It was only a matter of time before the cable companies caught onto the trick of people asking for the introduction rate every time their cable rates were jacked up to the regular prices. While calling and threatening to switch … Continue reading

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I Am Fond Of Nude Yoga (or the dangers when someone has your same name)

I, apparently, am fond of nude yoga. I found this out today when a reader sent me the following Amazon reviews that “Jeffrey Strain” wrote (he wanted to know if I had written them). I also apparently find Nude Personal … Continue reading

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Why Coins Smell

Have you ever wondered why coins have a musty, metallic odor after they have been in your hands awhile? You may have assumed that it was the coins being dirty, but in reality it isn’t the coins at all – … Continue reading

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Why I Never Pay For AA Batteries

This trick isn’t for everyone, but one that I use to my advantage and anyone willing to do a small bit of networking can also do. If you use a lot of batteries for high powered electronic devices, then you … Continue reading

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10 Best Self Made Christmas Trees

I received an email from a woman that was depressed that she couldn’t afford a $100 for a Christmas tree at the local tree lot. I remember seeing a number of creative Christmas trees that people had made using only … Continue reading

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SmartMoney Entrepreneur Small Business Challenge

One step that I believe all people should be taking to improve their personal finances is to look for a side business that they can do. If you haven’t begun doing this, the New Year is a great excuse to … Continue reading

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Free Language Courses

If one of the things on your to-do list in 2007 is to learn a new language, there is no need to pay a lot of money to do so. FSI Language Courses is a website that hosts the language … Continue reading

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Get Passport Now To Get Great 2007 Vacation Deals

When it comes to your money, being proactive can end up saving you a lot. If you are planning to make a trip in early 2007 (or willing to go on one if there are some great prices), go and … Continue reading

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How Much Should You Tip?

Let me begin here by saying that I hate tipping. Having lived 10 years in Japan where there is absolutely no tipping for anything, every time I come back to the US I cringe at the thought of having to … Continue reading

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Fortune: TV Show If You Need Money

Do you need money and think that you have a great story that you can get across in 1 minute? NBC is holding casting calls for a new show called Fortune where people can give their pitch to multi-millionaires to … Continue reading

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How Advertisers Influence You: Diamonds

If you’re like me, you’ve heard many a time that commercials and advertising influence you, but you don’t think that it applies to you. You feel that you are smart enough to make a conscious decision when you purchase something … Continue reading

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Tax Deductions A to Z

I received a package in the mail the other day with a line of books called Tax Deductions A to Z by Anne Skalka ($12.95 each) which I found to be an interesting twist to most tax books I come … Continue reading

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Free Stuff For Your Birthday

One of the most common promotions that eating establishments do is offer something free to people who are having a birthday. The following is a list of places where you can get free food of some kind on your birthday, … Continue reading

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Cheap Gifts For Men That Don’t Suck

A good friend (who happens to be a woman) came up to me the other day and said, “I hate shopping for men. I never know what to get them.” I couldn’t believe my ears since men are undoubtedly the … Continue reading

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10 Ways Your Computer Can Help Science For Free

I mentioned earlier that turning off your computer can save you a lot of money over the course of a year, but for some people, turning off the computer at night may not be an option. There also may be … Continue reading

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Popular Stock Certificates

You don’t see them very often these days (I remember getting them as gifts from my parents when I was young – just to date me), but at one time you actually received a certificate when you purchased stock (shares … Continue reading

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What’s Money Worth? Gold Standard Myth

A friend brought by some old silver certificate bills and asked me how he could exchange them for silver. When I explained that he couldn’t, he said the thought that money was backed by the gold and silver in Fort … Continue reading

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