Monthly Archives: January 2007

The Coupon Lady

When I was back in the US, I was at the grocery store one day when I saw this lady walking up and down the aisles filling her cart off here list, but also sticking pieces of paper on products … Continue reading

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5 Little Known Ways To Drastically Cut Textbook Costs

When it comes to getting textbooks for school at decent prices, most students know that the college bookstore is going to cost them more than most other places. They also know the basics on where they can find textbooks at … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Saving Money | 6 Comments

Media Ignoring GM $1.99 Gas Promotion Debacle

Last June I wrote a piece about a $1.99 a gallon gas promotion that GM was doing for certain vehicles. Basically, the program capped the cost of gas at $1.99 a gallon for the year for those who purchased the … Continue reading

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Should You Hold Off On Filing Your Taxes?

Conventional wisdom would say that if you’re expecting a sizable Federal income tax refund, you would want to file your tax return as soon as possible to collect your money that you have been lending the IRS interest free during … Continue reading

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Don’t Watch The Superbowl and Have A Hugely Productive Day

Superbowl Sunday – living in Japan I can only remember it with fondness. It was by far the best skiing day of the year when I was growing up. Sure, the Superbowl was great, but nothing compared to being able … Continue reading

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Skid Mark Safe – Disgusting, But If It Works…

Sometimes solutions to problems are a lot easier than they would first appear. Take finding a hiding place for you valuables. Conventional wisdom would lead you to hide them away in some hard to find secret location with the hope … Continue reading

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Free Retirement Checkup Reminder

Just a quick note that today is the day you can get a free retirement check-up over the phone from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. eastern time. You simply call (888-919-2345) and NAPFA members will be standing by to answer … Continue reading

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How Much Do You Pay In Taxes?

That is my question for today. How much do you pay in taxes? Remember the answer you have just given and keep reading. I had an interesting conversation with a friend a couple of days ago on this subject. We … Continue reading

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10 Best Places To Find Money When Walking

I wrote last year that I like to look for money when I walk around. I find a minimum of $50 a year and would estimate that I clear over $100 most years (in helps living in Japan where they … Continue reading

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Rechargeable Batteries With A Twist

I love it when I come across gadgets that are both cool and save me money. That is exactly what you get with the USBCell AA rechargeable batteries. What makes these rechargeable batteries unique is that they can be recharged … Continue reading

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Tax Preparers Become Loan Sharks

The tax preparers have seen the light and realize there is more money to be made being loan sharks than by preparing your taxes. And they have taken it to a whole new level this year by not even requiring … Continue reading

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Ebisuten’s Money Wealth Tip

While at the Ebisuten shrine, we took a short break and had some sweet rice wine (amazake) in a small shop on the shrine’s grounds. Inside there was a large mask hanging on the wall with bills underneath. The bills … Continue reading

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Photos From The God Of Wealth Shrine

As I mentioned in the previous post, this was the first time that I really have had a chance to see the shrine since our other visits were always when the shrine was packed with people. here are a few … Continue reading

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Praying To The God Of Wealth 2007

We took our annual trip to the Ebisuten (the God of Wealth) shrine to pray for good money fortune today. It was a much different affair than our trip in 2006 when we went during the festival and the shrine … Continue reading

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5 Good Reasons To Rack Up Credit Card Debt

Credit cards have a lot of advantages such as giving better protection than cash or checks on purchases, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a financial advisor that will tell you that there are good reasons to rack up … Continue reading

Posted in Credit Cards, Debt | 8 Comments

TV Producer Looking To Interview Someone

I received an email from a TV producer named Pam Wheaton Shorr who has sought people from our forums on other stories in the past that is putting together a story about the new IRS option to split your tax … Continue reading

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Brush Up Your Investing

If you are looking for ways to begin, improve and / or confirm your investing knowledge, you don’t have to pay a lot (or any in this case) money to do so. Morningstar offers 172 free investing classes broken down … Continue reading

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Screwed Financially By A Friend Or Family Member?

If you have been, one of the long time members of our forum and who is the manager for one of our satellite websites would like to talk to you for a book that she is writing: Perhaps you cosigned … Continue reading

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How Taxes Really Work

The following story has been circulating around the Internet since 2001, but it is always a humorous read (and will get you thinking a bit) as people start to put their taxes together so I thought I’d place it up … Continue reading

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Free Retirement Checkup

If you have placed getting your retirement funds in order as one of your goals for the New Year, this might be the place to start. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine in associations with the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors … Continue reading

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