Monthly Archives: June 2007

Ten Great Reasons to Buy Something Used

My mother grew up during the Depression as the youngest of four children and, as a result, she quickly grew tired of using well-worn items. Seventy years later, she still wants to buy almost everything new. When I was a … Continue reading

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Co-Signing A Loan (Your Advice)

Co-signing on a loan is not something to undertake lightly. The reason that people need you to co-sign is because they have some issues with their credit or otherwise there would be no need for you to do so. And … Continue reading

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Money Confession – Money & Happiness

I had the opportunity to speak at an event. I asked the audience (100 or so people) to anonymously write down a secret money confession. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be posting some of the more powerful … Continue reading

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Weekend Reading – Money Articles From The Past Week

You Owe The Government Half A Million Dollars: If the government was forced to do their accounting like you and me have to for the IRS, the numbers don’t look good. Each of us owed ove half a million dollars … Continue reading

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Discounted Brand Name Items May Be A Thing Of The Past

The Supreme Court made a huge decision today which will likely hit everyone in the pocket book and it will likely result in some major changes in the retail market in the near future. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that … Continue reading

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Savings Calculator

We have placed a new calculator onto the website: a savings calculator with a small twist. Instead of the standard savings calculator where you place in the number of years, the interest rate, the opening balance and the monthly savings … Continue reading

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12 Tips for Getting the Best Price at Best Buy

A good friend of mine who is an avid DVD collector and very regular customer of Best Buy shared these tips for making sure you get the best deal on all of your Best Buy purchases. Even if you aren’t … Continue reading

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Money Confession – Work

I recently spoke at an event and asked the 100 or so people in attendance to anonymously write down a money confession. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be posting some of the more powerful of those confessions. … Continue reading

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How Temping Can Be a Rewarding Lifestyle Choice

Familiarity breeds contempt, or so the old saying goes. Stay at the same job for too long, and no matter how much you liked it to begin with or how many good qualities it has, eventually the good qualities can … Continue reading

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Ten “Necessities” That Really Aren’t

Advertisers do their jobs well; in fact, they have convinced a majority of us that many of the products we use are necessities when they are not. Long before we had all the modern conveniences we now take for granted, … Continue reading

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Money Confession: Children’s Savings

I recently spoke at an event and asked the 100 or so people in attendance to anonymously write down a money confession. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be posting some of the more powerful of those confessions: … Continue reading

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10 Essential Travel Gadgets & 10 Not To Waste Your Money On

While many travel gadgets will do nothing but drain your wallet and take up valuable space in your luggage, there are a few highly practical items that will give you a lot of bang for your buck. No item on … Continue reading

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33 Ways To Save Money That Take Less Than A Minute

One issue many people have with trying to save money is that they believe it takes too much time and effort. The members of the forums came up with 33 money-saving tips, each of which takes less than a minute … Continue reading

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Not All 401(k) Plans Are The Same – Five Issues Everyone Should Know

I personally deal mostly with taxes in my professional capacity of an accountant. However, I have also come across a lot of the ins-and-outs when it comes to 401(k) plans as I used to audit 401(k) plans for large companies, … Continue reading

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How Hong Kong’s Handover To China Affected My Finances

By Robert I. Craig, Guest Writer The closest connection I have to China is a Hawaiian-print shirt made there that I bought at Wal-Mart. But an article I read about China recently sent a shiver–literally–up my back. It brought to … Continue reading

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What Is The Best Method For Sorting Stuff You Don’t Need? (Your Advice)

Too much stuff. Most of us can probably relate to it. Martha Stewart claims that we don’t use 80% of the stuff that we own. When it is time to clear out some it it, what is the best way … Continue reading

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83 Things You Can Do With a Penny

Many people assume that the penny is no longer good for anything, but not according to members from the forums – there are still a lot of things that you can do with a penny. Here are 83 of them … Continue reading

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Money Hack: How To Open Up An IRA For $1 In 15 Minutes

NOTE: It appears that while the process described in this article originally worked, Fidelity has closed the loophole and you now need the minimums you described to open the account. Most people have the impression that in order to open … Continue reading

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10 Financial Reasons to Walk

We all know that walking has health rewards, but it can have financial rewards as well. Here are ten financial reasons you should consider walking: It’s free. This is the most obvious reason. You have to pay to own or … Continue reading

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Create Your Own Money: Advantages Of Local Currencies

Great Barrington, MA has its own form of currency called a BerkShare. It’s not legally considered money, it’s what’s called a ‘paper scrip’. According to Wikipedia, paper scrip is “any substitute for currency which is not legal tender, and is … Continue reading

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