Monthly Archives: July 2007

How Gardeners Can Save Gift Money

If you garden, you’ve got a ready supply of gifts right under your nose, it just takes some planning. Here’s a picture of a house plant of mine, just begging to be given a trim. The plant benefits in that … Continue reading

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Money Confession – Tipping

I have collected a number of money confessions from people over the last couple of months. This is one of them. This is confession number 25 in the series: “I don’t leave tips on principle no matter how good the … Continue reading

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Save Money on Your Electric Bill by Using a Time-of-Day Rate Plan

When the Electric Choice program first allowed consumers to choose their electricity providers, the media made a big deal about the potential savings for consumers. I called around to several companies but found very little difference in rates. A short … Continue reading

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Money Confession – Pets

This is one of the money confessions I have received anonymously from various people that I thought would be worth sharing. This is confession number 24 in the series: “I had to place my dog into the pound due to … Continue reading

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Weekend Reading – Articles Worth A Look

Certain Degrees Now Cost More at Universities: You may be charged more for deciding to major in a certain subject rather than another. The era of cheap money appears to be ending – and what that means to the US … Continue reading

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Getting Started: The Financial Guide For A Younger Generation

If you visit this website regularly, you probably aren’t a novice to the basics of personal finance. You’re already familiar with what you need to do to retire, how to protect yourself through insurance, and what constitutes good debt versus … Continue reading

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Money Confession – The Poor

I began to collect money confessions from people a couple of months ago asking them to anonymously write down their confessions. I was surprised by many of them and felt that some were worthy of sharing with all of you. … Continue reading

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What is a Money Market Fund?

In my recent article about how to start an IRA with $1 in 15 minutes, I said that you would be putting your money into a money market fund. I thought I should explain in more detail what this is … Continue reading

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Money Confession – Y2K

This is one of a series of money confessions that I asked people to anonymously give to me over the last 2 months. I have chosen some of the more interesting of these to share with your. This is confession … Continue reading

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Do Self-Checkouts Live Up to Their Promises?

When self-checkouts started to appear everywhere a few years ago, I balked at using them, despite the retail industry’s promises of shorter lines and lower prices. Call me a Luddite, but I believed (and still do believe) that this technology … Continue reading

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Is This A Good Housing Arrangement? (Your Advice)

When you must decide on what is a good plan of action which involves a housing arrangement outside the norm, it can be confusing and difficult to determine whether it is a good deal or not. That is the question … Continue reading

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Money Confession – Pennies

I asked a number of people over the last couple of months to anonymously give me their money confession. These are some of the money confessions that I was given wich I felt worthwhile sharing with you. This is confession … Continue reading

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Lifestyle Inflation – How It Can Sneak Up On You

Many of us know that a good way to increase net worth is to not start spending more every time we get a raise. For me, this means that in my monthly budget, it says “Income” on one line, and … Continue reading

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Money Confession – Money Can Solve Problems

This is part of a series of money confessions that people have anonymously given to me over the last couple of months. This series highlights some of the more interesting of these money confessions. This is number 20 in the … Continue reading

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Fifteen Ways Being Uncool Saves Money

I’ve never been “cool” or “popular.” In certain situations with certain people, I can fake it for short periods of time, but the truth always comes out soon enough. Thankfully, I managed to get over this complex at the relatively … Continue reading

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10 Simple Ways To Supplement Your Income Online

So you’ve lost all the money you earned in the dot-com boom. Don’t fear – you can still use the Internet to make money! In addition to telecommuting opportunities and online brokerages, the worldwide web offers a variety of means … Continue reading

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Money Confession – Friendship

This is a series of money confessions that I have anonymously gathered from people. I think that the confessions show that many of the money secrets that we keep go beyond mere finances. This is number 19 in the series: … Continue reading

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Strange Stuff Worth More Than You Imagine

There are some things that animals produce that the average person would never imagine would be worth a lot of money. The first time I heard about all of these, I had to reread to make sure I actually was … Continue reading

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Weekend Reading – Money Articles Worth Reading

Tiny, Tiny Dream House: Do you really need the McMansion you’ve been looking at? There are a number of financial advantages to living in a tiny, tiny house… Microwaving Contacts, And Other Financial Mega-Goofs: We all make money mistakes – … Continue reading

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Inexpensive Alternatives to Store-Bought Greeting Cards

Happy Birthday, Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day, Grandparents’ Day, Valentine’s Day, Sweetest Day, Hanukkah, New Year, Easter; Merry Christmas; Get Well; In Sympathy for the Loss of Your Loss of Parent, Child, Pet, Marriage; Get Well Soon; Thank You for Your … Continue reading

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