Monthly Archives: September 2007

Save Money by Doing Your (Financial) Chores

It’s easy to get so caught up in looking for new ways to make or save money that we neglect our regular financial chores. But taking care of the money you already have can prevent some losses and can help … Continue reading

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Money Confession – Distorted

There are a lot of hidden money secrets that we keep to ourselves. I have been asking people to share theirs with me. This is confession number 67 in the series: “I’ve had a distorted view of money all my … Continue reading

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Are You Financially Compatible Enough to Marry?

Women, in addition to spending hours poring over encyclopedic bridal magazines, I wish you would spend that same amount of time with your future spouse talking over these important points before you decide if you two should get married at … Continue reading

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Money Confession – Vending Machine

I have been collecting the money confessions of people that attend my talks and share the more interesting confessions here. This is confession number 66 in the series: “I still look for money in vending machine coin return slots. I … Continue reading

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Learn to Play an Instrument on a Modest Budget

Some students go through rigorous training. Some students attend private lessons daily, and for hours. Some students are gifted. Some students have access to thicker pocketbooks, and some students dedicate their lives to their instrument. However, “picking up” an instrument … Continue reading

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Money Confession – Rich

This is an ongoing photo essay of money confessions that I have collected from people that attended my talks. I share some of the more interesting ones here. This is confession number 65 in the series: “It really pisses me … Continue reading

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Shopping Doesn’t Make You Thin, Beautiful and Popular

I cringe every time I hear a woman list shopping as one of her hobbies. It’s usually said with a coy smile or a giggle as if she is trying to look like a thirteen-year-old girl. If a woman makes … Continue reading

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Starting a Business? Don’t Quit Your Day Job

If you are toying with the idea of starting a business, it is probably best to start it on a part-time basis while continuing with your regular job. Many small businesses fail within the first year, so take advantage of … Continue reading

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Money Confession – Taxes & Pennies

As part of an ongoing project, I have been collecting people’s money confessions. Some of the more interesting ones I share here. This is confession number 64 in the series: “I wish I had the guts to pay my taxes … Continue reading

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Eleven Tricks Stores Play To Make You Think You’re Getting a Better Deal Than You Are

Last week, I thought I had found a great deal on 12-packs of 7-Up and A & W root beer ($2 each) but my total grocery bill seemed high, and when I checked my receipt at home, I found I … Continue reading

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Financial Survival – Survivorman

One of the few shows I make sure I watch is Survivorman. For those who are unfamiliar with this show, it is about a man who strands himself in different locales all around the world with just his camera equipment … Continue reading

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How Much Money Should I Keep at Home? (Your Advice)

As the US becomes more and more a cashless society, is it really necessary to have cash at all? In many instances, there may be no reason, but one time that cash is king is when there is an emergency … Continue reading

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Money Confession – Life Choices

We all have money secrets that we keep to ourselves. I’ve asked people to anonymously give their money confessions to me after the speeches I give for the past few months. This is confession number 63 in the series: “I … Continue reading

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There is No Such Thing as Divorce Insurance – Why Financial Ignorance is Far From Bliss

When I sold life insurance, I fantasized about shaking the shoulders of women who responded to a financial question with, “Oh, I don’t know any of that stuff. My husband makes the money. I just spend it.” Outwardly, I remained … Continue reading

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Healthy Food on a Budget (Your Advice)

When money gets tight, one place that many people try to save money is on food. The problem is that this often means sacrificing healthy food. Therefore when the food budget is tight, a question that is often asked is … Continue reading

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Money Confession – Borrowing Money

Almost everyone has some type of money secret that they keep. I have been collecting these secrets for the last few months asking people to anonymously give theirs to me after the speeches I give. This is confession number 62 … Continue reading

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The Great Crayon Reform: How To Revitalize Used Crayons

The older the artist, the smaller the crayons become. Many kids don’t have a problem with broken crayons. Many kids ignore them. Many kids get gifted several boxes of crayons in a year, or build up a collection over time. … Continue reading

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Credit Card vs. Emergency Fund (Your Advice)

One of the questions that is often sent to me is whether one should to pay down credit card debt or build an emergency fund first. As with most issues dealing with personal finances, a lot depends on your particular … Continue reading

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Money Confession – Generosity

I collect money confessions from people who give them anonymously to me after the talks I give and share some of the more interesting ones here. This is confession number 61 in the series: “When I didn’t have money, I … Continue reading

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When Lightning Strikes – How To Remember Your Great Ideas

Great ideas can come at any time. More often than not, we are usually preoccupied when the lightning strikes, and we tell ourselves we will write it down later only to forget what it was that was so amazing. No … Continue reading

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