Monthly Archives: September 2007

Money Confession – Cigarettes

People keep money secrets and I have been collecting some of these secrets from people who attend my presentations. This is confession number 60 in the series: “I have spent over $25,000 on cigarettes in my lifetime and I don’t … Continue reading

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Why Money Is Not the Root of All Evil

“Money is the root of all evil.” How many times have you heard that? I’ve heard it more times than I can count, and I’ve even spotted it hanging on the wall of the Monkees’ apartment on TV. It’s a … Continue reading

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Extreme Makeover – Leftovers Edition

Leftovers used to make me gag. Unfortunately, I was too cheap to eat out frequently, and too lazy to cook a completely new meal every night. This caused internal conflicts. I had to find creative ways to enjoy eating at … Continue reading

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Money Confession – Car

There are money secrets that we all carry around with us. I have been collecting money confessions from people who come and see me talk over the last few months. This is confession number 59 in the series: “I have … Continue reading

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Money Talk: Idioms about the Green Stuff

I know you didn’t ask for my two cents, but I will tell you anyway that I find figures of speech fascinating. The things we say without thinking say a lot about what we think, and a lot of the … Continue reading

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Great Murderers

In her book, If You Want to Write, Barbara Ueland states, “Families are great murderers of the creative impulse…” This statement is bold, but unfortunately true for many. Many have had family members shoot down great ideas as too good … Continue reading

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Money Confession – Parking Meters

Most of us have a hidden money secret or two that we keep to ourselves. For the past few months, I have been asking people to anonymously tell me their money confessions. This is confession number 58 in the series: … Continue reading

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Sunday Reading – Money Stories Worth A Look

17 Ways You Can Use Tennis Balls: If you have some tennis balls sitting in your closet doing nothing, here are some alternative uses for them. Recession Warning Signs: “The employment statistics and the bond market are combining to send … Continue reading

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How to Curb Over-Generated Art Without Curbing the Imagination

Babies draw. Toddlers draw. Kids draw. They color from the first time they get a crayon in their hand to the time they learn to write, as sketches and drawings are their best way of written communication and expression. As … Continue reading

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Life Is Far Too Short To Drink Cheap Beer – 10 Ways To Maximize Your Beer Value

By Al at Hop Talk Editors Note: I wrote a piece on how to save money on beer awhile back and Al chasized me for only considering how to save money and not about how to get true value. In … Continue reading

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Money Confession – Rainbow

When it comes to money, we all have some hidden secrets that we keep to ourselves. I have been asking people to anonymously give me their money confessions and I have been sharing some of the more interesting ones here. … Continue reading

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Romance is Free

Remember in the movie, The Firm, after everything has gone horribly wrong, the wife (Jeanne Tripplehorn) reminds the husband (Tom Cruise) how happy they were back when they were broke and enjoyed take-out from a carton? I don’t believe that … Continue reading

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Money Confession – Baby Clothes

As part of an ongoing project, I ask members of the talks I give to anonymously write down a money confession at the end. I share some of them here. This is confession number 56 in the series: “I spent … Continue reading

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Five Skills That Can Help You Save Money

It’s no news that some people are better at saving money than others. The reasons why some of our savings accounts multiply exponentially while others struggle to gain a dollar a day are varied. Personality type, habit, upbringing, discipline, and … Continue reading

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Money Confession – Tax Cheat

We all hold one money secret or another. This is part of a series of some of the anonymous money confessions that I have been collecting over the last few months. This is confession number 55 in the series: “I … Continue reading

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10 Free (or Nearly Free) Ways to Get Books

I love books. I’m addicted to bindings, paper, and ink. I become intoxicated by the smell of an old edition. I melt at a beautiful children’s picture book. I truly breathe only when the printed word is being read across … Continue reading

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Rich Enough Not To Waste Time

“I’m talking about liquid. Rich enough to have your own jet. Rich enough not to waste time. Fifty, a hundred million dollars, buddy. A player. Or nothing.” — Gordon Gekko, Wall Street. Watching Wall Street the other night, the above … Continue reading

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Money Confession – Money from Purse

As part of an ongoing series, I have been collecting the money confessions of audience members that attend my talks and share some of the interesting ones here. This is confession number 54 in the series: “I used to steal … Continue reading

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Don’t Trash It – Ten Ways to Get More Value Out of Things

The growing problem of landfills is a bit too abstract and remote in my mind for it to keep me from throwing things away. And I’ve even climbed one, Mount Trashmore in Virginia Beach, now a city park. Far more … Continue reading

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Money Confession – Paycheck to Paycheck

I have been gathering the money confessions from people that attend my talks for the last few months. The more interesting of these confessions I have decided to share on this blog. This is confession number 53 in the series: … Continue reading

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