Monthly Archives: July 2008

What If the Pain Isn’t Temporary?

Most of the people I know are convinced that the current high fuel and food prices are temporary. “Surely the bubble will burst soon,” they say. “It won’t be long before we can resume living the way we were before,” … Continue reading

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Do You Consider Credit Cards an Asset or a Liability?

Today’s morning question is, Do you consider credit cards an asset or a liability?. I have seen this issue from both perspectives. When I first met my wife, she had about $10,000 in credit card debt and in her case … Continue reading

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Learning That Frugality Skills Shouldn’t Vacation When I Do: Priceless

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How Have Gas Prices Changed Your Routine?

Today’s morning question is, How have gas prices changed your routine? I have to admit that increasing gas have done very little to change my routine. Part of the reason is that living in Japan, gas prices have been over … Continue reading

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Getting the Most Out of Coupons

I frequently encounter people who don’t use coupons because they feel like it isn’t worth their time. If you’ve run the numbers and found this to be the case, I respect that. Coupon use, like all areas of personal finance, … Continue reading

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Personal Finance Reading Round-Up

Weekend reading is a round-up of personal finance and money related stories that caught the eye of our forum members this week: Can Less Money Equal Better Eating? The 20 Healthiest Foods for Under $1 75 Ways to Survive A … Continue reading

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25 Ways To Improve Your Financial Situation In Under 10 Minutes

I know from personal experience that when it comes to getting your personal finances in order, taking those first steps is one of the most difficult parts. There is so much information and it seems like it will take forever … Continue reading

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Articles Wanted: Get Paid to Promote Your Blog

If you have a blog that you’d like to promote, we are looking for some outstanding articles and we’re adding in a little twist – we’ll actually pay you to promote your blog and writing. If you think you might … Continue reading

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The Secret of Personal Finances Revealed

“Is it getting dark outside? Are you having trouble seeing? Turn the lights on!” is the gist of one “Wiggles Tips” segment on The Wiggles television show. These segments introduce the show’s preschool audience to a bit of humor – … Continue reading

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Compassion vs. Commerce

A friend recently had a run of bad luck that required her to cancel a much-anticipated vacation. Her father died two weeks before they were to leave. Aside from the grief, she had to deal with much of the estate … Continue reading

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Saving Advice from the 1950s: How Much Still Applies?

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27 Free Things at the Library

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the library for the books they provide. But even I didn’t realize all the free resources and activities they have until I spent a week actively seeking out all they had … Continue reading

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Financial Motivation: How to Stay Motivated while Pursuing Your Financial Goals

I’ll be perfectly honest. Even though I make a living writing about personal finances (and enjoy reading and writing about the subject), I have to make a concerted effort to stay financially motivated with my own finances. For those that … Continue reading

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Should We Cut Out Entertainment During Difficult Financial Times?

“When I get a little money I buy books, and if any is left I buy food and clothes,” Desiderius Erasmus has been quoted as saying. If he read like I do (more for fun than for education), he was … Continue reading

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11 Reasons to Celebrate Higher Gas Prices

As a finance and conservation nerd, I’m excited about higher gas prices. I realize that I’m in the minority in this opinion and I know full well that most people will think I’m nuts. There may even be a few … Continue reading

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