Monthly Archives: August 2008

Money Articles for Your Weekend Reading

Weekend reading is a round-up of personal finance and money related stories that caught the eye of our forum members this week: For Most People, College Is a Waste of Time One Third of New Owners Owe More Than House … Continue reading

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What Actually Qualifies as an Emergency?

We’ve heard the phrases, discussed our strategies, tried to forget about the money when we make a budget, and several other things pertaining to the vital emergency fund. Save up an emergency fund :: How much is in your emergency … Continue reading

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Contributing Writer Position Open

We’re searching for a new contributing writer for this blog. This is a paid position on a per article basis (it’s not a huge amount, but probably more than the average personal finance blogger is currently making). We will consider … Continue reading

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Never Buy Candy Out Of Bins

I would rather go to the dentist and get a root canal before going to the grocery store, but sometimes there are major emergencies, such as running low on beer, that necessitate a trip. The other week I had one … Continue reading

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Reached Financial Independence. Now What?

I have a friend who has reached financial independence at the relatively young age of thirty-eight. He is completely debt free, having paid off his modest mortgage several years ago and owing nothing else. He has enough money invested to … Continue reading

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Weekend Reading: This Week’s Money Articles

Weekend reading is a round-up of personal finance and money related stories that caught the eye of our forum members this week: More than 80% of Americans want overhaul of health system Where the big jobs are Food Giants Race … Continue reading

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Are You Financially Lazy?

One reason that people have trouble with their finances is that they tend to be lazy about managing them. That is not to say that one should spend 24 hours a day making sure every little financial detail is in … Continue reading

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How to Offset the Cost of Luxury

Al Gore offsets his carbon footprint. Volunteering for your community is offset for minor crimes. If you can offset those, you can definitely offset luxurious spending. The opportunity or the cost of that opportunity is a perceived value. Sometimes you … Continue reading

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Life is Short: Loosen the Reins on Spending?

We say it all the time: Life it short, make sure you enjoy today, you might not have a tomorrow, live like you were dying, make memories while you can, etc. Usually we throw these philosophical statements out as justifications … Continue reading

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How I Failed the Champagne Girl Dating Test

Beer guys shouldn’t date girls. The party was out of my league. For the champagne girl, it was likely beneath her. Even though I knew this, I still approached her and struck up a conversation. In retrospect, I should have … Continue reading

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What To Do When You Hate Your Job

Unless you’re very fortunate, at some point in your life you’re likely to have a job you hate. You might not hate it in the beginning but sooner or later, whether it’s because management changes, your responsibilities are shift, or … Continue reading

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The Auto Numbers Game

By Joseph Ganem Just about every financial decision we make involves comparing numbers. But, often the numbers shown are not the ones you should compare. The sellers of automobiles and related products are masters at leading people down the wrong … Continue reading

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Money Articles Weekend Reading

Weekend reading is a round-up of personal finance and money related stories that caught the eye of our forum members this week: CA judge rules early cell phone termination fees illegal Could you afford to be poor? Mortgage Help: Who … Continue reading

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Summer Fun on a Budget

Summer is already half way over, but you still have at least one more month of fun in the sun to enjoy (depending on where you live). So whether you’ve already maxed out your summer budget, or are simply looking … Continue reading

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