Monthly Archives: September 2008

The Zen of Giving Away Your Stuff

>Here’s something marketers don’t want you to know: Stuff cannot and will not ever make you happy. In fact, stuff can make your life more complicated and miserable than you can possibly imagine. I learned this lesson a really hard … Continue reading

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Things You Never Thought To Do at the Library

The library is an awesome, low cost place to hang out. But once you’ve read all the books, taken all the classes and surfed everything on the web, what else is there? Try these suggestions to make the most of … Continue reading

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How Come I’m Broke and You’re Not?

One of the questions I’m asked most frequently is, “How did you learn so much about finance?” The subtext to the question is usually along the lines of, “I know you aren’t a genius or good with numbers, so how … Continue reading

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Financial Lessons from my Creditors

It’s become quite fashionable to attack credit card companies or banks who hold our mortgages, especially with the recent turmoil in the financial market. While talk of increased regulation and pointing the finger of blame may each have their place … Continue reading

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Back away from the Ramen! Eat better without breaking the budget

When I was in college, I was content to open my kitchen cupboard and find it full of Ramen. Every flavor – except shrimp (yuck) – was represented after a trip to the grocery store. Not only did I know … Continue reading

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The Money Journal Challenge

Are you left with more month than paycheck? Are you trying to stick to a budget, but can’t understand where all your discretionary income is going? Do you always end up searching the couch cushion and car seats for extra … Continue reading

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Cash or Debit Card?

How does using cash or a debit card influence our spending? About a month ago, I watched a video on Yahoo about an ordinary couple who were challenged to use cash for everything they bought for one week. The idea … Continue reading

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Weekend Money Reading

Weekend reading is a round-up of personal finance and money related stories that caught the eye of our forum members this week: 43 Mortgages Within Same Family What really killed WaMu? What Are the Economic Collapse Indicators to Watch For? … Continue reading

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Batter Up! Eight Things to Consider when Your Child Plays Youth Sports

If you have kids, you have probably endured seasons of organized youth sports. Baseball, basketball, football, hockey, lacrosse, swimming, volleyball – the list of options for kids is seemingly endless and can keep them occupied from January to December. If … Continue reading

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Face it: Eating Healthy Does Cost More

What do you usually have for a snack? Do you choose something healthy like fruit or veggies? Or is it more like a bag of chips or your favorite candy bar? How about dinner? Do you make dinner from scratch, … Continue reading

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10 Less Obvious Family Entertainment Ideas

What is family entertainment? First, let’s take a look at the definition of these two words. Entertainment – Something that diverts, amuses, or occupies the attention agreeably. Family – A group of people living together and functioning as a single … Continue reading

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As Seen On TV

You Clap On! the television and there it is. Yet another ad for a product that you never knew you wanted. You turn up the volume on your Personal Sound Amplifier. Did you hear the announcer correctly? Could it really … Continue reading

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When Invitations Become Money Grabs

In the last year, I’ve noticed a trend among the invitations I’ve been receiving in my mailbox: Rather than being simple invitations to celebrations, they are becoming thinly disguised money grabs. I have been invited to weddings and told (not … Continue reading

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Environmentally Friendly Electricity: Why I Am Opting Out

I received a letter from my electric power company recently encouraging me to sign up for the company’s “Green Generation” program. If I joined the “Green Team”, I could purchase energy generated from wind power and landfill gas for a … Continue reading

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How I’ve Managed to Get 10 Years from my Computer and How You Can Too

Hello, my name is Joe and my computer is 10 years old. I work in the IT field in my day job, so an admission like that is often greeted as though I am admitting to suffering from alcoholism or … Continue reading

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Playing Hide and Seek with Saving Money

I am a frugal shopper. I clip coupons, look for sales and comparison shop. Whether I am shopping for groceries or furniture or a car, I want to get the best deal I can get. I enjoy being a smart … Continue reading

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Saving Money Can Be Social

Why do many people opt to spend rather than save money? Because saving isn’t fun. It’s not as much fun as going to the movies, or out to eat, or to an amusement park. And why is that? Because many … Continue reading

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How’s Your Money Attitude?

I am sure that almost everyone would say they would like to improve their financial position in some way. For many, it would be getting out from under mountains of credit card debt or paying off school loans. Others may … Continue reading

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Six Supermarket Saving Secrets

Your grocery bill is likely one of the largest parts of your living expenses. If you were to rank them from largest to smallest, it would probably fall just after mortgage (or rent), energy and car payments. You can’t do … Continue reading

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