Monthly Archives: September 2008

How Soda & A Pack of Cigs Kept Me from Buying My Dream Truck

Ok, I admit it. I have a serious addiction. Two of them in fact. Everyday, I allow myself one soda and a pack of cigarettes. On Saturday, I have two sodas. My elixir of choice is Diet Mountain Dew. I’ve … Continue reading

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Fast Savings on Fast Food

Going out to eat can be an expensive endeavor and even though it’s generally cheaper to eat fast food, even that can get expensive if you are feeding more than one person. While it seems that the days of getting … Continue reading

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16 Arguments You Can Take to Your Boss on Why You Should be Allowed to Telecommute

I have been fortunate. For most of my adult life, I have been able to telecommute to work. Indeed, from 2000 through 2007, I was able to hold a position as a corporate vice president at a 700+ employee company. … Continue reading

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What The Wizard of Oz Taught Me About Finance

The Wizard of Oz was a big deal when I was a kid. It only played on television once a year, and I made sure I didn’t miss it. Of course I didn’t realize it at the time, but this … Continue reading

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Need Money? Get Naked!

A friend of mine recently told me her money secret. She has a modest job, yet always has the latest gadgets: flat screen TVs, home theater system, the works. She also recently had new carpet put in her basement and … Continue reading

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The Consequences of Believing in the Entitlement Fairy Tale

It seems like every day I hear someone talking about what they “deserve.” Some examples: “I work hard, so I deserve a nice vacation.” “The kids are only young once, they deserve the best of everything.” “I’ve worked all my … Continue reading

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Vacation Homes – Cheaper than You Think

There was a time when I thought a weeklong vacation to Hilton Head would be outrageously expensive — either that or I’d have to stay at a less-than-desirable hotel 15 miles from the beach to make it affordable. In my … Continue reading

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Compound Interest – Personal Finance Fundamentals

I grew up hearing my dad say “Most people don’t know how money works.” He is a Certified Financial Planner, and while there were a few drawbacks growing up the son of a financial planner (no Gameboy or frivolous purchases … Continue reading

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The Price of a Pleasant Shopping Experience

I generally try to save money on everything I buy, especially groceries since they take up a large chunk of our budget each month. We usually try to shop at our military commissary or at a certain national chain that … Continue reading

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Personal Finance Reading for the Week

Weekend reading is a round-up of personal finance and money related stories that caught the eye of our forum members this week: Inexpensive ways to improve value of house Homebuyers turn screws on sellers Is It Time For A Sex … Continue reading

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114 Ideas if You Want to Work From Home

One of the most common wishes I hear from people is, “I wish I could work from home.” And the thought that almost always immediately follows that is, “But I don’t know what I could do or how to go … Continue reading

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Christmas Gifts: The Art of Giving Intelligently

Christmas and Chanukah and Kwanzaa are coming! That means that if you are a prudent shopper, you have been doing your holiday shopping for many months now. I am sure that all are doing a fine job of controlling their … Continue reading

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7 Deadly Sins of Personal Finance

If you are reading this, I can safely assume that you are concerned about saving money and maximizing your financial resources. Unless you have unlimited wealth (which I can also safely assume is not the case), then you must be … Continue reading

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Adjusting From Single to Family Entertainment Costs

When I was a younger man, I used to spend most of my free time at night hopping from concerts to films to theatrical productions. It was easy then. I needed only to purchase tickets for myself and I could … Continue reading

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Dear Mr. CEO

Dear Mr. CEO of a fiction company that bears no resemblance whatsoever to the author’s current real-life employer: We, your loyal employees, understand money is tight. We know you’re doing everything you can to keep the company running. But morale … Continue reading

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Does Spending a Lot of Money Make You a Better Parent?

This week I was trawling one of my favorite message boards and noticed a thread on whether or not a child should have an expensive cell phone and, if so, should it be given as a gift for a big … Continue reading

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I Thought I Divorced That House

There is so much involved when you are getting a divorce. The emotional shock seems to outweigh all else. You certainly don’t want to think about financial matters. But you must. Many unscrupulous lawyers make their monies on quick and … Continue reading

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The Idiocy of Carpool Lanes

I hate rush hour almost as much as I hate Paris Hilton. I understand that scientists believe that we are putting the earth into an oven and turning up the heat too high. I’m keeping their warnings in mind and … Continue reading

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Ten Things Money Can’t Buy

We talk a lot about money: How to get it, how to spend it, where to spend it, and how to save it. For all the time we devote to talking about, worrying about, and dealing with money, you’d think … Continue reading

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Paying Less Isn’t Always Smart

Technology has made it much simpler to compare rates and find the cheapest prices for services and products. Why pull out the phone book to call several insurance agents to find the best price when you can visit one website … Continue reading

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