Monthly Archives: October 2008

What It Takes to Barter

My friend, Speedy, is quite possibly the best horse trader within a 200 mile radius. In all the time I’ve known him, he has never held a job and yet seems to do quite well for himself. No, he doesn’t … Continue reading

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Buy This

It’s that time of year again. My kids had only been back to school for less than a week when they brought home the fundraiser brochure. This year my daughter was selling jewelry, boxed candy and “Michigan” themed products. My … Continue reading

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What Forrest Gump Taught Me about Finances

My husband loves the movie, Forrest Gump. He can almost follow the script word for word. This is a football, beer and pizza loving man, we are talking about here. When I asked him why he liked the movie so … Continue reading

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If You Can No Longer Afford Your Pet, Help is Available

Written by an animal welfare volunteer If you are going through hard times financially, have already cut back on your expenses where you can, and have made efforts to increase your income, but still feel that you can no longer … Continue reading

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Don’t Call Me a Consumer

I’m growing very tired of the word “consumer.” Every time I turn on the TV, the talking heads are discussing “the consumer.” Consumers aren’t spending as much, consumers are cutting back, consumers are hurting, consumers need to increase their spending … Continue reading

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Change Your Eating Habits to Save Money

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Financial Crisis? Make Your Holidays an Event

It’s that time of year. The Holidays are just around the corner and it’s time to think about gift-giving, parties and such. On top of it all is the ongoing meltdown of our financial institutions. I was already considering how … Continue reading

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How Important is Your Debt to Limit Ratio?

We are under constant media barrage about checking our credit report and we all know it’s important to have a high credit score. With the new legislation, it’s possible that a great credit score will be more important than ever. … Continue reading

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What the Economic Crisis Means to You

At any given time in your life you may find yourself in a financial situation not of your making. The recent credit crisis in America is a prime example. It is a uniquely perfect storm to be sure, the kind … Continue reading

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Financial Stories From The Last Week

Weekend reading is a round-up of personal finance and money related stories that caught the eye of our forum members this week: Why Asian Foods Save You Money Where the pros are putting their cash U.S. may take stakes in … Continue reading

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Social Security Restart: The Little Known Process to get a Larger SS Check Each Month

Are you one of the many who have retired early? Do you regret not waiting until later so you could get a larger check every month? Well, you may be in luck. There is a little-known process you can go … Continue reading

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Ten Ways to Save Money and Lose Friends

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Go After the High Hanging Financial Fruit

Not long ago I wrote about low hanging financial fruit. These are the easy things you can do to save money that don’t require a lot of time, effort, specialized knowledge, or lifestyle alterations. Now I’d like to move on … Continue reading

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Looking for Someone to Blog about Their Debt

We are looking for someone in debt that is willing to blog about it. We recently purchased the Blogging Away Debt Blog and are looking for someone to take over the blogging from Tricia once she has paid off all … Continue reading

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Ten Tips for Do It Yourselfers in the Making

If you own a home, you probably already know that maintaining it costs a lot more than you expected it would when you bought it. Even if you are not living in the first home that you bought, every house … Continue reading

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Eight Things My Hair Taught Me About Personal Finance

I have demanding hair. It’s thick and curly and tends toward frizziness if I don’t beat it into submission. Like many women, I’ve fought a lifelong love/hate battle with my hair. At times I’ve wanted it straighter, shorter, longer, thinner, … Continue reading

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Nine Ways to Reduce Fees When you Hire an Attorney

What Do You Call a Bus Full of Lawyers Going Over a Cliff? A Good Start… America has an interesting love affair with lawyers. On the one hand, television shows about lawyers capture our interest year after year. On the … Continue reading

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The Plain Truth and Your Finances

As the economic decline slides further into uncertainty, we have to take a hard look at our own familial finances and begin to ask some serious questions. It’s time to take off those rose-colored glasses. First, we all need to … Continue reading

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Personal Finance Weekend Reading & Newsletters

Weekend reading is a round-up of personal finance and money related stories that caught the eye of our forum members this week: Buffett: “We had an economic Pearl Harbor hit” September Madness Opinion From A Well Run Bank (pdf) Renting … Continue reading

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Casual Dress: When It Makes Sense for the Workplace

I’ve written before about dressing and looking your best to succeed in the workplace and life, and I still believe this one hundred percent. However, I overheard an interesting discussion that illustrated the desire for casual dress and how people … Continue reading

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