Monthly Archives: November 2008

Do Not Put Off Til Tomorrow That Which You Can Do Today

My driveway is in serious need of pressure washing. The need is so serious that my homeowners association has sent me a nasty-gram telling me that if I do not pressure wash the driveway by tomorrow, the association will refer … Continue reading

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Weekend Finance Reading

Weekend reading is a round-up of personal finance and money related stories that caught the eye of our forum members this week: Black Friday 10: Retailers that may not survive until 2009 The Holiday Season Is Already Over For Retailers … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong With a Frugal Weekend?

I spend a lot of time outside and, if I’m inside working, my desk faces the road. As such, I know a lot about what goes on in my neighbor’s lives. (Disclaimer: I don’t spy on people, but when you’re … Continue reading

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The Death of the DVD

If you came of age in the days when you might have had 8 or 9 channels that you received on your television, before cable and VHS, you remember that if you wanted to watch a movie, you had to … Continue reading

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I Love My Wife but I Won’t Sort Grapes for Her

Yesterday, I noted that although my wife and I will do just about anything for each other, my wife is not willing to buy my lottery tickets for me. I also have an errand that I cannot bring myself to … Continue reading

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Have You Mistakenly Identified Greed As Ambition?

Ambition is one of the elements that made the United States an economic powerhouse. The drive to work hard and succeed spawned innovation, efficiency, and opportunity. Over the course of time ambition was a characteristic of millions of Americans and … Continue reading

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Money vs. Misery

While at a networking event the other day, I couldn’t help but overhear a conversation between two guys. The first guy was complaining about how much he hated his job. He said he couldn’t stand the job, the people, the … Continue reading

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Hiring Illegal Workers To Save Money

The palm trees in my front yard are in need of trimming. I can trim the shortest of the three trees, but the other two trees are about 35 feet tall – about 10 feet taller than my courage will … Continue reading

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The One-Month Spending Crash-Diet: Weeks 2-3

I can see it. The end. It’s almost here. We only have one week left of no-spend month, where we vowed to only spend $400 for all of November on everything we need, including groceries, entertainment, and gas. But it’s … Continue reading

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Home Ownership Habits that Cost You Money

As my father says, “When you own a home, there is always something to do.” I might add that there is always something to spend money on too. In fact, when money is tight, it’s often home maintenance that suffers. … Continue reading

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Personal Finance Reading for the Weekend

Weekend reading is a round-up of personal finance and money related stories that caught the eye of our forum members this week: Big Three auto CEOs flew private jets to ask for taxpayer money This is when you know the … Continue reading

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Why I Play the Lottery

My wife and I will do just about anything for each other. We have a great relationship and complement each other’s strengths. I fold the laundry. She puts it away. I do the grocery shopping. She puts the groceries away. … Continue reading

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A Real Christmas Tree vs An Artificial Christmas Tree

If you celebrate Christmas, chances are good that you decorate a Christmas tree. Whatever other decorations, ornaments and other seasonal reminders with which you adorn your home, your Christmas tree is probably the focal point. You may decorate your tree … Continue reading

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Recession Opportunities

Is this a recession or opportunity knocking? I’ve seen this question posed all over the media. A lot of the articles are aimed at higher income execs who work the stock markets. But I’m beginning to see front porch lights … Continue reading

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The Hidden Money Saving Aspect of a Great Hobby

Having a hobby (or several) can be a great thing. Hobbies give us a creative outlet or a way to meet new people. We learn new skills through hobbies and some of them can even earn us extra money. Several … Continue reading

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Do What You Know

I recently mentioned Martha, my trash-exploring next door neighbor when I was a child. Martha always found creative ways to make money, whether it was through her yard sales, plant sales or barn-based general store. She made money on her … Continue reading

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My Tipping Philosophy

When I was a boy, tipping in a restaurant was always a discretionary expense. As a general rule, one was expected to tip 15% of the pre-tax bill as long as good service and good food was delivered. I lived … Continue reading

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Feeling Better Without Spending a Lot of Money

In my house we’ve had a tough couple of months with deaths, health scares, and general work-related stress. We’ve been tired, sad, and angry. There’s been a definite need in this house to feel better. We’ve needed some cheering up … Continue reading

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