Monthly Archives: August 2009

8 Reasons Why You Need to Read Your Bills Every Month

The mail comes, you glance at your bills and drop them in the “To Be Paid” pile. Then, on the appointed day, you write out the checks or direct the online bill pay to do its thing and then you … Continue reading

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I Enjoy Being Poor

By Maureen K. If you had asked me a year ago if I would like being poor, I would have called you crazy. Both my husband and I had just lost our jobs and we were just coming to the … Continue reading

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How to Pack A Bar and Make Some Money

What was former congressman and pro baseball player Wilmer Mizell’s nickname? Who played the part of the piano player at Rick’s Cafe American in Casablanca? How did the ancient Egyptians mourn a dead cat? I love questions like this and … Continue reading

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Why You Need a Password Manager

Take a minute and think about how many web sites for which you have passwords and user names set up. Now think about how many of those are financial sites. In our age of online everything, many of us now … Continue reading

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Marry for Money, Not Love

I once asked a friend of mine why he had not married his girlfriend of many years. He replied that he had always wanted to be a kept man and that she just did not have enough money to afford … Continue reading

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A Life Without Debt: The Expanded Mind Space

One of the things I’ve noticed about my debt free life is how much less distracted and stressed my mind seems to be than those with a lot of debt. I see many of my peers running around freaked out … Continue reading

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The Financial Negatives of Social Networking

Last week my colleague here at SavingAdvice, David, wrote about the financial benefits of Facebook. His piece contained some valuable information for those looking to join Facebook. However, I’m of a different opinion with regards to Facebook and social networking … Continue reading

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What I’ve Learned About You

It’s hard to believe that I have been writing here for the past year. I thank you for visiting these pages and reading my thoughts on money and saving. I hope you have enjoyed what I have had to offer … Continue reading

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How I Retired Early

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Avoid Being A Victim of Theft

Each of us has a personal reason for saving money. I very much doubt that any of us does so just to be able to brag about having died with the most money in the bank. Whether you are frugal … Continue reading

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Save Money Fast: Don’t Buy Disposable

If you’re looking to cut your spending in a hurry, one way to do that is to stop buying so many disposable products. Disposables may seem like a good deal because, for example, a pack of paper plates costs $2.00 … Continue reading

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A Life Without Debt: A High Credit Score

I know that many people believe that you have to have debt in order to have a high credit score. Many people keep their debt just so they can keep their score up (so they can get more credit later). … Continue reading

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Saving Money When You Live in the Middle of Nowhere

If you live in the middle of nowhere like I do, you may find that being a money saving guru is difficult at times. We don’t have easy access to a lot of grocery stores or big box stores like … Continue reading

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Keeping Cool This Summer

It is the middle of August. That means that if you live anywhere in the continental United States, it is probably a lot hotter outside than you would like. With temperatures in the 90’s and 100’s across much of America, … Continue reading

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Begging on the Side of the Road

By Brad H. Have you ever seen those guys on the side of the road at freeway off-ramps or busy cross streets holding up a sign that reads something like “No Job. Hungry. Will work for food or money” and … Continue reading

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Are Restaurant Deals A Good Trend?

A few months ago, I wrote about the death of the DVD as a major delivery platform for movies. At the time, my local video store was charging $5 for five-day movie rentals and its stores were generally not very … Continue reading

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Healthy Couponing

It’s no secret that I’m a big coupon user. When I mention this to people, I get one of three reactions: 1. “Hey, that’s great, how much do you save?” 2. “You must have a really unhealthy diet because coupons … Continue reading

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A Life Without Debt: Building the Retirement Nest Egg

Debt free living has one important benefit that many people don’t consider at first. Sure, it makes bill paying easier and it lets you save for vacations and other fun things, but it also lets you save big sums for … Continue reading

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The Greener, Money Saving House

A friend of mine works for the local newspaper. In the process of writing an article about green home improvements, she stopped by to look around my house since she knows that I am a “greenie.” She wanted me to … Continue reading

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The Financial Benefits of Facebook

Are you a Facebook user? If not, why not? I would like to think that everyone already has some familiarity with Facebook. Nevertheless, for the three of four readers who have not yet encountered Facebook, it is a social networking … Continue reading

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