Monthly Archives: November 2010

Oprah’s Favorite Things: Consumerism Orgy

Oprah had her annual “Favorite Things” show last week. Since this is her last season on the air, it was actually a two day orgy of consumerism. I don’t generally mind Oprah most of the time, but this episode gets … Continue reading

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It’s Not Rocket Science

I have a friend who has been out of work for eight months, now. You’d think she’d be stressed out, worried about money, and ready for a meltdown, especially with two kids. But she’s not. She’s using her time off … Continue reading

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Get Sponsored: Strange Ways to Make Money

A new trend has cropped up over the last few years that may present an opportunity for you to make some money to help pay for some of life’s biggest expenses. Many people are now having their events and big … Continue reading

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The Easiest Way To Save On Food

I’m frequently asked about the best ways to save on food. There are many ways, including coupons, shopping the sales, buying store brands, and buying in bulk. But if you want to know the easiest way to save on food, … Continue reading

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Change Your Thinking

I’ve noticed that when most people think about their finances, they think in terms of their income and expenses. They think about how much they make per week or month and therefore that is how much they have to spend. … Continue reading

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Pick Up What People Drop: Strange Ways to Make Money

An easy way to make a little extra money is to simply watch where you walk and pick up the things that people drop. You’d be surprised at how much money people drop, either by accident, because they can’t be … Continue reading

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Scared Broke

Your toilet is full of germs! Your tooth enamel is eroding! Your soap dispenser can give you a disease! Criminals are waiting to break into your home the second you turn your back! You could have a disease and not … Continue reading

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Preventing On-Line Money “Accidents”

As more kids get on the Internet at younger ages, I’m hearing about more and more on-line money accidents. These “accidents” occur when kids play paid online games or games that let players buy items in the game, when they … Continue reading

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Take Some Personal Responsibility: Strange Ways to Save Money

Last week, Beer Guy wrote an entertaining article about some sage financial advice his uncle gave him when he was a boy. The advice (more colorfully phrased) was to avoid getting a girl pregnant until such time as he could … Continue reading

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Toilet Paper King: Beyond Over Or Under

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Your Stuff Is Just Stuff

Around here we’ve hit the peak of the fall yard sale season. I headed out this weekend to check out a few and came away flabbergasted by the prices some of the sellers were charging for their stuff. I’m an … Continue reading

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5 Do-It-Yourself Services You Should Leave to the Professionals

Many people are tightening their belts in these uncertain economic times. One of the first places we often look to save money is finding projects around the home that we can do ourselves rather than calling the professionals. All do-it … Continue reading

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When You Have to Keep Up With the Joneses

We often talk about keeping up with the Joneses. When we accuse someone of keeping up with the Joneses, we usually mean that they are buying cars, clothes, or other tangible items because their friends and neighbors have those items. … Continue reading

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The Cheapest Way To Rent A Car

I have been car free for several years now, but there are times when I do need to rent a car. I have found that there is one way to consistently get rock bottom prices on a rental car that … Continue reading

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Watch TV: Strange Ways to Make Money

I’m not normally a big fan of TV. I find that it takes me away from other things I could/should be doing. However, I recognize that there are plenty of people out there who love TV. If you watch a … Continue reading

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Princess Weddings: How To Start Married Life In Debt

My friend is a complete idiot — which is a much worse insult than it may first appear since it’s being given by a guy who views drinking beer and watching TV as a worthy goal to strive for each … Continue reading

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You Really Can’t Screw This Up

Here’s the great thing about frugality and saving money. It’s almost foolproof. When you make a commitment to getting your finances on track, living more simply, and putting money away for the future you really can’t fail at it, as … Continue reading

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