Monthly Archives: May 2011

Unclaimed Property Sales and Auctions: Strange Ways to Make and Save Money

Places like airports, businesses, theme parks, and even the post office are often stuck with property that cannot be returned or delivered to its proper owner. Baggage turns up at the airport and no one claims it. The mail service … Continue reading

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Money and Weight Loss: Getting Past the Plateau

Getting your finances in order is a lot like weight loss. You start off great in the beginning. You drop a lot of debt quickly. It’s almost too easy to cut expenses. You realize that you’ve got lots of things … Continue reading

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Adjusting to a Pay Cut

Last week I wrote about cases where taking a pay cut might make sense. This week I want to give some suggestions for how you can adjust to a decrease in pay. Some pay cuts will require no adjustment, or … Continue reading

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Share a Wardrobe: Strange Ways to Save Money

Clothing is expensive. When you’re buying clothes for two adults and a couple of kids, it becomes even more so. Enter the idea of sharing a wardrobe. Or at least parts of a wardrobe. While things like underwear should never … Continue reading

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New Uses for Family Mementos

Over the years I’ve inherited quite a bit of stuff from my relatives. Dishes, jewelry, books, scrapbooks, pictures, clothing, keepsakes, letters, souvenirs from far away places, and even a trunk have all come my way as relatives have passed away … Continue reading

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12 Cases When a Pay Cut Might Make Sense

We are almost hardwired to pursue ever increasing pay levels. Each job should, ideally, give us a salary bump. Yearly evaluations should result in increased wages. In pursuit of ever higher pay, we sometimes miss out on opportunities in life … Continue reading

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Bet on Your Grades: Strange Ways to Make Money

If you’re in college, you know how hard it can be to find motivation to study. Enter Ultrinsic.com, a website that lets you “bet” on your grades. Here’s how it works: You set a target grade for a single course, … Continue reading

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Using the Good Stuff

One of my biggest problems is that I tend to save things for a later time. I buy books and think I’ll save them for a rainy day, sick day, or vacation. I buy or am given “treat foods” and … Continue reading

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What Traveling While Broke Taught Me About Finance

When I was younger I traveled extensively on very little money. I still travel frequently, but these days I have a little more money and I prefer more comfortable experiences. (It’s just not as comfortable to sleep on the floor … Continue reading

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“Could You Spare Some Change?” How Do You React?

I was heading up to Oregon and made a stop at a fast food restaurant to go to the bathroom and get a drink. As I walked to the door, a young couple sat in the shade on the side … Continue reading

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Refer Everyone to Everything: Strange Ways to Make Money

Many businesses are willing to pay you to refer your friends to them. It’s far cheaper for a company to pay you for a referral than it is for them to advertise and discount in order to recruit new customers. … Continue reading

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Cheap Sources for Board Games

Board games are a great source of entertainment. Unlike movies or other types of entertainment that are one shot deals, games can be played over and over again. New games, however, are often not cheap. They may cost $20 or … Continue reading

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What Did You Do This Weekend?

Almost every Monday, someone will ask me what I did over the weekend. For the most part, this is small talk asked just to pass the time. However, there seems to be an expectation that I did something that cost … Continue reading

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