Monthly Archives: January 2012

Money Lessons Learned from Traveling Well

Several months ago I wrote a post about what traveling while broke taught me about finance. Now, while I certainly don’t travel five-star, first-class all of the time, I’ve reached a point in my life where I can travel comfortably. … Continue reading

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67+ Free and Inexpensive Hobbies

We often think of hobbies as expensive, and some are. If you want to raise horses, collect antique cars, take up drag racing, or own your own plane to indulge your passion for flying, you’re going to pay a lot … Continue reading

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Money Gods & Weekly Round-Up

I spent last week in Las Vegas visiting with an old friend. Besides catching up, I also planned to visit a number of timeshare presentations to write a series about what you can expect if you attend the timeshare presentations … Continue reading

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Use Less and Save Money! 25 Things You Can Cut Your Use in Half

You are using far too much of far too many things and you probably don’t even realize it. Most of it is simply out of habit although a good portion of it has it’s roots in commercials. No matter what … Continue reading

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The Best Financial Gifts You Can Give Your Kids

Whenever I read or post an article that suggests that someone cut down spending on their kids, I’m always amused (and amazed) by the outraged comments. If you dare to suggest to someone that is struggling that they cut down … Continue reading

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How to Save Money on Clothing: Confessions of an Image Consultant

Some of you may not even know what an image consultant is, but that’s what I am. Basically, I’m a certified image professional who helps people with their wardrobes and closets. (Have you ever seen the TV show “What not … Continue reading

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Money Lessons From Aesop’s Fables

As a kid you probably grew up hearing Aesop’s Fables. These little stories all have a moral designed to teach kids (and adults) to live better lives and to be better people. Many of these stories deal indirectly with financial … Continue reading

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44 Inexpensive Ways to Improve Your Home Inside and Out

If you’ve lived in your house for any length of time, you may find yourself bored by your home. If you watch too many shows on HGTV your own home can start to look unappealing by contrast. Maybe you’re tired … Continue reading

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Lessons From Las Vegas Sunday Wrap Up

This Week’s Money Tip: Visiting Las Vegas for a few days to see a friend made it readily apparent that hotels here have found a wonderful way to make their hotel prices seem much less expensive than they really are. … Continue reading

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Trying to Lose Weight? Don’t Get Scammed

This is the time of year when many people launch their weight loss efforts. Weight loss is hard work and it’s easy to fall for those products that purport to make it easier. We so want to believe that it … Continue reading

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Money Lessons Learned from an Awful Job

My first job was terrible. The boss was a bully and a sexual harasser. The work was brain numbingly boring, and the office politics were bloody and cruel. It was a lot like a game of Survivor without the eating … Continue reading

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101 Simple Pleasures That Don’t Cost A Dime

One of the things that makes getting ones finances in order difficult is the assumption that pleasure costs money. The truth is that it really doesn’t have to. The more that you enjoy the simple pleasures in life that don’t … Continue reading

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20 Ways To Break Your TV Habit and Save A Fortune

I used to have a bad TV habit. A really bad TV habit. There were the daily prime-time shows during the week that I began watching as soon as I got home, and then sports the entire weekend. It never … Continue reading

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Free Password Tracking

If you do much shopping, banking, and investing online, then no doubt you are drowning in a sea of passwords. That doesn’t even include the passwords you have to remember for your network, your router, and all the other technological … Continue reading

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Yakezie Challenge & Carnivals

One of the biggest fallacies with personal finances is that there is a single way to (beyond the basic foundation of spending less than you earn) approach them. There are so many extenuating circumstances for each person that what may … Continue reading

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What Trash Art Can Teach About Money

I must admit that I wish I had more artistic talent. When there is an art piece that catches my eye, I can stare at it for hours wondering how the artist was able to visualize the final piece from … Continue reading

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Money Lessons Learned from Birthday Parties

Birthday parties can be a lot of fun. They can also be a source of great aggravation and angst, both for the party host and the celebrant. Some of this comes from the emotional aspect of birthdays, but some of … Continue reading

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Snowflaking: 30 Ways to Snowflake Your Debt Away

Most people that have decided to take control of their finances and reduce their debt have come across at least one of the various debt snowball methods. Basically, creating a debt snowball is a way to arrange one’s debt so … Continue reading

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Best Entertainment Value for Your Money

Entertainment is a large category in many people’s budgets. We all want to have fun, after all, with what limited downtime we have after work and chores are completed. The problem is that, “entertainment” money is easy to waste on … Continue reading

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