Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Top Ten Things that Ruin Budgets

By Mitchell D Weiss Budgets are a necessity to keep personal finances in order, but they aren’t necessarily easy to keep.There are plenty of things that can quickly ruin a budget and ruin the best laid financial plans. Here are … Continue reading

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20 Ways to Protect Your Financial Information

In this day and age, you have to guard against people who want to steal your financial information. Thieves want your credit card numbers, bank account information, and even your retirement accounts. Heck, thieves are even filing tax returns under … Continue reading

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10 Good Reasons to Downsize Your House When You Next Move

When most people move, they are looking to move into a bigger place. I would suggest considering an alternative view and instead of going bigger, look to find the smallest house which will still comfortably meet your needs. Why? Because … Continue reading

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The Hidden Costs of Grown-Up Toys

Many of us own or want to own toys. Campers, boats, jet skis, snowmobiles, ATV’s and classic cars are just a few of the toys that grown ups aspire to own. Many people, when considering the purchase of such items, … Continue reading

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Adjusting to a Cash Only Lifestyle

Many people these days are switching to cash as their primary form of payment. Whether it’s because they’ve sworn off credit cards or had those cards shut down, many people are learning to adjust to life without plastic. More and … Continue reading

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How To Quickly Reduce Expenses

If you’re trying to save money, your efforts usually boil down to two basic approaches: Make more money or cut your expenses. Sometimes you may need to cut your expenses quickly, as in the case of a job loss or … Continue reading

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10 Reasons We No Longer Need the Penny

The US one cent piece, or the penny as it’s more commonly known, is due to be dropped from circulation in the year 2020. This marks the end of many years of debate within the United States government over whether … Continue reading

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10 Things That Used to Be Free

We live in a world driven by commerce. In today’s society, we hand over our hard-earned cash for things that used to be considered common courtesy. Whether it’s a sign of our economic woes or plain, old greed, we seem … Continue reading

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27 Healthy Foods That Don’t Cost a Fortune

Whenever talk turns to eating healthy, one of the common arguments against it is that it’s too expensive. Well, it can be. If you buy nothing but organic foods or “convenience” produce like pre-cut apples or carrots, and bagged salads, … Continue reading

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Slow Down, Save Money

There are far too many people who are racing around today at breakneck speed. We drive too fast because we’re running late and have too much to do. We gobble down our food because there’s no time to enjoy a … Continue reading

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Talking About Money? Please Don’t.

Growing up, I was always told not to talk about religion, politics, or money. These three topics of conversation inevitably lead to hurt feelings, jealousy and/or a defensive stance that’s nearly impossible to overcome. My parents always told me that … Continue reading

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Distressed Properties: 10 Houses Worth Considering When Buying

When it comes to buying property, the often repeated phrase is location, location, location. And while these three words are definitely worth living by if you can afford to, if you are really on a budget, there are ways to … Continue reading

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Money Lessons Learned from Board Games

If you’ve been reading my work for SavingAdvice for any length of time, it’s no secret that I’m a big fan of board games. I love them for the time they let me spend with my family and for the … Continue reading

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Money Mistakes: Perfection Isn’t Possible

I get kind of irritated when I see people on financial forums tearing another poster apart because they’ve done something stupid with money. Well, so have we all at one time or another. Perfection with money isn’t possible. Even if … Continue reading

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Getting off the Technology Carousel

People often wonder why I don’t embrace technology more than I do. I use computers for my work and I have to keep those up to date. But I don’t own a smart phone. My phone is stupid and used … Continue reading

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30 Ways to Get Money Fast

I read an article the other day that said that 60% of Americans can’t come up with $1,000 in an emergency. While the real answer to this problem is to practice better savings habits over the long term and to … Continue reading

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10 Reasons Credit Unions Are Better Than Banks

If you still have your money in a big bank, you may not be getting the most out of it. More and more people are moving their money from the big corporate banks into smaller credit unions for a variety … Continue reading

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Beware of the Company You Keep

You may have seen the recent studies that indicate that people who are friends with overweight people tend to be overweight themselves. This is often because you do what your friends do. If your friends eat a lot of fast … Continue reading

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Save Money Spring Cleaning

Spring is right around the corner and there is never a better time to clean than a big Spring cleaning. Keeping a clean house isn’t just beneficial for your health and wellbeing, it’s also essential if you want to save … Continue reading

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Bad Bosses, Grateful Dead Finance Lessons, Food Forests and Carnivals

Do you work for a boss that you don’t like? It may be having a much larger impact on you than you ever imagined. Recent research has found that a bad boss not only effects you at work, but also … Continue reading

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