Monthly Archives: June 2012

Saving Money: Why I Cleaned Out My Inbox

I used to subscribe to emails from tons of companies. On any given day I’d get probably fifty emails from restaurants, retailers, and travel providers. That doesn’t count the texts I’d get on my cell phone from retailers, or the … Continue reading

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Simple Sayings To Make Someone’s Day For Free

Everyone has bad days. They’re never fun and when you have them, it doesn’t take much to keep the day going in a downward spiral. But sometimes something surprising happens and something as small as an unexpected compliment or friendly … Continue reading

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Why Staying Home Isn’t Worthless

I’m fortunate to work from home. I also know many men and women who work from home, are stay-at-home parents, or who don’t work outside of the home for a variety of reasons. Maybe they are disabled in some way, … Continue reading

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Money Honesty is the Best Policy

A friend of mine was lamenting her inability to gracefully bow out of events and outings that she can’t really afford. “When my friends invite me out to dinner at a pricey restaurant or out to the movies, I hate … Continue reading

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Prepare for Disaster

This week I’m giving you a quick PSA about the value of making sure your essential information and items are fully protected. My in-laws’ house burned down last weekend. To the ground. The good news is that no one was … Continue reading

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Things You Own that You May Not Really Need

Technological progress has a tendency to make things obsolete over time. People, on the other hand, tend to resist when it comes to giving up their things. I’m as guilty as the next guy; I like my stuff and I … Continue reading

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Extra Income Doesn’t Have to Mean a Second Job

Many people could use some extra income these days. Unfortunately, enthusiasm tends to wane when talk shifts to getting a second job. It’s a hassle to seek out and apply for the jobs, and it’s even more of a pain … Continue reading

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Front Yard Garden: Your Frugality Is Nobody Else’s Business

The big news in my neighborhood this year is that someone has planted a vegetable garden in their front yard. Gasp! More than a few of the neighbors are bent out of shape about it, saying that gardens belong only … Continue reading

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Making the Best Choices in Bad Circumstances

Sometimes bad things happen in life. More often than we would like, they all seem to happen at once. You lose a job, then get hit with big medical bills, and then all of your appliances quit working at once. … Continue reading

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10 Ways To Save Money When Borrowing Money

It’s never a fun situation to be in. You need money to make ends meet and as a result, you’re going to have to borrow some. When a situation like this arises, people usually focus on how to get the … Continue reading

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Uses for Old Sporting Equipment

Chances are, especially if you have kids, that you have at least some old sporting equipment cluttering up your garage or kids’ rooms. As great as new equipment such as goalie sticks for hockey are, you need to do something … Continue reading

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Amish Money: 10 Frugal Lessons from the Amish

Amish people and communities are unique in many ways. To most outsiders, they’re known mostly as soft-spoken people who live a simple life, don’t use electricity and don’t drive cars. They’ve also had just enough bad press to make some … Continue reading

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The Financial Cost of Texting and Driving

I don’t consider myself a soapbox preacher, but the issue of texting and driving is one of those that gets me going. It frustrates me to no end that people think those little messages are so important that they are … Continue reading

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Making a Living in the Creative Professions

Many people are gifted in the areas of art, music, dance, writing, and acting. However, when it comes time to choose a profession, many choose to pursue something other than their creative gift. “You can’t make money as a writer … Continue reading

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10 Phone Apps That Can Help You Make Money

Remember when phones were a convenient way to talk with friends and family from your home? If you’re not that old, maybe you can recall when you used your cell phone just to talk to people from any place you … Continue reading

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12 Ways to Make Group Spending Easier

Nothing brings on financial stress like occasions where several people get together and do something that involves money. It may be buying a group gift for an office mate or family member, going on vacation with extended family or a … Continue reading

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10 Great Financial Gifts for the College Graduate

While money gifts aren’t the best financial gift you can give your kids, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t a good choice at times. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what gift to get for a new college graduate. Do … Continue reading

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Is Financial Advice A Disservice?

In many of my articles, and those of other writers, a common theme can be found. Most financial writers, myself included, tell people that they have to choose what to do with their money. We advocate choosing between life experiences … Continue reading

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Pushed Out of the Workforce. Are You Ready?

We all tend to think that retirement won’t come until we’re in our sixties or even seventies. We think we have plenty of time to save and prepare for that next phase of our lives. But what happens if it … Continue reading

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