Monthly Archives: August 2012

Passion vs Real Life

It’s true that one of the keys to success in life is often pursuing something you’re passionate about. When you’re passionate about something, you tend to stick with it, to put in the hours required to become proficient or even … Continue reading

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10 Reasons Getting Out Of Debt Is Worth It

When it comes to reducing your debt, there are a lot of good reasons to pay off debt beyond the obvious. The benefits of becoming debt free are numerous and have to potential to improve a number of areas of … Continue reading

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Contentment as a Substitute for Money

Maybe it’s just because I’m getting older, but I find myself becoming more content with my life. It’s not that anything has changed greatly in recent years. I haven’t won millions of dollars, bought a new house or car, or … Continue reading

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10 Financial Reasons to Trash Trawl

I should probably point out right away that the subject of this article isn’t for the faint of heart. I’m sure that the idea of sorting through garbage probably conjures up some awfully nasty visions for some readers. Dumpster diving, … Continue reading

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Visibility Helps Save Money

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a piece about how to best organize a pantry. One of the tips in that article was to make sure that you can see everything that you have so that you always know … Continue reading

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Free Help For Personal Finance Bloggers

Anyone who writes a blog quickly realizes that there is a lot more to do than simply write articles. We have started to build a number of blogger tools to help solve blogging issues I have had in the past, … Continue reading

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You Can’t Wing It

I have a relative who lives his entire life in “day to day” mode. Everything seems to happen to him by accident. His kids were unplanned (big oops since he can’t really afford them) and he has no career path … Continue reading

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Things Worth Paying Someone Else To Do

I’m a cheapskate at heart. I do my own mechanic work, maintain my own computer, do my own home repairs and will do just about anything I can manage on my own, to save money. So, it might seem strange … Continue reading

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Sometimes Life Makes No Sense

When I’m looking on message forums, I see a lot of responses to helpful financial or other advice that go along the lines of, “Well, that’s fine, but I could die tomorrow, or I could do all of these things … Continue reading

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10 Things You Are Paying Far Too Much Money For

Sometimes we pay for things without really thinking about what they cost or alternative ways we could get the same thing, but at a better price. This is often the result of habit and/or convenience, but there are some things … Continue reading

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Organize Your Recipes To Eat At Home More

One of the reasons that people often give for eating out a lot is, “I don’t know what to make.” (That, or “I don’t know how to make it,” which can be overcome with some simple cooking lessons). Yet many … Continue reading

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Rain Barrel: Outdoor Gadgets That Save Money

If you are someone who enjoys gardening or has extensive landscaping in their yard, a great outdoor gadget to consider purchasing is a rain barrel. Rain barrels are containers which capture rainwater (usually from your gutter system coming down from … Continue reading

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Budget Categories Are Not Licenses to Spend

On one of the financial forums I frequent, a woman who was deep in debt posted looking for help. The main problem was that she couldn’t understand how their debt had ballooned because, “We have a budget.” When other posters … Continue reading

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20 Benefits Of Growing Herbs That Save Money

As an avid gardener one of my favorite things to grow is herbs because they have so many uses and from what I’ve found can actually help save money. Yes, herbs like thyme, lavender, citronella, mint and many others are … Continue reading

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Preparing Kids to Be Successful

All parents want their kids to be successful. They want their kids to be independent, self-reliant, functioning adults that can make their own way in the world. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the kids will grow up to be rich, … Continue reading

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10 Ways to Save Money on Back to School Supplies

Getting kids ready for a return to school can be an expensive endeavor, especially if you have a back to school supply budget. This is especially true if you don’t take the time to figure out exactly what you need … Continue reading

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Taking Issue With The Balanced Money Formula

If you’ve read the book, “All Your Worth” by Elizabeth Warren, you’ve probably seen her “Balanced Money Formula.” You may have seen it even if you haven’t read the book because it has become the budget of choice for many … Continue reading

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Woolzies: Laundry Gadgets That Save Money

There are many ways to save money when using both your washing machine and dryer which everybody should be attempting to do when possible. One of my favorite simple tricks to save money that doesn’t cost a cent and takes … Continue reading

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Money Blog Help Group

I know that some of you were probably hoping that the title of this article indicated there was an equivalent of a AA group for money bloggers (it might be something worth starting because I’m sure there would be big … Continue reading

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15 Inexpensive Car Security Tips

Your car is likely one of the most expensive investments you’ll ever make. As such, you want to protect it from theft and vandalism much in the same way you want to protect your house. You also want to make … Continue reading

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