Monthly Archives: August 2013

Alternative Ways to Get Your Kicks: Fun Money Friday

We all have things that we enjoy doing. Maybe you love to read, buy shoes or handbags, visit amusement parks, ski, travel, scuba dive, or any of a thousand other things. Chances are that most of your fun activities cost … Continue reading

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51 Reasons I Won’t Lend Money to Friends and Family

“Should I lend money to a friend?” is a question that comes up on this site from time to time. A lot of people say it’s a bad idea in almost all cases, while others say they will lend without … Continue reading

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10 Reasons I’ve Purposely Chosen Not to Be Rich

Most people I know want to be rich. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this goal, and I can certainly see why many people would want to attain it. I think that’s why people find it a little shocking when … Continue reading

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The $500 Mistake

We all have different personalities and things that we find fun. For many years, I’ve known that I am not the sort of person who enjoys going out to crowded places and doing the “typical” Friday and Saturday night activities … Continue reading

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15 Tough Love Money Quotes

When it comes to money, our finances and the lessons that we need to learn, those lessons aren’t always easy to hear. In fact, a lot of the time, they are quite difficult to accept. Just because they may not … Continue reading

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Trends That Are Influencing Your Financial Future

By Carla Blair-Gamblian Every decision we make in life has both short term and long term rewards and consequences. Many Americans still have the desire to achieve the “American Dream” but reality often times ends up getting in the way, … Continue reading

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10 Money Lessons Everyone Should Learn from Judge Judy

My guess is that at some point in your life, you’ve watched at least one episode of Judge Judy as you’ve been flipping through the channels during the day. Maybe you’ve seen it playing in your doctor’s office or at … Continue reading

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21 Reasons Dave Ramsey Sucks at Giving Credit Score Advice

There are huge disadvantages of having no credit score. I actually know this better than most. After living over ten years in Japan, I came back to the US naively assuming that the credit history I had built over there … Continue reading

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You Can Afford It. But Should You Spend It?

Once you reach a certain level of financial comfort, you’ll find yourself buying things you might have bypassed in your more financially strapped days. You may find yourself springing for nicer accommodations on vacation, or taking longer vacations. Maybe you … Continue reading

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50 Ways to Entertain Your Kids for Free

By Blake Sanders When you have children, they become a huge part of your life and large amounts of your time and money are spent ensuring their joy. Rightfully so, they are your kids after all. However, one thing that … Continue reading

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52 Week Money Challenge for Kids

At the beginning of the year, the 52 Week Dollar a Week Challenge was making the rounds with a lot of people deciding to give it a try. We took that and adapted it into a 52 week savings challenge … Continue reading

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11 Steve Jobs Money Tips Everyone Should Follow

Steve Jobs is often associated with ingenuity and the man himself has often been called a genius. While most people recognize Steve Jobs for his contribution to the technological field, much of his advice can also be taken into consideration … Continue reading

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9 Ways to Vacation for Free (or Nearly So)

Many people think that vacations, particularly to far flung destinations, are out of their financial reach. But this isn’t always the case. While travel can be expensive, there are ways to travel for free or at deeply discounted rates. These … Continue reading

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25 Fun and Interesting Things You Can Do with a Dollar Bill

“What can I do with a dollar?” Many people don’t think a dollar is worth all that much these days, but that doesn’t mean that it’s worthless. In fact, there are a lot of things that you can do with … Continue reading

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10 Bill Gates Money Tips Everyone Should Follow

Bill Gates is one of the wealthiest people in the world and while he doesn’t often speak about money, stocks, or investments, he’s given some pretty great advice over the years. Much of his advice applies to business ventures, personal … Continue reading

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Death by Debt: 25 Ways You’re Killing Your Credit

By Jason Bushey Few sectors of personal finance are as misunderstood as credit. We’ve all been passed on some semblance of how credit score works by our parents, but often those before us are as confused about their scores as … Continue reading

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Let Your Kids Suffer. They’ll Be Better Off.

When I left home to go to college (many years ago), my parents made it very clear that I was on my own. While they would help with expenses as long as I was in school, those expenses were going … Continue reading

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McDonald’s Monopoly Scams and Scandals

As with anything that is popular and deals with money and prizes, the people looking to perpetuate fraud come out of the woodwork to take advantage of people’s greed and lack of knowledge. If you are playing the McDonald’s Monopoly … Continue reading

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Challenge Yourself: Fun Money Friday

Saving money (and spending it wisely) can get boring. It’s hard to deny yourself all of your wants and to consistently focus on “good” financial behavior. You can spice things up, though, by challenging yourself to improve in any area … Continue reading

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Bank Failures: 25 Things Everyone with a Bank Account Needs to Know

By Patrick Russo A bank failure regularly occurs when a bank’s assets become less valuable than its liabilities. The value of an institution’s assets can diminish for a number of reasons, including an increase of noncurrent loans, a decrease in … Continue reading

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