Author Archives: Christina Pifer

Laid Off: Some Things I Learned

The company I worked for up until last Friday had been facing financial challenges for over a year. All of the employees knew that it was only a matter of time before the company resorted to drastic measures. We joked … Continue reading

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Buy This

It’s that time of year again. My kids had only been back to school for less than a week when they brought home the fundraiser brochure. This year my daughter was selling jewelry, boxed candy and “Michigan” themed products. My … Continue reading

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Things You Never Thought To Do at the Library

The library is an awesome, low cost place to hang out. But once you’ve read all the books, taken all the classes and surfed everything on the web, what else is there? Try these suggestions to make the most of … Continue reading

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As Seen On TV

You Clap On! the television and there it is. Yet another ad for a product that you never knew you wanted. You turn up the volume on your Personal Sound Amplifier. Did you hear the announcer correctly? Could it really … Continue reading

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Environmentally Friendly Electricity: Why I Am Opting Out

I received a letter from my electric power company recently encouraging me to sign up for the company’s “Green Generation” program. If I joined the “Green Team”, I could purchase energy generated from wind power and landfill gas for a … Continue reading

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What The Wizard of Oz Taught Me About Finance

The Wizard of Oz was a big deal when I was a kid. It only played on television once a year, and I made sure I didn’t miss it. Of course I didn’t realize it at the time, but this … Continue reading

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Dear Mr. CEO

Dear Mr. CEO of a fiction company that bears no resemblance whatsoever to the author’s current real-life employer: We, your loyal employees, understand money is tight. We know you’re doing everything you can to keep the company running. But morale … Continue reading

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Financial Benefits of Owning a Dog

After years of struggling to justify the cost of dog ownership, I have compiled a list of chores for my dogs to do that save me money and time. Training was simple, since most duties are derived from their natural … Continue reading

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