Author Archives: Dana O. Crandell

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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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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10 Holiday Celebration Spending Mistakes

No matter how well we budget for the coming year, holidays always seem to sneak up on us. Think about how many special occasions require extra spending in just one year: birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving, the winter holidays including New … 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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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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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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10 Ways To Save Money Camping

There’s nothing quite like spending time in the great outdoors and sleeping under the stars. Camping is an enjoyable, healthy activity that the entire family can participate in with a wide variety of choices from private camp sites to National … Continue reading

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Things To Do Now To Save Money This Christmas

Christmas is a time for giving, and it’s easy to get caught up in the spirit. Giving feels so good that it can easily result in overspending and sometimes stretching your credit to the limit. That means you might spend … Continue reading

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10 Clues You Are Trying To Keep Up With The Joneses

It’s far easier to fall into the “keeping up with the Joneses” trap than most people believe. You look at your friends and all of the cool stuff that they have. You like what you see, so you begin to … Continue reading

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Terrible Investment Advice

Ask around and you’ll find plenty of people willing to give you “sound” investment advice. I’ve never been much of a conformist, so I’m going to offer you, instead, ten pieces of really terrible advice on investing. Why? So you’ll … Continue reading

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10 Financial Reasons You Should Declutter Your House

It’s no secret that removing clutter from your home makes for a more pleasant, healthier environment. Less mess makes for easier living and better entertaining, too. What may not be quite so obvious is the fact that eliminating disorder from … Continue reading

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10 Ways To Save Money On Childcare

Whether you’re a single parent or one of two that work to make ends meet, child care can take a big bite out of your paycheck. Study results vary widely, but in the US, it’s not unusual for wage earners … Continue reading

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Saving Money On Children’s Birthday Parties

Nothing is quite as exciting to a child as a birthday party. We may lose the desire to celebrate as we get older, but to a child, a birthday is a magical thing. As parents, we want to make those … Continue reading

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15 Ways to Invest in Gold

In the high-risk business of investing and trading, it’s well known that gold is a solid investment in many ways. As the most sought-after of the precious metals, it’s a good hedge investment against economic disasters. Gold value is always … Continue reading

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Why It’s Important to Know How to Manage Your Money

In today’s electronically-oriented society, a surprising number of people never learn to create a budget, balance a checkbook or handle other everyday tasks to keep track of finances. Many of us are simply too busy with our fast-paced lives and … Continue reading

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10 Important Personal Finance Lessons Every Person Should Know

Managing your money is hard and the current times make it more so. The fact is, though, it’s never been more important to get a handle on your personal finances than in today’s economy. Regardless of whether you’re a wage … 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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