Author Archives: Jeffrey Strain

How to Better Your Odds at Winning a Super Bowl Squares Pool

Update: Check out another fun, free printable game to play on Super Bowl Sunday: Super Bowl Predictions The big game is just around the corner. It won’t be long before you’re sitting in front of your TV watching the Seattle … Continue reading

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Denver Broncos Seattle Seahawks 2014 Printable Football Squares Chart: How to Play

Editors Note: Check out the Super Bowl Predictions game for another fun, free printable game for your group to play on Super Bowl Sunday. I’ve had a few people ask, “How do you play Super Bowl football squares?” after writing … Continue reading

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2014 Super Bowl Seattle Seahawks Denver Broncos Football Squares Alternatives for Family

If you work at a company, there’s a good chance that there will be an office pool that you’ll be asked to join for the Super Bowl. The concept is pretty easy. You give $1 and you get to sign … Continue reading

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52 Week Make Money Challenge: Week Four Results

The good news is that week four of this 52 week make money challenge allowed me to knock off the largest amount on the chart. It’s always a good week when the highest number gets crossed off the chart. Much … Continue reading

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52 Week Save Money Challenge: Week Four

This week I was able to cross off the largest amount on the 52 week save money challenge sheet. It’s always a good week when you are able to save the highest number that you’re shooting for, so I’m pleased … Continue reading

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How to Win the Quicken Loans Warren Buffett $1 Billion NCAA Basketball Tournament Contest

There is no reason to wait around for the lottery to eventually reach the first $1 billion prize when you can have a chance to win that much without having to risk any of your own money. Quicken Loans (insured … Continue reading

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The Top 10 Stocks Investments of the US Senate

If you want to make a lot of money in the stock market, the people to take advice from aren’t the finance gurus on TV or the people on Wall Street. The people that you should follow are the elected … Continue reading

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Inspirational Quotes from Martin Luther King Junior That Can Help Your Finances

Known primarily for his speeches and nonviolent guiding principles as a leader of the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr. shouldn’t be seen exclusively as a civil rights leader. In fact, there’s some wonderful information for other areas of … Continue reading

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52 Week Make Money Challenge Week Three Results

Week three of the 2014 make money challenge provided me the opportunity to earn some quick cash. I received an offer to house and pet sit for four days. In the past, I have refused these opportunities because it can … Continue reading

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52 Week Save Money Challenge: Week Three

I had a pretty good 52 week save money challenge this week without having to do much extra work. The savings seemed to just fall into my lap ¬†as I was doing what I would regularly do this week (Wouldn’t … Continue reading

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California Declares Drought Emergency: Easy Ways to Save Water

California, experiencing its third consecutive year of dryer than usual weather, has reached the point of emergency drought conditions. Governor Jerry Brown has declared an emergency because of the continuing dry weather, and he’s asking residents to voluntarily cut their … Continue reading

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The 52 Week Email Purge Challenge

If you’re like me, you have way too many emails that need to be cleared out of your inbox. They seem to sit there and linger week after week, and even though you know you should go through them, it … Continue reading

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The Cost of a Hilariously Wrong Grandmother’s Vanity Plate

While I tend to see vanity license plates as an extra, unneeded expense, there are a lot of people who think they are worth the money. If you happen to be one of those people, make sure that you have … Continue reading

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Is 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh Buying $8 Pants Too Frugal?

Football and playoff games aren’t usually a topic that come up on a personal finance website, but I came across a radio interview where fans and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh’s wife take exception to his current fashion style. In particular, … Continue reading

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The 52 Week Bill Challenge

For those who like the appeal of the 52 week money challenge, but who would also like to expand it, you can adopt versions like the double challenge or mega challenge. These are both fine if you know you’re going … Continue reading

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52 Week Coin Challenge for Kids

Most of the 52 week money challenges are geared toward adults, but these challenges are also a wonderful way to teach kids about saving money. With a little twist, it can also be an excellent (and fun) way for kids … Continue reading

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Neiman Marcus Credit Card Information Stolen: Steps to Take to Protect Yourself

It appears that Target wasn’t the only retailer to suffer a credit card breach during the holiday shopping season. It’s being reported that the upscale retailer Neiman Marcus has had an unknown number of customer credit and debit cards exposed … Continue reading

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52 Week Make Money Challenge Week Two Results

As was the case with week one, week two of the make money challenge ended up being a lot different than I anticipated at the beginning of the week. The goal this week was to sort items to sell and … Continue reading

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52 Week Save Money Challenge: Week Two

Although I wasn’t disappointed with my $5 savings for week one of this 52 week save money challenge, I was hoping to come in with a better number for week two. While I wasn’t able to cross off the highest … Continue reading

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Build Your Own 52 Week Money Challenge Chart

It seems that the more 52 week money challenge charts that I create, the more requests that I get for variations that meet the specific needs of the person who requests it. This makes perfect sense. If you decide to … Continue reading

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