Author Archives: Jeffrey Strain

Can a Daily Cup of Coffee be a Money Saver? 52 Week Save Money Challenge Week Six

I was thinking about whether it would be less expensive for me to go out and buy a cup of coffee each day at the local coffee shop and work there, rather than stay home and work. Knowing myself well, … Continue reading

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No McDonald’s Olympic Contest with the Sochi Winter Games

For those who were hoping to earn some extra cash from a McDonald’s Sochi Winter Olympics contest this year, you’ll be disappointed to find out that there doesn’t appear that there will be one. There have been no announcements of … Continue reading

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CVS Corporation Will Forego $2 Billion and Quit Selling Cigarettes: The True Cost of Smoking

CVS Caremark Corporation has made the decision to quit selling cigarettes and other tobacco related products beginning October 1, 2014. This will cost the company an estimated $1.5 billion in lost cigarette sales, and another $500 million in lost sales … Continue reading

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Watch the Sochi Winter Olympics and Play the Medal Money Challenge

While it might not seem so at first glance, being an Olympic athlete has some similarities to saving money. Both don’t just happen. In order to be an Olympic athlete, you need to dedicate hours of training over a long … Continue reading

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52 Week Save Money Challenge Week Five

It was a tough week when it came to the saving challenge. I had high hopes that with the first month’s bills coming in, I would have good numbers which would net me savings with my water, gas and electric … Continue reading

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Hate Football? Great Alternate Super Bowl Sunday Activities

The vast majority of people are going to be glued to their TV Sunday watching the game hoping that their team will win while playing football squares (or some other Super Bowl themed game). With so many people focused on … Continue reading

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Printable Prediction Game to Make Watching the Super Bowl More Fun

While most people bet on who is going to win and lose the Super Bowl, that’s only one of hundreds of bets that can be made. It’s possible to bet on virtually anything that is related to the Super Bowl … Continue reading

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February 28 Day Declutter Challenge

If spending 52 weeks decluttering your house seems like much too long of a period, you might want to try to fast-track the clean-up process. You can do this by taking the February 28 declutter challenge. Focusing on getting your … Continue reading

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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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