Author Archives: Jeffrey Strain

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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The 52 Week Declutter Challenge

You have too much junk. I feel pretty confident making that statement because I have far less stuff than most people, and I have way too much junk. This became apparent as I was going through stuff as part of … Continue reading

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The 52 Week Mega Money Challenge

For those of you who want to really want to tackle a challenge this year, forget the 52 week money challenge and opt for the 52 week mega money challenge. The mega challenge is based on the standard challenge, but … Continue reading

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52 Week Make Money Challenge: Week One Results

The first week of me doing the 52 week make money challenge wasn’t at all what I anticipated. I thought it would be rather routine with me selling some stuff I wanted to get rid of, but that changed with … Continue reading

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Week 1 Results for the 52 Week Save Money Challenge

The first week of my attempt for the 2014 52 week save money challenge this year had a slow start, but the good news is that it did begin. I decided to do this challenge from scratch, so I won’t … Continue reading

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The Twice a Month Chart for the 52 Week Money Challenge

It appears that there are a lot of people who get paid twice a month rather than every two weeks. That means that the 26 bi-weekly challenge chart is close, but not quite right for them since what they actually … Continue reading

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A Monthly Chart for the 52 Week Money Challenge

I’ve had a few people request a monthly chart that uses the 52 week money challenge numbers. I’ve been hesitant to make this one because my initial thought was that it was so far removed from the 52 week money … Continue reading

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The 26 Bi-Weekly Money Challenge

I received several requests from readers asking if there was a better way to do the 52 week money challenge when they are paid on a bi-weekly basis. They mentioned that it tends to be easier to save the money … Continue reading

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