Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Things to Know Before You Start a WordPress Blog

If you’ve ever considered starting a blog, you have probably been advised by friends and fellow bloggers to use WordPress to start your blog. That’s with good reason. WordPress blogs are flexible, customizable, and easy to use – all great … Continue reading

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10 Simple Tools for Increased Productivity

1. is a web tool that tracks what websites you visit during the day and measures how long you spend on them. Are you one of those people who spend all day refreshing your email or social media … Continue reading

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Skip the Finance Fads

It’s the time of year when many people resolve to get their finances in order. As with dieting, this is also the time of year when all the fads compete for your attention. You start to see ads for everything … Continue reading

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10 Best Places To Find Money When Walking

I wrote last year that I like to look for money when I walk around. I find a minimum of $50 a year and would estimate that I clear over $100 most years (in helps living in Japan where they … Continue reading

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Photos From The God Of Wealth Shrine

As I mentioned in the previous post, this was the first time that I really have had a chance to see the shrine since our other visits were always when the shrine was packed with people. here are a few … Continue reading

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My Quote For 2007

At the end of each year I pick a quote that I would like to embody the coming year. This is the one I have chosen for this year: Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all – … Continue reading

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Tooth Fairy

One of the special moments that occurs when children are growing up is the loss of their first teeth. To celebrate this special occasion, parents often leave a small amount of money under the child’s pillow in exchange for the … Continue reading

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Why Coins Smell

Have you ever wondered why coins have a musty, metallic odor after they have been in your hands awhile? You may have assumed that it was the coins being dirty, but in reality it isn’t the coins at all – … Continue reading

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How Much Should You Tip?

Let me begin here by saying that I hate tipping. Having lived 10 years in Japan where there is absolutely no tipping for anything, every time I come back to the US I cringe at the thought of having to … Continue reading

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50 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me

I started making this list a while back when others were making them and never got around to finishing it. Nate was doing some work on the blog and saw it saved and said that I should finish it. I … Continue reading

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Britney Spears Files Divorce To Save Money

While this is usually not the place where you would come for information on stars the likes of Britney Spears (but hey, it’s not often a personal finance blogger like me finds an excuse to legitimately place a photo of … Continue reading

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Brilliant Advertising –

I saw a brilliant marketing move as I walked through the San Jose airport today on my way back from Seattle. In the middle of the San Jose airport is a bar/cafe. This is nothing unusual except for the name … Continue reading

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As you may have noticed, Nate and I decided to make some changes to the blog this weekend. These were long over due and we think that it looks a lot better (we’ve always known we needed the change from … Continue reading

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How The Rich Stay Rich

An interesting piece over at Mother Jones from last May listing a number of statistics about money that make you pause and think. It’s certainly worth a visit to read them all (over forty), but here are a few that … Continue reading

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$2 Million In Hidden Jewels – Secrets Of The Alchemist Dar

Michael Stadther is at it again. In 2004 he released a book titled A Treasure’s Trove that had clues hidden within the pages and anyone who could decipher them would find 12 18-karat in gold tokens hidden throughout the continental … Continue reading

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Penny Worth More Than 1 Cent

It was a few months ago when copper prices rose to the point that the pre-1982 pennies that were made out of 95% copper had a copper content value of more than 1 cent. This week zinc prices reached $1.80 … Continue reading

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What Personal Finance Blogs Are Worth

I was fooling around with the new Text Link Ads Calculator (we do not use Text Link Ads on this blog, but do use them on some of our other sites) and realized that this gives a peak into the … Continue reading

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Plane Over Bill Gates Home

I was fooling around looking at photos at local live when I came across this quite interesting photo which actually caught a small plane flying over Bill Gate’s house (click on the photo to enlarge): 1. Points to Bill Gates … Continue reading

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Why People Refuse Free Money

For those that have an interest in why we make the financial decisions that we do, an interesting article on neuro-economics was recently published in the TimesOnline that is definitely worth a read: Imagine that you are sitting next to … Continue reading

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Easiest Way To Fold A T-Shirt

For those looking for the easiest way to fold a t-shirt perfectly every time, here it is. If I can do this, absolutely anyone can. My wife taught me this (she’s from Japan) when she got tired of my folded … Continue reading

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