Category Archives: Relationships

Help Another Family Member Get on Their Feet: Fun Money Friday

One of the most rewarding things I’ve done with money over the years it to give a little to struggling family members to help them out. Sometimes I give to a college kid just starting out; other times I give … Continue reading

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Happiness Comes From Being Yourself: Fun Money Friday

I’m going to try something new here at Saving Advice for the coming weeks, and that is having “Fun Money Fridays.” Most of the time we (that is, all financial bloggers, talking heads, and advisors) focus on the negative and … Continue reading

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10 Life Choices That Will Hurt Your Finances

Sometimes people make life choices that end up negatively affecting them in their future. Life doesn’t always make things easy and when things get difficult, it can be difficult to make a good choice. Unfortunately, we live in a society … Continue reading

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Justification or the Truth?

I went out to lunch with a sometime friend/mostly acquaintance (it’s a complicated relationship) the other day and she spent the better part of the meal checking her cell phone, texting, and LOL’ing to Facebook posts. At one point she … Continue reading

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10 Friends Who Can Hurt Your Finances

Friends. They can certainly be a blessing in anyone’s life. Unfortunately, we sometimes have friends who have negative qualities which can affect our lives and relationships as well. It’s far too easy to ignore the signs and pretend that these … Continue reading

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Let Them Judge You

A couple of years ago, I had a run in with the neighborhood jerk. A group of neighbors was trying to mobilize against a potential new road that would cut through some properties and lower the value of others. Everyone … Continue reading

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We Are All Going to Die

A few years ago, I faced my mortality head on. An unexpected allergic reaction nearly killed me. Up to that point I, like most people, hadn’t spent a lot of time thinking about death. Sure, I’d done the unpleasant task … Continue reading

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What Constitutes a Financial Red Flag in a Relationship?

Many months ago, one of my posts about how financially secure people eat leftovers turned up on another message board that I frequent. That board has nothing to do with finance, but the poster came across my article when she … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day: The Battle Between Frugality and Disappointment

This time of year there are lots of tips about how to save money on Valentine’s Day. Advice abounds about ways to show your love for free and alternative gift ideas such as coupons for kid-free days and taking over … Continue reading

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The Best Gift I Gave This Year

This past Christmas I gave many gifts. None of them were dramatically expensive, but my family really enjoys the gift exchange and I enjoy finding the perfect gifts for each person. The hunt is almost as much fun as the … Continue reading

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$5 Down The Drain: Day 20

Despite my sister insisting that going out for coffee isn’t a real date, I had plans to meet a friend of a friend who was supposedly “perfect” for me at a local coffee shop. I had a few reservations about … Continue reading

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What’s A Real Date? Day 19

Apparently, my thoughts of going to a coffee shop or hiking don’t qualify as a “real date” according to my sister. While I realize this is just another attempt by her to try to get me to spend more money … Continue reading

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Crafting a Healthier Approach to Work

I wrote earlier about just how far we should expect an employer to bend when dealing with work/life balance issues. The point of that piece was that while an employer may be willing to help you balance your work and … Continue reading

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The Importance of Living Well: Day 4

One of the main aspects of this minimum wage challenge is for me to not only live on the salary, but to live well on it. I think that my image of “living well” may not be the same as … Continue reading

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Is Your Frugality Making Other People Crazy?

I don’t like to spend money. There, I’ve admitted it. Even when it’s for something that I know I’ll love and can easily afford, something inside me clenches up and I don’t want to spend. (I blame genetics. My father … Continue reading

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I Have No Money

It’s one of the worst feelings you can ever have. That moment when you see there is still a week left until you get you next paycheck and you have no money, little food and you have no idea how … Continue reading

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Not Every Problem Needs A Store Bought Solution

The retail sector and the media love to sell us “stuff” to solve our every problem. They even try to manufacture “problems” just so they can sell us stuff. (I tend to think the no-touch hand wash system falls into … Continue reading

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Don’t Be A Doormat

I recently wrote a piece about not being embarrassed to walk away from a bad deal. It’s better to deal with the embarrassment than to get stuck with something you hate. Deal making is a tricky business. You don’t want … Continue reading

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Preparing Kids to Be Successful

All parents want their kids to be successful. They want their kids to be independent, self-reliant, functioning adults that can make their own way in the world. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the kids will grow up to be rich, … Continue reading

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10 Things That Don’t Seem To Be About Money, But Really Are

Many people fail to realize that almost all aspects of our lives are intricately weaved together with our finances, but it’s crucially important to understand that even things that don’t initially seem to have anything to do with finances or … Continue reading

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