Category Archives: Relationships

Get to Know Your Neighbors to Save Money

Many of us tend to go about our daily business without stopping to say hi to our neighbors. Even if we do give them a polite nod in acknowledgement, we rarely get to know them. Getting to know your neighbors … Continue reading

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10 Free Ways to Make Someone’s Day

Would you be willing to make someone’s day if it didn’t take a lot of time or cost much money?It’s important to never underestimate how big of an impact a small gesture can make. It really is amazing what an … Continue reading

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Saving Money With Safe Sex

There are many compelling reasons to practice safe sex which are often discussed in sex education classes such as the potential of sexually transmitted diseases and getting pregnant. When discussing safe sex a couple of reasons which are often not … Continue reading

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Planning for Old Age: You Need to Do More Than Save Money

You’d think that all anyone has to do these days to secure an enjoyable and comfortable retirement is save money. The media, financial gurus, and your employer harp on money as the end-all, be-all of retirement. Just get there with … Continue reading

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Simple Sayings To Make Someone’s Day For Free

Everyone has bad days. They’re never fun and when you have them, it doesn’t take much to keep the day going in a downward spiral. But sometimes something surprising happens and something as small as an unexpected compliment or friendly … Continue reading

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Money Honesty is the Best Policy

A friend of mine was lamenting her inability to gracefully bow out of events and outings that she can’t really afford. “When my friends invite me out to dinner at a pricey restaurant or out to the movies, I hate … Continue reading

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Front Yard Garden: Your Frugality Is Nobody Else’s Business

The big news in my neighborhood this year is that someone has planted a vegetable garden in their front yard. Gasp! More than a few of the neighbors are bent out of shape about it, saying that gardens belong only … Continue reading

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12 Ways to Make Group Spending Easier

Nothing brings on financial stress like occasions where several people get together and do something that involves money. It may be buying a group gift for an office mate or family member, going on vacation with extended family or a … Continue reading

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10 Great Financial Gifts for the College Graduate

While money gifts aren’t the best financial gift you can give your kids, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t a good choice at times. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what gift to get for a new college graduate. Do … Continue reading

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10 Ways Being Considerate Can Save Money

It should go without saying that you should treat everyone you interact with during the day with respect and consideration even if there weren’t any benefit to doing so. It’s simply the nice (and right) thing to do. The fact … Continue reading

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10 Money Lessons From Benjamin Franklin

Long before the financial gurus with their TV shows and persona finance books to sell were around, Benjamin Franklin was giving down-to-earth, sound money advice to anyone who would listen. The advice was so sound that it’s still relevant and … Continue reading

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Ten Ways We Psychologically Hurt Our Relationship With Money

By Dr. Charles Richards Why is it that just when everything seems to be going well financially and you feel like you’re getting ahead, something seems to crop up that alters your plans? In my practice as a psychotherapist, I’ve … Continue reading

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10 Ways To Save Money On Childcare

Whether you’re a single parent or one of two that work to make ends meet, child care can take a big bite out of your paycheck. Study results vary widely, but in the US, it’s not unusual for wage earners … Continue reading

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When An Over-Spender Ruins Someone You Love

In the interest of protecting the innocent (and the guilty) in this piece, I’m calling the couple in this story Jake and Joan. They are people I know in real life, but I’m not going to say whether they’re friends, … Continue reading

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Saving Money On Children’s Birthday Parties

Nothing is quite as exciting to a child as a birthday party. We may lose the desire to celebrate as we get older, but to a child, a birthday is a magical thing. As parents, we want to make those … Continue reading

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Talking About Money? Please Don’t.

Growing up, I was always told not to talk about religion, politics, or money. These three topics of conversation inevitably lead to hurt feelings, jealousy and/or a defensive stance that’s nearly impossible to overcome. My parents always told me that … Continue reading

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Beware of the Company You Keep

You may have seen the recent studies that indicate that people who are friends with overweight people tend to be overweight themselves. This is often because you do what your friends do. If your friends eat a lot of fast … Continue reading

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You Only Live Once, So Don’t Blow It

A woman that I know casually from church recently lost her husband. He died after a long illness at the young age of forty-two. Any way you look at it, it’s a tragedy. However, there is one bright spot. The … Continue reading

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20 Ways NOT to Teach Your Kids about Money

There’s a lot of talk about how parents can prepare their kids for financial independence, but it’s just as important to point out ways that parents can unknowingly hurt their children’s financial success. If you haven’t started teaching your kids … Continue reading

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Money Lessons Learned from Pretty Woman

The movie, “Pretty Woman” came out when I was in college and it remains one of my favorites to this day. On the surface, the movie is about a prostitute (Vivian, played by Julia Roberts)) who finds the man of … Continue reading

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