Category Archives: Relationships

Prepare for Financial Independence

The daughter of a friend of mine is getting married in a few weeks. While the guy seems very nice, I’m worried about the match. The daughter isn’t, in any way, prepared for financial independence. She just finished college and … Continue reading

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Emulate Someone Who Earns Less Than You: Strange Ways to Save Money

No matter how little money you earn, there is almost always someone, somewhere (likely in your own area), who is managing to live well on less than what you make. Now, by living “well” I don’t necessarily mean having a … Continue reading

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A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing

Back in the days before the Internet, it was rare to know what someone paid for a home, what their income was, what they paid in taxes, or how much they spent on their Christmas shopping. Finances were generally a … Continue reading

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10 Things Women Need To Know About Divorce In The Current Economy

With the nation’s still-struggling economy continuing to make headlines women need to know some facts about divorce. High unemployment rates, bank closures, skyrocketing foreclosures and other grim financial news are commonplace. It’s enough to make us all run screaming for … Continue reading

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Think Positive, Talk Positive

When it comes to financial problems, a lot of people tell you to, “Think positive.” Heck, if you read and believe, “The Secret,” all you have to do to be rich is to think positively. There’s some validity in this … Continue reading

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What to Do If You’re Invited to a Sales Party and You Don’t Want to Buy

Several ladies in my neighborhood have recently gotten involved with direct selling organizations like Pampered Chef, Tupperware, and Usborne Books. As a result, my mailbox overflows with invitations to all of their “parties.” While I’m happy that they’ve found something … Continue reading

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The Secret to a Long, Happy Marriage: Live Below Your Means

In amongst the usual depressing crime and war stories, our local paper recently carried an article about a couple who has been married for seventy years. That’s such a rare feat that the U.S. Census doesn’t even track the number … Continue reading

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Financial Misery Loves Company

When you and all of your friends or family are deeply in debt, you can all be miserable together. You can gripe about your finances, complain about how there’s never enough money for everything, and then go shopping anyway. You … Continue reading

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A Cautionary Tale About Legalities, Saving For The Future, and Insurance

A friend of mine told me a sad story yesterday. Her parents are going to have to move in with her sister who lives in a different state. I assumed that the reason was because the parents had become frail … Continue reading

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What To Do With Inheritances

Death is a fact of life, but I swear I’ve never seen it celebrated so much as when there is a lot of money on the line. Some relatives get downright ghoulish waiting for the wealthy one to pass. They … Continue reading

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Knowing Yourself is the Key to Financial Success

One of the best things you can do if you want to achieve financial success is to know yourself and be honest with yourself. Many people don’t know what they want, what their tendencies are, and how their behavior affects … Continue reading

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Share a Wardrobe: Strange Ways to Save Money

Clothing is expensive. When you’re buying clothes for two adults and a couple of kids, it becomes even more so. Enter the idea of sharing a wardrobe. Or at least parts of a wardrobe. While things like underwear should never … Continue reading

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New Uses for Family Mementos

Over the years I’ve inherited quite a bit of stuff from my relatives. Dishes, jewelry, books, scrapbooks, pictures, clothing, keepsakes, letters, souvenirs from far away places, and even a trunk have all come my way as relatives have passed away … Continue reading

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Get Paid to Date: Strange Ways to Make Money

If you’ve ever wished that you could get paid to go out on a date, maybe you should sign up at What’s Your Price. This site matches “generous” users with “attractive” people (these are the site’s words, not mine). Generous … Continue reading

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Inexpensive Ways to Deal With the End of a Relationship

It happens to all of us. A valued relationship ends. It may be a friendship, a marriage, or a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship. Maybe the relationship ends through death, or divorce, or a messy break-up. Maybe it ends more gradually and one … Continue reading

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What Changes Your Life?

When it’s time to make financial decisions such as contributing to your retirement, paying down debt, saving for college, buying a home, and building an emergency fund, you need to ask yourself a question. “Will this change my life for … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Board Games

I am a board game nut. I get excited when Christmas rolls around and all the new games show up in the stores. I also love the classics. So why, in a world of electronic entertainment, do I love board … Continue reading

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Don’t Just Show Up for Life, Participate

I know quite a few people who seem to think that life owes them a good job and income simply for getting out of bed every day. They go to work and do the bare minimum, yet wonder why they … Continue reading

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Know What Makes You Happy to Improve Your Finances

I am a firm believer, from my own experience, that after committing to spend less than you earn, the most important thing that you can do for your finances is to truly understand what is important to you and what … Continue reading

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Befriend Your Neighbors To Save Money

Great neighbors are worth their weight in gold. While all of us are likely to be stuck with a jerk for a neighbor at some time during our lives, the number of decent neighbors will probably far outweigh the jerks. … Continue reading

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