Category Archives: Relationships

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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Preventing On-Line Money “Accidents”

As more kids get on the Internet at younger ages, I’m hearing about more and more on-line money accidents. These “accidents” occur when kids play paid online games or games that let players buy items in the game, when they … Continue reading

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When You Have to Keep Up With the Joneses

We often talk about keeping up with the Joneses. When we accuse someone of keeping up with the Joneses, we usually mean that they are buying cars, clothes, or other tangible items because their friends and neighbors have those items. … Continue reading

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Princess Weddings: How To Start Married Life In Debt

My friend is a complete idiot — which is a much worse insult than it may first appear since it’s being given by a guy who views drinking beer and watching TV as a worthy goal to strive for each … Continue reading

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Getting Past, “I’m Bored”

Kids seem to get more expensive when they are bored. Kids often claim that there is nothing to do at home and that only some new thing or outside stimulation will relieve their boredom. When boredom sets in and the … Continue reading

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The Best Financial Advice Ever Given

My uncle recently passed away. This would not normally be something that I would share with others, but he also gave me the best financial advice I have ever received. This is advice I would like to share with you … Continue reading

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Nobody Cares (Except You)

One of the biggest (and hardest) financial lessons that many people have to learn is simply this: No one cares about your finances, except you. Your mother might have tried to tell you something similar when she refused to buy … Continue reading

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