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Holiday Tipping Rules ($10 Question)

With the holiday season almost upon us (or already in full swing if you accept what retailers are telling us), what are your holiday tipping rules? I had a quite lively debate about this with a group of friends who … Continue reading

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You’re Ugly, Poorly Dressed & Uncool — Basically, a Loser

I, like every other teenager in America, learned about subliminal messages in high school. Determined not to be influenced against my will, every time I entered a dark movie theater I would steel myself against advertisers’ sly tactics. I was … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Multiple Banking Accounts

I have always spread my money around in multiple accounts. I use multiple checking, savings, and investment accounts, all marked for different purposes. Some are at the same institution, but I also use several different banks, depending on my needs. … Continue reading

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Weekend Reading: Travel Deals – Making Ends Meet – Street Kids Open Bank – Apple Doesn’t Like Cash

The Best Travel Deals Don’t End in .Com: “Some of the best travel deals on the Web these days don’t end in .com but can be found on a travel company’s foreign offshoot, which usually ends with the country’s domain … Continue reading

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How to Get out of Paying Your Bills – Forever

I never pay any of our bills. Neither does my husband. But they get paid. Every month and on time. Now I’m not advocating ignoring your bills and racking up a ton of debt. That would be stupid and begging … Continue reading

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Will You Need A License To Sell On eBay?

Last week, eBay sent me a message urging me to contact my state representatives in support of a bill that would exempt eBay sellers in Pennsylvania from having to get auctioneer licenses. “You may have heard the Pennsylvania State Board … Continue reading

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Weekend Reading – Radiohead, Living Within Your Means, Lucky vs Unlucky

I didn’t pay anything for Radiohead’s download: “I didn’t pay anything to download Radiohead’s In Rainbows last Wednesday. When the checkout page on the band’s Web site allowed me to type in whatever price I wanted, I put 0.00, the … Continue reading

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Top 10 Ways to Waste Your Money on e-Bay This Week

While I can’t guarantee that these are the absolute top 10 ways you can waste money on e-Bay this week, they certainly deserve some attention and possibly some laughs… 10. A rubber band: No joke. You can get a regular … Continue reading

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Money Confession – Distorted

There are a lot of hidden money secrets that we keep to ourselves. I have been asking people to share theirs with me. This is confession number 67 in the series: “I’ve had a distorted view of money all my … Continue reading

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Money Confession – Vending Machine

I have been collecting the money confessions of people that attend my talks and share the more interesting confessions here. This is confession number 66 in the series: “I still look for money in vending machine coin return slots. I … Continue reading

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Money Confession – Rich

This is an ongoing photo essay of money confessions that I have collected from people that attended my talks. I share some of the more interesting ones here. This is confession number 65 in the series: “It really pisses me … Continue reading

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Money Confession – Taxes & Pennies

As part of an ongoing project, I have been collecting people’s money confessions. Some of the more interesting ones I share here. This is confession number 64 in the series: “I wish I had the guts to pay my taxes … Continue reading

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How Much Money Should I Keep at Home? (Your Advice)

As the US becomes more and more a cashless society, is it really necessary to have cash at all? In many instances, there may be no reason, but one time that cash is king is when there is an emergency … Continue reading

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Money Confession – Life Choices

We all have money secrets that we keep to ourselves. I’ve asked people to anonymously give their money confessions to me after the speeches I give for the past few months. This is confession number 63 in the series: “I … Continue reading

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Money Confession – Borrowing Money

Almost everyone has some type of money secret that they keep. I have been collecting these secrets for the last few months asking people to anonymously give theirs to me after the speeches I give. This is confession number 62 … Continue reading

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The Great Crayon Reform: How To Revitalize Used Crayons

The older the artist, the smaller the crayons become. Many kids don’t have a problem with broken crayons. Many kids ignore them. Many kids get gifted several boxes of crayons in a year, or build up a collection over time. … Continue reading

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Money Confession – Generosity

I collect money confessions from people who give them anonymously to me after the talks I give and share some of the more interesting ones here. This is confession number 61 in the series: “When I didn’t have money, I … Continue reading

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When Lightning Strikes – How To Remember Your Great Ideas

Great ideas can come at any time. More often than not, we are usually preoccupied when the lightning strikes, and we tell ourselves we will write it down later only to forget what it was that was so amazing. No … Continue reading

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Money Confession – Cigarettes

People keep money secrets and I have been collecting some of these secrets from people who attend my presentations. This is confession number 60 in the series: “I have spent over $25,000 on cigarettes in my lifetime and I don’t … Continue reading

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Money Confession – Car

There are money secrets that we all carry around with us. I have been collecting money confessions from people who come and see me talk over the last few months. This is confession number 59 in the series: “I have … Continue reading

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