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When I was in high school I was a “smart kid.” I got great grades and studied hard. I chose to make school a priority rather than going out partying every night. I got called a nerd, dork, or geek, … Continue reading

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Personal Finance Reading for the Weekend

Weekend reading is a round-up of personal finance and money related stories that caught the eye of our forum members this week: Big Three auto CEOs flew private jets to ask for taxpayer money This is when you know the … Continue reading

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Weekly Personal Finance Reading Round-Up

Weekend reading is a round-up of personal finance and money related stories that caught the eye of our forum members this week: 21% of those making over $100k are living paycheck to paycheck Earn an A? Here’s $50. C? Here’s … Continue reading

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The Latte Effect: When Financial Changes May Be a Little Late

It was recently announced in the news that Starbucks (SBUX) will be closing over 600 stores due to a phenomenon nicknamed “The Latte Effect.” This basically describes the actions people often take when economic times are tough and money is … Continue reading

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God and Money: Prayer Won’t Fix People’s Finances

By M. Ellis, Special Guest Writer The other day a friend invited me to her church because she knows that I’m interested in finance and the minister was beginning a series on God and finance. I almost declined because the … Continue reading

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Why I Disagree with Hiring Others to do Your Work for Less

Last year I read an article in Redbook declaring that mothers should hire people to do some of their household work and errands for them. The article made the popular argument that if you can hire someone to do your … Continue reading

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The Best Voyeuristic Financial Books

A few weeks ago I wrote about books that are valuable for every level of financial knowledge. Almost all of those books were “how-to” books or books about developing and implementing investment strategies. This week I’m going to recommend a … Continue reading

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Books For Every Level of Financial Acumen

I’m a huge fan of reading. I believe that reading, both fiction and non-fiction, is a great way to learn new things and be exposed to more than you typically see in your daily life. If you want to learn … Continue reading

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Every Financial Decision You Make is a Deal or No Deal Question

I’ve personally never seen this game show, but recently I saw a parody of it that was done at my church when they were talking about finances. It was actually very interesting how they laid it out and made the … Continue reading

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Financially Secure People Eat Leftovers

This weekend I was reading “You’re Broke Because You Want to Be: How to Stop Getting By and Start Getting Ahead” by Larry Winget. (A pretty good read, by the way. The advice is nothing groundbreaking, but his straight talk … Continue reading

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Financial Lessons Learned at the Bridal Show

This past weekend I went to the annual bridal expo with a friend who is getting married soon. As my wedding was many years ago, I was astounded to see how far the bridal industry has come. Or maybe I … Continue reading

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What Football Can Teach Us About Finances

The football season is over now, and while that makes my husband very sad, it actually makes me pretty happy since I don’t particularly enjoy football. While I can’t get too interested in watching the game itself, I know there … Continue reading

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Financial Soreness and Why It’s Good For You

Just recently my husband and I have decided to tighten up our spending a little more than we have been doing in the past. We currently have an amount budgeted for extra spending (entertainment, fun things, clothes, etc.) and in … Continue reading

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Money Lessons I’ve Learned on the Road (the hard way)

Somewhere along my most recent three-week vacation, I started to compare it to last year’s three-week road trip. I began to make a list of the little things that make a big difference when it comes to the price, cost, … Continue reading

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Recession? Maybe. Protect Yourself in 2008

The drumbeat of recession talk continues to grow louder in the media and amongst financial analysts. The housing crisis, the credit crunch, high energy prices, the falling dollar, inflation, and slowing consumer spending are all contributing to a troubled economy. … Continue reading

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Snow Is A Beautiful Thief

It falls, taunting you, flake after flake, coating everything you see with white wet and cold crystals. It piles up in the corners, and in its complete blinding whiteness, all you can do is fork over your wallet. It’s a … Continue reading

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Luck Has Nothing to Do With It

It’s very frustrating when people who don’t know us well attribute our decent financial situation to “luck.” As in, “You’re so lucky that you don’t have debt,” or, “You’re so lucky not to have to worry about your bills.” The … Continue reading

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