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Personal Finance Gets Easier

A coworker is currently getting her financial house in order for the first time. She is paying off a heap of debt, setting up insurance policies and wills, and generally doing all the things she knew that she should have … Continue reading

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Is Inconvenience Holding You Back from Saving Money?

It is almost comical the trouble I am running into saving money lately. For instance, I was shopping at a favorite second-hand store when I found a great purse. I was so excited to find something that was the right … Continue reading

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Lifestyle Diseases and Personal Finance

If you watch the news or read many magazines or newspapers, you’ve probably heard about “lifestyle diseases.” These are diseases and ailments that we get because our lifestyle and/or environment are unhealthy. Some examples: Obesity Alcoholism Diseases associated with smoking … Continue reading

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Personal Finance Is Personal — And That Makes It Hard Work

I get tickled when people tell me that they read a certain book or listened to a certain guru and followed the plan to the letter, but still have financial trouble or they can’t meet their goals. They seem stymied … Continue reading

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Baby Steps Count

There are a lot of ways that you can save significant amounts of money by prudently marshalling your resources and spending wisely. Many of our topics suggest ways that savvy consumers can save tremendous amounts of money over time, whether … Continue reading

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Using Discount Programs to Save Money

Earlier today I had to buy a backpack. I had to buy a backpack because my high school aged son managed to break his current backpack. Now, I am not really sure how one breaks a backpack. Indeed, until today, … Continue reading

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Trash the Budget and Get Happy

In 2008 you worried and logged every cent you made. You made out a budget and tried to stick to it. Every month you failed. Something came up and you overspent. It caused a great deal of tension and maybe … Continue reading

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Week in Review Financial Reading

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Weekend Financial Reading Update

Weekend reading is a round-up of personal finance and money related stories that caught the eye of our forum members this week: WSJ Tries Blaming Economic Woes on People Being Frugal Porn industry seeks federal bailout If You Don’t Need … Continue reading

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Weekly Financial Reading Update

Weekend reading is a round-up of personal finance and money related stories that caught the eye of our forum members this week: How we went from $42,000 to $6,500 and lived to tell about it The difference between a recession … Continue reading

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The Financial Benefits of Giving up Alcohol

In my youth, I liked to live life well and, admittedly, to excess. My friends and I ate out often and we did not limit ourselves to salad and sparkling water. We enjoyed fine meals that we could not afford … Continue reading

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Weekend Reading: This Week’s Personal Finance Stories

Weekend reading is a round-up of personal finance and money related stories that caught the eye of our forum members this week: The Obama economic stimulus: Everybody gets to refinance their house at 4.5% Meet the family who live on … Continue reading

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Frugal People Will Suffer Least

I recently finished reading Thomas Friedman’s Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution and How It Can Empower America. It’s a very good book if you’re interested in the environment, but it’s also a good read if … Continue reading

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What Extra Money Can Do For You

Do you know that feeling when you’ve had something hanging over your head for a long time — and then it’s gone? My husband and I have been enjoying that feeling. We just paid off our vehicle loan. What a … Continue reading

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Money 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: Americans’ debt shrinks – 1st time ever Trickledown Downsizing Eight of the market’s sharpest thinkers: The future is … Continue reading

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Money 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: Koobface Virus: Facebook Virus Being Used to Steal Credit Card Numbers Predicting $25 a Barrel Oil Tax-free Capital … Continue reading

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The Money-Wasting Days of Our Lives

In the days when I worked at an office, I would often get up late, rush to work and hit the coffee place on my break. I’d head to the corner shop for a snack in the afternoon, and then … Continue reading

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Holidays With the Financial Half-Wits

By Maggie Ellis, guest writer It’s that time of year again. The time of year when my spouse and I are punished for our thrifty ways. How are we punished you ask? By being forced to spend the holidays with … Continue reading

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The End of the One-Month Spending Crash-Diet

It’s over. We did it. We made it through No Spend Month, where we had only $400 to spend on gas, groceries, and entertainment, with money to spare. We spent $339.54. The last week was both challenging and liberating. We … Continue reading

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Weekend Finance Reading

Weekend reading is a round-up of personal finance and money related stories that caught the eye of our forum members this week: Black Friday 10: Retailers that may not survive until 2009 The Holiday Season Is Already Over For Retailers … Continue reading

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