Tag Archives: Personal Finance

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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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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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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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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The One-Month Spending Crash-Diet: Weeks 2-3

I can see it. The end. It’s almost here. We only have one week left of no-spend month, where we vowed to only spend $400 for all of November on everything we need, including groceries, entertainment, and gas. But it’s … 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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Share The Wealth?

We must understand the word, wealth. The dictionary defines the word, wealth, as the state of having plenty of money or possessions. Ok, what does plenty mean? An adequate or more than adequate amount. Would you say that you are … Continue reading

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What AC/DC can teach us about personal finance

AC/DC released their first album in 8 years on October 20th, 2008 and within a week, Black Ice hit number one on the Billboard Hard Rock chart. They have sold over 200 million albums worldwide. They were ranked number 4 … Continue reading

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The One-Month Spending Crash Diet

Last week, I outlined our plan to make November a spending crash diet. We have only $400 to pay for gas, groceries, entertainment, etc. — everything that isn’t a monthly recurring bill — for the entire month. By day four, … Continue reading

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Personal Finance and Money Weekend Reading

Weekend reading is a round-up of personal finance and money related stories that caught the eye of our forum members this week: People having trouble paying their utility bills In this economy, even sex doesn’t sell Food storage makes a … Continue reading

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