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  1. Have the Courage to have the Christmas You Can Afford

    by , 08-10-2009 at 08:24 PM ([email protected]'s Blog)
    I was talking with a group of friends about the upcoming holidays and one said, Im so afraid of Christmas. I dont know how were going to afford it and I just know were going to end up in financial trouble because of it. It terrifies me, but theres nothing I can do about it! The others in the group all chimed in with their own fears and worries, as well.

    I sat there listening to the various tales of fear and despair wondering what, exactly, the problem was. It seems simple to ...
  2. Personal Finance Lessons Learned from Yard Sales

    by , 05-17-2009 at 02:50 PM ([email protected]'s Blog)
    Its that time of year again. Some of us know it as spring; others call it the start of yard sale season. Yard sales (also known as garage sales, tag sales, rummage sales, and stoop sales) attract an interesting and diverse subculture of bargain hunters, environmentalists, and treasure hunters; they are an interesting form of community commerce. Both buyers and sellers at yard sales are likely to have learned some broadly applicable lessons in personal finance. I know I have!

    As a ...
  3. Personal Finance Gets Easier

    by , 04-06-2009 at 04:34 PM ([email protected]'s Blog)
    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 been doing all along. Im proud of her. But she came to me the other day, flopped in the chair across from mine and said, I dont know how you do it.

    Do what? I asked.

    Keep your finances in such great shape all the time. Im exhausted. Keeping track ...
  4. Questions to Ask Before the Wedding

    by , 12-28-2008 at 07:21 PM ([email protected]'s Blog)
    Are You Financially Compatible?

    Many couples tying the knot this have spent years getting to know each other and months planning the wedding, but only hours (or minutes) discussing their financial compatibility. With many divorces happening because of disputes over money, its wise for dating and engaged couples to question whether their views on money are similar enough to make the marriage of their accounts strong enough to support the marriage of their hearts, souls, and minds. ...
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