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  1. Look at Your Clutter, See Your Money

    by , 08-05-2009 at 04:51 PM ([email protected]'s Blog)
    Recently I was trapped in a hotel on a rainy weekend and I got sucked into a marathon of Clean House. (This is why I don’t keep cable at home. If stuff is on, I just fall into it.) I was mesmerized by the amount of stuff that some of these people had. Stuff was piled to the ceilings, bursting out of the garages, and filling every closet. As a neat freak, it was disturbing to say the least.

    But as I watched, what really got my attention was the amount of money that was invested in ...
  2. Cheers Theme Song and Financial Realities

    by , 08-05-2009 at 04:42 PM ([email protected]'s Blog)
    Television has given us a lot of relationships with characters who we can never meet. I remember characters from a lot of TV shows better than I am able to recall certain childhood friends and classmates and I am pretty sure that I still know the TV characters better than I have known a lot of people with whom I once interacted every day. I am sure that you have television memories, too, and that some are shared with almost everyone you know while others are all but forgotten by most of us. ...
  3. 20 Great Places to Find Coins

    by , 07-05-2009 at 03:58 PM ([email protected]'s Blog)
    I like to walk and when I walk, I am always on the lookout for coins. I don’t really consciously do this — it has become a habit over the years. What I do know is that most years I add over $100 to my savings (you would need to keep over $10,000 in your local bank to earn the same amount in interest) simply by keeping my eyes open and knowing where to look.

    Here’s the funny thing about finding coins. If you are doing this to try and make extra money, it’s not likely to work. While ...
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  4. The Hazards of Personal Loans

    by , 05-17-2009 at 02:23 PM ([email protected]'s Blog)
    When most people think of the word debt, they immediately think of credit cards, auto loans, student loans and mortgages. Those seem to be the most common debts in our society today. But there is another kind of debt that doesn’t get as much attention as the previously mentioned, and that is personal loan debt. This occurs when you borrow money from a friend or family member for whatever reason and vow to pay it back to them at a certain time.

    Taking out a personal loan: “Personal ...
  5. What Would Happen If Everyone Were Frugal?

    by , 05-17-2009 at 01:41 PM ([email protected]'s Blog)
    Frugality and thrift are far from the predominant mindsets in our culture, even among the multitudes of people who are taking control of their finances and paying down debt. In times past (the Great Depression comes to mind), "thrift" was seen as a virtue, but not so much anymore. Frugality could, however, become popular again…someday.

    If a great cultural shift (maybe a cultural earthquake) occurred, and the majority of people chose to reject consumerism and live below their ...
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