January 2011

Could You Give Up Five Things Easily?

While in the process of moving, and now as I unpack, I find myself willing to part with more and more stuff. I unpacked my bookcase this weekend and it didn’t have quite as many books as it used to. I unpacked my keepsake box and realized I had no idea why I’d won a plaque for Social Studies in the eighth grade. Seeing as the nameplate had…
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Stupid Homeowner Tricks: When a Cheap DIY Project Requires a Pro

Last week, we developed a leak near the main water line. The water pressure regulator was just replaced two years ago, so we knew it wasn’t that. After testing the water pressure with an $11 water gauge, we determined the leak was probably from a worn out Pressure Relief Valve. I went to Home Depot and bought the $10 replacement part. Then I returned home and discovered that…
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Reconsider Your Subscriptions to Save Money

If you’ve started digging through the newspaper for grocery coupons or cutting back on going out to save a few bucks, I’m certainly not going to tell you to stop. But I am going to tell you about another place where you could easily save money: subscriptions you don’t really need. How many charges automatically go to your credit card and how many do you really want? Now…
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Hate Your Job? Stay Open to New Possibilities

I didn’t hate my job, but after four years, some of it was getting to be a bit dull. Not so much that I actively looked outside the company, but enough that I started considering possibilities within the company. As I discovered, a lot in life is a result of simply staying open to new possibilities. Last week, I got a new job without visiting a single job…
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That Makes Me Stabby: Do We Have an Obligation to Spend?

The other day I was watching CNN. (I need to stop doing that. It tends to make me stabby.) On this particular day, a pundit declared that people who aren’t currently suffering as a result of the economic decline have a moral obligation to spend their money to help save the economy. I must have blacked out at that point, because I don’t remember what was said next. You…
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Price vs. Customer Service

I’ll admit that I sometimes get sucked into that crappy show “Rehab,” if only to wonder why people willingly pay $50-$150 for admission and $20 a drink to hang out at a pool. This week featured one of the waitresses serving a cabana of Brits, whom she assumed wouldn’t tip. She reminded them that they needed to tip her repeatedly, to the point of being obnoxious, and then…
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Stretch One Meal into Two with Leftover Recipes

A lot of people hate leftovers. Who wants warmed over chicken from the night before, served exactly the same way? Blah, boring. But leftovers don’t have to be bad. You can change things up a little bit to stretch one meal into without spending a lot more money. It also saves a lot of time. Leftover Chicken  This is one of my favorites. If you’ve got a leftover…
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Summer Reading: Personal Finance Books and Blogs

In the last few days, I’ve seen several lists of personal finance books floating around the blogosphere. That got me to thinking: which four books and which four blogs would I most recommend to someone new to personal finance? If you haven’t already read them, I highly recommend you add them to your summer reading list or blog reader. Top Four Personal Finance Books You’ll notice that I…
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