October 2011

12 Ways to Save Money on Gas

Gas is officially over $4 at some L.A. gas stations. I’ve also noticed some stations holding the line at $3.99 for regular, while prices continue to shoot up for the two higher grades. My station hasn’t yet reached that point, but I can feel it coming. Since I can’t afford to buy a Prius just yet, here are my twelve tips to help you save money on gas.…
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Should You Buy Life Insurance for Children?

In response to my life insurance post, a reader emailed to ask whether I’d recommend life insurance for children. In general, no. When my husband was a baby, his mom bought a Gerber children’s life insurance plan to cover funeral expenses if he died. He continued to pay for this $10,000 coverage well into his late-twenties, until I pointed out that he’d probably paid more than it was…
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That Makes Me Stabby: These Houses are NOT Half-Off

Yesterday, Good Morning America featured a story explaining how you buy a house for half price. They kept touting it as half-off or 50% off. Except it wasn’t. At one point they did explain that the homes were 50% from their last sold price at the real estate peak. But that doesn’t mean the house is half-off. That means it reached an unreasonable price and is now being…
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How to Invite Financial Windfalls into Your Life

My husband and I have received several thousand dollars in windfalls during the last few months and expect a few more in the coming months. While it may seem like we’re extraordinarily lucky, the truth is we created situations that made them possible, and then did our best to ensure we received them. Here’s what you can do to attract a windfall your way. Research Possible Sources of…
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Five Home Maintenance Tasks to Perform Now

Summer has officially been over for two weeks. In some areas, fall is in full force. In others, winter is getting ready to make itself known. Now is a great time to perform five home maintenance tasks, and save yourself potential trouble this winter. Check Weatherstripping on Windows and Door Frames Check the weatherstripping around windows and door frames for drafts now. Then head to the home repair…
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The Documents You Need: Financial Back-Ups and Tax Forms

We’re in the home stretch for the emergency preparedness documents series. The second to last items you need to prepare your financial backups and tax forms. These are relatively easy to prepare and store. Financial Records Backup You should backup your important financial documents at least once a month. Statements are easy to order if you lose them, but it would take days to rebuild your money management…
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