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Dear Bank: It’s Not Me, It’s You

Dear Bank: It’s Not Me, It’s You

The most satisfying breakup you’ll ever have is with the bank. The day you walk into the bank and make your last mortgage payment EVER. In my mind, I had rehearsed the breakup hundreds of times. I envisioned there would be shock, which would quickly […]

How I Tweeted My Way to a Free Airline Ticket

How I Tweeted My Way to a Free Airline Ticket

Twitter is an incredible tool. Those 280 characters pack an amazing punch. Use it foolishly and you can lose millions of dollars and take a lot of innocent people down with you. Think Roseanne Barr. Use it wisely and you may get elected President of […]

My Frugality Nearly Killed the Dog

My Frugality Nearly Killed the Dog

Spoiler Alert: If you are a pet lover, you may want to stop here. Just proceed to the last paragraph, which I promise has a happy ending. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Generally, I consider myself to be a frugal person. […]

I Tracked the Trending Topics for 5 Months and Realized Americans Are Obsessed with 2 Things: Money and Retirement

I Tracked the Trending Topics for 5 Months and Realized Americans Are Obsessed with 2 Things: Money and Retirement

Every time I turn on my laptop, I’m greeted with the Trending Topics. I usually pay little attention to the list. But several months ago, I noticed a trend. Maybe that’s why they call it Trending Topics. Duh! This trend? Americans search about money and […]

Stop Trying, Start Training for Financial Independence

Stop Trying, Start Training for Financial Independence

As I write this post, the world’s greatest athletes are gathered in PyeongChang, South Korea for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games. These athletes haven’t been trying to get to the world’s stage. They have been training for years to get there. Years of sacrifice, dedication, […]

How Watching The View Saved Us Over $15,000

How Watching The View Saved Us Over $15,000

It’s true. That morning chatfest where 5 (somewhat opinionated) ladies discuss Hot Topics saved us over $15,000! It was the most productive hour I’ve ever spent watching TV. And certainly the most lucrative. In the fall of 2010, self-proclaimed “America’s Money Answers Man,” Jordan Goodman, […]

Gifts for the Person who has Everything

Gifts for the Person who has Everything

There’s always someone on the gift list who is especially hard to buy for. It seems they already have everything. Every new contraption, thingamabob, and doohickey imaginable. Just when you think you’ve found the perfect gift, it turns out they already have 3 of them. […]

Do I Need a Financial Planner?

Do I Need a Financial Planner?

I’m more of a do-it-yourselfer when it comes to personal finance. After years of reading every financial book I can find, making some money, losing some money, tracking our expenses, rebalancing our portfolio and talking to so-called financial experts, I came to the conclusion that […]

Understanding Different Types of Income

Understanding Different Types of Income

Several years ago, Warren Buffet famously declared that he pays a lower percentage tax rate than his secretary. Many felt this was an injustice. Politicians were quick to jump on the bandwagon and introduce the Buffett Rule, which would ensure individuals making more than $1M […]

7 Ways to Save on Car Insurance When Adding a Teen to Your Policy

7 Ways to Save on Car Insurance When Adding a Teen to Your Policy

After my last post, Got Teen Boys? It’s Gonna Cost You, I heard from many readers who also felt the pain of teen drivers. We shelled out nearly $7500 during the first year when our 2 teen boys started driving. But rather than wallow in […]



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