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The Breaking Bad Guide to Personal Finance
Wed, 06/27/12 | 2 Comments
The Breaking Bad Guide to Personal Finance

I just sped through the first 4 seasons of AMC’s Breaking Bad by borrowing the dvd’s from a friend.
If you can make it beyond episode 2 of season 1, you’re in for a stress-filled, guilt-ridden, …

Frugal Origins: Why do you Practice Frugality?
Mon, 06/25/12 | 17 Comments
Frugal Origins: Why do you Practice Frugality?

Are you Frugal?
As Peter Griffin’s ancestor, the great philosopher Thomas Griffin, once posed, “Whyyy??”.
Where did the concept of “frugality” come from? And what compels human beings to adopt a frugal lifestyle?
Is modern day frugality rooted …

Down Payments: How Much Should you Put Towards them?
Fri, 06/22/12 | 57 Comments
Down Payments: How Much Should you Put Towards them?

A down payment on a home mortgage is serious business.
The term “mortgage” originated in France with the meaning of “death pledge”, after all. Quite literally, for many people, once they take one on, they’ll carry …

When Personal Finance Overlooks Ideology, You Lose
Tue, 06/19/12 | 10 Comments
When Personal Finance Overlooks Ideology, You Lose

The more I have written about personal finance, read about it, and discussed it with others, the more I have come to the conclusion that all personal finance advice can be distilled down to two …

Drop Driver Points & Get Insurance Discounts by Taking a Defensive Driver Class
Mon, 06/18/12 | One Comment
Drop Driver Points & Get Insurance Discounts by Taking a Defensive Driver Class

Article note: My wife recently highlighted her car accident story. This is a follow-up that we worked on together on getting driver points dropped (and/or insurance discounts) through a defensive driving class.
The only thing worse …

What is the US Poverty Line & Could YOU Live Below it?
Wed, 06/13/12 | 53 Comments
What is the US Poverty Line & Could YOU Live Below it?

I keep a close watch on all of my expenses and take a bit of pride in how low I’ve been able to drive them.
Our (wife and I) average expenses over the last few months …


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