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Which is More Fulfilling: Saving Money or Making Money? (reader poll)
Wed, 05/9/12 | 12 Comments
Which is More Fulfilling: Saving Money or Making Money? (reader poll)

“A penny saved is a penny earned” is not my favorite cliche, but it does contain the two fundamental personal finance components within its seven words:
1. saving money
2. making money
At its simplest level, optimizing each …

The Funny thing About Convenience…
Tue, 05/8/12 | 14 Comments
The Funny thing About Convenience…

With almost every single purchase we answer a question (consciously or subliminally):
“What is the most convenient option?”
It has become second nature.
If our purchasing power doesn’t afford us the luxury of modern conveniences, then what good …

Stop Complaining & Start Acting on High Gas Prices
Thu, 04/12/12 | 31 Comments
Stop Complaining & Start Acting on High Gas Prices

$4 per gallon gas is back!
And there’s a certain sentiment of discontent in the air. When verbalized, it often is along these lines:
“I can’t believe I have to f’ing pay $4 per gallon for gas. …

How Much does your Home Insurance Premium Cost? Plus: Tips on how to Lower it
Tue, 04/10/12 | 7 Comments
How Much does your Home Insurance Premium Cost? Plus: Tips on how to Lower it

Recently I laid out a story that hit close to home on why you need home insurance, despite it seeming like a waste due to the limited nature of catastrophic events.
A few readers voluntarily followed …

$4 Per Gallon Gas: From Apocalypse to Necessary Evil Tax in 4 Short Years?
Mon, 04/9/12 | 11 Comments
$4 Per Gallon Gas: From Apocalypse to Necessary Evil Tax in 4 Short Years?

Remember pre-Great Recession, circa 2008, when gas prices shot up from under $2 per gallon to over $4?
People were scared and PISSED! Used Prius’s were selling for over the MSRP of new ones (because you …

A Humbling Reminder of why you Need Home Insurance
Wed, 03/28/12 | 10 Comments
A Humbling Reminder of why you Need Home Insurance

Just another sunny, 75-degree early evening in March in Michigan… OK, that’s not so normal…
Clouds started to roll in quickly. The skies started to turn grey. Then thunder. Lots of thunder. Weird thunder. Non-stop rumbles …


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