Is the Stock Market Down?

August 20, 2007

Did I hear someone say something about the stock market doing poorly lately? Okay, I know it’s been taking a beating but honestly I haven’t been paying that much attention. Ignorance is Bliss?I haven’t looked at the value of my investments since June, the end of last quarter.  I haven’t checked out a chart of […]

Personal Finance Review – Yardwork Sucks Edition

August 19, 2007

I’ve never been a big fan of cutting the lawn, nothing productive comes of it.  You mow the grass, it grows up again, repeat 50 million times until you die or install crushed rock instead.  I see mowing the lawn as a nuisance.  You’re not creating anything of value; the only good thing that comes […]

Time Is Money – How I Will Stop Wasting Money & Time!

August 18, 2007

Do you feel like the older you get the more you understand the saying that time is money?  Responsibility levels tend to increase with your age and before you know it there’s no time left in your day! Since the opportunity costs of lost time can be enormous and I have found myself spinning my […]

Paying Off Your Credit Card Balance vs. Paying Your Taxes

August 17, 2007

I had a reader ask an interesting question the other day. If I am short on cash, should I pay off my credit card balance or pay my taxes? Obviously if you don’t pay your taxes or credit card bill at all there are legal issues involved but this person is trying to decide which […]

Personal Finance Books That Made A Difference For Me

August 16, 2007

The Frugal Law Student recently asked if I would share which personal finance books had inspired me.  I don’t know if inspired is the word I’d choose but The Millionaire Next Door and Smart Couples Finish Rich were the first to come to mind for the reasons I describe below: The Millionaire Next DoorI think […]

Retailer’s Anger Reveals How You Can Make Money on eBay

August 14, 2007

What would you do with 25 of the exact same purse? A recent USA Today story tells of a woman named Triss Budoff who bought that many purses at Target for about $1000 and has already made $750 profit by selling 10 of them on eBay.  Now that’s a nice take and she still has 15 […]

Money Mistakes to Avoid – Procrastination

August 13, 2007

Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow? If that is your motto then this post is for you! Time is MoneyEven if you’re not a procrastinator by nature, you’ve probably had a time or two where putting something off cost you money.  Whether it’s paying money you shouldn’t be because you forgot […]

Personal Finance Review – Expensive Baby Shoes Edition

August 12, 2007

The weather is blistering hot here in the Midwest, making it too hot for our daily walk with our son.  We really wanted to get out so we headed over to a nearby mall to stroll around in the comfort of air-conditioning yesterday. I am not a big mall person, probably because I don’t enjoy […]

Organize Your Financial Records for Free

August 11, 2007

T. Rowe Price is offering a free Family Records Organizer CD on their website.  It is definitely motivated by a marketing effort to begin a conversation with you but it is free and I’m interested to check it out.  I have software to track finances but nothing to manage financial records on the computer. Here is how the […]

Show Them You Care With a Spousal IRA Contribution

August 10, 2007

Let’s be honest.  Sometimes a “non-working” spouse actually works harder with their duties at home than the working half does on the job.  What’s the best way to show them your appreciation, how about by contributing to a spousal IRA! Keeping Up IRA ContributionsOkay, this move probably won’t win you the spouse of the week […]

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