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Learning and Saving

by Jeff

There are a lot of things in the world I know nothing about. Not knowing about something can be very expensive. Allow me to illustrate… The brake light came on in our car a couple of weeks ago, and we started looking around at different places we could have them checked. We were a bit ... Continue reading this article…

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Wedding Donations, Smart or Tacky?

by Jeff

The recession has forced almost everyone to make a change in one way or another. For one Atlanta couple, their wedding has turned into more than they had anticipated. Vanessa Caldwell and Cole Parker are getting married on November 11, and needed a way to cover their expenses. They decided to turn to their friends and ... Continue reading this article…

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Preserving the Harvest

by Jeff

If you planted your garden in mid-to late April like we did, you’ve already started to see the beginnings of your harvest. Our green onions have been out of control for a little while now, and our radishes are starting to get nice and big as well. We’re just now getting great peas and beans, ... Continue reading this article…

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Smithee’s New Long-Term Goals

by Smithee

My goal was never to have all the money I could get my hands on. On the other hand, I’ve never solidified my financial goals. Up to now, it’s mostly been about what I don’t want, rather than what I do: I don’t want more rooms in my house than I can use I don’t ... Continue reading this article…

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My Pets’ Worth

by Smithee

The author of Free Money Finance pointed out a story highlighting how the recession is affecting the health of pets. He or she also linked to a helpful chart of estimated costs for owning various kinds of pets. Personally, my wife and I don’t even include pet care in our budget, because our affection for ... Continue reading this article…

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“Wife Swap” Looking for Investment Club Members

by Luke Landes

If you’re a member of an investment club and are in a typical family unit, ABC wants you to apply to be on the reality series, “Wife Swap.” If you’re selected, your family will receive a “financial honorarium” for appearing on the show, and if you know of someone else who would be a good ... Continue reading this article…

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Earn the Most in New Canaan, Connecticut

by Luke Landes

Money Magazine released the results of the publication’s survey of the towns with the highest median household income. New Canaan, Connecticut tops the list with a median income of $231,138. Considering a move to help your income go farther? Don’t choose one of these locales. Considering a move to be closer to culture, leisure, and ... Continue reading this article…

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Your Opinion: Do Women Find Wealthy Men Attractive?

by Luke Landes

I came across this today: Whatever the reason, experts say that at our core, there’s one reason we find wealthy men attractive: instinct. Women, research shows, rank the ability to provide as the most important quality when selecting a mate. Men, not surprisingly, prize a woman’s looks and youthfulness over her other qualities, because those ... Continue reading this article…

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New York Philharmonic’s Free Concerts in the Parks

by Luke Landes

Throughout the summer, as they have been doing for the past 43 years, the greatest orchestra in the world is offering free concerts to the public. Last night, I saw the first of the “Concerts in the Parks” series in Central Park, Manhattan, New York City, presented by the New York Philharmonic. The weather was ... Continue reading this article…

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Are You Expecting an Inheritance?

by Luke Landes

According to a 2004 survey, 21 percent of people born in 1964 or later expect to inherit money from family some time in the future. Many expecting recipients may be in for a surprise, however. A recent article by Ron Lieber at the New York Times identifies eight reasons why inheritances, perhaps not those in ... Continue reading this article…

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What We Learned by Being Open with Our Friends

by Smithee

I’ve never been squeamish talking about finances with friends and acquaintances (partly, I suspect, because of my lack of an internal dialog filter), but I have learned over time that not everybody else is as comfortable as I am, so I try not to use too many specifics when having financial discussions. However, I think ... Continue reading this article…

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Would You Tell Your Boyfriend You’re Rich?

by Luke Landes

How soon into a relationship should you disclose your financial condition, if at all? A wealthy woman wrote a letter to the editor of Money Magazine recently to explain that she does not want to let her new boyfriend, a relationship with the potential to get serious, that she has money. She is wondering whether ... Continue reading this article…

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Tax-Deductible Weddings, Part 2

by Sasha

We’ve talked about tax deductions related to your reception site, but there are a few other nice opportunities for wedding-related deductions that shouldn’t be missed, both for during and after your wedding. The I Do Foundation has a number of creative ways to incorporate giving into the wedding itself, which you can do through them ... Continue reading this article…

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Tax-Deductible Weddings, Part 1

by Sasha

We’re entering the peak wedding season, it seems. Ever since I got engaged earlier this year, I’ve been bombarded by sales pitches from every angle. They’re certainly tricky. They come disguised in several colors of tulle, bearing elegantly inscribed messages to remind me that I only live once and want my special day to be ... Continue reading this article…

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Question for Discussion: How Much Can You Spend Without Telling?

by Luke Landes

This is a question mainly for readers in a relationship in which finances are mostly combined or you rely on one another for income and make spending decisions together. I am wondering how much you can spend — whether as a percentage of a total budget or a hard dollar amount — without discussing the ... Continue reading this article…

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Smart Women Marry for Money, and Here’s Why

by Ginger
Gold Digger

Ginger is a fashionista in her late 20s — a wife and graduate student striving to have it all. She wrote this article for Consumerism Commentary, but Ginger also publishes the blog Girls Just Wanna Have Funds, and you can subscribe to the blog’s RSS feed here. Let me preface this by stating that I ... Continue reading this article…

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Teaching Children Practical Money Lessons: Entrepreneurship

by Luke Landes

It’s important to impart a financial education to younger generations, just like the Rogersons who are teaching their children about investing. When you invest, you are relying on other companies before you can make any money. The companies in which you invest must perform well and brokerages must stand between those companies, their profits, and ... Continue reading this article…

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Overspending for the Kids

by Luke Landes

I have to applaud Kerri and Mike Miller for one reason. They were willing to share their financial problems with the readers of Money Magazine and CNN Money, despite the level of embarassment that kind of publicity might create. While the article spotlighting the couple did not say explicitly whether the Millers are spending more ... Continue reading this article…

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Where’s the Line Between Taking and Taking Advantage?

by Sasha

Archetypical contributed a great comment to my last entry, Surviving (and Thriving) on $12,000 a Year, with a very different take on Donna Freedman’s story: I think frugality is great, and there are certainly things we could all do without, but I refuse to glorify this woman who gets praised for leaching off of everyone. ... Continue reading this article…

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Surviving (and Thriving) on $12,000 a Year

by Sasha

I really enjoyed Donna Freedman’s recent article, Surviving (and thriving) on $12,000 a year. While it contains some great tips on conscious spending, it’s also tremendously inspirational, making me feel that anything can be possible if you’re willing to have some tradeoffs. As I read more and more about others’ net worth online, I start ... Continue reading this article…

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