Justifying Major Purchases

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Friends and family tend to think of me as the scrimper, the saver, the one who will make something last until it’s completely outlived its usefulness. For instance, when the ketchup level is so low that the condiment cannot be easily squeezed from the bottle, Mr. Saver will automatically pass it […]

Happy Thanksgiving: I’m Thankful for Financial Blessings

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Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and while most of us will be feasting on turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce, there are many out there who aren’t as fortunate. Some have nowhere to go, while others head to Thanksgiving dinners hosted by food pantries and nonprofit organizations. A friend of mine has become […]

Take Control of Your Finances — Today!

Yes, you can take control of your finances. No matter how out of control your debt has spiraled, or how high your interest rates are, or how much you still owe on your school loans. It IS possible. But you have to take the first step and actually do something about it.

The personal finance […]

2010 Is a Good Year To Die — If You’re Rich

As a lifelong Yankees fan, I was saddened that we lost two members of the organization this week: longtime stadium announcer Bob Sheppard and Yankees majority owner George Steinbrenner.

Love him or hate him, Steinbrenner just wanted to win — at any cost. The Yankees have the highest payroll of any team, thanks to his […]

Runaway Spending: How I Lost My Grip on Our Finances

Although I’ve been trying to keep a firm grip on our finances, I feel like both Mr. Saver and I have let our spending get out of hand.

Just today we went to Kohl’s to get Mr. Saver some new summer clothes that would serve him well for our upcoming vacation to Las Vegas. We […]

Marriage and Managing Finances

Getting married is a big step. There are the emotional issues of joining with another person and pledging to love, cherish and support one another for the rest of your life, through good times and bad.

While you’re sharing your life with someone, you’re also likely sharing finances, too. It can be stressful if you […]

Personal Finance Quirks

Superstitions, quirks, obsessive-compulsive traits. We all have them — right?

Especially when it comes to money.

View some of my dad’s handiwork to the left. One of his personal finance quirks has to do with coins. His kitchen table (which he uses as a desk) has stacks of coins on it. Once the stacks are […]

The Best Class I Ever Took: Why I’m Glad I Dropped Pre-Calculus

In high school, I was an above-average student. I wasn’t at the tippy-top of the class, but I did manage to graduate 18th out of 238 students, even though I only enrolled in half of the honors and Advanced Placement courses that my peers took. While I wouldn’t advocate this route for my own children, […]