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Mar.22.2010
As I think about some of the things that have allowed me a fair amount of financial success in my personal life, I look back to a quote I heard a long time ago.  The Americanized version of it would be “Take care of the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves.”  Looks like it was...
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Mar.22.2010
I have enjoyed writing this blog since the very first day I created it, but I get more personal satisfaction when I can give you tips and pointers with a personal twist to them.  To me, it is these kinds of articles that tend to sink in more. Anyways, today I am writing to you about your car...
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Mar.20.2010
So, were you one of the millions out there who decided to throw a few dollars into the office pool and fill out a bracket for the March Madness college basketball tournament?  If so, how ya’ doin’ so far? Are you still in the thick of it and looking for that big payout in a few weeks?  Are you...
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Mar.19.2010
If you’re like me, you try to save money in as many easy ways as possible.  You also try to save money on some of the more expensive items that you purchase in your life.  I think when it comes to buying printer paper and ink for home computer use, both of these principles apply. Therefore, I want...
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Mar.15.2010
In my quest to always become more financially prudent, I have uncovered some of the more un-traditional places that you can do some of your shopping to save yourself some money.  Some of them you may have heard of, some not.  Hope you find this to be helpful. Here is my list of some of the “off the...
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Mar.13.2010
I consider myself to be a very smart shopper.  For purposes of this article, I am referring to purchases of “stuff”, meaning, not groceries, clothes, or anything else that I guess you would call “necessary”. So like I said, I consider myself to be a very smart shopper.  As a matter of fact,...
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Mar.12.2010
Aahhhh…… it’s that time of year again.  Spring is almost in the air and what that means for me personally is that it’s time for some Florida oranges again. Let me explain.  I currently live in Atlanta, GA but I lived in Florida for many years.  When I was a resident there, I of course took the...
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Mar.11.2010
First of all, I must say that I got this idea from another blog post that I read on another personal finance website.  Trust me, I am so not into “ripping off” content, but I did get this original idea from someone else.  The title of that article was something like “The Hidden Costs of Living in...
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Mar.09.2010
This post may be a bit later than most, but I just finished filing all my taxes for the year.  I am getting quite a nice refund from both my federal and state returns.  Great for me, right? Well, of course it is.  The first thing I am trying to decide now is what to do with the money.  Invest it? ...
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Mar.08.2010
This is probably the most “off the beaten path” type thing that I use to save money in my everyday life.  Feel free to laugh, poke fun, or comment however you wish. There is a very simple and easy way to save money on your garbage pickup.  It takes very little effort, and the savings, when tracked...
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Mar.07.2010
I wanted to pose this question to my very valued readers, as I am currently experiencing this dilemma. If you follow this blog at all, you’ll know that I currently drive a 1994 Toyota Tercel.  It’s probably one of the best investments I’ve ever made, besides owning my first home. But of course, it...
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Mar.04.2010
I drive an older car.  Truth be told, my car is not older, it is just plain OLD.  It is a 1994 Toyota Tercel.   It is one of the best investments I have ever made.  People have told me over and over again to get a new one, but there just doesn’t seem to be much of a point.  I runs fine, and gets me...
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Mar.01.2010
It occurred to me quite some time ago that your physical health and your financial health are very similar, especially when one is trying to improve themselves in one area or the other. A few years ago, I was able to finally get serious about my weight loss and I managed to drop about 35 pounds in...
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Feb.27.2010
In what has become quite a popular sub category of posts of mine, I’d like to continue with the latest installment of “Lessons From a Three Year Old”. Recently, my son and I were in the middle of another day together, when we were trying to get ready to go somewhere.  Being a three year-old,...
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Feb.25.2010
Another talent that I have picked up during my days of frugal living is the ability to “spot” a deal and take advantage of it. I’ll give you a great example.  I was walking thru my local hardware store today, searching for some supplies for a small plumbing repair job that I needed to do. Well, on...
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