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How Much People Spend on Weddings (And How to Save on Them)

US News talks about how people are dealing with spending on wedding gifts in a tough economy and shares this information on the average amounts spent: According to, friends spend an average of $116 per gift, and family members spend $211. […]

Make More Money by Moving to a Cold Weather Climate

Ok, so the headline of this post is a bit over the top (what's new, huh?). But the concept discussed here is interesting and related to personal finance, so I'm going with it. :-) Here's the summary: New research suggests that higher temperatures can have a damaging effect on the economies of poor countries. […]

Six Money Talks to Have Before You Get Married

US News lists the six money talks to have before you get married as follows: Your credit histories. Whether you want separate or joint accounts. Your long-term financial goals. Your spending styles. Who will do what? How will you respond to needy family members? I think I've mentioned before that my wife and I had NONE of these discussions before we got married. […]

How to Save 42% on Healthcare Costs

With our nation in the throes of a national healthcare debate, I thought I'd highlight this piece that gives the topic a personal finance twist. The NY Times says that obese people spend 42 percent more on healthcare than normal-weight Americans. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of Aug 3

For weekday updates of what I find to be some of the most interesting personal finance articles on the web, follow me on Twitter. […]

Another Pet Reminder

I haven't posted on the cost of pets in awhile and had actually grown tired of the topic (haven't I beaten it to death in the past?) Then I get this email from my wife: Our neighbor [name removed] just came over to tell us that their dog [name removed] is in the emergency room.  They returned from vacation to find out that he accidentally ate most of the bottle of his arthritis medication (70 p […]

Make Money As a Career Coach

Smart Money asks if a $1,000 resume can boost your career. What they're getting at is the fact that an ever-growing, expensive array of professional job-hunting services seems to be exploding these days. […]

The False Lure of Multi-Level Marketing

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. I've written on the topic of multi-level marketing a few times, namely with Make Money with Multi-Level Marketing and Maybe Starting a Multi-Level Marketing Business Isn't Such a Bad Idea. […]

Math is a Valuable Skill

Want to earn more? Then sharpen your math skills and enter a field that requires you to use them. The details from CNN Money: The top 15 highest-earning college degrees all have one thing in common -- math skills. […]

A College Debt Nightmare

A reader recently sent me a link to this story from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (hello to all my friends and family in Pittsburgh!!!!) that details the college debt racked up by a resident there. The details: Student loans were a fact of life for Marjorie Dillon and she was OK with that -- even though she didn't keep close track of how much she borrowed or completely understand the agreements. […]