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How to Earn Some Extra Cash

Yahoo recently listed the following tips for getting some extra cash as follows: Sell Your Stuff Online Be a Shopping Spy Operate a Call Center From Your Home Tutor Students Join a Street Team Walk the Dogs Be a Babysitter Write for the Web Make Your Hobbies Pay Off Sell Your Unwanted Gold Jewelry Adjust Your Tax Withholding Hmmm, this list looks rather familiar, doesn't it? […]

How's Your Home Stack Up in Your Neighborhood?

While reading this Bankrate article on buying a model home, I ran into this quote that I wanted to talk about a bit: It's much better to own the most modest home in an expensive neighborhood than the most expensive one in a modest neighborhood, in terms of value appreciation. I'm sure most of you have heard this saying (or something similar like "never buy the most expensive home in your neigh […]

How Much of a Role Does Luck Play in Money Success?

The Wall Street Journal asks an interesting question: What role does luck play in getting wealthy? They discuss whether or not success in money matters is simply a matter of being skillful and working hard or if luck plays a factor as well. Here's a quick summary of them wrestling with the question: It is possible to work hard and not get rich. […]

Money Lessons from Monopoly

I've told how I think the Game of Life teaches personal finance as well as told you about a game that's trying to replace the "king" of money-related games, so now I think it's time I offer my thoughts on the "king" himself -- Monopoly. […]

Top 10 Investing Rules of Thumb

ETF Database lists the top 10 investing rules of thumb as follows: Rule of 72. The Rule of 72 states that you can divide the number 72 by whatever yield you are getting to see how long it would take for your investment to double. “120 Minus Your Age” Rule. The old rule of thumb was to take your age and subtract it from 100. That is your percentage of stock allocation. […]

Is the Chase Freedom Card Cutting Benefits too?

I recently talked about how the American Express Blue Cash card is cutting its benefits and, as a result, how I'm going to change my main credit card. I had planned to change to the Chase Freedom card, but a reader left this comment: You may want to reconsider your decision - I just got a letter from Chase about changes to my Freedom card rewards. […]

KFC Blows a Great Opportunity to Win a Customer

I'll admit it, I love KFC. I know, I know. The grease. The calories. The heart-attack waiting to happen. They way they treat their chickens (I threw that one in for you PETA fans.) It's a disgusting, unhealthy in every way sort of place to eat. And yet it tastes so good... […]

Thirty-Second Video Resumes

Here's a sign of the times -- my local TV station is airing 30-second video resumes every Thursday. It's a chance for people to tell potential employers why they should be considered for a position. I saw one the other night while on the treadmill and it was quite "interesting" to say the least. Before I give my impression of what I saw, let me commend my local station for doing this. […]

Blessing Boxes Keep on Blessing

A couple months ago I wrote about how we've been having fun giving out blessing boxes to various people. At that time, we'd only given out a couple, but since then we've handed out three more in the following situations: One family that has served as the head of a volunteer organization we belong to. […]

Can Money Buy Happiness?

After tackling the love work/money relationship, I thought this would be a good question to debate: Can money buy happiness? Before I give you my thoughts, here's what US News recently said about this issue: The old adage goes "Money can't buy happiness," but people usually mean "Material goods can't buy happiness." Spending time with the wife and kids on a camping getaway costs money, but […]