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No Matter How Much You Make, You Can Spend It All

I love Denzel Washington! He's probably in my top five leading actors of all time along with Leonardo Dicaprio, Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Tom Hanks, Hugh Jackman, and Chris Pratt. Ok, I know that's more than five. And I've probably left some out. :) Anyway, I was thrilled to watch this interview Denzel did with 60 Minutes at the end of last year. But the end of it gave me pause. […]

Top 10 Things Americans Wasted Money on in 2016

Dave Ramsey lists the top 10 things Americans wasted money on in 2016 as follows: 1. Student loans.2. Smartphone apps.3. Gym memberships.4. Daily coffee trips.5. Car payments.6. Car leases.7. Car wash upgrades.8. Lottery tickets.9. Timeshares.10. Shipping charges. Here's where I net out on these: 1. I borrowed $5k from my grandmother which got me all the way through to my MBA. […]

Star Money Articles for the Week of February 20

Welcome to this week's edition of Star Money Articles. Equities suggests we buy a house under our price cap. Centsibly Rich asks if frugal living is a sacrifice. Money Boss tells how to set good goals. The Green Swan says the government doesn't want you to retire early. ESI Money says that many "experts" aren't really experts. Finally, my book of the week is The Richest Man in Babylon One of […]

Best Cities to Buy a Home

Go Banking Rates lists the best cities in each state to buy a home. You can browse the list to see which ones you like, but I want to note that I've lived in three of them: Colorado Springs, CO Cincinnati, OH Pittsburgh, PA Not only were these great places to live, but they were relatively inexpensive. […]

Some Things to Do When You Retire

Racing toward Retirement suggests some things you could do during retirement including: Hobbies Exercise Travel Volunteer New Career Learn something new As a relatively new retiree, here are my thoughts on these: I am spending some time on hobbies/fun activities. […]

Star Money Articles for the Week of February 13

Welcome to this week's edition of Star Money Articles. Retire by 40 prefers DIY retirement planning. Mustard Seed Money budgets for a vacation. Lauren Greutman lists the five best ways to spend a tax refund.  Debt Roundup says to stop trying to take the easy road. A Wealth of Common Sense covers consistency and self-delusion. Finally, my book of the week is The Millionaire Next Door: The Sur […]

Nine Resume Killers

Business Insider lists nine resume killers as follows: Hobbies -- No one cares and they are a waste of time and space. Objective -- It's obvious what your objective it - to get the job you're applying for. Personal pronouns (I, me, my) -- It's understood the resume is about you. Irrelevant experience -- Just adds clutter. Images -- Tacky and distracting. Professional contact information -- […]

There's a Huge Difference Between Average Salary Increases and Top Increases

Here's a piece from Kiplinger's where they ask a compensation expert what 2017 looks like for pay. They begin by asking what kind of a raise people can expect in 2017. Her response: Companies are forecasting 3% increases, similar to years past. But how that budget is spent may vary by person. […]

Star Money Articles for the Week of February 6

Welcome to this week's edition of Star Money Articles. Money Boss shares the story of a frugal jerk. The Green Swan says award travel is changing. Think Save Retire tells us to just stop. Budgets are Sexy offers the ten crack commandments of finance. ESI Money lists the only five money books you'll ever need. Finally, my book of the week is Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You S […]

How Much Do You Pay to Stay Fit?

Last year Money Magazine ran an infographic on the cost of keeping fit. There are a few facts from the piece that I want to highlight and comment on. The first one was the median annual health club dues. It was listed as $828. We pay more than this. Our club runs $149 per month for four of us. […]