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Understanding the Gold Standard

The gold standard was used to define currency since Roman times. Discover how it worked, why it doesn't anymore, and how it affects our finances today.

Metal Detecting for Beginners: Patience and Profit

If you're interested in metal detecting, learn about the costs, concerns, and rewards of the hobby as one enthusiast shares his story.

7 Frugal Lessons from Great-Grandmother

You don't have to look far for great frugal living tips, just back a couple of generations.

Why This Isn't Your Grandparents' Economy

Why can't we save money like our parents and grandparents? Learn how modern economic realities make financial independence more challenging.

Placing Prepositions: Where you from? Where you at?

Our spending and money management choices may be influenced by factors we can't control in our own minds as well as factors we couldn't control growing up. You may ask, to what are

Book review: Towers of Gold

It will not, I think, surprise my regular readers to hear that I like to read books about money. All kinds of books about money--not just books on personal finance and frugality,

Patriotism and Personal Finance - A Brief Walk Through American History

To all the Americans out there, happy Independence Day! I think this a great day to reflect upon how personal finance and patriotism is so intertwined in America. So I dug up a f

Is Social Security Just A Grand Ponzi Scheme?

I received my Social Security statement this week and it was a useless piece of paper to me since I do not qualify for retirement benefits yet. I always hear critics of Social Sec