4 Good Reasons Why Some Quarters Are Painted Red

Every once in awhile I’ll come across something a bit arcane that will catch my eye and really make me wonder.

For example, consider the pattern on the back of this cat:

I know. I can’t believe it either.

I’ll never forget the time I came across an eggplant at my local grocery store that looked exactly like Richard Milhous Nixon. I’m not kidding.

OK, on second thought, the eggplant didn’t look exactly like

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A Simple Trick for Getting Credit Card Interest Charges Waived

Congratulations if you can figure out the connection between this picture and the story.

There are those who steadfastly insist that credit cards are evil, and that credit card companies are greedy heartless scallywags that care only about one thing: making a profit.

I’ve got news for them: Credit card companies aren’t evil.

Neither are profits. Besides, when it comes to profits, credit card companies are no more heartless or greedy than,

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Economic Collapse 101: Ten Ways to Prepare for the Unknown

Most folks are really good about making sure they have the proper amount of insurance for their home and automobiles. But when it comes to ensuring the survival of their family in rough economic times, well … not so much.

I recently explained why I believe an economic collapse is inevitable and what it would look like.

If history is any guide, the good news is that economic collapse won’t result in

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100 Words On: Why a Penny Saved Is More Than a Penny Earned

I think it was the Quaker Oats guy who famously declared that a penny saved is a penny earned. However, because of taxes, a penny saved is actually worth more than a penny earned. To illustrate, if you happen to be in the 10% tax bracket, every taxed dollar you earn is worth only $0.90; tack on FICA, state and other taxes and it’s worth even less.

The bottom

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18 Personal Finance Facts You Didn't Know About US Presidents

It may seem hard to believe at times, but the 44 Americans who have had the good fortune to be called “Mr. President” are really no different than the rest of us.

Oh sure, sitting US presidents may be considered the most powerful men in the free world, but at the end of the day they still put their pants on one leg at a time. Yes, some were financially successful

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The Embarrassing Anatomy of a Phishing Scam

You’ve got to hand it to scam artists. They often succeed in spite of themselves.

If I had a nickel for every time I retrieved a message from my inbox warning me that my PayPal account has been limited, or that my credit card has been suspended, well, I’d have at least $100 bucks in my pocket right now.

Don’t scoff. That’s 2000 nickels!

This afternoon it happened again. I got an “urgent”

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Why Choosing Debit or Credit Is Like Picking Salad Dressing

“What kind of dressing would you like on your salad?”

For most people, it’s a simple decision. Not for me though.

I don’t know why, but when my server asks me that question I usually tense up and act like I’ve just been asked the million-dollar question on Who Wants to be A Millionaire.

“Dressing? I really can’t decide if I want ranch or bleu cheese. Well, eh, um, ah, er, uh, oh,

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Silver and Gold: The Superheroes of Wealth Preservation

The face value of this silver quarter is 25 cents, but it's really worth a whole lot more.

Back in 1964, a gallon of gasoline cost about 25 cents in the United States. That’s right. Believe it or not, way back in 1964, you could buy a gallon of gas for a quarter.

It just so happens that 1964 was the last year that the US Treasury minted silver coins, including

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100 Words On: A Grim Warning to Those Who Think Money Grows On Trees

A democracy can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.

– Alexis de Tocqueville

The bottom line: By 2016, our National

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18 Flippant Facts You Didn't Know About the $2 Bill

Not too long ago I had to mosey on down to my local hardware store because I needed propane for my barbecue grill. The total price for the refill came to $17.96.

At first I tried to pay with a credit card but, for some reason, their machine was on the fritz, so I gave the kid the only money I had in my wallet: a $20 bill.

In return, he gave

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