How to Find A Low-Priced Plumber That Won’t Rip You Off

I’m not a plumber. In fact, I’m not very handy around the house at all.

If I can’t fix something with a hammer or screwdriver I prefer to pay somebody else to do the work. That’s why I decided to get a professional to reroute and install new plumbing hardware during our kitchen remodel.

Of course, we needed estimates. After making a few calls to local plumbers, the Honeybee presented me with

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What It Really Feels Like to Be a Billionaire

Who doesn’t dream about being rich?

I’m certainly not afraid to admit I occasionally wonder how it would feel to be independently wealthy.

The other day I was reading an article on the world’s 200 richest people and stumbled upon a couple of surprising factoids.

The first surprise, was that the richest guy in the world is neither Bill Gates (#2) nor Warren Buffett (#4); it’s America Movil SAB Chairman Emeritus Carlos Slim,

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100 Words On: How Smart People Make High Risk Ventures Pay Off

Risk and reward are inextricably intertwined. Of course, the richest rewards come to those who are willing to take the biggest risks. The oft-forgotten corollary to that strategy is that, by its very nature, high risk endeavors also have a greater chance of failure. That’s why most successful entrepreneurs and investors carefully evaluate risks and identify corresponding contingency plans before making a big decision.

The bottom line:  Whether it’s a significant

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Why Financial Success Often Depends on the Road Not Taken

Decisions, decisions. Like it or not, our lives are defined by them.

It’s no secret that a big part of our financial success is based upon the decisions we make in life.

Just ask any person who has jeopardized their financial future by, say, starting a family before securing a good job.

Fortunately, most of us will be lucky enough to be afforded with at least one or two challenging opportunities — and

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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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Why I Refuse to Get Upset By Subtly Deceptive Advertising

Last weekend I was lured to an online calendar website with the following promise: “Everything up to 60% off!”

Sixty percent!

While I was visiting there I found a calendar that was on sale for $13.49 — $1.50 off the regular price of $14.99.

Now, after taking a couple of minutes to do the math, I became a bit put off because, let’s face it, that’s only 10% off — not 60%.

That’s when

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100 Words On: Donating to the Company Charity Drive

This is a guest post from Erin Baker who has several blogs including The Dog Ate My Wallet and, appropriately, 100 Words On. Check them both out when you get a chance!

The Holiday Giving Season is almost upon us. If your company sponsors a specific charity, the decision to give as an employee can be a tricky one. Is this an organization you might give to anyway? Is participating in

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100 Words On: Why Most Early Risers Usually Wake Up Smiling

Twenty top CEOs were surveyed by Yahoo! Finance and 80% of them said they wake up every morning at 5:30 or earlier. As for the the other 20% — they rise and shine no later than 6:00. According to Forbes, studies show that early risers are more optimistic, conscientious and stable. It turns out that morning people are more proactive too — which leads to greater career success and more

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The Emperor Has No Clothes: Why In-N-Out Burger Is Overrated

I know what I’m about to say is going to make more than a few people’s heads explode, but it needs to be said: In-N-Out Burger ain’t what it used to be.

No, really.

Trust me on this one, folks; I know what I’m talking about.

I’ve been eating at In-N-Out for well over 30 years now. I grew up with an In-N-Out Burger down the street from my childhood home, which is

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6 Giant Ads That Can Only Be Seen from High in the Sky

Daredevil skydiver Felix Baumgartner recently jumped from a perfectly good balloon more than 128,000 feet above Earth — and lived to tell about it.

To give you an idea of just how high that is, commercial jet airplanes typically fly at an altitude between 30,000 and 40,000 feet.

Naturally, one of the first things that crossed my mind was the impressive vantage point Felix must have enjoyed from such a high altitude;

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