$12 Million Underwear and Other Strange Finds on Amazon & Ebay

I don’t know about you, but I find a lot of things in life that often make me stop and just shake my head in pure bewilderment.

For example, why do tourists go to the top of tall buildings and then put quarters in telescopes so they can see things on the ground?

And I still can’t figure out why Hawaii has Interstate highways.

Then there are the audacious prices some

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100 Words On: The Best Time to Start a New Business

It’s not unusual for budding entrepreneurs to fret over the best time to start a new business, especially during economic downturns when even the most self-assured impresarios often become paralyzed with doubt. They shouldn’t. After all, there are advantages to starting during tough times including reduced competition for top talent, and lower rent and overhead costs. A study by the Kauffman Foundation found that more than half of all Fortune 500

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My Daughter's Latest Business Venture (A Car Wash? That's So 2011!)

This is another post from my 12-year-old daughter, Nina.

Hi everyone! My dad asked me if I would write another article to tell you about my latest accomplishments so far in 2012.

My last post received a lot of attention because it was put on MSN’s Smart Spending blog. I was very excited when that happened and it made the end of 2011 a memorable one for me. If you remember,

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10 More Old Wives’ Tales Masquerading As Financial Rules of Thumb

There are people out there who swear that if you’re lucky enough to see the first flower of springtime on a Friday, it’s a sign of impending wealth.

I know. I don’t buy it either.

Still, let’s assume these folks know what they’re talking about; what happens if that first flower is found on Friday the 13th? Is the wealth omen officially null and void?

Can somebody take an action item

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Black Coffee: Why Buy Chicken McNuggets When You Can Just Say 'Not'?

It’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy a little joe

Welcome to another rousing edition of Black Coffee, your off-beat weekly round-up of what’s been going on in the world of money and personal finance. Here’s what caught my attention over the past week…

Blogs I’ve Been Following This Week

Couple Money – More People Preparing to Eat Dog Food in Retirement. I expected this article to be a taste

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100 Words On: Why Competition Is Good For Everyone

Human nature is such that, if given the chance, most folks would choose to take the path of least resistance by avoiding competition. However, those who lack challengers almost always miss the motivation required to innovate or otherwise stay at the top of their game. Over the long run, fair competition helps the most deserving come to the forefront. In the free market, competition helps consumers by fostering lower prices and

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100 Words On: Why the US Postal Service Should Take Saturdays Off

Until 1912, the United States Postal Service delivered mail on Sundays — and prior to 1950, the mailman came twice a day. Now, with the USPS expected to suffer a projected $238 billion deficit over the next decade, it looks like Saturday delivery may soon become a thing of the past too. Luckily, with the era of online bill pay, email, and other forms of electronic communication, most people won’t even

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Enough! How to Stop Pesky Credit Card Offers & Other Junk Mail.

Like most people concerned about identity theft, I occasionally gather up any documents with sensitive personal information I’ve accumulated over time and run them through the paper shredder. It’s one of those fun little household rituals that goes a long way toward ensuring our household credit and personal accounts remain out of the hands of nefarious people tempted to dig through the trash.

The reason I bring this up is during

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5 Money Saving Tips Your Mortgage Broker Doesn't Want You to Know

Buying a home is a big decision and you do not want to make a mistake while you are home shopping. That’s why lots of people turn to mortgage brokers to help them through the process of finding a loan. In order to help you avoid being taken advantage of during the process, here are five money savings tips that your mortgage broker doesn’t want you to know about.

1. They

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Len Penzo dot Com Surpasses One Million Page Views!

When I wrote my first article for Len Penzo dot Com way back on December 11, 2008, one milestone I never considered reaching was the magical one million page-views marker. It’s a good thing too, because during the first nine months of this blog’s existence the only traffic to Len Penzo dot Com either came from my relatives or arrived here by accident. In fact, by the time Len Penzo

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