Usually, the only warm-blooded creature in the house that ever bothers to get up and acknowledge me when I come through the front door is my dog, Major.
So I knew something was wrong when I walked through the door and the Honeybee greeted me with a big kiss.
Needless to say, I cut right to the chase: “OK, what happened?”
“I got a parking ticket.”
“Thirty-five bucks. But I’m innocent!”
“Uh huh. That’s
Continue reading When Pigs Fly: How I Fought My Parking Ticket and Beat City Hall
This is a guest post from blogger Joel Larsgaard, who is the proprietor of Save Outside the Box.
Who wants to work ’til they’re 75? Not me. That’s why I’m constantly thinking of ways to make a little more or spend a little less in order to save more for the future.
If you have the same priority there is one change that you can make in order to quit your day
Continue reading How to Retire Five Years Earlier Than You May Think You Can
No, that's not my new car.
As I mentioned in my previous post, I finally relented and bought myself a new car.
I can understand why some of you may be scratching your head at my decision to buy new instead of used. Especially when the playbook of good personal finance habits clearly states — right there on page 31, paragraph 6, subsection 2a — that it’s better to buy a
Continue reading More Reasons Why I Decided to Buy a New Car Instead of a Used One
OK, I did it.
After commuting to and from work in my 1997 Honda Civic for the past 13 years, and with my son on the verge of getting his driver’s license, I finally relented and bought myself a new car.
That’s right. I’m now the proud owner of a brand-new factory-fresh 2013 Honda Accord.
Frankly, I feel like I died and went to heaven. This is the first new car I’ve ever
Continue reading I Finally Broke Down and Bought a New Car. Yes, New.
Everybody would love to have a new car every couple of years but, for most, that’s an extremely expensive proposition — nor does it make much sense. The reality is you can’t beat a used vehicle purchased from a private owner; late model vehicles provide the biggest savings. This is primarily because most new cars lose upwards of 50% of their value in the first three years.
The bottom line: Folks
Continue reading 100 Words On: Why You’re Better Off Buying A Used Car
It seems like every time I go to Hawaii, I always learn a valuable financial lesson.
I already shared how, during my recent summer vacation there, I was reminded of why folks should always be on their toes when shopping, as illustrated by two sizes of the same detergent being sold at a local supermarket — and the jaw-dropping price-difference between them.
And although you’d think I’d know better, that wasn’t the
Continue reading Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Guess My Rental Car Bill.
In North America the left lane is designated for passing, intended for the highway’s fastest traffic. It’s a concept that evolved with the birth of the US Interstate Highways. Unfortunately, too many drivers today feel entitled to cruise in the left lane as long as they’re traveling the speed limit. This selfish practice is not only legally dubious, but also obstructs the free flow of traffic. According to the National
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Not too long ago I was speaking with someone who told me she got pulled over by a cop on her way to work.
Of course, I offered up the obligatory sympathy. “Bummer,” I said. “What did he write you up for?”
“Oh, I didn’t get a ticket,” she said matter-of-factly. “He clocked me doing 57 in a 45 zone, but he let me off with a warning.”
I couldn’t believe it. “He
Continue reading How Much Will a Ticket Raise Your Insurance Rates? It Depends!
Parents, if you want your kids to become independently wealthy, don’t encourage them to go to college; tell them to open up a car repair shop instead.
I say that because I just paid my mechanic almost three-thousand bucks for services rendered. I know.
Of course, that’s what happens when you own a couple of cars that are meticulously maintained, but getting a bit long in the tooth.
This week, along with the
Continue reading What’s That Smell? The Costly Joys of Maintaining Older Cars
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 and get
Continue reading 10 More Old Wives’ Tales Masquerading As Financial Rules of Thumb