Our homes today are loaded with more electronic media and electric appliances than ever before. According to data published by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), U.S. household electricity consumption increased at an average rate of 1.4 percent per year from 1970 through 2007. But while the added electrical loads result in easier and more pleasant lives for us, it also brings higher and higher electricity bills.
The Anatomy of an Electricity
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Earlier this month one of my favorite personal finance bloggers, Bret Frohlich, wrote a terrific piece where he declared war on frugality and explained why frugality doesn’t always pay.
In fact, Bret’s post got me thinking about those who choose to take on a life of extreme frugality. Keep in mind that I’m not referring to people who dutifully cut coupons and grow their own vegetables.
Instead, I am talking about people
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This is a review of the 2008 movie The Women, starring Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, and Eva Mendes.
Plot Synopsis: A group of close-knit women try to figure out how to help their friend when she finds out that her husband of 13 years is having an affair.
Me: Well, there are chick flicks and then there are CHICK FLICKS. But, Honeybee, I just saw the Mother of All Chick
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There is nothing more irritating for me than eagerly settling down with the Honeybee to watch a movie we’ve rented that, ten minutes after the opening credits, makes me realize I should have chosen to do something a lot more entertaining with my evening – like bone up on the fundamental theorems of calculus.
I’m sure you’re no different.
That’s why I’m starting a new weekly feature here at Len Penzo dot
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I’ve written in this space before about just how difficult it is to teach kids financial literacy. For every kid, that seems to have a natural ability to grasp the value of a dollar and a real determination to save as much as they can, there is another who has their money spent almost as soon as it touches their little hands.
In my family, my 9-year-old daughter, Lenina,
Continue reading Kids and Money: Our Decision to Let Our Impulsive Spender Fail
Igor: Dr. Frankenstein…
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: It’s “Fronkensteen.”
Igor: You’re putting me on.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: No, it’s pronounced “Fronkensteen.”
Igor: Do you also say “Froaderick”?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: No… ”Frederick.”
Igor: Well, why isn’t it “Froaderick Fronkensteen”?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: It isn’t; it’s “Frederick Fronkensteen.”
Igor: I see.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: You must be Igor.
Igor: No, it’s pronounced “eye-gor.”
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: But they told me it was “ee-gor.”
Igor: Well, they were wrong then, weren’t they?
- From the movie
Continue reading Parents: Before You Name Your Baby, Learn How to Spell.
My 9-year-old daughter, Lenina, lost another tooth today!
Of course, most everyone knows custom dictates that when a child loses a tooth they dutifully place it under their pillow knowing that the Tooth Fairy will come and take it in exchange for some money. It’s a tradition that’s dutifully been passed from parents to their children for generations.
And so it was that when my now 12-year-old
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I love macaroni and cheese — especially when it is made from scratch. Many people think macaroni and cheese originated when Thomas Jefferson first served it in the White House in 1802, but it probably originated in Europe much earlier than that.
My neighbor, Mr. Mike, insists that macaroni and cheese should only be served as a side dish, but I beg to differ — in our house it’s usually the
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With summer here, schools are now on hiatus for vacation in most places around the country and teenagers are scurrying to find temporary jobs to earn some extra money. With that in mind, some parents may be interested to know that the National Consumers League (NCL) has once again selected their Five Worst Teen Jobs that teenagers are advised to avoid at all possible costs.
With the help of the Child
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Some of the most important things in life are always taken for granted. In that regard, most of us drawing a straight salary don’t ever think about how fortunate we are to get a regular monthly or semi-monthly paycheck with consistent pay, especially as it relates to consistently paying our bills on time. But you can bet that people who work on commission and/or depend on tips for
Continue reading A Simple Trick for Managing Bills on a Variable Monthly Income