One of the big reasons the Honeybee has tolerated me for so long is because I love to cook. Some of you fellas out there would be wise to keep that in mind.
Why is that, you ask? Well, it’s somewhat ironic, but the fact remains, the more time men spend working in the kitchen, the less time they spend in hot water with their wife or girlfriend.
Anyway, as the
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Merry Christmas my a$$. If this means I'm going to be coughing up $750 per month for the next 7 years, I would rather have gotten a nice tie … or some underwear and socks.
I remember the worst gift I ever received. It was a vacation to the Bahamas that an old girlfriend of mine gave to me. It was one of those too-good-to-be-true ultra-low-cost package “deals” that was
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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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My daughter, Nina and her friend, Ashley. My little girl keeps growing up, no matter how nicely I ask her not to.
When my daughter, Nina, was still measuring her age in single-digits, I’d tuck her into bed every evening and, just before kissing her goodnight, ask her to stop getting older.
She didn’t listen.
The truth is, kids are always in a hurry to grow up.
Unlike many adults, who prefer to
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Last weekend I was lured to an online calendar website with the following promise: “Everything up to 60% off!”
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%.
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Financial freedom can be a difficult term to define, but at a very basic level it simply means controlling your own finances entirely.
In order to gain financial freedom, you have to be free of debt, able to provide for yourself, and able to prepare for your future. However, achieving those goals is often easier said than done — particularly in times of economic hardship such as those that much of
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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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Best. Dog. Ever.
“Whatever it takes.”
That was the answer the Honeybee gave me three years ago after I asked her how much she would pay to save a pet’s life.
Unfortunately, last week we got a chance to reconsider that question after we returned from a week-long family vacation up the California coast.
Almost as soon as we got our nine-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback, Major, back home from doggy day care — essentially
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When I was a kid I had a neighbor down the street that used to put on the best Halloween haunted houses. He used to set it up in his garage using black lights, cottony spider webs, and giant refrigerator boxes to make a scary maze that we had to walk through – filled with “ghouls” that would jump out from hidden compartments – before we received some awesome Halloween
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Earlier this year, the Huffington Post featured a curious article that attempted to explain why our friends often fail to repay money that they borrow from us. In a nutshell, the piece offered five reasons:
You refuse to ask for the money back.
You make it too easy for your friends to ignore you.
You didn’t get the loan in writing.
Your friends assume that their unpaid debt won’t result in a broken friendship.
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