Remember when this was considered a paltry return?
Your savings are a long-term investment, and whether you have accounts for short term purchases to furnish your home or fill your wardrobe, or whether you have your emergency fund and bill payment funds saved in the same place, you have worked hard to earn your money.
You have also worked hard to be disciplined enough to save it in the first place
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Yesterday I was at the gas station and I observed a soccer mom topping off the tank of her bright yellow Hummer.
And when I say “topping off,” I mean really topping it off. She must have squeezed that hose handle a dozen times — and each time she did, the gas pump reacted with one of those obnoxious attention-getting retorts warning her that the tank was full. You know …
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According to the New York Daily News, Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky spent roughly $3.3 million in 2010 on their marriage celebration.
Talk about a big fat expensive wedding.
The good news is, more than three years after saying “I do,” the famous couple is still, apparently, happily married.
Truth be told, 18 years ago I spent a little over $6000 on my wedding, excluding the Honeybee’s engagement ring and wedding band.
With that in
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The other day the light bulb on my porch finally gave up the ghost, so I ran down to my favorite hardware store to pick up a new one. When I got there I was presented with a choice that many people struggle with: Is it better to stick with the regular old incandescent bulb or spend significantly more money for the energy efficient compact fluorescent light (CFL) instead?
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The other day I came across an interesting article that suggested a healthy dose of skepticism was essential when you’re watching television commercials that make claims for both prescription and non-prescription drugs.
It turns out a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that 66% of claims made in television drug commercials were either misleading or flat-out false.
Actually, before paying for anything, a little skepticism can often go
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You know, there used to be a guy named Ripley who made a fortune explaining why things aren’t always what they seem. For example, a banana tree is not a really a tree at all, but a massive herb that can grow as tall as a four story building.
If you think that’s something, koala bears aren’t really bears at all — they’re marsupials.
And next time you visit New York City,
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As I mentioned in Part 1, this story is not about everyday money leaks or niggling oversights we all make from time to time, like leaving the lights on or buying a burger at a fast food joint and forgetting to use the 2-for-1 coupon in your wallet.
Instead, it’s about the type of money blunders that wake me up in the middle of the night and leave me covered in
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Money mistakes. We’ve all made them during our lives at one time or another.
Today I’m not going to talk about everyday money leaks or niggling oversights we all make from time to time, like leaving the lights on or buying a burger at a fast food joint and then forgetting to use the 2-for-1 coupon in your wallet.
Instead, I want to address the type of money mistakes that continue to
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Americans shell out $168 billion on home improvements and general maintenance every year — however, not all of that money ends up being well spent. Many people end up getting scammed by “drive-by” and otherwise unscrupulous contractors looking for an easy mark. Here are three of the most common home repair ripoffs you should be aware of:
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It seems like I’m always being bombarded with countless ads from companies offering home burglar alarm installation and monitoring services. Maybe that’s because 83% of homes in the US don’t have a security system in place to ward off potential thieves.
Are those homeowners crazy? Or crazy like a fox?
I took the plunge and got one not long after moving into my current home and it certainly provided peace of mind
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