Coupons can save you hundreds of dollars each year, if not more. So why is it that so many people choose not to use them? Maybe it’s that they don’t consider them worth the trouble, or have had bad experiences with using coupons in the past. It could be that people just don’t know where to look to find good coupons, or they don’t understand how to get the most
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Who hasn’t been fleeced by a casino slot machine? Although only Keno offers worse odds of winning, slots are by far the most popular casino game, responsible for 70 percent of gambling industry winnings — so it’s really no surprise they’re derisively called one-armed bandits. Like casinos, banks have their own army of two-faced dollar desperadoes: automated teller machines. ATMs have no qualms heisting 15 percent per $20 withdrawal. For
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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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When it comes to saving money, the biggest hurdle for most folks is the lack of available cash after paying all of the bills every month. Fortunately, this seemingly impossible problem is easily fixed by paying yourself first — not your creditors. One of the most effective ways to do this is by taking advantage of your employer’s automatic 401(k) paycheck deduction.
The bottom line: Whether you’re saving for retirement or
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Yesterday the Honeybee and I got another dividend rewards check from our credit card company — this time for $300.00. I love it when those checks come in, as we use the money to treat ourselves to a nice dinner, night on the town, or other fun activity.
Over the past seven years we have earned more than $2000 in cash dividends for nothing more than using our credit card.
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The main benefit of frugality and saving is they’re good habits that lay a strong personal finance foundation. That being said, the frugal lifestyle definitely has its limits. Although scrimping and cutting corners can result in significant savings, at some point, it simply becomes impractical to cut anymore. Meanwhile, those trying to save their way to prosperity will sadly discover that it’s a painfully slow process.
The bottom line: Frugality has its
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Paying taxes is something your kids will have to deal with as adults. So why should you wait until your child’s first job to teach them about the basics of earning money and taxation?
You shouldn’t. You don’t have to either. Teach your kids by charging them the “Parent Tax.”
The Parent Tax is a simple concept: Children pay a flat-percentage tax to their parents on any money that comes into their
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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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It’s ironic, but bankers and fiscally irresponsible governments despise gold and silver. Why? Because precious metals demand accountability, that’s why.
In short, gold-backed currencies force responsible governments to live within their means.
That is precisely why, back in 1971, Richard Nixon was forced to nullify the Bretton Woods agreement, which was signed at the end of World War II, and permanently closed the gold window.
As you might expect, Nixon felt he had
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Not too long ago, I was driving my family along the foothills of Southern California, at the base of the magnificent San Gabriel mountains.
Believe it or not, the San Gabriels top out at over 10,000 feet; and while the panorama from the top of Mount Baldy is stunning, I think the view from the base of the range is arguably even more impressive as you cast your eyes up its
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