My Dumbest Money Mistakes

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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Why I Shouldn’t Have Got Behind a Nice Lady in the Supermarket Line

I think grocery store self-check stands are both a blessing and a curse.

When multiple shoppers, loaded up with enough groceries to, say, sustain a family of four through a nuclear winter are queued up in front of a human cashier, self-check kiosks are a godsend.

On the other hand, self-check stands aren’t so hot when the guy in front of you has 57 varieties of fresh fruits & vegetables in his

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My 5th Annual Cost Survey of 10 Popular Brown Bag Sandwiches

The price of lunch at my kids’ school is going up. Again. This year, a school lunch will cost $2.75 per meal — that’s 20% more than last year. I know.

Unfortunately, many busy parents struggling to make ends meet may think that’s still a bargain for lunch. It’s not.

At those prices, a parent with two kids will shell out $990 over the course of a 180-day school year.

In fact, with

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A Simple Trick for Breaking Your Overspending Habit

No, that's not my closet.

The other day I was reluctantly helping the Honeybee clean out her our closets — and having a thoroughly miserable time doing it, I might add — when I came across a couple of old Discover magazines.

I canceled my subscription to Discover years ago, but I really used to love reading those magazines because the articles were always very interesting. Sometimes they were very inspiring

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Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Guess Which Item Costs More.

Last night I was doing a little shopping on Amazon and I came across an item that was being offered for sale by two different vendors. Here was the price summary that appeared on my screen:

So, which item is the better bargain?

On first glance, you might think the first item listed would result in a higher bill at the checkout stand. And why not? It’s $10.30 price tag is a

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The Trouble with Buying Movie Tickets Over the Internet

We all come across things in life that are wildly popular, even though it makes little sense to us.

Take “Duck Dynasty” — going into its fourth season, it’s one of the hottest shows on cable television.

I recently watched a couple of episodes for the first time and, frankly, I don’t see what all the buzz is about.

Then there’s sushi; it’s loved by millions of people the world over. I

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I'm Stumped: 7 Perplexing Money Questions Without a Good Answer

Earlier this month, British Prime Minister David Cameron offered $1.54 million to the person who could solve mankind’s greatest challenge, whatever that might be. However, before the challenge can officially begin, Mr. Cameron must wait for an official list of the world’s biggest problems from a committee of extremely wise fellows who are now collecting the best suggestions from abroad.

The first candidate problem that immediately crossed my mind was how

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Why Extended Warranties for New Tires Are A Waste of Money

Awhile back I bought four new tires for my 1997 Honda Civic. The tires came with a pro-rated 65,000-mile guarantee and were $74 each, or just under $300 for the entire set.

As the salesman was tallying up the bill he asked me if I would like to purchase the extended warranty for my brand new tires.

“And how much is that?” I sheepishly asked.

“It’s only $9.95,” came the salesman’s immediate reply.

“Is

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Why Some Who Cut Expenses to the Bone Still Can't Make Ends Meet

The other day I was fueling up my car at the local gas station. While I was waiting for the tank to fill, I thought it would be a good idea to get rid of the remains of a ridiculously large bug that was splattered on the windshield.

Unfortunately, the only squeegee I could find was at another pump island that was occupied by a big ol’ cowboy who was filling

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You Can Call Me Almost Anything – But Please Don’t Call Me Cheap

As the economy continues its struggle to emerge from its seemingly never-ending malaise, many folks are working hard to find additional and more creative ways to save a buck or two.

I recently had lunch with a friend of mine who called me a cheapskate because I dared to bring home a healthy handful of extra napkins that an overzealous fast-food server had placed on the tray with my meal.

“I’m not

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