There are plenty of food snobs out there who insist that it is sacrilegious to put ketchup on a hot dog. That assessment is echoed by The National Hot Dog Council which proclaims that ketchup should never be put on a hot dog by any one over the age of 18. I find it deliciously ironic when people insist that something as gastronomically unsophisticated as the common hot dog can
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There are a handful of questions out there that simply defy explanation. For example, who built Stonehenge and what was it for? Why isn’t phonetic spelled the way that it sounds? And why can’t women put mascara on with their mouths closed?
Here’s another perplexing question: Why do otherwise intelligent people with triple-digit IQs still manage to dig themselves so deeply into debt that they’re often forced into bankruptcy?
Actually, I have
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Congratulations if you can figure out the connection between this picture and the story.
There are those who steadfastly insist that credit cards are evil, and that credit card companies are greedy heartless scallywags that care only about one thing: making a profit.
I’ve got news for them: Credit card companies aren’t evil.
Neither are profits. Besides, when it comes to profits, credit card companies are no more heartless or greedy than,
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Although you’d never know it based upon the ways people treat time and money, the former is significantly more valuable than the latter because our life here on earth is finite. Yes, time is free; ironically, it’s also priceless. That’s because we can always make more money — but there’s nothing we can do to buy more time.
The bottom line: Treat your time with the same care and consideration you
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As many guys will tell you, after countless cookouts and parties we tend to get attached to our barbecue grills the same way we get attached to our dogs.
Let’s face it, a good barbecue grill, like a good dog, is something to be revered, and as such it’s always tough for their owners to recognize exactly when it’s time to finally say goodbye. It’s a reality that I had to
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You’ve got to hand it to scam artists. They often succeed in spite of themselves.
If I had a nickel for every time I retrieved a message from my inbox warning me that my PayPal account has been limited, or that my credit card has been suspended, well, I’d have at least $100 bucks in my pocket right now.
Don’t scoff. That’s 2000 nickels!
This afternoon it happened again. I got an “urgent”
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My son, Matthew, is quickly approaching his 16th birthday and so I’ve been giving him a few driving tutorials.
I haven’t let him get behind the wheel just yet — that’s on next month’s agenda — but it’s gotten to the point now where every time Matthew and I are in the car together, I take a few moments to pass along a tip or two regarding the rules of the
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We’re now two full weeks into January and during that time I’ve read a handful of personal finance articles from people espousing their resolutions for the new year with all the usual suspects dutifully mentioned:
Track your spending. Check.
Start a budget. Got it.
Stop trying to keep up with the Joneses. Yep.
Pay off the charge cards. Good.
Pay yourself first. Uh huh.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, blah, blah, blah.
Don’t get me wrong; those are all
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(Readers: In February 2012, I received a heart-breaking message in my inbox from Spedie, a long-time reader and frequent commenter here at Len Penzo dot Com. Her husband abandoned her and their marriage — but not before he callously drained the household checking and savings accounts of every last penny. This is her story.)
I’d always considered myself pretty street smart. You know, the kind of girl that didn’t have an
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Like most people, I have very strong opinions when it comes to tipping rates for various services that expect them. For example, I staunchly believe that 15% is completely acceptable for good restaurant service.
It used to be that tipping was meant to reward and encourage your server for exemplary service. Unfortunately, with the advent of tipping pools, mandatory gratuities and general tip inflation, that seems to be the exception rather
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