A Few Thoughts from Aunt Doris: Well ... It Didn't Seem Funny at the Time!

This is another post in an occasional series from my dear nonagenarian Aunt Doris.

Aunt Doris (circa the good ol' days)

Every once in awhile, almost everyone says or does something so goofy or dumb that they wish the floor would just open and swallow them whole.

When that happens to you, don’t despair; it will eventually become an amusing incident. Lord knows I’ve had more than a few of

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Is Cell Phone Insurance Really Worth It?

Last month our previous cell phone contract finally expired. That made the Honeybee happy because it meant we could finally move to a new carrier with better coverage.

However, nobody was more excited than the kid with the fastest thumbs in the West, my son, Matthew, who no longer had to endure the supposed indignity of being stuck with an “uncool” Nokia Gravity phone because our new plan included three iPhones.

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Black Coffee: Killer Asteroids and The Joy of Having More Money than Time

It’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy a little joe

Welcome to another rousing edition of Black Coffee, your off-beat weekly round-up of what’s been going on in the world of money and personal finance.

Last month I passed a dubious blog milestone: I received my 1-millionth spam comment. I know.

Unfortunately for me, yesterday I was hit by a comment-spammer who attacked me with a relentless fervor that was,

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Having Fun Yet? 9 Ways to Ensure Your Road Trip Sucks

I love summer. It’s my favorite time of the year — after spring and autumn.

I know. That may not sound like a ringing endorsement, but it’s true.

Anyway, one of my favorite things about summer is our annual family vacation; my favorites are when we go on extended cross-country road trips. I’ve made seven coast-to-coast trips during my lifetime, so suffice it to say that I have at least a

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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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Black Coffee: A French Grasshopper Walks Into a Bar ...

It’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy a little joe

Welcome to another rousing edition of Black Coffee, your off-beat weekly round-up of what’s been going on in the world of money and personal finance.

I heard this the other day and it made me laugh …

A man walks into a bar and orders a grasshopper. On his way home, the man meets a real grasshopper and says, “Hey!

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Smart Tips for Traveling Abroad During the Economic Downturn

Over the last five years the economic downturn has affected most of the Western world. In Europe some have been hit harder than others and this has had a knock-on effect on the travel and tourism industries in these countries. You have probably heard of the crises in Spain, Greece and to a lesser extent Portugal, Iceland and Ireland – but what does this mean for tourism and those considering taking

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100 Words On: One of the Biggest Mistakes a Household CEO Can Make

It’s been said that failing to plan is planning to fail — especially with respect to personal finances. And although you may be prepared, one of the biggest mistakes any household CEO can make is to abandon their financial plan during extended periods of good or bad fortune. Why? Because, for those who lack the discipline to stay the course, raw emotion may erroneously trump the sound reasoning that was previously

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Stop Pouring Money Down the Drain: 9 Ways to Conserve Bathroom Water

When you realize that half of a household’s water usage occurs in the bathroom, and that greener versions of toilets and faucets can save an average American family up to 11,000 gallons per year, it’s easy to consider the cost-effectiveness of making the changes.

But going green in the bathroom is not nearly as expensive as you may think! In fact, up-fitting your faucets, fixtures and toilets with more efficient and

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Yet Another Reason Why I Hate Buying Tickets from Ticketmaster

Most of you know I’ve had a hate/hate relationship with Ticketmaster for a long time now.

After all, this is the company that wrote the book on ridiculous consumer fees that, many people argue, only serve to exploit their hapless customers; it’s a practice that’s all the more galling because of their current market dominance which, if you ask me, borders on a monopoly.

Last weekend, Ticketmaster gave me yet another

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