Black Coffee: Why I Won't Be Going Out for Sushi and Drinks This Weekend

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.

For those of you here in America who will be enjoying your barbecues and family gatherings over the long weekend, please don’t forget to take a minute to remember the brave men and women who died

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Eight Smart Alternatives to Payday Loans

The following is a guest post from Gerrid Smith is CEO of the charity-focused coupon website, Save1. They provide coupons and deals from over 5,000 online stores! Each time a coupon is used, they provide a meal to a child in need.

When you examine the numbers, it’s difficult to deny that payday loans are detrimental to your finances. A new study from Insight Center for Community Economic Development found

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A Fun Interview with Stacking Benjamins' Host, Joe Saul-Sehy

I recently met with Joe Saul-Sehy to talk about his new money podcast, Stacking Benjamins, which debuts this week. We had just finished recording his final Two Guys and Your Money show, and I figured it would be clever to conduct the interview via Skype instant messaging — that way I could reduce my workload by cutting and pasting our conversation directly onto my blog. Bad idea. Unfortunately for Joe,

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Black Coffee: Why Nobody is Buying Venezuela's Economic 'Poo Poo' Platter

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.

Now that Matthew is 16, he’ll be heading to the DMV this coming Monday to get his driver’s permit, which explains why he’s busy cramming for his upcoming exam.

You know, the last time I ever saw

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Four Basic Habits That Will Keep You Mired in Debt

Being in debt is largely a matter of second grade arithmetic — if we spend more than we earn then we’ll get in debt; if we continue spending more than we earn then we’re likely to stay in debt.

The solution is to reverse the equation: Instead of spending more than you earn, start earning more than you spend. Put the difference against your debt regularly and soon it will be

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When Pigs Fly: How I Fought My Parking Ticket and Beat City Hall

Usually, the only warm-blooded creature in the house that ever bothers to get up and acknowledge me when I come through the front door is my dog, Major.

So I knew something was wrong when I walked through the door and the Honeybee greeted me with a big kiss.

Needless to say, I cut right to the chase: “OK, what happened?”

“I got a parking ticket.”

“How much?”

“Thirty-five bucks. But I’m innocent!”

“Uh huh. That’s

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Black Coffee: Mother's Day, Mom Tattoos & Market Misallocations

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.

Hey … Happy Mother’s Day all you mothers!

(You know, maybe I should have rephrased that.)

Oh well, that’s now water under the dam bridge, so let’s get right to it.

The Way-Back Machine: Past Posts Of Mine You

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Why Travel Accommodations Don't Have to Cost You a Fortune

Who doesn’t like money?

I don’t think I know a single person who couldn’t put their hands up and say, “I’d like a bit more money in my life.” Except maybe Oprah, but she’s living the dream so she doesn’t have to hold her hands up and say that. I mean, heck, she could probably buy two new hands and hire someone else to hold them up if she wanted to.

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How to Retire Five Years Earlier Than You May Think You Can

This is a guest post from blogger Joel Larsgaard, who is the proprietor of Save Outside the Box.

Who wants to work ’til they’re 75? Not me. That’s why I’m constantly thinking of ways to make a little more or spend a little less in order to save more for the future.

If you have the same priority there is one change that you can make in order to quit your day

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4 Good Reasons Why Some Quarters Are Painted Red

Every once in awhile I’ll come across something a bit arcane that will catch my eye and really make me wonder.

For example, consider the pattern on the back of this cat:

I know. I can’t believe it either.

I’ll never forget the time I came across an eggplant at my local grocery store that looked exactly like Richard Milhous Nixon. I’m not kidding.

OK, on second thought, the eggplant didn’t look exactly like

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