How to Experience New York City on a Budget

New York is an amazing city that attracts millions of curious tourists each year. It’s also well known for being a very expensive place to visit, and many tourists find that they have to cut corners and miss out on enjoying all that the Big Apple has to offer. With some careful planning and a bit of research, though, it is possible to enjoy the complete New York experience, on

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A Few Thoughts from Aunt Doris: To Be or Not to Be?

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

Aunt Doris (circa the good ol' days)

Being 92 and never really fully recovered from my stroke, I had to give up my driver’s license, which was the biggest blow of all.

Before then, I’d always been a free spirit — I’d jump into my red Corolla, Miss Ruby, and go; wherever and whenever I pleased. No more.

Now,

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How to Raise Your Kids to Be Personal Finance Losers (in 6 Easy Steps)

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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Black Coffee: The Battle Between Gold and Fiat

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.

You may have noticed my blog had some performance issues earlier this week.

For most of the day on Wednesday and a portion of the day on Thursday my site was delivering a page that warned of

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Understanding Life Insurance: Does a Superhero Like Batman Need It?

In 2005, as a rather interesting educational experiment, the Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education surveyed 1,014 adults asking, “Out of the following fictional characters, which are most in need of life insurance: Batman, Spider-Man, Fred Flintstone, Harry Potter, or Marge Simpson?”

It certainly seems like a fairly absurd question to ask, but there was a very necessary, and educational, purpose for asking this question: to determine Americans’ understanding of

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A Small Victory in My Quest to Raise Financially Literate Kids

Teaching kids about personal finance is not an easy job. Even so, as a parent I believe it is my responsibility to ensure that my kids have a thorough understanding of good personal finance practices before they leave the nest.

Ultimately it will be up to them to decide if they want to heed the stories and lessons I have been tirelessly passing on to them ad nauseum since they were

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Why Sneaky Package Size Reductions are No Longer Fooling Consumers

The Honeybee will tell you that this guy and I have at least one thing in common.

Not too long ago I was preparing a recipe from an old cookbook that called for a couple of 7-ounce cans of tuna.

After looking in the pantry, I was happy to see that I had exactly two cans of tuna — until I remembered that tuna was one of the many products affected

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Black Coffee: Some People Have a Lot of Gall (and Some Don't Have Any)

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.

Oy! What a week. On Wednesday the Honeybee woke up at 2 a.m. with mild stomach pain that she thought was a recurrence of an old ulcer. But by 6 a.m., she was not keeping anything

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A Simple Trick for Getting Credit Card Interest Charges Waived

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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4 Kick-Ass Debt Lessons from the Karate Kid

Most of us have been bullied at one time or another as a kid. Perhaps you were called a name or harassed or even hit.

This near-universal experience may be one reason why the movie, “The Karate Kid” resonated with both adults and teens. The underdog story of Daniel, the new kid in town being bullied by local boys, is one everyone can relate to.

As an adult, you probably think those

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