Black Coffee: Your Easter Break Drinking and Driving Edition

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.

Today I’m taking my son, Matthew, to a (hopefully) deserted parking lot so he can practice driving for the very first time.

I remember my first foray behind the wheel of a car. It was in high

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Why Bag Ladies are Financially Savvier Than Many Celebrities

Singer Dionne Warwick and the Bag Lady: Guess who currently has a higher net worth. (Hint: If you're torn, reread the title of this post.)

 

Grammy Award winner Dionne Warwick, who found fame in the 1960s singing “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” filed for bankruptcy yesterday.

Younger folks may recognize Warwick from the 1990s, when she was the celebrity spokesperson for the Psychic Friends Network, or as a

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How I Stupidly Got Ripped Off by Not Getting Multiple Estimates

Whether we realize it or not, we manage financial risk whenever we take the time to get multiple price estimates from competing contractors. Those who do often get rewarded for their efforts.

As for those who don’t, well … they often end up getting burned.

I learned that lesson the hard way last month after I stupidly decided to forgo the estimates and award a backyard hillside renovation job to the guy

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Black Coffee: Why Lumpy Mattresses Are the Next Big Trend in Europe

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 was surfing the web yesterday when I came across a famous quote that we all should keep in mind from time to time, so I thought I’d share it with all of you today:

“Don’t believe

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100 Words On: Why Time Is More Valuable Than Money

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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Housing Market: Shadow Inventory and Mortgage Rates

The housing market across the country has been through rough times and recent data seems to indicate that the worst may be over. But is this really the case?

There are numerous factors in play in the housing market such as supply and demand, regional economic conditions, unemployment rates, shadow inventory, and mortgage rates. The last two take on special significance in the current housing scenario. Let’s take a closer look

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9 Important Tips for Managing Financial Risk

Internationally-known daredevil Karl Wallenda earned his fame by performing acrobatic acts high above the ground — without a safety net.

For years, Wallenda had performed his dangerous stunts countless times without incident, but on March 22, 1978, his luck finally ran out. While walking 121 feet above the pavement on a high-wire stretched between two towers of a Puerto Rico hotel, an unfortunate combination of improper rigging and strong wind gusts

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Black Coffee: When Bad Is Good, Down Is Up, and Black Is White

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’ve got a busy weekend planned, so let’s get right to it this week.

The Way-Back Machine: Past Posts Of Mine You May Have Missed

From January 2009:

Paying Off Your Mortgage Is A No-Brainer – Sometime between now

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Extended Warranties: 4 Essential Questions to Ask Before You Commit

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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Economic Collapse 101: Ten Ways to Prepare for the Unknown

Most folks are really good about making sure they have the proper amount of insurance for their home and automobiles. But when it comes to ensuring the survival of their family in rough economic times, well … not so much.

I recently explained why I believe an economic collapse is inevitable and what it would look like.

If history is any guide, the good news is that economic collapse won’t result in

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