9 'Oops' Moments That I Ultimately Paid For (One Way or Another)

Last week I needed to venture into my attic to check on some rat traps, so I grabbed my flashlight to help me navigate my way through the rafters. As luck would have it, the flashlight wasn’t working; the last person who used it forgot to turn the darn thing off, so the batteries died.

Oops.

Anyway, with no spare C-cells in the drawer and an unplanned trip to the store

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Black Coffee: To Work, or Not to Work -- That Is the Question.

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. Here’s what caught my attention over the past week…

It’s a busy weekend for me, and I’ve got a lot of ground to cover, so let’s get right to it today. Here we go!

The

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The 6 Biggest Consumer Electronics Markups (and How to Fight Back)

What do a grocery store, a funeral home and a college bookstore have in common? They each sell products with some of the highest markups in retail.

While we don’t want to think of a funeral as a financial transaction, the reality is that we all pay a premium for products that are produced for a fraction of the cost. Though there’s nothing we can do about the price gap between

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How to Find A Low-Priced Plumber That Won’t Rip You Off

I’m not a plumber. In fact, I’m not very handy around the house at all.

If I can’t fix something with a hammer or screwdriver I prefer to pay somebody else to do the work. That’s why I decided to get a professional to reroute and install new plumbing hardware during our kitchen remodel.

Of course, we needed estimates. After making a few calls to local plumbers, the Honeybee presented

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Black Coffee: When Did They Stop Teaching Basic Economics in America?

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. Here’s what caught my attention over the past week…

Have you seen Oreo’s “Whisper Fight” television commercial? I can’t get enough of it. There are more laughs in that 30-second masterpiece than there were during

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3 Things You Should Never Pay For with a Credit Card (and One You Always Should)

This guest post was written by Jason Bushey. Jason is a personal finance blogger, and he runs the day to day operations at Creditnet.com.

Credit cards shouldn’t scare you; when used correctly, they’re actually the most rewarding form of currency available today.

Seriously, when’s the last time you were rewarded with airline miles for using cash?

And while it’s highly recommended that everyone should apply for a credit card as early

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18 Personal Finance Facts You Didn't Know About US Presidents

It may seem hard to believe at times, but the 44 Americans who have had the good fortune to be called “Mr. President” are really no different than the rest of us.

Oh sure, sitting US presidents may be considered the most powerful men in the free world, but at the end of the day they still put their pants on one leg at a time. Yes, some were financially successful

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Black Coffee: Why 100-Trillion Zimbabwe Dollars Doesn't Go as Far as It Used To

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. Here’s what caught my attention over the past week…

If any of you out there plan on going on a first date this Valentine’s Day, try not to utter either of these lines — especially

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The 4 Biggest Ways to Stretch Your Income

The other day I was talking to somebody (who, um, shall remain nameless) who was lamenting the fact that he couldn’t find enough discretionary income for an annual family vacation.

I found that fascinating considering Eddie (oops!) drives a brand new BMW and lives with his family of four in a modest Southern California neighborhood.

Of course, life is all about choices.

Eddie — oops, I did it again — may

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How to Tell If You’re Dating a Deadbeat

I’m very fortunate that the Honeybee and I rarely have a disagreement regarding money. In fact, I can only remember it happening once in over 16 years of marriage — and it was all due to a silly misunderstanding.

A recent study affirmed the conventional wisdom that says money is the most likely point of conflict in a marriage. This is especially true when one spouse tends to be a spender

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