Black Coffee: Odd Shopping Habits, Lazy Kids & Fuzzy Math

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…

Only 16 shopping days to Christmas. If you’re looking to buy me a gift but aren’t sure what to get, drop me an email and I’ll

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How to Pick the Perfect Christmas Tree (In 3 Easy Steps)

When I was growing up I had a friend whose family used to put up an artificial aluminum Christmas tree every year; pink.

I remember one particular Christmas that same family had an ornament of a smiling Elvis Presley hanging on their pink tree — just above the manger scene they had neatly tucked under it. I know.

Those of you counting at home could reasonably argue that their version

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15 Reasons Why Waterbeds Are For Suckers

Sometimes people buy things that they eventually end up regretting. I know I’ve got a long list.

I’ve already explained why corner lots and whirlpool tubs are for suckers.

Today, I’ve got two words for anybody out there who is currently considering spending $1000 or more of their hard-earned money on a waterbed: buyer beware. That’s because, when you add it all up, there are far more disadvantages than advantages.

Believe

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Black Coffee: The Warren Buffett Tax and Vacation Club

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…

Blogs I’ve Been Following This Week

Afford Anything – Yo, Warren Buffett, Can I Crash on Your Couch? Hey, the next time you’re going to be

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Why I Refuse to Get Upset By Subtly Deceptive Advertising

Last weekend I was lured to an online calendar website with the following promise: “Everything up to 60% off!”

Sixty percent!

While I was visiting there I found a calendar that was on sale for $13.49 — $1.50 off the regular price of $14.99.

Now, after taking a couple of minutes to do the math, I became a bit put off because, let’s face it, that’s only 10% off — not

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How I Know When to Drop Collision & Comprehensive Auto Insurance

Although we refuse to admit it, everybody is occasionally guilty of holding on to things a little longer than they really should.

I often question the Honeybee’s motives regarding her proclivity to keep around old birthday cards and our kids’ elementary school papers. If you’re interested, I’m sure she can show you the very first perfect score Matthew ever received on a spelling quiz he took in kindergarten. Never mind that

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Black Coffee: Leg Men, Optimistic Barflies and Nitwit Economists

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…

I hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving. I know I did!

With that said, let’s get right to it this week.

Blogs I’ve Been Following This

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100 Words On: Donating to the Company Charity Drive

This is a guest post from Erin Baker who has several blogs including The Dog Ate My Wallet and, appropriately, 100 Words On. Check them both out when you get a chance!

The Holiday Giving Season is almost upon us. If your company sponsors a specific charity, the decision to give as an employee can be a tricky one. Is this an organization you might give to anyway? Is participating

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4 Steps to Take When You Realize That OMG! I Need to Sell My House

Dominique Brown is a financial planner, landord, personal finance blogger and video blogger. He is the owner of YourFinancesSimplified.com where he talks about everything from being a new father to his worst financial mistakes. He is also the owner of InsiderRealEstateTips.com where he talks about real estate exclusively. You can find him either on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube or Instagram.

It can be overwhelming to wake up one day and realize,

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5 Costly Shopping Habits That Drive My 13-Year-Old Daughter Crazy

This is a guest post from my daughter, Nina.

Hi again, everyone!

Let me just take the time to start off by saying that my dad has been really busy and he needed to take a day or two off for Thanksgiving, so I offered to fill in for him again. As you can tell, Dad said yes!

Now, there are some things in this world that I see people do

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