Why Close Is Often Good Enough When Managing Your Money

I’m not a big football fan. Oh sure, I occasionally enjoy watching football on television. But, unlike hockey and baseball, I rarely bother buying tickets to attend football games in person.

That being said, this past weekend my buddy had an extra ticket to a college football game between USC and Arizona State, so I eagerly tagged along.

Anyway, as I was sitting in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum blissfully watching the

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Black Coffee: Who's In the Mood for Some Sour Grapes?

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…

This week I’ve got another abbreviated “espresso edition” of Black Coffee. My work and personal schedule has forced me to skip the snarky commentary on my favorite

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6 Basic Steps to Help You Achieve Financial Freedom

Financial freedom can be a difficult term to define, but at a very basic level it simply means controlling your own finances entirely.

In order to gain financial freedom, you have to be free of debt, able to provide for yourself, and able to prepare for your future. However, achieving those goals is often easier said than done — particularly in times of economic hardship such as those that much of

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100 Words On: A Grim Warning to Those Who Think Money Grows On Trees

A democracy can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.

– Alexis de Tocqueville

The bottom line: By 2016, our National

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How to Save Money on Dental Care So You Won't Go Broke at the Dentist

The Great Len Penzo has asked me, nay, compelled me to write a post for you, his followers, on how to save money at the dentist.

Well, he came to the right guy because I may just be the only practicing dentist/personal finance blogger on the planet. Pretty cool, huh?

So today I’ll share with you some of the best things you can do to save money on dental care so you

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The Unexpected Bill That Added $2406.88 to My Recent Vacation

Best. Dog. Ever.

“Whatever it takes.”

That was the answer the Honeybee gave me three years ago after I asked her how much she would pay to save a pet’s life.

Unfortunately, last week we got a chance to reconsider that question after we returned from a week-long family vacation up the California coast.

Almost as soon as we got our nine-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback, Major, back home from doggy day care — essentially

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Black Coffee: Beer Drinkers, Hell Raisers & Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

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 is having a great weekend. As for me, I’m getting myself ready for Tuesday’s elections. For the record, despite what you may think, this

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For the Times You Didn't Plan For

At some point in life, everyone has hit some rough financial times. Sometimes, these financial problems are brought on by the ignorance of youth, other times they are brought on by coincidence, and they can even be caused by catastrophes beyond your control. No matter how it happens, it’s clear that you can’t allow financial disasters decide how your life will play out.

Your life is your own, and it doesn’t

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100 Words On: Why Most Early Risers Usually Wake Up Smiling

Twenty top CEOs were surveyed by Yahoo! Finance and 80% of them said they wake up every morning at 5:30 or earlier. As for the the other 20% — they rise and shine no later than 6:00. According to Forbes, studies show that early risers are more optimistic, conscientious and stable. It turns out that morning people are more proactive too — which leads to greater career success and more

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The Emperor Has No Clothes: Why In-N-Out Burger Is Overrated

I know what I’m about to say is going to make more than a few people’s heads explode, but it needs to be said: In-N-Out Burger ain’t what it used to be.

No, really.

Trust me on this one, folks; I know what I’m talking about.

I’ve been eating at In-N-Out for well over 30 years now. I grew up with an In-N-Out Burger down the street from my childhood home, which is

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