100 Words On: The Dangers of Loitering in the Comfort Zone

It’s human nature for us to want to spend as much time as possible in the proverbial comfort zone. And why not? It takes courage to walk away from the dependable familiarity and security that waits for us there; for many, sometimes that’s even true in adverse situations, such as a failing relationship. Unfortunately, it’s impossible for us to grow, be creative, and lead truly fulfilling lives when we continually

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Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Guess My Rental Car Bill.

It seems like every time I go to Hawaii, I always learn a valuable financial lesson.

I already shared how, during my recent summer vacation there, I was reminded of why folks should always be on their toes when shopping, as illustrated by two sizes of the same detergent being sold at a local supermarket — and the jaw-dropping price-difference between them.

And although you’d think I’d know better, that wasn’t the

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No, I'm NOT Rich. But I Am Financially Free. Here's How I Got There.

Let’s face it, the more choices we have in life, the richer and more rewarding it becomes.

Fortunately, I’m currently in that coveted sweet spot where I can do pretty much whatever the heck I please, whenever I want.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not in a position to buy whatever I want, but I am able to take advantage of a lot of opportunities in life that are typically out of

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Black Coffee: Spoiled Kids, Sad Husbands and Other Sorry Schlubs

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…

A woman became impatient while sitting in the car waiting for her husband to collect his tuba from a storage locker. Eventually, she decided to go in

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100 Words On: Why Window Seat Fliers Are the Happiest Fliers

You may be surprised to know that many airlines are now charging extra money for a growing number of window and aisle seats. And while I might consider paying extra for a window seat, I’m still trying to understand why anyone would ever pay extra for an aisle seat, considering the physical abuse they often get from passing carts, stewardesses and passengers.

The bottom line: Sitting in a window seat affords

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One Key Situation When an English Degree May Be a Sound Investment

In Alexa Russell’s post today, she writes about how, for some non-Americans, investing in an English bachelors degree or higher, can lead to employment in SEO, technical writing and online content management. Alexa has authored several pieces on the jobs available to English degree graduates.

Although an English degree might not end up on Len’s list of the 10 worst things ever bought, it might not be far from the truth

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18 Flippant Facts You Didn't Know About the $2 Bill

Not too long ago I had to mosey on down to my local hardware store because I needed propane for my barbecue grill. The total price for the refill came to $17.96.

At first I tried to pay with a credit card but, for some reason, their machine was on the fritz, so I gave the kid the only money I had in my wallet: a $20 bill.

In return, he gave

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Black Coffee: Millionaires, Glory Hounds and the Tin Foil Hat Crowd

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 good to be back home in a comfy chair this week. Let’s get right to it.

Blogs I’ve Been Following This Week

The Free Financial Advisor – Hi

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100 Words On: How to Quit Dreaming and Start Doing

Robert Louis Stevenson said that there can be no fairer ambition than to excel in talk. And while that may be true for the dreamers in life, successful people know the world will always depend on doers — folks who are motivated to follow through and turn grandiose plans into reality. Dreaming alone is never enough; you need ambition too. That means setting measurable goals and mustering the courage and

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Southwest Airlines: Website Horror Stories, Part II

Even Rod Serling couldn't make this latest Southwest story up …

You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind.  A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the sign post up ahead, your next stop … The Personal Finance Twilight Zone.

And I thought my recent adventure with Southwest Airlines was infuriating!

While Southwest was pulling a classic bait

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