7 Questions That Businesses Rarely Ask Their Customers Anymore

Self-serve wasn't around when this picture was taken in 1939.

It’s hard for me to believe, but today is my 50th birthday.

I know, I don’t look a day over 65.

When I was a young boy, I thought 50 was ancient. Perhaps it is; but I don’t feel ancient. In fact, with only a few minor exceptions, I feel pretty much the same way today as I did when

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Black Coffee: Out of Cash, Out of Touch, and Out of Time

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 hope everyone had a memorable Valentine’s Day on Friday!

Let’s get right to it …

Credits and Debits

Debit: In case you haven’t noticed, Argentina defaulted on its debt in 1982, 1989, and 2001.

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100 Words On: Why Extended Warranties Sometimes Do Make Sense

The conventional wisdom out there is that it’s rarely advantageous to consider an extended warranty unless it’s for an automobile.

Don’t believe it. The truth is, when it comes to extended warranties, things aren’t always quite so black and white. For example, it often makes sense to buy extended warranties for irreplaceable or low-reliability products. Likewise, they’re often a good idea for items that you know may be

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5 Ways to Make Your Car Insurance Cheaper

At the moment, the things we know that are infinite includes — the universe, human stupidity and, of course, the rise in auto or car insurance premiums. According to insurance agent Evelia Mascareno, every year auto insurance rates increase somewhere between two and seven percent.

For many, owning an insured car is essential. Of course, you can always try to squeeze more out of your budget to compensate for your ever

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Money Mirages: 6 Money-Saving Ideas That Are Anything But

Yesterday I was at the gas station and I observed a soccer mom topping off the tank of her bright yellow Hummer.

And when I say “topping off,” I mean really topping it off. She must have squeezed that hose handle a dozen times — and each time she did, the gas pump reacted with one of those obnoxious attention-getting retorts warning her that the tank was full. You know

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Black Coffee: Predictions, Prognoses, Forecasts, and Prophecies

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.

My extremely heavy workload at the office and the obligatory honey-do list is compressing my schedule again, so I’ve got another “espresso edition” of Black Coffee for you this week. Don’t worry; it still has

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100 Words On: The Importance of Always Paying Yourself First

When it comes to saving money, the biggest hurdle for most folks is the lack of available cash after paying all of the bills every month. Fortunately, this seemingly impossible problem is easily fixed by paying yourself first — not your creditors. One of the most effective ways to do this is by taking advantage of your employer’s automatic 401(k) paycheck deduction.

The bottom line: Whether you’re saving for retirement or

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Economic Collapse 101: How Much Gold and Silver Should People Own?

Ever since I started writing about the importance of owning physical gold and silver as insurance against the inevitable failure of the US dollar, I’ve been receiving an increasing volume of questions in my inbox from folks curious to know more about precious metals.

With that in mind, here’s one that I received last week from Joshua:

“I was wondering about how much (gold and silver) a person should own. I’m

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Why You Should Insure a Rental Property

(This is a guest post by Tali Wee of Zillow.)

An investment property is likely to initially cost more than a single-family home. Buyers don’t get the loan benefits of buying an owner-occupied property. Plus, multiple residents increase the likelihood of accidents and structural damage to the home. Landlords are liable for most of the maintenance issues required for the property. Between the large sum of money invested and the probability

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33 Reasons Why Your Finances Are a Complete Mess

I’m a total neat freak. Always have been.

Truth be told, the Honeybee is a neat freak too. I think that’s a big reason why we get along so well.

Oddly enough, our teenage kids are the exact opposite. They’re allergic to neat.

The other day I walked in Matthew’s “empty” bedroom and it looked like a bomb had gone off. There were so many clothes, school papers, books and other

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