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 plenty

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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 38,

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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 pieces of

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Black Coffee: A Super Bowl Prediction That You Can Take to the Bank

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.

For what it’s worth, my (usually) trusty Magic 8-Ball has had mixed results picking the Super Bowl winner. It correctly predicted the Green Bay Packers win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV, but it

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The Top 5 Daily Deal Sites on the Internet

The ease and convenience of using the Internet, combined with the need for people to save money as a result of the struggling economy, have revived couponing from its significant lull (almost into extinction) during the economic boom of the ’90s. Beyond coupons are Internet deals sites, where subscribers can get deals on everything from groceries to automobiles.

With that said, here are the top five sites to check into for

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Quick Tip: The Easiest Money You’ll Ever Make

Yesterday the Honeybee and I got another dividend rewards check from our credit card company — this time for $300.00. I love it when those checks come in, as we use the money to treat ourselves to a nice dinner, night on the town, or other fun activity.

Over the past seven years we have earned more than $2000 in cash dividends for nothing more than using our credit card.

We get

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