100 Words On: When Financial Perfection Is the Enemy of Good

When it comes to matters of personal finance, trying to find the optimal solution can be counterproductive simply because many decisions don’t require extensive research. One of the best examples of this is when comparison shopping for a certain product or service. Typically, a modest survey of three to five samples is all that’s necessary before enough information is available to make an enlightened decision.

The bottom line: Whether you’re choosing

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Evaluating the Pros & Cons of 4 Common Car Loan Alternatives

In an ideal world we all want to be debt-free; and borrowing money is something that we all should approach with caution. However, when it comes to living a real life, very few of us will be able to escape borrowing money to finance a larger purchase. A car can be one of those big purchases and, unless you’re happy to ride a bicycle or save up money in your

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Drop the Guilt: How To Splurge Without Breaking the Bank

Is it just me, or do I come off at times as a real financial stick in the mud? Uh huh. That’s what I thought.

Look back at my archives and you’ll notice I’ve written plenty of articles about the importance of saving money and spending less than you earn. But when it comes to posts on spending money and having a good time, well, you have to look a little

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Black Coffee: All the News That's Fit to Print (from Front to Back)

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 am a big lover of horses. I’ve always been fascinated by them, and I think they are one of the most beautiful animals on

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It Could Be Worse: 9 Everyday Items More Expensive Than Gasoline

I drove by the corner gas station today, as I do everyday on my way home from work, and I couldn’t help but notice that the price of gasoline rose another few cents over the weekend. This time the sign was unapologetically advertising a price of $4.179 per gallon.

You know, I hate that sign. Some days I feel like it is taunting me — especially the ones when I have

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An Expert Shows How to Avoid Common Marketplace Art Scams

by Gayle B. Tate

Gayle is the founding owner and director of G. B. Tate & Sons Fine Art. His services include authentication and appraisal of fine art, and he has worked with federal authorities and art insurance companies to solve and prevent art fraud issues and theft in the marketplace. You are invited to visit his web site at http://www.gbtate.com.

Scams?

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Black Coffee: An Easter Espresso Edition

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 little blog rebuilding episode has left me utterly exhausted. But it’s a good kind of tired.

I have been working to

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100 Words On: So... How Do You Like My New Blog Layout? Me Either.

So how do you like the new setup? Yeah, I know. It sucks. In case you’re wondering, about 10 days ago my website got a case of the WordPress flu and the bug eventually decimated my site so badly that I was forced to do a complete reinstall on Wednesday afternoon. As I write this, it is now almost 1 in the morning and I have been sitting at my

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Missed Tax Deadline? Here's How to Reduce or Eliminate Penalties.

by Matt Robinson

This year’s tax filing deadline was Monday, April 18, 2011. If you missed the deadline, you may face penalties and a number of other consequences that will only get worse if you do not take your income tax filing seriously. The consequences of not filing taxes vary by situation, but regardless of your unique tax or financial situation, the sooner you rectify your situation with the IRS, the

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Black Coffee: Inflation, the Collapse of the Dollar and an $815 Jelly Bean

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…

When I was a teenager I got to be a pretty good golfer. I was shooting in the high 70s and low 80s on the

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