A Primer to Help You Unravel the True Meaning of a Dollar

Have you ever looked really closely at the US one-dollar bill?

If you have ever paid close attention, there really is a lot of stuff going on with that humble bill.  Some of it is actually kind of creepy.

Today I thought I’d try and unravel some of the dollar bill’s biggest mysteries for you.

Okay, okay. They’re not really mysteries – 98% of this stuff is all over the internet – but

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The Best of the Best in Money and Personal Finance #8

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Welcome to the eighth edition of The Best of the Best in Money and Personal Finance, where every featured post is an Editor’s Pick!  The top selections for this edition of the carnival were based upon those who came closest to

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Black Coffee: My Favorite Blogs, Money News & Opinions #19

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Blogs I’ve Been Following This Week

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…

Saving Advice – We kick off this week’s edition of Black Coffee with a nice piece from David who writes about several

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Drive-By Movie Review (Halloween Edition): The Last House on the Left

This is a review of the 2009 movie The Last House on the Left starring Garret Dillahunt, Tony Goldwyn, and Monica Potter

Plot Summary: After kidnapping and brutally assaulting two young women, a gang led by a prison escapee unknowingly finds refuge at a vacation home belonging to the parents of one of the victims — a mother and father who devise an increasingly gruesome series of revenge tactics.

The Honeybee: What

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It’s Time Unemployed People Start Working For Free

Okay, not all unemployed people, but definitely some of them. Let me explain.

Last month the U.S. House of Representatives passed another 13-week extension of unemployment benefits on top of the current California maximum of 79 weeks.  And just last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D‐Nevada) introduced a proposal to extend unemployment insurance by up to 14 additional weeks for jobless workers in all 50 states.  The proposal would also

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6 Frugal Halloween Costume Ideas For the Kids

So the Honeybee took our two kids out shopping for Halloween costumes this week and spent a grand total of $69.43.  This is not only a ghastly amount of money to spend on Halloween costumes, but it’s totally unacceptable in my opinion.

What, exactly, did we get for that amount of money?

Well, this year Matthew is going to be something called “Scream-o,” which apparently is based on that famous Edvard Munch

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Black Coffee: My Favorite Blogs, Money News & Opinions #18

It’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy a little joe...

Blogs I’ve Been Following This Week

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…

Mighty Bargain Hunter – The Mighty Bargain Hunter astutely reminds us (again) why anti-credit card legislation embodied in The CARD Act of

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Drive-By Movie Review: Vicky Cristina Barcelona

This is a review of the 2008 movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona starring Scarlett Johansson, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz

Plot Summary: Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.

Me: Well, Honeybee, we’ve been off for two weeks from the business of reviewing movies.  Did you enjoy your vacation?

The

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My Store-Brand vs. Name-Brand Blind Taste-Test Experiment

One of the great never-ending debates in the world of personal finance is whether or not name-brand groceries are really worth the extra cost when alternative cheaper store-brand groceries are available.  Furthermore, when it comes to edible products, does the quality and taste of name-brand products always justify the price premium, which can often times be as much as 50%?

Because inquiring minds like mine want to know, I decided to

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Why Low-Cost or No-Fee Products May Not Be Such A Good Deal

This is a guest post by Mr. Credit Card from www.askmrcreditcard.com.  Today, Mr Credit Card is going to talk about how getting into the cheap, lowest cost mentality may not be the best thing for every purchase that we make.  This is a slight departure from his usual credit card subject although he uses a couple of such examples below.  If you are looking for a credit card, check out

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