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Does Money Buy Happiness?

Ask that question of anyone and the most common answer will be an emphatic “NO!”. But as actions speak louder than words, our behavior often tells a different story. Look at the news headlines and the content of so many “how to” books, magazines, TV programs and articles; they deal with every imaginable nuance of […]

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Your Mom Called, Here’s What She Wants for Mother’s Day

I started an experiment and thought I would have my wife poll her Facebook friends to find out what the discerning Mom’s out there really want for Mother’s day. I thought I’d compile a nice list of items at Amazon and I’d be done. In some respects I supposed I already knew the answer but […]

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Should I use a Realtor to Sell My House?

It’s a fair question these days, do I really need a realtor to sell my home with all of the services available to me? Technically no you don’t but my experience with both trying to sell a home on our own versus with a realtor can lend some real world experience to those who may […]

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Introducing the Money Mavens Network

I wanted to give a shout out to a new collection of finance blogs called the Money Mavens Network of which I’m quite honored to be a member. It includes an array of nine great blogs each focused on different aspects of personal finance with each member injecting their own take on the various aspects. […]

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Where Do You See Yourself in 10 Years?

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? That was the standard question I asked every interview candidate when I was hiring for my various positions. Actually I only usually asked 2 years out but 10 years might be more appropriate to think about where you may be in life and with your finances. I […]

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The Secret to Success. Hustle.

This is a topic I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. What makes a person or a business successful and I keep coming back to the same word: hustle. I don’t mean that you’re working some kind of racket or scam. Rather I’m talking about busting it with everything you’ve got, every time even when […]

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Why a Storage Unit is the Gateway Drug to Financial Ruin

Much like the foosball table was the harbinger of doom during the era, the storage unit foreshadows the danger lurking on the other side of those macrame plant holders. Now give me a minute of time and I think you’ll come around to my way of thinking here. I’ll also play the “that was […]

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New Year’s Resolutions Suck How About Setting Goals and Measuring Them?

Alright that’s a harsh statement but looking back on your previous “resolutions” how many of those would you say that you actually obtained? How do you know? That’s the problem a New Year’s resolution is typically something to the effect of “I’m going to lose weight in 2010” or maybe “I’m going to pay off […]

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Personal Finance Doesn’t Absolve Personal Responsibility

I’ve noticed a theme I seem to keep harping on in my latest posts where I keep whining (let’s call it what it is) about various companies or entities. I just want to clear something up right now that I first believe in Personal Responsibility. In my own life my stupid financial mistakes and poor […]

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