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Let Someone Else Do It

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DIY vs Pay – When to Just Pay Up Long time readers know that I am somewhat of a bookworm. I am constantly reading online newspapers, books, articles, magazines. For me to be able to read I need complete silence. I can’t sit on the couch while the TV is on, even if my husband […]

Extreme Coupon or Extreme Problem?

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Is Nancy Patterson and Extreme Couponer? Have you ever seen the show Extreme Couponing on TLC?  It’s a television program that profiles die-hard coupon clippers who buy hundreds and sometimes even thousands of dollars’ worth of groceries and other merchandise with coupons to save up to 99%. The show has caused quite a stir since […]

You Can Have it For Less

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Haggling Like a Pro in No Time The view from our 10th floor hotel room overlooked the tip of a small peninsula in northern Cancun. The sea was beautiful. It was clear as glass and the brightest blue I had ever seen. The air was hot but the swift coastal wind cooled us off enough […]

Shocking Credit Report

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Unexpected Ways You Could Be Damaging Your Credit We all want good credit scores. It makes us feel good about ourselves and helps us get the financing we need. Scores in the 700’s make us puff out our chests and feel proud. We believe that people with good credit scores make smart financial decisions and […]

Make Your Child a Millionaire

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Millionaire Children Have you ever wanted to do something truly special for your children or grand children?  Well today I want you to help them become millionaires.  It will also help you develop a better understanding of how anyone can develop wealth with a steady plan.  One of the most important things I’ve learned about […]

Proven Social Security Loopholes

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The 5 Social Security Loopholes the Government Doesn’t Want Retirees to Know About Loophole sounds like a bad word. It immediately makes you think of illegal activity in which something (usually money) is being stolen out from under someone. But not all loopholes are bad. In fact, I want to tell you about 5 such […]

Hidden Dangers – Transferring Debt

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Managing Your Debt with Balance Transfers: 6 Hidden Dangers You Need To Know Balance transfers are a useful financial tool when you’ve gotten yourself in a bit of a pickle with credit card debt. The average American household has $7,123 in credit card debt. So it stands to reason that a lot of people are […]

Living Like Our Mothers and Grandmothers

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Living in The Past Why is it that our grandparents lived so much more frugal than us? For starters, they didn’t have monthly bills like cell phones, internet, or digital cable with a receiver in every room. It’s funny to see how all these monthly bills have become “necessities”. It wasn’t too long ago when […]

Hacker Get’s Free Travel (See How)

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Become a Travel Hacker and See the World For Free The word hacker usually conjures up an image of a person who gains access to restricted information using a computer. It’s not always a positive image, but it is an enviable one. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to use the computer to “hack” […]

Can You Spot The Millionaire?

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The Secret to Real Wealth Some of us believe that rich people know something that the rest of us don’t; that at some point in their lives they were let in on a little-known secret. And they’ve used that knowledge to gain immense wealth. At least that’s what it must be right, a secret or […]

Drastically Lowering Healthcare Bills

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Medical Misery: How to Lower Your Expensive Healthcare Bills Do you know what the most common reason Americans cite when filing for bankruptcy? I’ll give you a hint. It has nothing to do with poor money management skills, credit cards or job loss. Unpaid medical bills will affect nearly 2 million people in this country-making […]

Live Like a Millionaire on Minimum Wage

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Living Rich: How to Do it on a Poor Man’s Budget Living in mega mansions…driving shiny, new sports cars….vacationing in hot spots around the globe…wearing designer duds…these are all trappings of a rich life. We’re taught from birth that acquiring wealth and being rich will give you the best life possible. The problem is 99 […]

A Fun Game to Save Money FAST

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Money Mission: No Spending Money for a Week Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to go a week without spending any money. Pay your bills, and follow your daily routine as much as possible, but spend no money on the “extras” that you typically would. The purpose of this mission is to […]

Never Run Out of Money Again

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4 Strategies to Ensure You Never Run Out of Money Most weeks you’ll hear me talking about how to invest your money and make it grow, more specifically the best ways to grow retirement portfolios. I know that’s a big concern for a lot of investors. Most of us spend decades worrying that we aren’t […]

5 Common Auto Mechanic Scams

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The 5 Most Common Scams Mechanics Pull and How to Avoid Them “$500,” my husband said. I turned my head around to look in his direction. He wasn’t laughing and I couldn’t see any hint of a smile. In fact he looked relaxed. He leaned his shoulder against the doorframe and looked right at me.  […]

Can the US Government Confiscate Your Money?

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Could What Happened in Cyprus Happen in the U.S.? Do you remember when the country of Cyprus was in need of a major bailout? The people of Cyprus, called Cypriots, have had a rough go of it. Their country is in financial turmoil, like most of the world and they wound up taking some extreme […]

Here’s How to Avoid an Audit

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Worried About an Audit? Read This Letter to Find out How to Avoid It! If history is any indicator slightly more than one percent of Americans will get audited this year. But I’m sure nearly 100 percent of us will be worrying that it will be us until tax season is over. Before you worry […]

An Error on Your Credit Report

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The Truth about Credit Reporting You probably know you can get a free copy of your credit report once a year. But when is the last time you did that? When’s the last time you looked at what’s on your credit report? A new report from the Federal Trade Commission agency found that one in […]

$161,000 Will Make You Happy

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Money Can Buy Some Happiness Many researchers have tried to determine if money can in fact buy happiness. They’ve conducted studies, done interviews, gathered data all in an effort to put a price on the emotion. One study a few years back put the amount at $75,000. They found that as income goes up, so […]

Can You Spot The Real Millionaire?

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It’s Better to Preserve Wealth than Show It I live in a modest, one story ranch house that is about 2200 square feet. I’ve got a small front yard and my seven year old Pontiac decorates the driveway.  My backyard is a decent size and is surrounded by a five foot tall white fence. It’s […]

Can You See This Hidden Symbol?

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Retail Secrets Hidden in Plain Sight There truly is no better way to hide things than in plain sight. Magicians do it all the time. They make you look at their waving hands or concentrate on a piece of paper while they stealthily trick you. Take a look at the FedEx logo. I’m sure you’ve […]

When to Leave a Little Extra

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Talking About Tips In my household during football season Sunday’s are reserved for football. If we are not watching the game on the big screen at our house we are at the game cheering our team on. There is nothing like being in the stadium, wearing your team’s colors and cheering with 70,000 other people […]

The Secret Behind That “Good” Deal

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How to Tell if that Deal Is a Good One My hubby and I had a little debate today. We went back and forth on whether driving an extra couple of miles to claim a deal was worth it. This all started when I asked him to pick up some things from the market for […]

ALWAYS Use a Credit Card for This

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6 Purchases you should ALWAYS Charge I write a lot about the dangers of credit cards. I have called them “frenemies” and “necessary evils” in the past. I dislike credit cards because a lot of people can’t handle them. They buy, buy, buy and then don’t pay off their balance at the end of the […]

Don’t Expect a Return on This Investment

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Home Renovation Realities Mr. Patterson and I are considering expanding our family. We’d love to add to our brood but like with any major life decision there are options that need to be weighed. You see before we could add a little bundle of joy to our household we would need to find space for […]

 
 
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