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Unexpected Ways You Could Be Damaging Your Credit

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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 are on the correct financial path, all things […]

The Biggest Screw up You Can Make

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Yesterday, I found out that I screwed up big time.  I have been working on a new report for a client that is helping him to launch a new business. Turns out that during our last meeting I had accidentally wrote the deadline in the wrong box on my calendar.  So yesterday I get an […]

5 Things You Should Do Right Now If You Want to Retire Early

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I know you’ve thought about it…the idea of retiring early is certainly palatable. It’s not so much about reaching a certain age, but about getting to a point where you know you can support yourself from here on out. To many of us the idea of retiring early is just a fantasy that we let […]

How the Rich Get Richer

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The rich are getting richer while the poor are getting poorer. The top one percent of Americans saw their income increase by a staggering 275 percent between 1979 and 2007, while the bottom 20 percent saw their incomes grow only 18 percent. Know how their doing this? By taking advantage of the system. They use […]

Do This Before Saturday

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The end of the year is a fun time; it’s also an expensive time. The day before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year and airplane tickets are not cheap. Mr. Patterson and I paid just over $500 a ticket when we went to visit my brother and his wife in Cleveland for […]

Will This Really Save You Money?

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My kitchen counter is littered with unsolicited mail from banks and lenders. All of them offering me deals to refinance my home mortgage. If you’re a homeowner I’m sure you’re getting the same kind of offers. Lenders across the country are trying to convince mortgage holders that now is the perfect time to refinance. Mr. […]

Save Money By Losing It All

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The Power of Financial Freedom Bad things happen…sometimes to good people. But it’s how you look at these events that can make or break you. I’m not talking about putting on rose colored glasses and plastering a fake smile across your face. It’s a waste of my time and yours pretending to be happy when […]

Should You Pay This?

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Do Not Pay Off Your Mortgage Early You heard right. This money and savings expert is arguing AGAINST paying down what is typically a family’s largest debt. I know this may not be what you expected to hear from a personal finance veteran. This advice goes against everything we’ve been told our whole lives about […]

First Class Flight For Free

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The subject line of this news piece isn’t hype. It’s real and real easy to do. Let me show you what I found out within just a few minutes of research. First found out about this money saving advice from an article in Early To Rise (www.earlytorise.com). Their article explained how a staff writer and […]

Reader Issues Resolved

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So one of the most common issues readers email me about is credit cards. I lovingly refer to credit cards as “frenemies.” They disguise themselves as friendly faces with their cash back, rewards points, airlines miles and low interest rates. In reality they lower credit scores, get people into debt, prevent loans from being approved […]

Pics of My Empty Backyard

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This is a picture of my backyard. When friends stop by they say things like, “Oh how nice and simple your yard is. Bland and boring is what I think when I see it. It’s devoid of anything fun. It’s just a flat piece of property. And because there is nothing there we don’t use […]

A 10 Year Plan to Retirement

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Are you coming up on retirement and your portfolio isn’t what you hoped it would be? Unfortunately this is the scenario many Americans in their fifties are facing. They are looking at their 401(k)’s, IRA’s and realizing they could use another 30 years of compounding interest to bulk up their investment portfolios. A lot of […]

The Secret to Beating the System

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The Secret to Beating the System without Going to Jail and the Inside Scoop for Obtaining FREE CASH 7:06 AM Dear Entrepreneur: My friends and business associates call me a “miser”. That’s fine; it only means I’m in good company. Some of the wealthiest entrepreneurs on the face of the planet were “misers”, including Sam […]

Gaming the System

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The other day I took a cab ride to the airport. I was in a great mood before I got in the taxi! I always strike up a conversation with the driver – it’s nice to get the perspective of other people in my travels. He was pleasant enough and talkative too. I quickly steered […]

Don’t Pay This Just Yet

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When Do You NOT Pay Off Your Mortgage Early? My husband and I were driving home from dinner out with friends two nights ago when our discussion turned to the topic of money.  I’ve mentioned that recently our family moved to a new house and our money discussion centered on paying down the mortgage early. […]

Cash Flow Notes

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Are “Cash Flow Notes” a Legitimate Way to Make Money? Question: I’ve seen commercials for “cash flow notes” on late night TV. What are cash flow notes? Are they a legitimate money making opportunity? D.S. Palm Springs CA Thanks for your question. I’m glad you’re watching late night infomercials for ideas. I’m serious. Most people […]

Paying Your Neighbor’s Taxes?

Paying Your Neighbor’s Taxes Can Net You Your Biggest Return. Death and Taxes…the only two things guaranteed in life. So you can be sure if you don’t pay your taxes Uncle Sam will come after you. Unfortunately, some homeowners have found this out the hard way. Medicare and social security taxes are taken out of […]


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