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September 2009

Bank Of Mom And Dad: New TV Show!!!

September 30, 2009

A new TV show premieres tonight called “Bank Of Mom And Dad!” Haven’t heard much buzz about it, but I have to tell you it looks all sorts of fascinating. Imagine YOUR parents moving in to help you get YOUR financial life in order? Hah!!! Here’s a blurb from SOAPnet.com: Each week, one twenty-something woman who is drowning in debt must pay the ultimate price: […]

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USAA Now Open To Non-Military Folk!

September 30, 2009

This is GREAT news for anyone who’s ever wanted to join USAA :) *UPDATE: As of August, 2013, USAA’s banking no longer open to non-military :( See comment #19 by USAA Rep John Hancock down below (yes, real name! :)) Consumerist “broke the news” on Monday (although one of my favorite twitterati, @AskJune_USAA, says it’s been around for a while?), and I checked out their […]

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Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel: Review & Giveaway!

September 29, 2009

Well, I finally finished Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel: 100 Dirty Little Money-Grubbing Secrets and it sure was interesting! (and a nice change of pace) It takes an special person to pull something like that off, and Phil Villarreal does so with the shocking grace you can only expect from such a book ;) I still don’t know whether to hug or punch him, but […]

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So What If People Make Fun Of Our Frugality!

September 28, 2009

There’s been many a times I’ve been picked on for being frugal. Mostly during my prepubescent years, but even now I’ve been known to give a few of my friends a good laugh. I’m sure they were all just jealous (at least that’s what our mothers always says, right?) but either way I say who cares. Who cares if our frugality and craftiness distracts people? […]

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Student Loans By The Numbers

September 26, 2009

I was forwarded this kick Ass graphic by College Scholarships.Org. You have to click over to see it, but here’s my favorite line: “Look for scholarships and grants, or anything that can reduce borrowing. Otherwise you could be drinking PBR well past your P.H.D.” Hah! I happen to love Pabst Blue Ribbon, but yes, very very good advice ;) You can check out the pretty […]

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Moral Dilemma: Speak Up or Save Money?

September 25, 2009

Every now and then money has a funny way of testing our morals. A year ago I wrote about a gas station incident where people got charged 33 cents/gallon instead of $3.30, and the comments that followed were pretty freakin’ interesting. It’s easy to think how we’d react when looking from the outside in, but until you’re caught in the middle you really never know […]

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"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have."

September 24, 2009

That is a quote from the legend himself – Thomas Jefferson, aka The Man. (Even though he did pass away w/ a crap ton of debt!) I like this quote because it really is true – the more work you put in the closer you get to your dreams, and the more “luck” finds you. Every successful person I know puts in their time, the […]

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401(k) vs. IRA – Which is Better For Your Extra Money?

September 23, 2009

Once you’re contributing up to your company’s 401(k) match, do you continue upping the % or do you jump to the IRA? This is one of the questions I get asked the most as a PF blogger (the other is probably how to start blogging or the order to pay off credit cards), and it usually comes down to personal preference. Since I mostly respond […]

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