February 2011

Talking personal finance with neighbors/strangers

February 28, 2011

I’m gonna hit you with a blast from the past today. I wrote this post over 2 1/2 years ago but it still holds true today, and I think you might get a kick out of it. It’s one of my favorites :) Happy Monday! ————————————————————————————————————————— I was out on my deck last night talking with our deck neighbor (we live in townhouses), and he […]

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Budgets Are Sexy Turns 3. (Which is 87 in blog years)

February 25, 2011

HOLY. CRAP. It seems like yesterday the then-gf and I were coming up with names for the site.  “Saving is Sexy”, “I heart money”, “I can’t believe I just bought a house.com!” Haha… Were any of you around back in February ’08?  When I used to go as “J. Savings” like a big dork?! If you were, you get the fan of the decade award […]

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Taxes, TVs and Justin Bieber

February 24, 2011

(Guest post by my kid brother, T. Penny – who thinks debt is like kissing your sister (err… our sister?) and who blames his baldness on Bank of America ) It beckons me like a glazed donut to a glossy-eyed fat kid. There it sits, all pretty and shiny on its shelf, the McDonald’s-red discount sticker winking at me something fierce. Yes, I’m aware it’s […]

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What Kind of Financial Superhero are You?

February 23, 2011

Sometimes I like to take silly quizzes when I’m bored. Especially the ones which try to figure out the essence of your being. I like them because you already know all the answers! It’s like acing the test of YOU :)  And who knows YOU more than you do? (I do! Wait, what?) Today I was fortunate enough to find a quiz such as that, […]

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Monty Python’s “Money Song”

February 22, 2011

(you’re welcome) (This gets blared at my office at least once a week. It’s as if these girls can read my mind :))

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USAA meets the iPad. And makes me jealous.

February 22, 2011

I got a pretty cool email the other week from USAA. They asked me if I wanted to check out their new iPad app before the rest of the world saw it (woo!). I really really did, but I really really also didn’t have an iPad :) Nor have I ever touched one in my entire life, haha… So they sent me one! And that’s […]

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I don’t owe $20,000 in taxes!!!

February 21, 2011

Yeeeeeeeessss! You can’t see me, but I’m doing the biggest nerdiest white boy dance right now on top of my desk chair.  Jersey Shore style, baby ;) All because I apparently can’t do math properly in my head. (Reason # 387 to stick with a trusty accountant) That’s right – I literally thought I was gonna lose $20,000 or $15,000, or any other amount large […]

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Help a Reader: Can Saving Money Hurt Financial Aid?

February 18, 2011

Got an interesting email from a reader asking about financial aid stuff this week, but I couldn’t answer his questions for the life of me ;)  Some things I’m good at, and others I just have no idea whatsoever.  And this is one of those times — which is why he/we need your help! We both need to get schooled (bah dum, ching). Got any […]

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My New Skateboard & Other Awesome Things

February 18, 2011

Welcome to another rousing roundup of my fave links and sites from the week! You can barely stand it huh? I know I know, I treat you all so well ;) Before we get started though, I wanted to give a quick shout out to Mike from Clever Dude who JUST knocked out his entire 2nd mortgage!  9 years early, and a whopping $80,000!  Way […]

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