July 2010

Wanna Know the Cheapest Way to Travel The World?

July 30, 2010
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Work for the airlines! You can travel alllll over when you’ve got that hook up. I did it for an entire year and will never forget it :) But it’s not for the faint of heart – you will need to ROCK customer service or else it’ll eat you up a live.  (It’s seriously up there with debt collecting and working at the DMV! You’ve […]

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USAA Top Secret Tools Comin’ at Ya!

July 29, 2010

Top secret until I spill it all here, of course ;) As I mentioned on Sunday, the USAA crew flew a handful of us bloggers out there to give us a sneak peak on some of their new products. And let me tell you, USAA Headquarters = WOW. That place is PIMP!  Like, the Google Complex on financial crack! Haha… And I gotta admit, I […]

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Your Take: Lending Money to Friends & Family

July 28, 2010

Whenever it comes to lending money to friends or family, I shiver a bit in my booties. It’s not that I don’t ever trust either of the parties involved (I usually do), but anytime you mix business with pleasure it has the chance of running amok. And the level of this “amock-ness” goes up proportionately with the number of benjamins we’re talkin’ about ;) I’ve […]

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Introducing Strip Budgeting

July 27, 2010
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(Guest post by Jeff Kosola) Budgeting is something that financial savvy people do every month. The problem with budgeting is that is can become mechanical and/or boring. We understand that living beneath our means is the best way to become financial independent. We understand that without accounting for every dollar before it’s spent will result in squandering money on useless items. We also understand that […]

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Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County

July 26, 2010

Check out this documentary premiering tonight. Crazy! HOMELESS: THE MOTEL KIDS OF ORANGE COUNTY explores the world of children who reside in discounted motels within walking distance of Disneyland, living in limbo as their families struggle to survive in one of the wealthiest regions of America. The parents of motel kids are often hard workers who don’t earn enough to own or rent homes. As […]

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10 Celebrities Who Influence What We Buy

July 26, 2010
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Saw this press release come through for a new book coming out – “Consumed: Rethinking Business in the Era of Mindful Spending” and couldn’t help but regurgitate it. Who DOESN’T want to know who’s influencing us these days? Is it Mel Gibson? “The Situation”? Tell us!!! ;) And that I will…after a few more sentences. You see, at first you thought this was going to […]

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Guess where I am???

July 25, 2010

USAA’s Headquarters! Wooooo!  They’ve invited some of us bloggers out to learn about their products and network a bit, but I also get to go on a sexy little TOUR of the place!  It’s like a nerdy dream come true for me, I might not come back ;) So if you have any questions or ideas or whatever for USAA, let me know and I’ll […]

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12 Ways I Don’t Set an Example

July 23, 2010

I was at a loss for topics to write about this morning, so I decided to go through some of my old drafts piling up and see if anything sparked my interest. And what do you know! I found a link I’d saved over a year and a half ago just waiting to come out :) (I literally have 70+ partially written posts just sitting […]

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Operation Refinance Denied. (Shocker)

July 22, 2010

Operation Refinance Denied. Again. But as mothers always say, you’ll never know unless you try! ;) And I’m no stranger to failing in this department, so it’s not like it came as a surprise. The last time we tried to refinance (or, investigated I should say) we got shut down by my bff USAA before I could even finish my sentence.  We were $60k underwater […]

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Warren Buffett Helped Max out my Roth IRA :) Again.

July 21, 2010

Another year, another maxed out IRA! Last week I xfered all $5,000 of it in one fell swoop (not to be confused with “fowl swoop” which I thought it was all my life), and then yesterday we had some fun stock-picking :) If you recall from last year’s Roth adventure, I basically treat it as my treasure chest full of stocks.  My 401(k) is full […]

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Giving Away TWO $50 Sports Authority Gift Cards!

July 20, 2010

Hey Guys!  Got a KILLER giveaway for you today :) Especially if you like sports and/or charities (and/or possibly going to the World Series!!  And/or making ME your date for it! haha…) State Farm has teamed up with MLB to give people a chance to attend the 2010 World Series, while at the same time making a difference for their favorite charity by “going to […]

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Is it bad that we wrote a check for $10?

July 19, 2010

Is it bad that we still USE CHECKS?! (Ziiiiing!) The wifey and I had to tip our pet sitter the other day and we couldn’t figure out how to go about doing it without annoying her. (We couldn’t do it face-to-face…And on a side note, pet sitting is EXPENSIVE! If you’re ever looking for a new hustle, I highly encourage you to start your own […]

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Which do you enjoy more: SAVING or SPENDING?

July 16, 2010

I saw this posted somewhere the other day (Money Mag?) and at first I was like Pshhhh! That’s easy – Saving! But after a few seconds I started questioning myself. Yes, I enjoy saving money, but I also love spending it the few times I do!  Like, overall I save wayyyyy more than I spend so the time of possession is more aligned with saving.  […]

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These Commercials Are Making Me Batty!

July 15, 2010
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Lately it seems like everyone is trying to SELL something to me! Yes, I know that if I spend $500 on your couch you’ll give me $50 back, but guess what? That means I have to give you $450!  So while it’s *savings*, it’s also spending like a mother. Those one-a-day sites are starting to piss me off a little too (gasp!).  I know it’s […]

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