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 Each week, one twenty-something woman who is drowning in debt must pay the ultimate price: […]

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USAA Membership: 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 :( It’s unfortunate that USAA membership is restricted. See comment #19 by USAA Rep John Hancock down below (yes, real name! :)) Consumerist “broke the news” on Monday (although one of my favorite ati, @AskJune_USAA, says it’s been around for […]

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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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Blogger Showdown #3: Lazy Man vs. Silicon Valley Blogger

September 22, 2009

It’s time for PF Blogger Showdown #3: Lazy Man vs. Silicon Valley Blogger! So far we’ve had some best of the best action, some girl on girl action (ow ow!), and now we bring you some anonymous on anonymous action ;) I’ve only just recently been chatting with SVB these past few weeks (very cool girl), and I finally “met” Lazy Man last week, so […]

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Talking Finances With Friends & Family

September 21, 2009

Do you guys talk about finances with friends or family members? How about co-workers (hah!)? I’m willing to guess you don’t. Or at least not as much as you’d LIKE to. It’s a good thing we have this blog world and the internets or we’d be scrambling for some good financial advice and community outlet. I mean, where else can you post your salary and […]

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5 Things The Recession Has Taught Me So Far.

September 18, 2009

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke recently said that the recession is very likely over. I’m not sure I believe it all the way (do you guys?), but I’d be lying if it doesn’t sound hot. It’s been a wild & crazy past 18 months, and it’s nice to hear that our world isn’t going to hell in a hand basket for once. I swear, if the […]

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How To Pay Rent By Volunteering For Science Experiments

September 17, 2009

This is a guest post from Hank. I recently earned $40 the easy way. I was just sitting in my doctor’s office minding my own business when a nurse from the office next door stopped by to ask for volunteers. It seems that they were doing a medical study on the adverse effects of vaccines. I was given the money for about thirty minutes of […]

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Google Asks, J. Money Answers.

September 16, 2009

Every now and then I like to see what people are typing into Google to get to my site. Mainly for some good laughs (you’d be amazed at the different variations of sex terms hitting this site), but also to see if I’m answering any of the questions being entered. Overall I think I do a good job, but most of the time someone is […]

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Wants vs. Needs: What’s the difference?

September 15, 2009

Sometimes the hardest decisions can be made by getting back to the basics. I’ve already said my peace earlier about how personal finance really ISN’T that hard when it comes down to it, so we’ll just consider this a small little appendix to the back of that elegant masterpiece ;) Wants vs. Needs: What’s the difference? I’m going to cheat now and copy & paste […]

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