November 2009

If you can’t pay for it, don’t buy it.

November 30, 2009

That’s what a friend told me the other day when I mentioned I blog about money ;) It’s such a simple line that I couldn’t resist sharing… “If you can’t pay for it, don’t buy it.” Yes, I like that. The only problem with these sexy one-liners, though, is that it’s much easier to say/think than to actually DO. Or hold yourself accountable for that […]

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Happy Thanksgiving! From one Turkey to the Next…

November 26, 2009

And if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, take the day off anyways! Aren’t you feeling sick or something? Do’s today: Eat a lot. Drink a lot (beer, milk, whatever). Sleep a lot. Hang out with your family a lot. Play & watch football a lot! Don’ts today: Watch hours of tv (unless it’s football). Stay hidden from all friends and family. Play around on the internet […]

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20 Black Friday Tips on Wacky Wednesday

November 25, 2009

Don’t you just love all these crazy named-days?! Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Shipping Monday, it’s marketing brilliance at its best. I was trying to get away from this myself, but it’s kinda hard when you’re personal finance blogger ;) So instead of fighting it, I figured I’d at least share some of the tips I think might actually help you! My all-time favorite being […]

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Convert Hope into Action and MAKE IT HAPPEN

November 24, 2009

This post is part of the one day blog event – “The Spectrum of Personal Finance.” In this event, comic book nerd Brian of My Next Buck, will discuss 8 different emotions (taken from the Green Lantern comic series) and relate them to personal finance. Here at Beautyofbali we will be looking at Hope. To view the rest of the event look at […]

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Results of the $100 Scratch Off Lottery Project!

November 23, 2009

For anyone who missed it, on Friday I decided to embark on a $100 Scratch Off Lottery Project. At first it was purely for entertainment, but after generating some buzz on Twitter I decided to donate all my winnings to charity – specifically Project Hopeful. Before I get into the results though, I wanted to thank all those who have graciously decided to match my […]

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The $100 Scratch Off Lottery Project.

November 20, 2009

Welcome to this weekend’s $100 Lottery Project! I’m feeling feisty as ever right now, and thought I’d spice things up a bit by doing something ridiculously stupid. But also fun, exciting, silly, and rewarding all mixed into one. As many of you know, I am a hardcore fan of scratch off lottery tickets. Not only do they pump me full of endorphins, but those lovely […]

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If Budgets are Sexy, the Stock Market must be Smoking Hot!

November 19, 2009

[Guest post by Mr. Moneybags] Don’t get me wrong, budgets are definitely attractive on their own merit, but if you were to line them up side-by-side next to stocks, it would be like comparing the attractiveness of Al Pacino to the attractiveness of Megan Fox. I mean, sure, Al Pacino is a rather cool and attractive old man but not many guys would give up […]

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Want to keep more money? Obey the law!

November 18, 2009

Nothing I’m about to say will come as a shocker, but it needs to be said ;) And that’s because I’m getting dangerously close to a few of these! I know human nature will always play its part, but without reminders every now and then we tend to keep going until caught. So today, we tackle the law. And how staying on the right side […]

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Breaking Down The Budget by Percentages.

November 17, 2009

I read an interesting article in USAA Mag recently, “Budgets Are The New Black,” and I thought it did a great job of breaking down budgets by percentages (, what a killer headline!). It was written by famed money guru & best-selling author Jean Chatzky, and among other things pimped out an excellent graph of where all our money should be going. Or, at least […]

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"Without asking, my grandfather just bought me a car."

November 16, 2009

So I got an email from a friend of mine this weekend, and she’s faced with an interesting quandary. Usually I can come up with some sort of advice (especially when it comes to money) but this one’s got me stumped, and I’m hoping you guys can chime in and offer her up some of your own words of wisdom :) Here’s what she wrote, […]

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Savings & Rubber Band Balls.

November 13, 2009

Rubber band balls and savings have a lot in common. For one, the more you add to them the bigger they get! Savings, retirement, emergency funds, you name it. The life of a rubber band ball is awesome – as long as you never take from it ;) That picture you see there on the left is the ball I’ve been working on for 2 […]

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NoSpend November: How I reformed my spending.

November 12, 2009

This is a guest post by Sox, and I think this it’s BRILLIANT! Some of you might not remember, but giving up ‘shopping’ for Lent myself 2 years ago REALLY put things into perspective. I learned that it is actually possible to not step into stores every other day ;) Plus, you really do save a ton of money. Hope you enjoy this:—————————————————————————————————I came across […]

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Money and Finances – Young Adults’ Biggest Concerns

November 11, 2009

Or what this survey should have been called – “I’ve got my mind on my money, and my money on my mind!” Haha… AARP revealed some research that in this age of social networking and excessive sharing, the last taboo for young adults is finances – despite the fact it’s the biggest concern in their (our) lives. The report, titled “Personal Finances: The Final Frontier […]

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Blogger Showdown #6: Fabulously Broke vs. Krystal at Work

November 10, 2009

PF Blogger Showdown #6: Fabulously Broke vs. Krystal At Work! AKA two of the feistiest bloggers around ;) And even more intriguing since they’re both anonymous. I’ve just recently started following FB from Fabulously Broke, but Krystal‘s Give Me Back My Five Bucks (otherwise known as “Krystal At Work”) has been on my list before I even started blogging myself! What’s great about these two […]

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