April 2010

When do you shop? When you’re bored? Happy? Sad? Pissed off? Excited? Because it’s a habit?

April 30, 2010

Have you ever thought about how much emotions play into our spending habits? Cuz I gotta be honest with you, I’d say that 98% or more of my shopping trips (non-bill related stuff) is tied to one or more of these real life emoticons ;) And from the looks of My Pretty Penny‘s latest post I’m not the only one! Let’s go down memory lane, […]

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How to Save Money on Musical Instruments

April 29, 2010

[This is a Guest Post from Donna Korzun – a long time reader of Beautyofbali, and someone I admire very much :)] Every parent to sit in a sixth grade band or orchestra concert knows the pride of seeing their child demonstrate a new skill – but you don’t have to break the piggy bank to do it!  Following are some tips to […]

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Budgeting Does No Good…

April 28, 2010

…if you don’t stay on top of them. …if you keep using one that doesn’t work for you. …if you set outrageous goals that you very well know you can’t meet. …if you spend 10 hours setting one up! …if you track every single penny that comes in and out.  and I mean that literally – every. single. one. …if you are doing it for […]

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Book Giveaway #7 – Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes

April 28, 2010

Congrats to the winners of last week’s giveaways: Donna, Lynda, & Jen! We’ve got 4 more books to give out in the next two weeks, so stay tuned :) You better like these cuz it’s takin’ me a lot of time! haha… Here’s todays: Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes and How to Correct Them: Lessons from the Life-Changing Science of Behavioral Economics This […]

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The 10 Awesomest Safes I’ve Ever Seen.

April 27, 2010

I was listening to WTOP yesterday (like a nerd, yes) when I caught the tail end of a news blip on clever money safes. I didn’t hear much of it, but what I DID catch was absolutely fantastic. So like any good financial blogger I headed to the ‘net to research more ;) You thought those fake books safes or beer cans were cool? They’ve […]

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You’ve Got to Really WANT it.

April 26, 2010

You know what’s funny about personal finance? That no matter how many times you’re told to spend less, or create a budget, or save 10% or whatever else we hear all the time, most of us still don’t do it. And do you know why? Because we really don’t WANT to change. Or at least put in enough effort to make it possible (that’s why […]

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Are You Middle Class? (should you care?)

April 23, 2010

I keep seeing these factoids around other finance blogs, so I thought I’d join :) I haven’t looked through them all yet, but I’m going to guess right now that yes – I am Middle Class.  Let’s see if I’m wrong though, shall we? Here are the stats from Free Money Finance, who got them from Yahoo, who got them from US News & World Report (who […]

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If He Can’t Put a Ring on it, He Can’t Sign For it!

April 22, 2010

Guest Post by Tahnya Kristina When two people decide to take the next step forward in their relationship and move in together, it can be very exciting. However, the merging of two homes into one also means the merging of your separate finances into one budget! This can be a great decision for couples, or it can be a disaster. It has been reported that […]

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American Express Gold Card offering $250 @ signup!

April 22, 2010

AmEx is running a crazy promo right now for all who’s interested! I’m still rockin’ my USAA Rewards card but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t tempted ;) Change can be good, right? Like, say, if someone gives you $250 in gift cards or a FREE PLANE TICKET?! haha…check it: American Express(R) Premier Rewards Gold Card For a limited time – earn 25,000 […]

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Reader Mail: Why Do I Max Out My 401(k) So Fast?

April 21, 2010

Any chance I get to talk about my love of 401(k)s! Although you could really apply this Q&A to any investing tool out there, I pretty much like ’em all ;) Here’s the question I was emailed in more detail, followed by my original answer copied & pasted below: “I’ve been reading your blog for probably about a year now, and I’ve been wondering one […]

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Book Giveaway #6 – Spent: Memoirs of a Shopping Addict

April 21, 2010

Another book to give away! And just like the other one still going on, this one hasn’t hit the stands either :) Spent: Memoirs of a Shopping Addict by Avis Cardella Here’s a summary from Hachette Book Group: “As a child, Avis Cardella devoured the glamorous images in her mother’s fashion magazines. She grew up to be one of the people in them, living a […]

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I Am Not a Fan of “The Secret”

April 20, 2010

I think you’re going to love me or hate me after this one, but I just can’t help it :) “The Secret” is driving me crazy!!! And that’s saying a lot coming from me – the king of being positive and you-can-do-anything-if-you-put-your-mind-to-it mentality. And it’s true, you can do anything, but you have to do a little more than just *thinking* about it to make […]

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Book Giveaway #5 – Hot (broke) Messes

April 18, 2010

April Book Giveaway Month continues! Congrats to all 6 winners from last week’s two giveaways: Doug, Dorothea, “Another Not the Same Brian,” “JOB’s Money – Free By 30,” Alicia, and Judy Lee. Here’s today’s book: Hot (broke) Messes: How to Have Your Latte and Drink It Too, by Nancy Trejos Here’s a summary from the ol’ press release – IT’S NOT EVEN OUT IN STORES […]

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Touching Money Has Always Made Me Feel Better ;)

April 16, 2010

There’s been a lot of buzz around the internets lately about how TOUCHING money helps make your pain go away. Something about money giving people a sense of self-sufficiency and making them less likely to ask for help. I’m not sure how you go about proving that, but it seems to be working for a certain Kathleen Vohs – a consumer psychologist at the University […]

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