January 2011

True Life: I Live in a Hotel

January 31, 2011

(Guest Post by Fabulously Broke – who is living my dream of hotel living!) The questions I get asked the most when people find out that I live in a hotel, are:  How do you do it? And, What’s it like?. A lot of people have a misconception that a hotel is a single room with barely any space to move around in, and while […]

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Side Hustle Fail: Working a Phonathon

January 28, 2011

(Guest Post by Mrs. BudgetsAreSexy) My name is Mrs. Budgetsaresexy, and I used to hustle as a Phonathon Associate. A few caveats on this side gig: 1) I only lasted in the job for a short period of time; 2) I was in college at the time (“I was only experimenting, Mom!”); and 3) I have pretty much always hated talking on the phone, especially […]

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Score One For The Little Guy.

January 27, 2011

(Guest Post by fellow reader Grant) Six months ago the tax man came looking for $7,000 and change and this week he left, empty-handed. What’s the story? It’s a good one, but one that gives a valuable lesson when dealing with state governments and requests for money from tax returns long ago. In July I received a letter from the state of Alabama, a state […]

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I Threw Away Over $250 Last Quarter

January 26, 2011

(Guest Post by Sarah L) As a junior in college studying Business with a Finance concentration, and a double minor in Economics and Psychology, I’m pretty conscious of my spending habits. In fact, I prided myself on my budgeting skills and helping my friends develop conscious spending plans for themselves. That is, until my friend pointed out that my habit of skipping classes was costing […]

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5 Personal Finance Lessons We Can Learn from the Miami Heat

January 25, 2011

(Guest Post by Stu at Pennywise 2 Pennyworth) The Miami Heat have already had an up and down year. They struggled to start the season, and of late have come to dominate their opponents.  I’ve been following them a little more closely ever since Lebron uttered the words “I’m takin’ my talents to South Beach.”  I knew it would be an entertaining ride watching three […]

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What Your Date’s Credit Card Says About His Personality (and His Bank Account)

January 24, 2011

(Tongue and cheek Guest Post by the folks at Nerd Wallet – aka their “Guide to (potentially unfair) snap judgments based solely on credit card choices”) It’s crunch time. Dinner is digesting, and you slowly reach for your wallet in case he has the audacity to suggest going Dutch. An awesome wave of relief washes over you when he insists on paying – at least […]

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35 Things NOT to do When Ordering Delivery

January 21, 2011

(Article today by Brandi) The following is a list of things to consider the next time you decide to order delivery from a local restaurant (some are money related, and some are not — but all are true!): We can’t get you your food if you give us the wrong address… Porch lights work wonders. If we can’t see your house number we can’t find your […]

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And the 10-Day road trip starts…. now!

January 20, 2011

Wooooo!  The first business/personal/business trip of the year! As you can tell I don’t waste any time with my new found freedom ;) A new year, a new adventure, baby! This is what the next 10 days will look like: Part I:  Milwaukee – The Prepping Our journey starts in Milwaukee where I fly in and pick up Nate St. Pierre to get the party […]

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The Financial Personalities of Our Family

January 19, 2011

Kristina from Dinks Finance had a cool article the other day on the different financial personalities of her family, and it got me to stop and reflect a bit on my own darling little loved ones. I thought I’d copy her and share the inner-most dark secrets of my family now too ;)  Only they’re really not that dark, and really not that secretive.  But […]

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State Farm Giveaway: GPS & Road Safety Kit!

January 18, 2011

There has been no shortage of giveaways lately, but this one is totally AWESOME! Random, but awesome ;)  I gotta keep my peeps happy, right?  And nothing says I Love You like a box of FREE stuff – haha…. especially stuff that can potentially save your life one day.  So listen up! We’re partnering with State Farm today to let people know it’s important to […]

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Extreme Couponing. WOW.

January 17, 2011

I was switching back and forth between the Packers game and My Strange Addiction on TLC this weekend (which, let me tell you, is really strange!), and one of the episodes featured something that just completely blew my mind — Extreme Couponing!  Wow. You should have seen the look on Mrs. BudgetsAreSexy and I’s face. Utter amazement. Mouths wide open and everything – I’ve never […]

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Do you report ALL your income young man? Woman?

January 14, 2011

Actually, don’t answer that. Don’t want anyone getting in trouble here! :) Was having a chat with a friend yesterday, and he mentioned that he’s making some decent money on the side doing a little graphic design.  “On the side” meaning both a side hustle like those in our series here, but also meaning “without telling the IRS.”  SCARY!!!!!  I think that pretty much summed […]

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Side Hustle Series: I’m a House Cleaner

January 13, 2011

(Guest post by Ashley B. – as part of our Side Hustle Series) I recently decided that I need additional income of about $1,000 a month. I wanted to start a business that had the 5 following qualities: Low start up costs I go to my customer (rather than my customer come to me) Could run it out of my home Could make $1,000 a […]

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Do Baseball Cards Belong in Your Net Worth?

January 12, 2011

Short answer: Sure, whatever you want belongs in it ;) I get quite a few questions on whether ____ belongs in your net worth or not, and I thought I’d share with you all what I usually respond back since I don’t believe I’ve ever blogged about this before (yayyyy something new & shiny!). Here’s one of those sample questions I recently got: “Give or […]

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