Economy

How Much is Your City Costing You?

Most people choose to stay put right where they grew up or at least someplace close by. Your family is there, so are most of your friends, and all the places you like to go and things you’re used to seeing. It’s comfortable. So comfortable that very rarely does someone stop and wonder whether or […]


Social Networking, Meet Billable Hours

Social Networking, Meet Billable Hours

If you’re a lawyer and you’re playing it by the book – like we all know that you are – then there are long, seemingly interminable stretches of your life lived in six-minute increments. The ticks of the clock are both a thorn in your side and a nugget of gold in your (or your […]


Effective Investors Understand Their Personal Style of Investing

Effective Investors Understand Their Personal Style of Investing

“Be true to thy self” is a phrase often heard in most all aspects of Life, and the application of this age-old wisdom is even appropriate in the field of investing.  Investing in any of our various markets requires discipline, knowledge, and experience, but the one key area that many investors unwittingly ignore is that […]


The Day that Turns Your Life Around

Life is full of wants and desires, wishes and dreams.  While we all may have good intentions when we dream about making a change in our lives or achieving a lifelong goal, for most, it is likely not going to come to pass.  That is, until something happens in our lives that spurs us to […]


Crime Trends and the Economy in 2010

When the economy isn’t at its highest levels, more people are out of work, financial hardships are increasing, and more spare time is readily available, one would assume that crime rates would increase, and vice versa; when the economy is flourishing, crime would go down. While it would make sense to link a time of […]


What Is the American Dream in 2011 and Beyond?

The American Dream has always been coined as the dream of home ownership. Owning a home, raising a family and being able to do the things one wants whether it be family vacations or investing, has always been that ideal for many Americans. In fact, the ability to create your own life and to live […]


8 Ridiculous Ways People Try to Save Money

8 Ridiculous Ways People Try to Save Money

There’s no shame—in fact, many would say it’s financially wise—to live an inexpensive lifestyle. Clipping coupons, buying items on sale, cooking food at home, bringing the leftovers to eat for lunch at work the next day, and shopping at secondhand stores are all simple and unobtrusive ways to save a lot of money in the […]


Getting Your Budget under Control

Getting Your Budget under Control

Getting Your Budget under Control If you are like most people, your budget could use a little tightening; your credit cards need to be locked up, and your debit card could use a rest. The first step to getting your budget under control is to keep track of your income and expenses, so you know […]


Fighting Over a Blown Budget? Try eBay Therapy

Arguments about the family budget; maybe they happen during the monthly or yearly budget committee meeting (you are having those aren’t you?); or maybe they happen at dinner just before bed. Regardless of when they happen or where they occur, these disputes always seem to result in mudslinging worthy of a heated political bout. The accusations […]


How Your Parents Money Choices Influence Your Finances

How did your parents manage their money? If you are not sure, chances are good that your parents did not have a strong impact on the way you are living and spending (or saving) money today. However, you may not realize that what your parents did with money really did impact your own lifestyle choices. […]


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