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Should You Pay Your Children for Good Grades?

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This is a guest post from Suba Iyer.
I grew up in India. We didn’t have a concept of weekly/monthly allowances. If we needed anything we would ask our parents. If they felt it was reasonable and affordable for them, they would buy us the stuff. We never handled cash on our own other than the [...]

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Published on March 26th, 2013
Modified on April 15th, 2013 - 13 Comments
Filed under: Miscellany
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Factoring in the Value of Benefits in Your Compensation

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This is a guest post from Suba Iyer.
When I graduated and started looking for my first job a few years ago, I ended up with 2 jobs – one in a very prestigious University and another in private sector. The decision was quite easy, the University offered me $52,000 after negotiation and the private company [...]

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Published on March 14th, 2013
Modified on March 18th, 2013 - 6 Comments
Filed under: Insurance, Working
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Renting a Dress for a Night and a Car by the Hour

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This is a guest post from Jennifer Gregory.

The first thing that popped into my mind when I received the invitation for a New Year’s Eve party was that I needed a new dress. I spent several days scouring the stores for the perfect dress and blew my clothing budget on the perfect black dress, new [...]

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Published on February 12th, 2013
Modified on March 2nd, 2013 - One Comment
Filed under: Consumer, Frugality
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Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University: Remixed

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This is a guest post from Jessica Ward.
Nationally-syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey’s financial management program “Financial Peace University” (FPU) has undergone a makeover. The new course materials launched August 1 this year and, as a facilitator for a class beginning in September, I had the opportunity to compare the new program to the last version, [...]

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Published on September 20th, 2012
Modified on October 1st, 2012 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Debt Reduction
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How Volunteering Pays Off

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This is a guest post from Lucy Lazarony.
Do you love the arts but can’t afford the cost of season tickets to your favorite museum, theatre, or performing arts center? Consider volunteering. I’ve started volunteering at a local cultural arts center. And it’s been a great experience for me after just one day.
On my first day, [...]

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Published on September 18th, 2012 - One Comment
Filed under: Charity, Frugality
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Salvage: Your Home Improvement Secret Weapon

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This is a guest post from Jessica Ward.
Many of our readers have used Freecycle, Craigslist, and thrift shops for day-to-day needs, but have you ever employed these techniques on a DIY home-improvement project?
This summer, I replaced two floors in my house with Brazilian cherry laminate flooring, as well as moldings in both rooms, by employing [...]

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Published on August 16th, 2012
Modified on September 4th, 2012 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Frugality, House & Home
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Teaching Your Kids Financial Literacy Without Going Broke Yourself

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This is a guest post from Geoff Williams of CardRatings.com
This month is National Financial Literacy Month, so say the people who make up the months. I think it’s a good argument that every month should be Financial Literacy Month, but, hey, April is probably as good a time as any for parents to think about [...]

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Published on April 3rd, 2012
Modified on December 10th, 2013 - 4 Comments
Filed under: Education, Self Employment
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How to Give Your Budget a Tune-Up

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This is a guest post from Jessica Ward.
It happens to many of us: we design a lean, mean budget, but over time, like a worn-out rubber band, it begins to lose its pull. Sure, it’s still there and still performing its duty, but it isn’t the well-tuned machine it used to be. You might have [...]

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Published on December 20th, 2011 - 4 Comments
Filed under: Frugality, Planning
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Credit Card Companies are Wooing the Wealthy

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This is a guest post from Jim Sloan.
If your mailbox is filling up these days with zero percent balance transfer offers and other goodies from credit card companies, consider yourself among the elite.
Credit card companies, stung by new federal regulations that are preventing them from making money through punitive interest rate increases and penalty fees, [...]

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Published on April 19th, 2011
Modified on April 25th, 2011 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Credit Cards
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Five Ways to Blow Your Tax Refund

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This is a guest post from Jennifer Rose Hale.
You filed your taxes 12 days ago, and the “ding!” from your computer is an e-mail alert from your bank. You’ve got money! Sure enough, it’s your tax refund. If you got one, you’re not alone: the most recent figures from the Internal Revenue Service show that [...]

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Published on April 12th, 2011
Modified on April 18th, 2011 - 4 Comments
Filed under: Debt Reduction, Frugality, Saving & Investing, Taxes
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