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Should You Pay Your Children for Good Grades?

Written by Guest Contributor - 13 Comments

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
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Marrying for Love and Money

Written by Sarah Gilbert - 5 Comments

With Valentine’s Day in the rearview mirror, I’m thinking about love. Love, and money. Robert Brokamp at Get Rich Slowly was part of my inspiration, with his sweet and personal take on his “relationship deal breakers.”
(A brief summary: when he was 23, smoking; now, fiscal irreponsibility.)
Though many of us reading this site are, indeed, already [...]

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Published on February 19th, 2013
Modified on March 2nd, 2013 - 5 Comments
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Bye Bye, Saturday Mail Delivery

Written by Nickel - 11 Comments

I’ve written in the past about the financial difficulties that the US Postal Service has been dealing with. They’ve been raising stamp prices annually, they’ve closed a bunch of locations, and have been looking for more ways to save.
Despite these changes, they’re still bleeding money. They lost $8.5B in 2010, $5.5B in 2011 (that low [...]

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Published on February 6th, 2013 - 11 Comments
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Putting Money in Its Place

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We’re now a couple of weeks into the New Year and I have to admit that I have mixed feelings about New Year’s resolutions. That being said, resolutions provide us with a framework for putting our personal finances in the right perspective. Call it putting money in its place.
It’s probably being a long-time gym member [...]

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Published on January 17th, 2013
Modified on February 4th, 2013 - Leave a Comment
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Financial Lessons Learned

Written by Jeffrey Steele - 10 Comments

Aside from the unswerving advice to spend less than you make, personal finance wisdom has a way of evolving year by year, as the economy, tax laws, and other variables change.
True, most lessons these days have to do with it being harder and harder to build a nestegg, the need to start earlier and [...]

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Published on January 8th, 2013
Modified on January 12th, 2013 - 10 Comments
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The Most Valuable College Football Teams

Written by Nickel - 2 Comments

In honor of the BCS National Championship Game, which I’m watching as I write this, here’s a rundown of the most valuable programs in college football:

Texas
Michigan
Florida
Notre Dame
Ohio State
Auburn
Georgia
Alabama
LSU
Oklahoma

These ranking are based on the hypothetical sales price of each program based on revenue, expenses, and projected growth rates. Texas, which ranking #1, has an estimated value [...]

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Published on January 7th, 2013
Modified on January 12th, 2013 - 2 Comments
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Happy New Year!

Written by Nickel - One Comment

This is just a quick note to wish you a Happy New Year. We’ve had a low-key and relaxing break, and plan on continuing that today and tomorrow before a return to school and work.
What about you? Have you had a nice holiday break?
More generally, what are you looking forward in the New Year?

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Published on January 1st, 2013 - One Comment
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Merry Christmas!

Written by Nickel - 3 Comments

This is just a quick note to wish you a Merry Christmas. If you’re not celebrating Christmas, then have a great couple of days off.
Also keep in mind that there’s only a week left in 2012, so be sure to make those charitable contributions and wrap up any other last minute tax issues before the [...]

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Published on December 24th, 2012 - 3 Comments
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Picking Up Money (Followup)

Written by Nickel - 9 Comments

So… Shortly after I posted about the guy whose girlfriend shamed him into leaving a dollar on the ground, Lifehacker picked up the story and ran a poll asking their readers the following:
What’s the least amount of money you pick up off the ground?
As of right now, there are a little over 9k votes, and [...]

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Published on December 10th, 2012 - 9 Comments
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Found Money: What Would You Do with a Huge Sum?

Written by Nickel - 9 Comments

As a followup to my recent post about picking up money off the ground… A bus driver in Austria was cleaning out his bus at the end of his shift when he discovered a shopping bag containing 390,000 Euros (ca. $510k).
Yowza!
And guess what? He turned it in. With the help of a deposit slip, the [...]

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Published on December 6th, 2012
Modified on December 16th, 2012 - 9 Comments
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