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Monthly Archives: June 2011

Question

Tweet A few weeks ago, when I was hanging out at a Starbucks a man came in. He had a big duffel bag and a suitcase, and has obviously been out on the street for a while. I asked him if he would like something to drink and eat, and he said yes, in a […]

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The Ice Cream Prescription

Tweet I just had my last wisdom tooth pulled out. Fortunately, because it wasn’t impacted and was already halfway out of the gum line, I was in and out of the dentist’s chair in 30 minutes. The best thing about a wisdom tooth removal, however, is the dentist’s orders to actually EAT ICE CREAM. (The […]

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401K Maxed Out!

Tweet My biggest financial news for June is that I’ve hit $16,500 in contributions to the 401K.  I am happy that I’ve done so, but for the most part I don’t really feel much difference in my net pay. Once I maxed out the 401K, I zeroed out my W-4 deductions and set up automatic […]

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Goodbye ING Direct?

Tweet Just heard that ING Direct will be bought by Capital One. I’ve been a member of ING Direct since 2006 and have always been very happy with their customer service. I love the sub-accounts feature, and as of right now I have 6 accounts with ING. I hope Capital One will respect the culture […]

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Travel = Holy Grail of Personal Finance Spending?

Tweet In the personal finance blogosphere (and among writings by PF experts), there are a few things that fall into the Bad Spending Category and a few that inhabit the Good Spending bubble. Spending $5,000 on a state-of-the-art flatscreen or a Chanel Caviar Flap and spending $5,000 on a trip to Barcelona hits your checking […]

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Don’t Forget Domestic Travel

Tweet International travel is where all the glitz and glamour is, but as the fourth largest country in the world, U.S. offers an amazing array of cultural and geological diversity. I love to go places, but I’ve really neglected seeing different parts of the U.S. In fact, I’ve been to more countries than I have […]

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Carnival of Personal Finance: Summer Edition

Tweet The days are getting longer and the sun is burning hotter – a sure sign that summer has arrived. Have you heard of the story of the grasshopper and the ant? The grasshopper plays during the lovely summertime while the ant judiciously saves for the lean winter months. Here, some personal finance bloggers show […]

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