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Money Management

No Such Thing as a Free Pet

Watch this video on YouTube “Want a kitten? It’s free.” This is an offer that I would turn down in a heartbeat. My lack of enthusiasm for cats would far outweigh my frugal appreciation of getting something for nothing. Even the most ardent cat lover,...

Financial Advice Wise Enough for Solomon

Watch this video on YouTube As the author of the Old Testament book Ecclesiastes, traditionally thought to be King Solomon, penned many years ago, “There is nothing new under the sun.” Humbling as it is, there is very little financial advice I’ve written...

Less Debt, More Happiness

Watch this video on YouTube I have written previously about the plethora of research that shows a link between income and happiness. Most of those studies find that the more money people bring in, the happier they are—until earnings exceed $75,000, at which time the...

Action Now Is Key to Easing Financial Fears

Not long ago, one of Americans’ top fears was public speaking. Apparently Toastmasters is working; this fear didn’t even make this year’s Top 10 list. Chapman University recently completed its third Survey of American Fears, as reported in an October...

Best Use for Tax Refund May be Wrong Question

Watch this video on YouTube Whether a check shows up in your mailbox or a deposit appears in your bank account, getting an income tax refund may feel like “found money.” Unfortunately, at least part of that tax refund is more like “lost money.”...

Classic Money Advice

Watch this video on YouTube Some financial advice just doesn’t grow old. Many recommendations I’ve made for years are as applicable as ever for the 21st century, and they bear repeating. Here are some of the best financial moves to consider as you move into...