Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been doing quite a bit of research on small pocket size video cameras, similar to the Flip Cam that so many bloggers are using nowadays. I wanted something that I could use to do videos for the site – that I could take with me in my pocket […]
Unclaimed Tax Refunds: Do You Have A Refund Waiting For You?
The IRS estimates 1.1 million taxpayers who neglected to file a 2007 return are eligible for refunds, but that they had better act soon. The deadline for claiming a refund for that tax year is April 18th of 2011, and you must file a return to get a refund. 1.1 million taxpayers didn’t file their […]
3 Financial Self Defense Weapons
In many ways, having a strong financial foundation can be a form of self defense. There are many things that can attack our financial lives: crushing debt, losing a job, and unexpected emergencies just to name a few. There are three weapons that I have found effective to fight off the financial burdens that plague […]
Blessings To You And Yours This Holiday Season. Merry Christmas!
Another year has passed, and as the year comes to a close we are all looking forward to the festive Christmas holiday, and the coming of a new year. It’s a time to reflect, and be thankful for all the blessings that we’ve received throughout the year. At our house it has been an exciting […]
Thoughts On Escaping The Middle Class
I‘ve been thinking about financial survival a great deal lately. I’ve been asking questions such as how one party gains a financial advantage over another. How is it that the middle class has grown to be so large? It’s like a bell curve, with the middle class at the center with the most population while […]
3 Important Financial Lessons That Changed My Life
Principles. They’re what financial planners depend on in order to offer wise counsel. Sometimes principles are simple and straightforward. Other times, they’re a bit more complex. Some principles need to be modified, others are timeless. What are some timeless principles that we need to be reminded of every so often? This is a collection of […]
Overcoming Financial Stress
If you’re like me, you’ve already started to feel the pressure of the increased expenses that come during the end of the year. Things like higher utilities, holiday spending, and end of the year tax prep can really put the pressure on your finances. At the end of last month, I sat down with my […]
The Power Of Debt
When I originally set out to write this piece on debt, it was titled, “The Soul Crushing Power of Debt”. But the more I reflected on my own experience with debt, the more I realized: “There are really two responses to the power of debt. It can crush you. Or it can motivate you. Sometimes, […]
4 Devastating Affects Of Keeping Up With The Joneses
There’s a lot of talk about “keeping up with the Joneses” on personal finance blogs. The phrase, “keeping up with the Joneses” simply refers to looking at one’s neighbor as the standard and benchmark for success in regards to accumulation of material goods and socioeconomic superiority. To fail to keep up with the Joneses is […]
When Is Enough… Enough?
First off I want to thank Peter for having me on his blog as a guest writer. I wanted to try and tackle a tough question for everyone and I am glad he gave me the opportunity. After reading Peter’s article on Dave Ramsey’s New House I started to dive into the comments, post a […]
Money Isn’t The Problem. Our Interaction With It Is.
I live and work in a metropolitan area, which means I spend a lot of time on buses and trains with my nose in a book attempting to avoid my fellow riders in the friendliest way possible. One of my co-workers suggested I add The Soul of Money to my Express Bus Reading List – […]
5 Ways To Successfully Fail At Personal Finance
Okay, so you want to fail. You want to crash and burn your finances. You really don’t care about all that “saving money” talk and would rather live your life on the edge – of homelessness. What advice is out there for a person like you? Well, here you go. These are my top five […]
5 Things About Money I Wish I Would Have Known When I Was Younger
Sam Ewing, who used to play baseball for the Chicago White Sox, once said, “Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair.” Many of us may feel that we can never quite catch up with our money, but one thing is […]
Would You Give Up Your Favorite Financial Sin To Achieve Financial Freedom?
This is an article written by Jesse Michelsen, the creator of Personal Finance Firewall. On his site he writes about taking every tiny detail into account when managing personal finances, and gives tips on ways to make it easier for those with full lives. I often listen to motivation speeches and read spiritual, uplifting material. […]