Why I Invoice Clients Online Using FreshBooks

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There are certain aspects of running an online business that are really tedious. Bookkeeping is one of them. Each month I invoice about six clients. While that doesn’t seem like much, it’s frankly a real pain. Until recently, I used QuickBooks to generate the invoice and track payments. The problem is that QuickBooks is a […]

Published or Updated: December 12, 2011

What To Do When Your Check Engine Light Comes On

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Photo: f2point8 We recently bought a car for our kids to drive. It’s a beauty, too. We’re talking a 2004 Mercury Sable with 170,000 miles. And after just a few short weeks of ownership, the dreaded “check engine light” came on. Now we did what most probably do–we took it to a repair shop. I […]

Published or Updated: December 9, 2011

Credit Card Minimum Payments will Maximize Your Financial Pain

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Photo: Miguelavg The minimum payment required on a credit card is a lot like the three Sirens of Greek mythology. Part human and part bird, the Sirens lived on a rocky island in the middle of the sea. They sang so beautifully that passing sailors couldn’t resist getting closer, with disastrous results as their ships […]

Published or Updated: March 22, 2012

Best Digital Camera Bargains for 2011

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I have a love-hate relationship with digital cameras. Having owned several, including my current Nikon D-70 that I got for Father’s Day a few years ago, I speak from experience when I say that when it comes to getting that critical family shot, what can go wrong, will go wrong. Just this week I messed […]

Published or Updated: December 6, 2011

Visa and MasterCard are not Finite Options for Rental Car Insurance

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Let me tell you a horror story about credit card rental insurance.  A few weeks ago I needed a rental car.  Enterprise was located right around the corner, so I figured I would give them a shot.  This was my first rental car, so I wasn’t exactly sure how this process worked. But to my […]

Published or Updated: December 8, 2011

The Best AA Batteries for A Digital Camera

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Photo: mikebaird Digital cameras eat through batteries at an alarming rate. As my wife can attest, there’s nothing more aggravating than when you are about to capture a memorable family picture only to discover there’s not enough juice to snap the pic. We seem to go though this ritual at every family event, and it’s […]

Published or Updated: July 23, 2012

List of Personal Finance Blogs that have Sold for $1 Million or More

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There has been a poorly kept secret circulating among personal finance bloggers over the past few years. And with the publication of a Wall Street Journal story yesterday, the secret is out of the bag. So I thought I’d bring it until full focus today. And the secret is that several popular personal finance blogs […]

Published or Updated: April 23, 2012

Where To Buy Cheap Checks Online

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Banks are robbing us blind. As we mentioned last week in our article about how to order checks online, ordering check refills from your bank can be a costly mistake. All banks do is pass the order off to another company, and then mark up the costs to consumers. Instead, there are several websites that […]

Published or Updated: November 28, 2014

15 Ways to Slash Your Cell Phone Bill

One of the all time best ways to save money is to cut your cell phone bill. With a family of four, our cell phone plan now costs us close to $200 a month, including data and texting packages. The cost has gotten out of hand, so I’ve been in search of ways to lower […]

Published or Updated: June 4, 2014