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Love Letter

A Love Letter Like No Other

With the hype that surrounds each holiday, it’s easy to get jaded and miss all that’s good about the occasion.  This year, what helped me focus on the best parts of Valentine’s Day was rereading one of the most powerful love letters I’ve ever come across.  Union Army Major Sullivan Ballou wrote the letter to […]

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When Financial Protection May Cause Harm

I had to reread the first couple of paragraphs of the story to make sure I had read them correctly.  Sure enough, the Wall Street Journal article said that a surprisingly high 75 percent of people have opted in for overdraft protection coverage from their bank or credit union. In effect, such people have chosen […]

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Google Hangs Up On GOOG-411

As of today, Google’s free telephone directory assistance service, GOOG-411, is no more.  Launched in 2007, the voice-recognition service allowed for free directory assistance calls for business listings by calling 1-800-GOOG-411.  Just say the name of the business you’re looking for, and the city and state where it’s located, and the service would connect you […]

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Keeping Your Kids Safe From ID Theft

Many of today’s kids are online even before they’re born, debuting with their sonogram pictures posted on their parents Facebook pages or blogs.  Is there a danger to sending too much of your kids’ info into cyberspace?  Internet security experts say yes. According to an article on Consumer Reports’ Money Blog, posting your kids’ birth […]

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You – in 30 Seconds

If you own your own business or work in sales, you’ve probably been encouraged to come up with an “elevator speech,” a short, compelling description of what you have to offer.  It’s also a great tool for anyone looking for a new job. Mashable recently offered solid advice about nailing your elevator speech.  Its focus […]

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Going the Extra Mile

I just came back from a weekend trip to Phoenix where I had a chance to do what I love to do: teach a workshop on the practical application of the timeless truths about money.  While I went there to teach, I ended up learning quite a bit as well, including some lessons about going […]

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Money Lessons From a Long Run

My wife and I recently ran the 13-mile Chicago half marathon.  For us, it was the accomplishment of a very challenging goal.  Over the past 10 years, we had never run anywhere close to that distance. As we trained for the event, I noticed a lot of similarities with pursuing a tough financial goal like […]

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The Money/Happiness Connection Revisited

It’s a timeless question: does more money translate into more happiness?  A new study by researchers at the Center for Health and Well-Being at Princeton University shows that happiness does increase with income – to a point.  At $75,000 per year, happiness levels off. But the study was actually more nuanced than that.  The researchers […]

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Recession Lessons: The Importance of Family Support

The number of children being raised by a grandparent spiked during the onset of the recession, growing nine percent between 2007 and 2008 to nearly three million kids.  That’s according to new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. Of course, a far greater number of grandparents provide some help with childcare as […]

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