Tag: money

Abraham Lincoln – The Debtor

I love to read biographies of significant people in history. One of my favorite subjects is Abraham Lincoln. In his book about the Great Emancipator, author Thomas Keneally writes how Lincoln was once a great debtor. Most of his indebtedness revolved around purchasing two New Salem (IL) stores with a partner of his, William Berry. …

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One Is Better Than Two

Two is better than one, the writer of Ecclesiastes tells us. And he’s right. But the best advice my wife and I received as newlyweds in regards to marriage and money was the opposite – a budget based on one income is better than two. The guidance was simple: create a budget as if only …

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Mister Rogers and Money

One of my favorite tv shows growing up was Mr. Rogers. I remember watching the program after getting home from kindergarten and chomping on the peanut butter and jelly sandwich my mom had just made. There was something about his gentle demeanor and way with others that endeared him to so many – including myself. …

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Blowing Through Money

Three Thrifty Guys is usually all about getting bang for your buck, but for this 4th of July season I wanted to take a light-hearted look at going for the quickest bang for the most buck. And speaking of bang, an average firework at the local stand near my house is $.50 per pop. When …

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What’s Your Biggest Financial Regret?

I had just gotten a new job and my car broke down. I felt like I needed to replace it quickly and was running out of options. I knew a fella from the golf course I frequented who worked at a car dealership. I ended up visiting him there – and quickly fell in love …

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The Shame in Using Cash

“That’ll be $32.45 please.” My wife grabbed her wallet and took out the cash we had for the trip. Thumbing through some of the bills, she counted them to herself and then searched for some coins. The line was getting longer now and the gentleman behind us tried to entertain himself by looking away at …

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24 of the Best Tweets About Personal Finance This Year

Sometimes 140 characters is all you need to get a good dose of information. So today, we are looking back at some of the best money tweets we discovered this past year (some contain links to various posts). Got any other good ones? "Money isn’t the currency of life. Living is the currency of life." …

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The Most Valuable Coins in the World

In 2007, I first stepped into the world of investing in rare coins, because I thought that they were undervalued at the time. Fast forward a few years, and the coin markets have gone through a lot of fluctuations. More recently, I’ve started to focus on buying rarer and lower minted coins. I’ve found that these …

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How Does a Bank Work?

We use banks almost every day of our lives – yet we rarely (if ever) think about how they operate. I thought it would be fun to take a brief, “banking 101” view of how the banking system works with the help of our friends at Northpointe Bank. Types of banks When I was younger, my …

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