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This morning, I went grocery shopping with my son and took my digital camera along to record the experience of grocery shopping with a penny-pincher. Let’s see how it went – maybe we’ll both learn something. Welcome to Hy Vee! I went shopping at the Hy-Vee grocery store in Ankeny, Iowa, a northern suburb of Des Moines. Hy-Vee is a midwestern grocery chain that is almost ubiquitous in Iowa. There are many, many Hy-Vees in the greater Des Moines area; …

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The Simple Dollar offers a month-long plan for fixing your finances. All you need is an open mind and an hour each day. For many of us, food eats a much bigger portion of our monthly budget than we even realize. We grab some fast food a few times a week, grab take out a few more times a week, and dine out at expensive restaurants here and there. The thing is, though, that it is very easy to cut …

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Review: The Wealthy Barber

January 20 2007

The Wealthy Barber has an almost unique premise among the top personal finance books: it is written in the style of a novel in which a group of siblings visits the barber in their hometown because they’ve heard that he has somehow become quite wealthy and they want to know how he did it on a barber’s salary. The story itself is a bit on the thin side, but it provides a readable overlay to the personal finance advice that …

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Recently, the following comment was automatically deleted by my spam filter; I only happened to see it as I was looking through my spam logs while trying to identify a problem. At first, I thought this comment was merely trolling at its worst, but then I realized that there is actually a point here, one worth at least a mention: What a very “bad” article. Yes its the worst article i ve come across. This article wud teach u to …

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I’m sitting here in the Dallas/Fort Worth airport composing this post and all around me I see opportunities to burn through a lot of money very quickly. Hungry traveler? You can drop $10 on some pretty awful fast food quite quickly. Want to eat somewhat better? TGI Friday’s will be glad to take a few Hamiltons from you before you blink. And if you expect to pay below MSRP for anything, think again. Think that’s bad? I watched a friend …

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The Simple Dollar offers a month-long plan for fixing your finances. All you need is an open mind and an hour each day. Almost all of us have an automobile. Many of us have two or more in our family. We all know that they’re money pits, requiring maintenance, gasoline, and repairs, but we need them to get around, so we often just feed the beasts without thinking about it. Yet there are several simple things you can do that …

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As I begin the process of locating and buying my first home, my mind is loaded with questions. This week, I’m answering the five biggest ones (for me, at least) in detail. I’ve heard all sorts of horror stories about the ridiculous items that mortgage lenders and other such nefarious fellows like to slip into that group of payments collectively referred to as closing costs. Since I only knew that there were a lot of potential fees – and I …

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This week, The Simple Dollar takes a look at David Chilton’s The Wealthy Barber, a uniquely-written personal finance guide that has found its way onto people’s shelves for decades. Should it find its way onto your bookshelf? Let’s find out. I elected to include The Wealthy Barber in this series simply because it was recommended by so many people. When I first read it, I actually didn’t like it at all; the plot seemed incredibly flimsy and the visualizations in …

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The Simple Dollar offers a month-long plan for fixing your finances. All you need is an open mind and an hour each day. I’m often surprised how many people are extremely inefficient with their energy usage, and when they think of fixing problems, they put in tremendous effort to do things that aren’t much of a benefit, like neurotically keeping their lights off while having inefficient lighting which costs them more for one hour of use than efficient bulbs would …

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As I begin the process of locating and buying my first home, my mind is loaded with questions. This week, I’m answering the five biggest ones (for me, at least) in detail. Other questions involve a home buying gameplan, true home ownership costs, hiring an agent, and closing costs. To me, the home inspection process seemed like a big mystery. I understand the purpose: to make sure there aren’t any major hidden issues with a property you’re buying. For example, …

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