Doing What You Want To: How to Stop Spending On Stuff You Don’t Even Use

People work hard because they want to earn the right to live the life they want, even if it means spending on things that are useless to them. A person, who may have no control over some areas of his life, may find it extremely satisfying to at least have control over the money he has earned. To have the power to acquire things that normally poses a challenge can be quite addicting, especially when emotions are involved. People, after all, are insatiable beings; it is only right to reap what the...
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3 Bad Spending Habits and Ways to Break Them

It probably took a recession for many Americans to realize how out of hand their spending had become. It was actually a little shocking to find out how so many people were in serious credit card debt, with seemingly no way out. If there was any good that the recession brought us, then it is to take a closer look at our spending habits. We’ve rounded up some pretty common and bad spending habits that almost everyone is guilty with, and not only that, we give suggestions on how to curb them. Read ...
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15 Things People Forget To Budget For

The economy today is putting a strain on numerous bank accounts. It is essential to have a complete budget that covers all everyday expenditures and still leaves room for savings. Many people forget to include some crucial expenses which can sabotage an otherwise thoughtful budget. Here are fifteen things that people often forget to budget for. 1. Dues and fees - Various types of fees are due throughout the year and they are often overlooked. This includes annual credit card fees, gym members...
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5 Disadvantages of Using a Debit Card

It seems everyone uses their debit card for every purchase these days. They cite the ease with which they make transactions. There is no need to carry cash and the worries that accompany holding a bunch of cash are erased. It really seems like this phenomena has occurred in just the past two years. Pretty much every store you go to will accept debit card regardless of your purchase size. However, it’s not all great news when it comes to using your debit card. Here are five disadvantages to...
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Top 10 Reasons People Spend More Than They Earn

Rule #1 of financial freedom is spending less than you earn. If you can't do that, you'll never be financially successful no matter how hard you work, how many hours you put in, how many promotions you receive, or how much money you make. It's a simple rule, and most would consider it common sense. But, the U.S. has a negative savings rate, meaning this common sense rule may not be so common place. I recently saw a statistic that claimed that about 43% of American families spend more than ...
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Spending Money: Needs vs. Wants

Let’s face it: Most people spend way too much money on things they don’t really need. The more money we make, the more we tend to spend. This endless cycle of materialism has led many people to confuse the word “need” with the word “want.” As in, “we need a big-screen TV for our new home theater.” Or, “I need a new pair of shoes to go with my new outfit.” (more…)
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How gas prices affect your wallet and your behavior

The price of gas has doubled over the past three years, hovering around $3 a gallon nationally. Research was recently conducted to determine how increased gas prices have affected personal finance, as well as behavior at work. More than 300 employees across a wide range of occupations were surveyed in the study. Findings from the study indicated that most people have had to make drastic changes in the way they spend money. For example: (more…)
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Spend Your Money on Doing Things Rather Than Owning Things

When dealing with personal finance, it is important to remind yourself from time to time that our most valuable assets are things that cannot be bought. Family and friends would certainly apply to this category. So would your health, time, and knowledge. It would be impossible to put a price tag on any of the above. So let's step back from discussion about saving, investing, and accumulating money, and let's talk about how we spend our money. When it comes to spending your dollars wisely, som...
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My Super Sweet 16

I caught an episode of the MTV show "My Super Sweet 16" for the first time the other night. For those of you who haven't seen the show, it "takes you behind the scenes for all the drama, surprises and over-the-top fun as teens prepare for their most important coming-of-age celebrations". But, these aren't average teens. These are teens of super rich parents and the money that gets spent on these sweet 16's is ridiculous. Besides being fairly disgusted with what the kids expected and rec...
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