My Money

August 2011


How to Minimize Your Exposure to Inflation

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The effect of inflation causes a general increase in prices and reduces the value of your dollar. The United States is currently in a period of relatively low inflation but if you have filled up your gas tank or bought groceries recently you probably felt the sting of higher prices. There is not ...

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Reasons to Put Landlord Agreements in Writing

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They say the only sure-fire way to “win” against the IRS if you’re ever audited is with documentation. And most people agree it’s a wise move to get everything in writing — agreements and otherwise. You should document your phone calls by drafting a write-up on whom you have spoken with and when.

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The Earthquake’s Hidden Financial Lessons

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This week, when the East Coast experienced a 5.8 magnitude earthquake, one of the most interesting after-effects was the behavior of people who were inside buildings. Virtually every building in the District was evacuated, and folks just stood on the sidewalks next to twelve-story buildings.

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How to Green Your Kitchen

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Did you know that the air inside your home is two to five times more polluted than the air outside your home? This comes as a surprise to many people. But according to the EPA, off-gassing from common household products deteriorates indoor air quality and safety year after year. Because the kitchen ...

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11 Ways to Make Clothes Last Longer

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The average family spends just under $2,000 per year on clothes. Considering that the average household throws away around 68 pounds of clothes and textiles each year, one of the easiest ways to save money on clothes is to not have to buy new clothes on a regular basis. But how can you make sure ...

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Some Debit Cards Will Soon Carry Fees

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Wells Fargo just announced that it will test a $3 monthly fee for those who use its debit card. The fee will be levied against customers in Georgia, New Mexico, Nevada and Oregon beginning October 14, 2011. As a result, we can add debit card fees to the long list of bank fees we love to hate. To ...

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How to Make Home Appliances Last Longer

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During hard economic times, most of us want to get the most use out of items we already own. Naturally, this applies to appliances as well. With a little time and elbow grease, you can keep your appliances running in top form for years. This, in turn, helps you save money and prevents you from

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10 Unusual Ways to Save Money

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Everyone has heard of the typical ways to save money: avoid your local coffee shop, unplug appliances when you aren’t using them, don’t buy pre-cut fruits or veggies, and more. But what are some non-traditional ways of saving money? Here are ten uncommon ways to save that you may not have thought ...

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Talking Credit with Your College Freshman

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When your child begins his first year of college, he’ll face his fair share of emergencies, make tough decisions that will affect his life from here on out, and have more freedom than he could have ever imagined. Before you drop him off at his dorm, you’ll need to have the talk…about credit cards.

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18 Tips to Ace Your Job Interview

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Finding a job in today’s economy is difficult. Simply searching for a job opportunity is tough enough. Throw in the dreaded job interview and difficult becomes downright stressful. However, it is possible to alleviate some of the stress. Here are 18 tips to help you ace your job interview. (See ...

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