Monthly Archives: August 2007

Time Travel :: August 2006

Last August marked the beginning of this site and was a time when I spent a good deal of time writing to myself as there were not many visitors. Therefore I would like to take you back in time to a few posts that I feel are worth re-reading from one year ago this month: […] continue reading

No Contractor Tip :: Hold That Thought

Yesterday I had posted about the fact that we would not be tipping the painters that were currently working on our home. However, I now have to tell you that we have altered our course. Earning a Tip When trying to answer the question of who do you tip, my wife and I had decided […] continue reading

Another Contractor Going Home With No Tip

Last month I asked all of you the question: Do you tip contractors? The outcome of the poll was that 88% of you said that you do not tip contractors. At first I felt somewhat guilty about not tipping the crew that installed our windows but after the job was completed I did not regret […] continue reading

Resist The Temptation

Today I had the opportunity to practice what I preach to my wife and kids about how to avoid impulse buying and truly evaluating if something is a need versus a want. This morning I was reading the newspaper and noticed a sale ad for Fry’s Electronics that was advertising a 50″ Sony Grand Wega […] continue reading

List Of The Best Financial Advice

Brian over at has tagged me to participate in the My One Money Advice meme. This meme was started by Pinoyo over at Moolanomy in an effort to help promote financial responsibility and awareness. The Question: If you can give one advice, tip, or story related to money, what would you share? Always Pay […] continue reading

Discover Your Money Personality

In the discussion on the post about how to setup laddered certificates, Mark Anderesen made a comment that touched on the money personalities of people. When you evaluate a financial product or service, you need to take into account your own money personality to determine if the product or service is appropriate for you. While […] continue reading

How to Setup Laddered Certificates

Mark Andersen from is a banking professional who loves what he does and shares his insight into a little-known banking strategy. A common situation that befalls the members I work with goes like this: A close relative passes away Said relative leaves a substantial inheritance A receiver of the inheritance doesn’t want to blow […] continue reading

More Invites To The Motley Fool

Still looking for an invite to The Motley Fool? The 20 invitations that I had available disappeared quickly but one of the people that I invited is offering his invitations as well. The last time I checked there were still 11 invitations available. If you’re still looking for an invite, head on over to Financial […] continue reading

Feeling Out of Touch with Finances

How often do you balance your checkbook and check on bills? The routine that I typically use is to call our “bank-by-phone” number or log into our online account once per week to do a checkup on all of the debits that have been made and the checks that have cleared. When our monthly banking […] continue reading

Net Worth Update: July 2007

As a means of tracking my progress towards my 2007 goals, I am going to be running this as an on-going series of posts. As a bit of background, here are the opening posts in the series: June 2007 Update May 2007 Update April 2007 Update March 2007 Update February 2007 Update January 2007 Update […] continue reading