Ways to Hoard Your Gold

01/24/2013
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If this were a perfect world, every gold investor would have a cave guarded by goblins and a dragon. While these arrangements might be preferable for hoarding your physical gold investments, they are hardly realistic. Before you buy gold or any precious metal as an investment, you need to consider the best storage option...

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Yakezie Carnival:The End of Black Friday Edition

11/25/2012
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For years, Black Friday has brought the crazy out in people. I mean standing out in the middle of the night in arctic temperatures brand of crazy. At the end of the ice-cold, wait-till-midnight-to-shop hysteria is an expensive piece of electronic equipment discounted by $100. Then, after great feats of effort, you wrap up...

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Average Family Spending on Christmas Gifts 2012

11/02/2012
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Average Family Spending on Christmas Gifts 2012

November 1st; another holiday concluded and a new one to start budgeting for. I know most of you don’t want to hear the word Christmas prior to December, but Christmas is the most expensive holiday for the average family. If you want to keep your family budget underneath that average family spending for Christmas,...

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Women Lie More than Men When It Comes to How Much They Work

10/22/2012
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Women Lie More than Men When It Comes to How Much They Work

Don’t shoot me just yet! This title is not my opinion- it is just a sneaky, underhanded way to entice you to read. If you want to skewer me in the comments for headline trickery, I admit I’m guilty as charged. However, if you’ll lower your defenses for a moment, I’ll explain why women...

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How to Make a Bad Financial Situation Worse for Your Family

10/19/2012
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How to Make a Bad Financial Situation Worse for Your Family

I’ve seen the enemy and the enemy is me. There is no corner of our everyday lives where this rings truer than our own family finances. Struggling to balance your family’s checkbook can arise from tragedy or the climax of poor decision making, but more often than not, difficult situations become dire by our...

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Is the Water Closet the New Water Cooler and Top Ten Family Finance Posts

10/10/2012
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Is the Water Closet the New Water Cooler and Top Ten Family Finance Posts

For decades the water cooler has been the official hub for office putzing. Every Monday, it becomes the background for thorough analysis on the previous day’s football game, complete recaps on everyone’s favorite reality TV show and of course, the latest news off of the office grape vine. However, the porcelain gods are now...

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How Much Does the Average Family Spend on Halloween 2012?

10/08/2012
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How Much Does the Average Family Spend on Halloween 2012?

We’ve come along way over the centuries. Back in ancient Celtic times Halloween was all about sacrifice (I’ll leave it at that). These days Halloween is all about giving; dolling out goodies and perhaps a few friendly freights. The National Retail Federation reports that the average family is planning on spending more money than...

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Buying a House is definitely an Asset for Your Family

10/05/2012
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Buying a House is definitely an Asset for Your Family

Despite what Yahoo readers think, I’m an ardent proponent of owning a home. In fact, I’m willing to take Rich Dad, Poor Dad to task over the subject, because buying a home is definitely an asset, not a liability. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Robert Kiyosaki wrote the bestselling book, Rich Dad,...

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Which Families Lost the Most Wealth in the Great Recession?

09/28/2012
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Which Families Lost the Most Wealth in the Great Recession?

Sometimes it’s good to be a loser. Losing weight is considered positive. Losing all of your debt is never a bad idea. Can we all agree that involuntarily losing your wealth is a bad thing? The wake of the Great Recession washed away a great deal of family wealth. According to the St. Louis...

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How to Send Money to Your Grandchild/Niece/Nephew’s New York 529 Plan as a Gift

09/21/2012
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How to Send Money to Your Grandchild/Niece/Nephew’s New York 529 Plan as a Gift

Don’t you hate how Christmas shopping is coming earlier and earlier? I’ll forgive you for answering “Yes,” because I’m already planning gifts and coming up with wish lists for my two pre-preschool aged accountants. This year I’m planning something special for Little Girl and Little Guy; I’m adding NY 529 plan gifting to their...

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