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McDonald’s Menus and Personal Finance

Full disclosure: I’m not a stranger to the McDonald’s drive-thru.  That’s not a statement of pride…just fact.  Typically, my visit involves buying a large Diet Coke.  And no, this post is not brought to you by purveyors of unhealthy substances, or the Camelback Fund. (link)  I’m a fan of the Southwest Chicken Salad, too.  I […]

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Car Insurance – It’s a Seller’s Market

When was the last time you shopped for new auto insurance? This is a question I often ask my clients, and the answer is typically “I don’t remember”.  That makes perfect sense to me.  Car insurance is rarely something that we have a reason to think about.  The first time I asked this question, though, […]

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Save Money on Gas

Pay Less at the Gas Pump This Summer

Summer is approaching, and that means many Americans are making vacation plans. Parents of triplets and other large broods may not all be excited about trekking across the country with the kids in tow, but some of us enjoy a good old-fashioned road trip. Others of us also would rather not pay for five airplane […]

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Rolling Stones

Mick Jagger Guards Against Economic Outpatient Care

Mick Jagger may have some sound financial planning advice for you and your family. That may sound odd, so let me start with some background.  I’ve been a reader my whole life.  Between non-fiction and fiction, I easily read a book each week, and I’m sure I end up reading somewhere between 50 and 100 […]

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When Is the Best Time to Buy Something?

Some very handy information from and LifeHacker.

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Credit card users spend more

The Easier It Is, the More We Spend

The research is pretty unambiguous – the average consumer spends more when using a credit card than when paying cash. This probably makes sense to most of us on an intuitive level, but it may seem like the gap would be small.  Furthermore, credit cards have some definite benefits over our traditional transaction mechanism, cash. […]

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My Family

Quoted in Reuters: How parents of multiples tackle financial challenges

My family was recently featured on Reuters Money regarding the financial challenges faced by parents of triplets/multiples. Aside from the nervousness of laying ourselves bare for the world, it caused me to reflect on that period of our lives, and review some of what we did right and wrong. Certainly, there are some unique and often surprising financial […]

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Live like a millionaire

The Timelessness of The Millionaire Next Door

I resisted reading The Millionaire Next Door for a long time, because the title led me to the assumption that it was a get-rich-quick tome.  I was very wrong about that, and I was disappointed that I waited so long.  I’ve now read the book several times.  Far from being a book in the genre of Rich Dad, […]

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