Money Quote Friday – Now They Own You Edition.

You buy furniture. You tell yourself, this is the last sofa I will ever need in my life. Buy the sofa, then for a couple years you’re satisfied that no matter what goes wrong, at least you’ve got your sofa issue handled. Then the right set of dishes. Then the perfect bed. The drapes. The rug. Then you’re trapped in your lovely nest, and the things you used to own, now they own you.“

- Chuck Palahniuk

Amen. Have a good weekend.


Earning 11.89% Interest By Lending Money At Lending Club.

Back in February 2008, I wrote a post titled “Why I Started Lending Money With Prosper And Lending Club” that outlined why I had veered from my savings account mentality into the world of peer-to-peer lending. Basically, I wanted to try to beat the rate that my online bank was offering at the time (which is even lower now – thanks ING) by lending my money directly to people who need to borrow it, skipping the middleman. ING at that point was paying around 3% interest, which wasn’t great, but it was a sure thing and there would not be anyone defaulting on my loan.


7 Ways To Save Money On Dental Care & Bills.

Go more often. There, that’s my advice to you. Now go to the dentist! OK, I am only partially kidding — but going more often can certainly save you a ton of money in dental expenses because your dentist can usually catch problem spots before they become even bigger issues! That was my dentists’ biggest piece of advice to me yesterday after getting a cleaning, because it had been a while since I had gone. Turns out that I have 3 pretty major problems that need to be taken care of ASAP, for two reasons:


When A High-Paying Job Was $10,000 Per Year.

Remember back when I wrote about inheriting my grandfathers’ old tools? Well, this past weekend I finally got around to taking every tool out of every toolbox, arranging them all over my workbench and the floor in order to clearly see what I had on my hands. Turns out it was quite a lot – so many, in fact, that I am actually going to be giving away a bunch of them. My grandfather saved everything! I think this might be because he grew up during the Depression, so there were lots of broken and “extra” tools in his toolboxes. I snapped this picture of my workbench when I had finished laying them all out for examination:


Book Review & Giveaway: Secrets Of A Stingy Scoundrel.

This giveaway has ended.You think you are a cheap bastard? You got nothing on this guy. Phil Villarreal, a reporter for the Arizona Daily Star and a contributing editor at Consumerist.com, has written this book that will certainly make you shake your head. Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel: 100 Dirty Little Money-Grubbing Secrets is sure to shock you into being more stingy! From how to get a pay-per-view movie removed from your hotel bill, to taking extra Tupperware from a friends’ party, to beating ticket scalpers at their own game, this Stingy Scoundrel is exactly that – terribly stingy and a through and through scoundrel. While there are many tips in the book that find themselves in my “moral gray area”, I am sure that anyone who reads this book will come away with a few worthwhile ideas on how to be a little more frugal. It made me laugh out loud many, many times, but it also made my mouth gape open in amazement as I tried to consider doing some of these money-saving tips in real life. I don’t normally care what others think of me, but some of these things definitely would be difficult to do! Overall, a great read that is both entertaining and educational – I recommend it to all my frugal friends! So…are you intrigued? Want to win a copy?

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