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Saving Money by riding the Bus

For the first two weeks in my new job I have been taking the bus to and from work. Not really knowing how the costs would work out I bought a monthly pass for May. For $88 it covers all … Continue reading

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January Budget

The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.  We exited the Christmas financial bleed looking pretty good.  We’d avoided putting anything on credit and had sufficient remaining funds in January to have a clean month and still put … Continue reading

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Dinner and drinks for 1.2 billion dollars

Wow: http://blameitonthevoices.blogspot.com/2008/10/zimbabwe-dinner-tab.html You have to wonder where this will end. I feel really bad for the people of Zimbabwe. They people there are powerless to stop the financial crisis happening around them. Thanks to @geoffrey_mcgill and the re-tweet from @shanselman … Continue reading

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FreeCreditReport.com

We’ve all seen the advertisement….”shoulda gone to FREEEE credit report dot coowmmm” with the happy hippy college grad playing his banjo in a themed restaurant and then his beater car.  The principles offered in the commercial of monitoring your credit … Continue reading

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How to survive an economic crisis?

I am hearing so much talk about the bailout, failure of the bailout, failure of the financial markets, and the impending doom we are all promised is rolling up our driveways.  However, I find myself not alone from my friends … Continue reading

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An escalator to nowhere

I was pondering the US$700 billion bailout package for the U.S. financial institutions this morning and couldn’t help but think of Gravina Island.  The fact that we aren’t giving any incentive for borrowers to change their habits by simply bailing … Continue reading

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$5M for streetcar extension plans?

I wouldn’t usually get involved in local politics, but this story caused me to raise an eyebrow: http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2008/08/pdc_board_oks_5_million_for_st.html We’re spending $5M on the plans for a streetcar extension that may or may not get funded?  Granted that I really have … Continue reading

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Obidallah Azimi

This is Obidallah Azimi.  He is a university student in Afghanistan.  Obidallah owns a retail store and is looking to expand his business to provide for his family.  I loaned Obidallah $25 in order for him to expand his store.  … Continue reading

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What the hell were they thinking?

It’s when I read articles like this that I realize just how naive most people want to be:  http://blog.oregonlive.com/breakingnews/2008/06/oregons_housing_slump_hits_hom.html. Specifically I’m referring to the section where the home-building industry “didn’t think the boom and bust would be so severe.”  Let’s step … Continue reading

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Stop Giving Your Money Away

“I’ll loan you $10 today if you agree to pay me back $200 over the next 3 months.” Let’s face it, nobody would enter that kind of an agreement with a friend.  Why is it then that the same rational, forward … Continue reading

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