Michael on September 14th, 2009
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With my wife and youngest daughter away for the weekend, it was superior Daddy-daughter time with my four year-old.
Since Thursday night, here’s what we did:

Out to dinner twice.
Out to lunch once.
Dessert in the North End of Boston.
A delicious cold drink on a hot afternoon in the city.
Three+ hours at two different inside gyms (on bad [...]

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Michael on September 11th, 2009
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I had one heck of a long weekend over the Labor Day holiday.
You: What did you do?
Being that the weekend represents the unofficial end of summer –
You: Why is that?
First, because school starts right afterward. Second, because it’s already getting cool here in New Hampshire.
You: Seriously?
Seriously. On a bike ride early yesterday morning I actually [...]

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Michael on September 2nd, 2009
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I’m not a fan of traditional budgeting.
You: What do you mean when you say “traditional budgeting?”
I’m talking about where you make a list of all of your expenses and try to ensure that you don’t spend more than, say $35 on entertainment or $50 on groceries for a week.
You: Sounds like classic budgeting to me. [...]

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Michael on August 31st, 2009
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Rather then focus on cutting costs to the bare bone, I try to ensure that I maximize the value I receive out of every dollar I spend.
You: Every dollar?
Not really.
You: Good. After all, you’re the one who wrote Your Problem Isn’t Starbucks.  I would hope you still stand by it.
I do. But I’ll give you [...]

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Michael on August 10th, 2009
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You: Cheesy title.
Monday morning.
You: You too?
Yup.  Anyway, I thought I’d take this fine Monday morning to highlight some of my best recent articles from around the web:

Twelve Crazy Myths of Personal Finance was a ton of fun to write. Pretty sure you’ll enjoy it too, evidenced by its selection as an editor’s pick at [...]

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Michael on July 22nd, 2009
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Maybe it’s the part of me that remembers how excited I felt to still be awake at 12:30 AM as a teenager, but I still think Top 10 lists are fun.  From those I’ve created here, two of my favorites are:

Top 10 Most Annoying Ways to Lose A Little Money – an article that garnered [...]

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Michael on July 10th, 2009
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When this post goes live on the morning of July 10, 2009, I won’t be at work.
You: What will you be doing?
Getting away.
You: Why? Too much Michael Jackson coverage?

Partially because of MJ, but mostly because July 10 is my anniversary.
You: Congrats – how many years?
Ten.  Kind of a big deal.
You: Didn’t think you’d make it [...]

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Michael on July 8th, 2009
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Last week, I mentioned that my wife and I had recently started the home buying process. I asked if you cared. You said yes.
You: I did?
Yes, it’s in the comments – honest! Anyway, here’s one of several posts on the home buying topic from which I hope to both provide an education.
What Matters [...]

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Michael on July 6th, 2009
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I’m a big fan of major on the major, minor on the minor.  Too many people spend too much of their precious time trying to save money in small ways only to miss the big opportunities.  As a result, they continue to struggle.
That said, I’m human too.  I’ve spent and lost money due to certain [...]

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Michael on June 24th, 2009
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This is a guest post by Kathryn Marion, author of Grads: Take Charge of Your First Year After College. Last week, I posted Transitioning to the Real world and asked for questions for Kathryn.  Today, Kathyrn provides her answers:

I know that saving money is important, but I also love traveling/vacationing which gets expensive. Some friends [...]

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