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    Tuesday Jan 27, 2015 | 12:17 pm

    Can I just walk? Managing stress and expen$e when buying a car.

    Yep, I just bought a car.  Maybe it was all that talk about how much money I’m saving thanks to cheap oil.  Or maybe it was just time.  It was time.  I loved my old Subaru.  It was my third Subaru, and had a lot less miles than my last two.  But I have a toddler and didn’t feel great riding around wondering when the timing belt was going to […]

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    Sunday Jan 18, 2015 | 9:00 pm

    $48/barrel oil. What do you mean we shouldn’t be happy about that?

    “President Bush announced his plan to increase the number of barrels (of oil) produced. You hear his plan? He wants to make smaller barrels.” — Jay Leno, several years ago. $1.50.  What can $1.50 get you?  It can get you a Slim Jim, something off McDonald’s Dollar Menu, or a Hershey Bar.  It can’t get you a cup of coffee at most places in Portland.   But in some parts of […]

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    Sunday Jan 04, 2015 | 9:22 pm

    The future of money – not money in general – just yours.

    “If I could write a letter to me…” Brad Paisley wrote a song to explore the old if I knew then what I know now idea.  In the song he gives himself advice on romance, teachers, cars, and parents.  Funny, he never mentions money.  Then again, I’m betting Brad is happy with his financial situation so why mess with it.  But for most of us, a letter from the future […]

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    Monday Dec 29, 2014 | 12:47 pm

    2015 thing$ to do

    If you Google “Lists for 2015” you’ll see there are over 500 million results.  If you Google “What percent of Google results are useful?” you get over 150 million results.  I’ll do some quick imaginary math…ok, let’s see, that means that there are a lot of lists out there for 2015.  And a lot of resolutions, recommendations, best of lists, and at least 2015 different lists of best baby names […]

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    Tuesday Dec 16, 2014 | 11:46 am

    Sometimes it’s hard to focus on finance

    Too Much or Too Little I don’t know why but I can’t seem to focus on a single issue.  I think there is just too much going on in the world and in my own life to pick just one topic.  So, today will be a quick tour of just a few of the things on my mind.  All of these deserve more attention and I will try to tackle […]

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    Sunday Nov 30, 2014 | 8:04 pm

    Really, I am not a communist. More thoughts on where Black Friday, consumption, and personal finance meet.

    Many years ago when I was teaching in Virginia, I got my economics class into a discussion about the American economy. I am pretty sure it was around this time of year, and I’m pretty sure that it had to do with GDP, the role of the consumer in GDP, and the impact of Black Friday on the economy. I remember challenging the class to consider that it might not […]

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    Tuesday Nov 18, 2014 | 8:50 pm

    When Black Friday leads to a Red January

    It’s coming. It’s just over a week away. It always happens right around Thanksgiving. No, I’m not talking about the 12th Annual Beatles Night at the State Theater. That would be listed under “The most awesome thing in Portland!” I’m talking about Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, the biggest shopping day of the year. Although there is some debate about the original meaning of the phrase, there is no […]

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    Tuesday Nov 11, 2014 | 9:44 pm

    November is for voting and veterans, but can we squeeze in some economics?

    I wonder if Veteran’s Day and Election Day are just a week apart on purpose. Voting on election day has to be one of the best ways to honor our veterans, showing them we value one of the ideals they sacrificed so much to protect. Maine certainly did it’s part as we led the nation with a near 60% turnout. In a vacuum I’d say 60% is still way too […]

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    Tuesday Nov 04, 2014 | 8:54 am

    They say that cash over credit is the way to go. Who are “they” and are they always right?

    Warning – this article is going to look at both sides of an issue. On one side are the experts who are usually right. On the other side is me, just taking a look at my own habits and trying to find the best path. After attending and presenting at last Saturday’s TCFCU Money Conference 2014, I find myself taking a fresh look at many of my own personal finance […]

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