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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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    Sunday Oct 19, 2014 | 7:52 pm

    From quotes to books – pay yourself with some personal finance research

    As promised, a look at some books that I keep on my shelf.  Most are directly related to personal finance.  Some lean more toward pure economics, with maybe even a little politics and sociology thrown in.  No matter the specific subject, I recommend them all. Don’t look for the “classics” on my list. I’ve tried to pick titles that are not going to pop up from a Googly search. My […]

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    Monday Oct 13, 2014 | 9:13 pm

    Classic advice for life. And it’s pretty good for your finances, too.

    A quick diversion before I get to today’s main topic. I just read two great articles about the cost of higher education, and I recommend a look. One is right here in the current PPH Sunday Edition, and the other is in The Rival, an online publication produced by students at George Washington University. The article, written by one of my former students, focuses more specifically on the finances of […]

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    Sunday Oct 05, 2014 | 8:30 pm

    Car insurance – the end. For now.

    OK, part 3 of 3 dedicated to auto insurance.  The marketing has worn you down, and you are ready to evaluate your car insurance. There are many things to consider, and it can get a little overwhelming. My Rule: Don’t limit yourself to 15 minutes. Your goal might be to cut costs, or to just evaluate your coverage. Either way, you’ll get what you pay for – in this case […]

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    Sunday Sep 21, 2014 | 8:53 pm

    Auto insurance – the sequel

    Something weird happened after last week’s post. It seems that I am now hearing even more ads for car insurance than I did before.  I’m assuming that it’s because after writing that entry it’s just on my mind and I’ve simply noticed them more. But I’m not certain of that. I feel like I am hearing or seeing 50 ads/day now. I even heard one of my 6thgraders cry out, […]

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    Sunday Sep 14, 2014 | 8:37 pm

    A few minutes of reading about car insurance could…

    I’m going to dedicate the couple of posts to auto insurance. The first one more geared toward the industry in general (advertising, market share, etc.) and the next one (or maybe two) will look more at details such as parts of the policy, cautions about switching companies, etc. Car insurance. Can’t stand it, can’t not have it. Unless you live in New Hampshire – as far as I can tell […]

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