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Got $1,000 to Burn? Should You Save or Invest?

By |July 2nd, 2019|Categories: Personal Finance Tips, Stocks|Tags: |

Buying lottery tickets was a bad habit that I used to indulge in. I was in the habit of buying $1 and $5 scratch-off tickets. Reflecting on that time, I have no idea how much money I wasted. It might have been a few hundred. One day, I won about $35. To celebrate, I bought a bunch of old-school kung

Here Are Some Great Online Fireworks Vendors

By |July 2nd, 2019|Categories: General Personal Finance|

When I was a child growing up in the 1980s and 1990s, anyone could play with fireworks. Small children could go to a local corner store and buy small packets of firecrackers, with short fuses mind you, for 50 cents or a dollar. It was a common sight to see small children lighting firecrackers with matches or lighters and then

Those $20K Mini-Homes Amazon Sells Have Expensive Add-Ons

By |June 26th, 2019|Categories: General Personal Finance, Life|

“The devil is in the details,” is a useful saying that most of us tend to ignore until we can’t ignore it anymore. As we get older, we want to believe that we have everything figured out. Or, that personal experience, and the lessons learned from such, trumps using a little common sense every now and then. Sometimes, a gut

People Are Stealing Beehives Because of Almond Trees

By |June 20th, 2019|Categories: Economics / Politics, Life|

Did you know that honeybees die after stinging you? They can’t retract their stinger, so it basically tears itself apart and disembowels itself after stinging you. Why the pleasant factoid? I know people with side hustles, like brewing craft beers or making their own home apiaries — people who breed their own bees to develop their own brands of honey

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Is a Swimming Pool an “Attractive Nuisance,” Liability Risk?

By |June 17th, 2019|Categories: Personal Finance Tips|Tags: , , |

Whether or not you believe in global warming, you still have to admit that our summers are getting pretty hot. One of the best ways to cool off is to jump into a pool. However, that is not always the easiest thing to do for people who live in suburban areas. Public swimming pools and facilities may be far away. 

Why Treasury Bonds are a Safe Bet for Inexperienced Investors

By |June 13th, 2019|Categories: General Personal Finance, Personal Finance Tips|Tags: , |

The key to a successful investment is taking advantage of opportunities with potentially high rates of returns with the lowest risk of investment. Additionally, that key must be gripped by a patient hand. Investing is a skill that needs to be honed and perfected over time in order for it to be used properly. Investment isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme and

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