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[Watch “Curbing (online) impulse spending” on YouTube; running time 2:24] What this is: Having taken quite the hiatus from earning money last year, even dealing with it, you might say, I’ve been getting very serious about becoming a grownup with money. I promise not to turn this blog into a big, long, snoozy preachfest, but […]

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[Watch “Entertainment Book Hack” on YouTube; 1:45, I’m gettin’ there!] One of the most baffling (but flattering) bits of feedback I kept getting last year was that I should post more videos. WHATEVER. I mean, who watches videos when they can read? Only, well, I get it. There’s a je ne sais quoi about seeing […]

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The class I’m taking around dealing with my money issues continues to amaze me for a variety of reasons. The first is this whole “all roads lead to Rome” thing. Yes, it’s nominally a class about money, but as Mark himself says, we can use the basic exercises we’re learning in our odyssey with money […]

Posted in: The Personal Ones

For those of you who don’t track every damned thing I do, I’ve been a little busy lately addressing some…issues. Or perhaps I should say, readdressing some issues, because two of these are whoppers that have been ongoing science projects: changing my relationship with money and getting down with my Actual Desires. And readdressing these […]

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Mar 27, 2009 Comments Off

Referral Friday: Money honies

Referral Friday is part of an ongoing series inspired by John Jantsch’s Make-a-Referral Week. For more about that, and loads more referrals for everything from cobblers to coaches to gee-tar teachers, start here. Pass it on, baby! While I am reasonably good at putting one letter next to another, I am the suckmeister of all […]

Posted in: The Useful Ones

This is Day 10 of a 21-day effort to see the good in what might, at first, look like an irredeemable drag. Its name comes from a classic bit of dialogue uttered by actor Kevin Bacon in a classic film of my generation, Animal House. My late father was in the habit of mocking my […]

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One of my odder fascinations has always been with the homely, humble art of thrift. I’m sure it springs partly from my fear of money (more specifically, of living out my retirement years in a shopping cart). Like lots of 60’s babies, my young world was populated by adults who lived through the Depression; spend […]

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Feb 26, 2007 8

What money really means

One of my dirty little secrets has to do with money: I’m afraid of it. Between role models who lived it up with cavalier disregard for cash, dying either in debt or indebted to loved ones (myself included) for covering them towards the end, and others who destroyed their health and emotional life in the […]

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“Beware of the “golden handcuffs.” Beware of a profession that pays you so well in money that you enter into a lifestyle (house, cars, a great deal of stuff) that traps you. You may end up in a vicious cycle of trying to earn more in order to maintain the material things that give you […]

Posted in: The Quotidian Ones

Dec 17, 2004 2

Asshole Tax

I used to call my mistakes “lessons”, as in, I didn’t see the “No Parking/Street Cleaning” sign and got a $35 lesson or “I waited too long to buy so-and-so a birthday gift and had to FedEx it last minute for a $40 lesson.” That is, I called them lessons until I realized I would […]

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