Welcome to Purposeful Money

“It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about?” ~ Henry David Thoreau Seems to me we’re all born yearning for purpose.  We start asking “why” from the time we can talk and I don’t know about you, but I’m still asking “why” today.  When […]

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Spring will come, I promise!

I don’t know anyone in the Northeast (and some in the South too) who wouldn’t agree that this has felt like the never ending winter.  We know rationally that spring will come, because it does every year.  But in the middle of these cold days, did you ever start to wonder if this will be […]

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Some nugget ideas for squirreling your money

The past few years have been downright pitiful when it comes to earning interest on bank accounts. With the average savings account paying close to zero, and some even charging fees, which puts your return in the negative, it can be discouraging to see your savings sit idle. But what options are there? With some […]

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Well hello, Dinner Fairy

For years, I have waited in vain each night for the dinner fairy to appear; alas, she did not and I would yet again accept that I would need to come up with a meal myself.  Cooking is not high on my list of fun things to do, and as my days got busier and […]

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The Most Common Budget Breaker

When you think about budget breakers, do you think of things like vacations and big-screen TVs?  While those surely can be expensive purchases, from my experience of working with folks on their finances, I’ve found it’s the relatively smaller category of convenience food that does the most damage to our finances on a regular basis. […]

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Rotten broccoli stinks: Tips for efficient grocery shopping

~by Andra Baehr, Shopping on a Shoestring with Kids in Velcro Shoes I’ve gone back to the drawing board in an attempt to revamp my budget and save some extra money in 2014.  I figured a fresh look at some of my family’s largest expenses couldn’t hurt.  The grocery bill is always one of the […]

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Aargh- Hit by the red shirted pirates

Were you one of the 40 million people who shopped at Target with a debit or credit card between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15?  I was, and so were a lot of other people I know.  I don’t shop in stores much, but I happened to be in Target with both my business debit card […]

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What do you want to give for Christmas?

As I was walking through Bed Bath and Beyond last night, the Christmas music was blaring, the store was packed, and the whole Christmas shopping experience was getting to me.  I wanted to just sit on the floor and cry.  It’s hard to not get beaten down by the blatant attempt by retailers to work […]

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8 year-end tax moves to make now

I’ve been writing for Credit.com for several months now, and they have a content partnership with some of the major online news outlets- which means my articles get some nice mileage.  November’s article on 8 year end tax moves to make (excerpt below) ended up on NBCnews, Fox Business, and Philly.com.  I’m not gonna lie; […]

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When you’re in over your head in student loans

Are you (or is someone you know) in trouble with student loans? A difficult job market colliding with a mountain of student debt means you’re not alone. My loan payments will be starting soon, but I can’t afford them. What should I do? First thing to do is make a list of all of your […]

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Thanks Living 2013

It’s Thanksgiving night, and my daughter and I are home from our family celebration.  We’re sitting by the fire, talking about life (and watching Glee if you must know). Moments like these are precious, the stuff of life. I have so much to be thankful for, but none means more to me than time with my […]

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