Hard Truth Week in Review – No More Jerks Edition

September 19, 2009 by  
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This past two weeks has been all about high profile jerks in our culture. I’m tired of them as you know doubt are.

I’m also begging the media to stop putting microphones in front of Jimmy Carter. I hope he’s so old he doesn’t know what he is saying but either way, we need to stop listening. We have real money problems in this country, starting with our so-called friends in Washington. I lived and worked through the Carter presidency. Take my word for it:  He was and is 100% incompetent in matters of economic policy. Read more

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Hard Truth Finance Week in Review – Fading Summer Edition

August 30, 2009 by  
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A weekend at the lake is a great way to recharge the batteries. Summer is beginning to fade, which brings short-lived melancholy. The lake was actually warmer than the air, where the temperature here in Kentucky didn’t crack 80.  The sunset was spectacular. Overall, another reminder that being careful with your money early in life – and having a great spouse on your financial planning team – can pay off later. Read more

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The Vacation Wind Down – No Cell Phone Edition

July 5, 2009 by  
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It is early Sunday morning and the last full day of this vacation. I intend to enjoy it but at the same time I can’t help but consider the transition (shock?) of returning to a regular work schedule. (I did work remotely earlier in the week). Read more

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Free Summer Movies and Equity Indexed Annuities

June 17, 2009 by  
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Free movies and equity indexed annuities? That’s admittedly a strange combination. So be it.

The frugal side of Mr. ToughMoneyLove is briefly emerging again today. I like free stuff just as much as the rest of you, as long as I don’t have to embarrass or inconvenience myself trying to get it. Today’s tip appears to be embarrassment-free. You just need the ability to enjoy a G-rated movie in the company of a gazillion other kids and their parents. Been there, done that. Read more

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Hard Truth Week in Review – Cap and Trade Edition

June 7, 2009 by  
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My oldest son and I spent most of the weekend at the lake, performing some maintenance tasks and relaxing while contemplating the world’s energy problems. He takes after his old man – and then some – in his interest and understanding of technology.

He and I agree on an essential point: We must radically and immediately reduce our dependence on oil, with the fervor and intensity dedicated to the “let’s put an American on the moon” ambitions of the 1960’s. We recognize how the U.S. car companies have repeatedly over the years – and sometimes deliberately – failed to make a serious effort to commercialize alternative energy vehicles. They tease us with concept cars to create an appearance of trying, then – nothing. For GM and Chrysler it’s now too little, too late. Read more

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Memorial Day 2009

May 25, 2009 by  
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memorial_day_2009Please enjoy your Memorial Day holiday by celebrating the freedoms earned and preserved by the sacrifices of our fallen veterans and their families.

This short video may help:

Photo credit:  Astrid Photography

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Hard Truth Week in Review- Memorial Day Edition

May 24, 2009 by  
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Mrs. ToughMoneyLove and I are spending the long weekend at the lake with family (and rain, unfortunately). So this time is about enjoying the fruits of financial planning, all while remembering and appreciating the sacrifices of our fallen veterans.

I did read a few things this past week that I think would be worth your time:

The Money Hawk wrote an excellent post/rant about the so-called crisis of the uninsured in U.S. healthcare. 

If you are looking to sell or trade stuff to add value to your own life, the Simple Dollar has links to 14 barter sites where you can join in the fun.

Four Pillars explains why you should not underestimate the value of small improvements in savings or income.

Also check out these blog carnivals where my writing appeared this week:

Carnival of Money Stories hosted by Prime Time Money.

Carnival of Personal Finance hosted at Wisebread.

Festival of Frugality hosted by Living Almost Large.

Enjoy and appreciate the rest of your weekend.

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States Can’t Get it Right on Education Funding

May 8, 2009 by  
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Most of the states that have started lotteries have done so on the premise that it will benefit higher education.

What a crock that is. Read more

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Hard Truth Week in Review – NFL Draft Edition

April 26, 2009 by  
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Because we are NFL fans in an NFL town, we had a few discussions around the house about the draft. My youngest son is a draft maniac with lots of opinions and data to back them up. I just shake my head at the ridiculous money being thrown at these young men. Most of them have managed to attend college without actually receiving an education. Read more

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Hard Truth Week in Review – Easter Weekend Edition

April 11, 2009 by  
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I found a few interesting hard truth reads this week in the world of personal finance. I hope that you find some of them worth your time as well. Read more

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