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The Best Christmas Gift Ever

To help get you in the Christmas spirit, I’m republishing this 2014 article about a totally digital present my eight-year old sister gave me. Happy Holidays! The best Christmas gift I ever received was homemade. It came from an eight year old—my youngest sister. She gave it to me on December 25, 1982 and it’s […]

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5 Amazing FSBO Stories as Told by Real Life Home Sellers

Hundreds of websites discuss how to sell your home without a commission-based broker, a process known as For Sale by Owner or FSBO (pronounced “fizbo”). FSBO can deliver enormous savings. On a $400,000 property, a homeowner can avoid paying at least $12,000 in seller agent commissions and twice that amount if the buyer also forgoes a broker. Although […]

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The Geezer Freezer: How 60 Minutes Can Save You Thousands on Your Electric Bill

Even if you retire early, life continues to present a steady parade of opportunities and problems. In our latest life episode, Mrs. Moose and I are moving down from the mountains and into the house that she and her brother inherited from their father. One big opportunity: free housing in a desirable neighborhood with likeable […]

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How to Stiff Your Undertaker

Death may be as sure as taxes, but unlike taxes death doesn’t have to cost you anything. I know this is true because two people I loved dearly have died this last year—and both of them passed without passing on any expenses to those they left behind. This post shows you a way to handle life’s […]

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I Was a Teenage Toffee Baron

So today I’m a guest poster up in Canada, eh? My post appears at the great Manitoban website Free to Pursue. Click the link below to read all about how a few bars of Mackintosh Toffee changed the life of one young US citizen forever! *   *   * In 1973, I lived in Grand Forks, North […]

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Send Your White Elephants Pachyderming

In modern usage, the term “white elephant” refers to a possession—often rare or valuable—which imposes massive financial burdens upon its hapless owner. The phrase has ancient origins. In eastern Asia, rare albino elephants were kept by monarchs as symbols of prestige and power. The animals were considered sacred and therefore exempt from work. To receive […]

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