Are Sacred Cows Keeping You Poor?

July 13, 2011

I was talking with a friend recently about his financial woes. Despite working two jobs, he was still having trouble making ends meet. Another payday loan was his only option for surviving until the end of the month. But during the conversation he casually mentioned the iPhone he recently purchased. Wait a second …… You […]

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The Three Best Kept Secrets of Auto Dealers

July 3, 2011

King Kong had nothing on me. I had negotiated like a pro. I’d beat the auto dealer at his own game and come away with a steal of a deal. I weaved and dodged as the silver tongued salesman tried to steer me toward a more expensive model. I laughed in his face when he […]

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Why You Don’t Want To Be The Typical American Family

June 29, 2011

I’ve fallen in love with the website The site summarizes interesting economic concepts into simple, easy to follow visual snapshots. Their snapshots have explored everything from the cost of raising a kid to the economics of the video game Halo. One info-graphic in particular caught my eye. It was a depressing financial snapshot of […]

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What’s Wrong With the Economy Explained in 2 Minutes and 15 Seconds Flat

June 23, 2011

Robert Reich knows exactly what’s wrong with the economy and he can explain it in two minutes and fifteen seconds flat. Who is Robert Reich you ask? He’s President Clinton’s former Labor Secretary and helped preside over a period of economic prosperity we can now only dream about. Watch his video produced for and […]

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Schedule Your Success

May 6, 2011

We’re literally flooded with financial advice. Everywhere you turn there’s a blog, magazine, book, or television show dedicated to your financial success. With so much advice, you’d think we’d all be millionaires by now. But, let’s be real. Reading great financial advice is one thing, acting on it is quite another. Of course we should […]

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The Story of a Black Girl and Her Money

April 7, 2011

Courtney Powell is on a mission to get the most out of life. No, this young woman isn’t settling for less. And she doesn’t think you should either. She started ThinkandGrowChick as a way to push herself to accomplish bold goals. Along the way, she’s created a sisterhood of like-minded individuals who are determined to […]

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Money Monday: The “Poverty Vultures” Strike Again

April 4, 2011

Drive down any urban street and you’re bound to come across tax preparation shops nestled in-between their title loan, rent-to-own, and check cashing cousins. Some are no-name “Mom and Pop” operations, while others are well-known national chains. Many aggressively push their services, sending grown people dressed in ridiculous costumes to cut a fool in order […]

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5 Ways to Attract More Wealth Into Your Life

April 1, 2011

Most of us would like to be wealthy. Unfortunately, few of us ever will. It’s not impossible, though. In fact, winning your financial freedom is relatively easy.

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5 Web Must Reads to Supercharge Your Finances

March 17, 2011

Sometimes wading through the field of web mediocrity you come across golden nuggets of goodness. Sweet, delectable pieces of wisdom that give you a new perspective on your finances. Here are 5 such must reads to help take your finances to the next level. The Reason You Aren’t Wealthy Yet: What can smokers teach us […]

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Is Television Causing Us to Spend More?

February 25, 2011

(I had the pleasure of writing the following article for I have to admit VH-1′s “Basketball Wives” is one of my guilty pleasures. Does it matter that very few of these women can actually call themselves “wives,” or that most of the scenes are scripted beyond belief? But what really caught my attention was […]

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Paying By Smartphone – Convenience or Curse?

February 12, 2011

Imagine. You saunter through the doors of your favorite store. Pick out some great smelling perfume, throw in some great lipstick and a beautiful looking scarf to boot. As you approach the check out counter you simply wave your cellphone. In a flash the price is debited from your bank account and you’re on your […]

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Are Weddings Worth the Price?

February 2, 2011

When Chelsea Clinton said “I do” to Marc Mezvinsky the marriage tab totaled between $3 to $5 million. Compared to that, the marriage nuptials of LaLa Vasquez and NBA star Carmelo Anthony were a relative bargain at a price a little north of $100,000. While most of us don’t have $100K laying around to splurge […]

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Book Review – First Generation White Collar

January 5, 2011

First Generation White Collar is written as a road map for young professionals on the way to wealth. It spits out pearls of wisdom that allows young people avoid common financial mistakes.

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Money Monday: How to Make New Year’s Money Resolutions That Stick

January 3, 2011

(I had the pleasure of writing the following article for It’s 2011 and this is the year you’re finally going to get your financial life in order. Like millions of Americans you pledge to make this year different and finally take control of your money. Yet the sad truth is that most New Year’s […]

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The Real Reason the Economy Is a Wreck

December 27, 2010

The current economic crisis actually had its beginnings nearly 30 years ago. Learn why the economy fell off a cliff and what we can do about it.

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Money Monday: Are You Creating A Wealth Mindset?

December 7, 2010

(I had the pleasure of writing the following article for How do two people with the exact same income end up at financially opposite ends of the spectrum – one wealthy and financially free, the other struggling to keep their head above water? Why is it that people with seemingly limited means are able […]

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Bank Error Not In My Favor – Why You Must Watch Your Money Like A Hawk

November 28, 2010

Credit card companies and banks continually think of new sneaky fees. Supermarket scanners cheat us out of discounts. Scams and con artists lurk everywhere. Now a new threat to your money.

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Money Monday: Why Is It So Hard to Talk About Money?

November 1, 2010

(I had the pleasure of writing the following article for Riding the subway I couldn’t help but listen to the young sister next to me let all her business hang out. Yes the whole train became privy to her sexual exploits, family conflicts and the other very personal aspects of her life – how […]

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Why the Financial Gurus Get It All Wrong

October 28, 2010

I had the pleasure of writing this guest post for, a great personal finance blog where you can learn how to grow your net worth. With the number of magazines, blogs, and books dedicated to personal finance you’d think we’d all have achieved financial independence by now. How is it then that most of […]

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The New Tax Man: Big Banks and Hedge Funds

October 24, 2010

Big banks like JPMorgan Chase are becoming property tax collectors. And if you don’t pay even small tax bills they could take your home.

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