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Do Short Term Loans Ever Make Sense? 5 Times it Actually Does

Short term loans tend to get a bad rap, yet the truth is when borrowed responsibly, a short-term loan could be the life preserver you need. There comes a time in everyone’s life when they need a lump sum of cash in a short period of time and unless you have stellar credit or collateral, obtaining a traditional loan is unlikely. Short term loans then offer a fast solution to many of life’s circumstances such as those listed below: What … Continue reading

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Putting my money where my mouth is

I am susceptible to suggestion. This comment means a multitude of things to me, whether its following the vampire craze and reading the Twilight books in one weekend or going to those damn catalog parties and finding myself the owner of jewelry that I rarely wear. Then there was that time that I became a vegetarian for a year because I was honoring River Phoenix. Oh yes – I did that, just ask my poor mother about that one and … Continue reading

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Defending my choices

Ever since my friend and coworker Greg got this crazy idea to buy hens so he could sell free range eggs to his coworkers, I’ve been shelling out $2 a dozen to buy “Greg’s Eggs.” When I’m eating an egg a day (usually on workday mornings), a dozen usually lasts me about a couple of weeks – give or take what I’m doing for baking. And given that the $2 is on par with what organic eggs are at my … Continue reading

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Happy New Year! And a book giveaway

I don’t know if this is a sign of the times or if I’m getting older, smarter or what, but last year’s ball drop wasn’t witnessed by my husband or I. I was sitting in bed going through a mountain of magazines, clipping out what I wanted to keep and pitching the rest, while my husband was downstairs in the basement, playing a computer game. We were both drinking water, because we were slightly dehydrated … from the multiple pots … Continue reading

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A new way to save …

Now that I’m done working at the cab company, my husband and I have been fulfilling familial obligations and taking a fair share of road trips. And although we love to see our family members at the end of these journeys, one of the best parts about spending three hours in a car is that my husband and I just talk without the usual interruptions of our life. We talk about the things we need to do to the house … Continue reading

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How to find a reputable charity

Goodwill seems to be everywhere these days. My boyfriend George Clooney is hosting a telethon to help Haiti that will feature my other boyfriend Robert Pattinson. (Oh wait … this is a public forum read by my husband. There’s no one but you, honey …) Irregardless of my Hollywood crushes, disaster seems to bring out the best in each of us – whether its donating blood or going on a mission trip for Hurricane Katrina efforts or the current Haiti … Continue reading

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Staying warm on the cheap

My husband and I keep our thermostat set in the low 60s. Since it’s just us, we figure that we can wear layers of clothing around the house if necessary and if we have company, we’ll inch the thermostat up for their comfort, but we try to keep our heating costs down. So what do we do when our main family room (which also happens to be our basement) seems a bit on the chilly side? I wouldn’t say it … Continue reading

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Changes in consumption

One of my favorite “foodie” columns is Bitten by Mark Bittman which may be found in the New York Times. Mr. Bittman’s latest column is “What We’re Eating” and featured this chart from Information Resources, Inc. The data for this chart was mined between June 2008 and June 2009 and measures the Top 10 grocery items that are bought by American consumers. It is interesting to note that real “food” doesn’t make the list until slot 3 and comes in … Continue reading

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This weekend’s awesome article roundup

Regular readers of this blog know that I have a second job on the weekends – working a 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. shift at the local cab company. One of the reasons that I like this job (since I’m not entirely fond of waking up at the buttcrack of dawn) is that the eight hours I spend at my job are spent in front of a computer, answering phone calls and setting up cabs for people in my fair … Continue reading

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Ever done the Proust Questionnaire?

I don’t get Vanity Fair anymore, but when I had a subscription, one of my favorite pieces was “The Proust Questionnaire” featured at the back of the issue. Every month, they would talk to some luminary and ask them these questions. I did this because I always loved how random the questions were. So if any of you complete this on your blogs, leave me a comment and post the link! I’d love to know more about you all! The … Continue reading

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