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Is Capitalism Always The Answer?

by The Happy Rock on September 8, 2009

I know that probably sounds like blasphemy to a lot of folks out there, but I am starting to feel like it is the truth. As much as I like free markets, they don’t magically solve every problem.  We all probably have different definitions of what we think capitalism is, so let’s define it so we all start off on the same page.  I am not saying this is a perfect definition, but one that is probably is digestible by all of us. Capitalism – An economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods that are distributed […]

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Marriage and Money – Giving Your Partner A Choice

by The Happy Rock on April 13, 2009

The Rockette and I were traveling to our in-law’s house and we were having an informal marriage budget meeting.  It was the perfect time to bring up a few new areas that we could grow our giving.    I failed. I failed at including my wife in a way that gave her any input.   I failed, because I assumed I had the right answers all worked out.  I failed, because I acted as if I just needed her approval on my right answer.  I failed because I didn’t value her input or perspective.  I failed at a chance to draw us […]

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Picture Post – Got Room In Your House?

by The Happy Rock on March 22, 2009

Got room?

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Grandma, Please Stop Spoiling Our Children

by Debt Destroyer on March 19, 2009

Grandparents are great aren’t they? I don’t know about you, but I have very fond memories of my grandparents.  There’s the trips to the zoo, baseball games, & museums.  I remember having lots of sleepovers with great food and a never ending supply of cookies.  But above all I remember lots and lots of treats and toys. I see that same pattern repeating itself for my children and their grandparents.  And that is wonderful, but… Our house is full of the crap that the grandparents give their “precious little angles”. For example, at the end of January my son turned […]

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Reader Stories : The Beauty of Frugality and Family

by The Happy Rock on January 26, 2009

A Happy Rock reader shared this story with me and I loved the images so much and thought the readers would too. ———————————— The scene was a ‘girls night out’ were the girls of the family went out to run errands and grab a bite to eat. This exchange took place : Mom asked her daughter(11 years old) how she and her friends were getting along. The daughter said that everything was fine, but sometimes she wished she had a cell phone as a lot of her friends got one or an updated one for Christmas. Nobody in the family […]

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Accepting The Bailout For The Van

by Debt Destroyer on October 17, 2008

I received a ton of good comments on my last post about my bailout option. They were loaded with valuable input. I am constantly thankful for how nice it is to have such a knowledgeable and sharing group to ask these kind of questions to. And then totally ignore their advice 😛 That’s right folks, we took the bailout. From the comments most people were worried about how taking such a gift would affect my relationship with my mother, understandably so.  But it was my wife who ended up having the final say in the matter. She made a very […]

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A New Twist to Selling the Van – A Bailout Plan

by Debt Destroyer on October 9, 2008

Another page has been added to our selling the van story.  You long time readers can skip ahead, but if you want to catch up here is the first part, and here is the second part. Now for the third installment of “Will They or Won’t They?” I was having dinner at my parents house a couple of weeks ago and my Mom asked how we were doing financially.  I gave her my pat answer that I always give her, “Just fine.” But then I made the mistake of offering a little more. “But we’ll be in much better shape […]

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Picture Post – Spend Time With Me

by The Happy Rock on July 31, 2008

“I don’t need more stuff, I need someone to spend time with me” Photo Credit – LightChaser: Luis Cruz

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Play A Game And Help End Global Hunger

by The Happy Rock on November 20, 2007

“About 25,000 people die each day from hunger or hunger-related causes, most of them children.” “The United Nations estimates that the cost to end world hunger completely, along with diseases related to hunger and poverty, is about $195 billion a year.” This is post is about shedding some light on poverty around the world. It is so easy to get wrapped up in our small world and own finances without giving as much as a thought to those who have much less around the world. The quotes above were provided by an innovative new new site called FreeRice.com(click the banner […]

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Change Your Child’s Genetics By Giving Up The BMW

by The Happy Rock on October 18, 2007

We recently talked about financially changing your family tree as financial motivation, but for those of us needed some more convincing here is evidence that our decisions about money go much deeper than just dollars and cents. Our choices are crucially importance to our children and this offers early stage evidence that our choices can cover over ‘bad’ genetics. The researchers “studied 109 children who had been removed from their parents’ care due to reports of abuse or neglect and 87 control children with no reports of abuse or maltreatment.” The children also had two gene polymorphisms that put them […]

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