Spending


Should Your Next Car Be New Or Used?

New Or Used Car? 5 Factors To Consider

Experience is a powerful influence. And it certainly plays a central role in my decision-making when faced with the choice of a new car versus…


Temptation

Remove the Temptation

I don’t know about you, but I am easily tempted to spend money.  It is best if I stay out of stores, away from catalogs,…


Do You Have The Right Insurance Deductibles?

Do You Have The Right Insurance Deductibles?

Insurance is an important part of your overall financial well-being.  Auto insurance, life insurance, renter’s insurance, homeowners insurance…they’re all important.  Most types of insurance policies…


Why Has My Interest Rate Gone Up?

Why Has My Interest Rate Gone Up?

A recent question reminded me that there are a lot of things to know about credit cards, and one of those things to know is…


Why Has My Credit Card Been Hacked?

Why Has My Credit Card Been Hacked?

There has been a lot of talk on social media lately about credit card accounts being compromised. Many of my friends have had fraud occur…


Mixing Money When You Get Married

Mixing Money When You Get Married

Mixing money is one of the hardest parts of a new marriage.  Money problems are one of the leading causes of marital problems, and no…


Tips For New Car Financing

Smart Tips For Car Financing

Experian’s quarterly State of the Automotive Finance Markets — it’s probably not on your reading list, but it does show some interesting trends if you’re…


Home Depot Discounts Military Veteran

From The Mailbag: Home Depot Discounts

A perennially hot topic here at The Paycheck Chronicles is the discounts offered by Home Depot and Lowes.  We’ve discussed the policies a million times,…


Is Debt Controlling Your LIfe?

Is Your Debt Controlling You?

Debt is a tool just like any other tool.  Just like fire, or rope, or guns, it can be used for good or it can…



Kings Dominion Military Discounts 2016

2016 Kings Dominion Military Discounts

In addition to discounted tickets that may be available through your installation’s ticket offices, Kings Dominion amusement park in Virginia has two upcoming promotions that…



Is It An Emergency, or An Unplanned Expense?

Emergency? Or Forgotten Expense?

There’s a lot of talk in the finance world about the importance of emergency funds, and planning your spending.  One place where a lot of…



Minimize the damage done by debit card fraud

Minimize Debit Card Fraud Issues

With the recent uptick in credit and debit card fraud, lots of people are thinking about their card situation.  A recent comment by an acquaintance made me…


Prevent Credit Card Fraud with These Simple Tips

Protect Yourself From Credit Card Fraud

My friends from USAA tell me that there has been an uptick in fraudulent credit card activity lately, and reports from friends and acquaintances confirm…


Do You Have A Plan For Your Tax Refund?

A Plan For Your Tax Refund

“Financial planner hits monster lotto payout…and dedicates life to raising rabbits.” Never mind that it’s not going to happen or that in the very, very…


Kate Is Clueless About Cutting Cable

Kate Is Clueless: Cutting Cable

So, we’ve been overseas for five years, and we’ve been staying with my mom since we returned.  Our renovation project is getting closer to complete,…