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In this blog, explore all of the various ways to be prepared for an emergency.  Disaster preparation has several levels, including financial.  Some folks keep cash at home, which is a solid plan. Stashed in a safe, under a mattress, behind a picture frame, or anywhere we might think to keep it. But the caveat… Read more »


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How do we make sure that we have our emergency preparedness under control at home without jeopardizing our current finances? The secret is to find ways of saving and taking advantage of low prices when the opportunities arise. Work from your wish list, and check your favorite stores often, so you can pounce on the… Read more »


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It’s been a bit of a side hobby with me to take note of “The Signs of The Times” concerning our failing economy. Ever since this thing the establishment prefers to call an “economic downturn” sideswiped America five years ago, we keep seeing clear signs that things are not turning around the way we’ve been… Read more »


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I’ve been keeping a watchful eye lately on the little signs that bear witness to the gradual decline of society.  As everyone knows, when prices rise, people are less able to provide themselves with the necessities. Shoplifting increases and burglaries become more common.  But lately I and my neighbors have become victims of a a… Read more »


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Last fall, the New York Post reported that four phony 10 ounce gold bars had surfaced in New York City. What made this discovery so newsworthy was that they were discovered in the inventory of a highly respected gold dealer, who had purchased them from a client without realizing they were fakes. You would think… Read more »


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Due to some delusional hype about the ancient Mayan calendar, some 12 percent of Americans had expected the world to come to an abrupt and violent end last Friday. That would mean almost 40,000 Americans woke up on Saturday either greatly relieved or gravely disappointed that no global catastrophe had wiped out their neighbors.


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I was watching a news reporter on the scene last month on the morning Apple was making available the new iPhone 5, the latest version of its popular cell phone. The reporter introduced us to a line of twelve people excitedly waiting for the Apple store to open so they could get their hands on… Read more »


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Last Sunday our local news here in Sacramento covered a story that was heartwarming, inspiring -and to the discerning eye, a bit frightening.  Over two thousand volunteers donated their time and substance to help the many families who are having difficulty keeping it together during these hard times. The event, dubbed Convoy of Hope, was… Read more »


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I frequently hear of students lamenting the high cost of college tuition these days, yet few are stepping back to consider whether any of it is really worth the expense anymore.  For three generations now, it has been assumed without question that without a college degree, it is impossible to get ahead. It may be… Read more »


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Last Saturday I was horrified to step out of a donut shop and suddenly realize I had turned into my father. My wife has already labeled me “The Grand Curmudgeon of Rising Prices” because of my penchant for coming home from the grocery store and announcing how much more I had just paid for, say,… Read more »