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  • A Special, not simple, time of year

    I picked up a book a few months ago with the depressing but efficient title, "Simplify Your Christmas." Right now, I've got shopping to finish, four kinds of cookies to bake, two or three strings of outside lights to hang, the special pork sausage to...
  • Matri-money: No marriage means no gifts

    Some people dismiss etiquette as nothing more than arcane rules about which fork to use, but it's really about the common understandings that we need to avoid embarrassing ourselves, becoming unduly offended or both. It is etiquette, after all, that...
  • In bankruptcy game, Motown art is just a pawn

    Unless your first name is "Rip" and your last name is "Van Winkle," it's been hard to miss the news that my hometown of Detroit is in bankruptcy. Things are so dire that some people want to liquidate the artworks of the Detroit Institute of Arts. That'...
  • Time for comic relief on checking accounts

    It's April Fool's Day, a time to celebrate humor in all it's forms, but some jokes aren't funny, especially if you've heard them too many times. Now, certain jokes do have a distinguished history, such as mankind's oldest recorded joke, which was...
  • Camp credit lets you pitch some savings

    Summer's officially here, which I recognize not by the turning of the calendar pages but by the riffling of the carbon copies in my checkbook. At first I thought that buzzing sound was the drone of cicadas in their 17-year lifecycle, until I realized it...
  • Financial resolutions? There's nothing to it!

    The new year is a time of new beginnings, with everyone resolving to do better for the next 365 days, even though nearly no one actually keeps their New Year's Resolutions. The Journal of Clinical Psychology reports that 45 percent of Americans regularly...
  • Funny Money: I'm nursing a grudge against the 'babymoon'

    Mrs. Funny Money and I dote on our boy, Funny Money Jr., or as I call him, Lil' Money (because that's all he leaves us). We often aren't up on the latest parenting trends, however, because we spend much of our time conducting actual parenting. This leads...
  • Funny Money: Sound of an angel? Just like an exploding toilet

    I never really believed in angels, although I believe in the devil after working for several of his incarnations here on Earth. But now I do trust in one cherub: The Column Fairy. I'd heard newsroom tales of The Column Fairy's relative, The Quote Fairy,...
  • Funny Money: Flex accounts pregnant with savings

    As the saying goes, if you've got your health, you've got everything. Which really means that, once you clear up that painful twinge in your leg, you can move on to worrying about everything else, including such threats to our existence as nuclear...
  • Paying for another type of hangover

    Good morning, Funny Money fans, and, by the looks of it, you had a great St. Patrick's Day. At least I hope you downed a couple pints of green beer yesterday. Otherwise, you need to see a dentist pronto. Of course, there a lots of worse aspects to a...
  • Credit cards lip-sync a siren song of spending

    Ours is an age of anxiety. Will global climate change create oceanfront property in Nebraska? Do Subway's "foot-long" sandwiches span a full 12 inches? Did Beyonce fake the national anthem and -- more importantly -- will she lip-sync again at the Super...
  • 'Tax Theft?' Isn't that rather redundant?

    It's tax time, but guess what? You can't file yet because of delays caused when our esteemed Congress-critters shut down the federal government for 16 days. The IRS needed that time to get its massive banks of computers up and running, even though I don't...