Government 
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Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar

2009 Louis Braille Silver Dollar - ProofAfter this morning’s post about cons, I thought I was getting conned when I started reading about the new 2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar because I didn’t hear a single thing about it until today. Made me think of those Obama coins with a sticker on them! (don’t worry, these Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar coins are real)

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How to Beat Popular Carnival Games

Ferris WheelSpring is almost upon us and you know what that means, carnivals! In the spirit of this morning’s post, which was about long cons, let’s talk about some short cons… carnival games. That’s right, most, if not all, carnival games are diversions designed to separate a fool from their money… one dollar at a time.

For this article, I have to give a shout-out to one of my friends, John, who used to work the carnival that come into town (for anyone from the Stony Brook area of Long Island, it was the carnival that used to come into town and set up shop near SUNY Stony Brook). Back then, we used to visit him all the time as he ran all the stupid games and he told us the inside scoop on a bunch of the games. If it weren’t for John, I’d probably still think those carnival games were fair and that I really did have a chance to win that five foot tall bear.

In this article, I’ll point out some carnivals games, what the con is, and how you might be able to beat it. But remember, just like the lottery, the only way to win is if you have fun while you do it because chances are you won’t win much.

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 Personal Finance 
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Long Confidence Tricks & Scams

TNT Leverage Show CastI’ve been watching a new TNT series called Leverage, a modern day Robin Hood-type story where a group of former criminals, led by an honest but troubled former insurance investigator; steal from criminals and give to the ordinary citizens that have been themselves wronged. It’s a fun little diversionary show and it’s introduced me to the names of several confidence tricks, or “cons.”

In the world of confidence tricks, there are short cons and long cons. Short cons are meant to take all the cash and valuables on your person. Long cons are more elaborate ruses designed to take more than what you have on you, they’re designed to take you for everything you have. In this article, we’ll just talk about the long cons because, well, they’re more interesting to talk about!

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I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

This is a book review of Ramit Sethi’s I Will Teach You To Be Rich and I am friends with Ramit, so please keep that bias in mind. I also contributed to the book in an “Advice from the Blogosphere” piece at the end of Chapter Four. I don’t have a financial interest in the book doing well but I like seeing a fellow personal finance blogger do well.

I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi is a six week program that will set you up for financial success. If you have six weeks, you have enough time to establish a financial foundation that will yield benefits for decades. In fact, you won’t need six full weeks, you’ll just need a little bit of time each week to lay one brick in the foundation. When I graduated college, I had very little personal finance knowledge. It was only through years of reading, writing, and reading some more did I finally learn much of what Ramit has distilled into a 250-page book.

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 Frugal Living 
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Brewing Single-Serve Coffee Pods Beats Buying Anytime

Mmmmm CoffeeHardly a week goes by when a personal finance writer doesn’t take a swing at Starbucks and buying coffee, so why not put it all to rest and do some math to settle it once and for all? I know it’s almost a no-brainer but let’s do the math and see how far ahead you can be if you were to brew your own coffee, whether from grounds or with a single serving coffee pod machine, rather than buying it in the coffeehouse.

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Your Credit Score by Liz Pulliam Weston

I’ve always been a big fan of Liz Pulliam Weston, not because she’s taken the time to answer several Bargaineering.com reader questions about simplifying your finances in the past, but because she’s so good at taking complex personal finance topics and translating it into terms that ordinary people like us can understand. We live in an imploding world where financial alchemists are turning sub-prime adjustable rate mortgages into solid gold rated bonds, it’s refreshing to know that at least one of the anointed personal finance experts is able to talk to us like regular people. And that’s exactly what Liz Weston has done in her latest book about a three digit number that has the potential to “shape your financial future.”

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Four Reasons Books Beat Kindles

Kindle 2We’re now two posts into an epic email Victoria wrote me about the Kindle and to the point where she shares some thoughts only a Kindle enthusiast, someone who has used on extensively, can share… the reasons why she sometimes still longs for a bound book. The first part of this series was fourteen reasons I should buy a Kindle and seven ideas she had to improve the Kindle.

Things they will never be able to recreate in a Kindle:

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Seven Ideas to Improve the Kindle

Kindle 2This morning I posted part of an email by Victoria, one of the winners of the Quicken/Turbo Tax Giveaway, and a big-time Kindle enthusiast. It was her list of fourteen reasons why I should get a Kindle. This is the second part of her email trying to convince me that I should buy my wife a Kindle and these are seven things they’d have to change about the Kindle to get her to buy another one.

Top seven things I wish they would change so that I would be enticed to buy a new one:

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