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Homemade Dumpling Wrapper Skins

Homemade DumplingsLast weekend, my lovely wife had a few of her classmates over for dinner and a movie. For dinner, we made homemade dumplings from “scratch,” except for the skins which were store bought. We must have made close to two hundred dumplings, evenly split between a shrimp and pork filling and a pork and cabbage filling. After a quick 12 minute steaming, a little crisp frying in some sesame oil, we enjoyed the dumplings with some wine.

We made as many dumplings as we had store-bought dumpling wrappers (or are they called skins?) and we still had filling left over, about a cup and a half worth of each. Since raw shrimp and raw pork don’t last very long in the fridge, we needed to make up the rest of the dumplings quickly and pop them in the freezer.

So last night, after an afternoon of football games, I found myself at home with no skins… so I thought I’d try to make skins from scratch.

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How to Kick 11 Fearful Financial Situations in the Face

This post is part of the one day blog event “The Spectrum of Personal Finance.” In this event, comic book nerd Brian of My Next Buck, will discuss 8 different emotions (taken from the Green Lantern comic series) and relate them to personal finance. Here at Bargaineering we will be looking at Fear. To view the rest of the event look at the bottom of the page to see the other blogs hosting articles.

When I started looking through the personal finance blogosphere a year ago I was frightened of all the information I was gathering. There was so much out there and I didn’t necessarily understand what I was reading. I didn’t want to make a misstep with my hard earned cash, so I didn’t do anything at first.

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You Need A Budget Pro November Giveaway

You Need A BudgetAre you tired of giveaways yet? We gave away some Crest Whitestrips and a gift certificate to the Bonefish Grill, but we’re not done yet because this giveaway will the best giveaway so far. This is the only one of the three that has the potential to change your life.

I said it in my review of You Need a Budget but this is one of the only budgeting tools I know of that can take you from the “paycheck to paycheck” mentality and put you in the true budgeting mentality. It has that built into it, which is extremely powerful.

How To Win

I want to give this to someone who will use it, not someone who will sign up after they’ve won, use it for a little while, and then never log in again. I want the winner to tell me, in six months, that because they won this contest, their finances were changed for the better. So, this one will be a little different, you will have to do two things:

  1. Go You Need A Budget and sign up for the 7 day trial. You won’t need to enter any personal information, you can just download YNAB, play with it for a few days, and either buy it or it deactivates.
  2. After 48 hours, their system automatically sends you a 10% off coupon. If you want to buy it, we can offer participants in this giveaway a special 15% off coupon not normally made available. Just email after the contest ends and I can send you the code.
  3. Then, if you like YNAB and want to enter the contest, answer this question in the comments: What is the hardest thing about budgeting? Is it figuring out how much to put in each category? Is it tracking your spending? Maybe it’s hard sticking to it or making the numbers all work at the end of the month? Whatever it is, let us know and you’ll be in the running to win a copy of You Need A Budget.

The point of making you try it beforehand is so that you don’t win and then discover the tool isn’t for you. I don’t want it to go to waste when someone out there can take full advantage of it.

The contest will end on Sunday, November 29th, 2009 at midnight and it is void where prohibited.

Good luck!


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PFHour #28: Double Helping of Thanks & Giving

Personal Finance HourI hope you are all looking forward to this holiday shortened week! Our household will be hosting Thanksgiving this year and in celebration of the holiday of thanks, we’ll be talking a little about both thanks and giving. So please join JD of Get Rich Slowly and me later today, 6PM Eastern/3PM Pacific, for another rousing episode of the Personal Finance Hour!

The show will be on live at 6PM Eastern, 3PM Pacific and will be broadcast at this page, if you want to listen to it (it’s also recorded, so you can go to that page to listen in after it airs). As always, you can call in and listen live at 347-327-9144 to chat with us or just listen in the background.

Or click play on this widget (after 6PM on Mondays it will be that week’s show, before then and you’ll get last week’s show):

We are also on iTunes and you can subscribe by clicking on this link, which will open up iTunes.

We hope you get the chance to listen, perhaps call in and chat, or just pop on into the chat room to hang out. It can get a little rowdy in there but it’s good times I promise!


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How Dave Ramsey Helped Me Pay Off My Debt

Dave Ramsey's Total Money MakeoverLate last December I came across a post on Bargaineering about Dave Ramsey’s book, “The Total Money Makeover.” Prior to this, I had never heard of Dave or his somewhat controversial teachings (e.g., he recommends folks pay off their debts from smallest to largest, regardless of interest rates, he quotes Bible verses – though mostly to share common sense financial wisdom, etc.).

Somewhat intrigued, I picked up a copy of the book and read it in about 24 hours. The writing style was engaging and the book really spoke to me. It caused me to sit down and take a long, hard look at where I was financially, a decade plus out of college… The picture wasn’t pretty; a good retirement account, almost no savings, credit card debt, a car loan that was underwater, and incredibly poor spending habits. Today, 11 months later, I am debt free (other than the house) and feel fantastic. If I can change my ways and eliminate more than $25k in debt in less than a year…anyone can.

So how did I do it?

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Why Tipping Is The Best Investment Ever

Tip JarI’ve always found that tipping, by far, is the best investment you can ever make in almost any situation. Anyone who has ever bellied up to a bar knows that a dollar a drink is all it takes to get the speediest of service on even the busiest of nights. Want a nicer hotel room? I’ll tell you about a risk-free technique you can use to score complimentary upgrades, if they’re available.

I’m not an master of etiquiette nor do I have extensive experience with the benefits of tipping, but I think the insights I am about to share can change, or reinforce, your thoughts on going above and beyond, financially.

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Quicken Premier 2010 Review

Quicken 2010With the arrival of free online personal finance tools (like Mint, Quicken Online, Wesabe, and many others), you might think that a desktop application like Quicken would be a hard sell. As it turns out, a lot of people out there are like me – a little uncomfortable giving out so much personal finance information to an online tool. Having been the victim of mild identity theft once already, I’m a little wary about giving out my account information unless I can see a direct benefit.

However, with a desktop application, that risk is minimized since everything is stored locally. That’s why I thought I’d give Quicken another, closer, look. My wife and I do financial check-ins every month and I figured just using Quicken to pull the data I already pull manually would be of great benefit. Little did I know how powerful Quicken was after I set up all the account information.

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PerkStreet $50 Bonus Promotion

PerkStreet $50 BonusHigh yield savings accounts are all the rage these days because of their high interest rates, but there are very few online checking accounts making the rounds. PerkStreet Financial is the online checking account product from PerkStreet Financial, which has partnered with The Bancorp Bank to offer an FDIC insured online checking account. The Bancorp Bank, an FDIC insured (Certificate #35444) since July 2000, publicly traded (TBBK) bank headquartered in Delaware.

Until Dec 31st, you can get a $50 bonus if you deposit at least $25 and keep the account active for three consecutive months. The $50 is deposited fifteen business days after the third month. There are no other requirements.

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