Happy New Year everyone! Unfortunately for me I came down with the flu starting last Thursday all the way through to Sunday. In between naps, Words with Friends, more naps, and a marathon of movies, I took the sick time to reflect a bit on 2011 and round up the most popular posts from Frugal Confessions. I also threw in some of my personal favorites.
I hope you enjoy!
- Do the Amish Pay Taxes?: Even though I grew up right around the Amish in Lancaster, PA, I still find them fascinating. Taxes are a hot topic when it comes to the Amish as many people believe they do not pay any, or are confused as to which taxes they do pay. My father, who works with the Amish, helped me immensely in answering this question.
- Frugal Lessons from People Who Survived the Great Depression: The Great Depression fascinates me. I have read numerous books on the history of it but felt there was something lacking in the research that has been done: specifically how did people actually survive day to day? How did they make do with nothing?
- Getting Rid of Old Appliances for Money: This happens to be my third most popular article ever! The idea for it began when we figured out that the kegerator left by our home’s previous owners (as a gift) was actually something we would need to dispose of ourselves.
- Extreme Frugality: 9 Unbelievable Frugal Stories by Everyday People: I absolutely love it when people do something that others say cannot be done. I wrote this article to provide inspiration to everyone and to show that each of us are capable of doing something extreme in order to better our own financial situations.
- Suze Orman Gives Dave Ramsey the Financial Smackdown: Whose Side are You On?: Since writing this, Suze Orman has refuted many people’s claim that she was attacking Dave Ramsey on this episode. Despite her respect and admiration of him, I still feel she clearly was talking about Dave during this episode. If it wasn’t Dave personally, then it was his style of debt-repayment.
- Finances of the Undead: Why You Will Never see a Zombie Banker: Vampires and Zombies are hot right now, and they have been for a few years. I decided to look into each of these “undead” being’s finances and shed some light for the rest of us who are alive. As in, why do Vampires amass fortunes and Zombies amass limbs?
- Saving Money if You are Living Paycheck to Paycheck: This is a question asked by many Americans, and I wanted to take a stab at answering it. How are you supposed to save money if you are living paycheck to paycheck? This is also part of a larger series I created called “Save Beyond Your Means”.
- Coupon Fraud Part I: There are a million articles on the web about company and manufacturing fraud, but I wanted to learn more about coupon fraud committed by consumers. Turns out, it is quite the problem.
- Cheap is Great, but What are You Putting into Your Mouth?: Have you taken notice of weird names on the packages of cheaper foods? I have, and since I work in regulations I had a hunch that it means they could not legally call something its normal name (such as cheese) if it did not meet certain criteria. So what exactly are Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product and Peanut Spread?
- How Much are TV Financial Reality Stars Paid and Does it Interfere with Reality?: With the downturn in the economy, several reality television shows have popped up to follow families as they face financial perils. What I wanted to find out is how much these reality tv stars are being paid, and how this might affect the reality that we are all watching.
- Surprising Return Policies: I always assumed that returns were allowed if they were made within a reasonable amount of time (between 30-90 days). After learning of an Android App return policy of 15 minutes, I decided it was time to take a closer look at return policies.
- Retail and Manufacturer Competition: When Consumers Lose: We’re all taught in economics class that when there is competition in the market place it usually leads to decreased prices and better products for the consumers. However, I found several examples of a competitive market place that resulted in price increases for consumers.
Other Articles You May Enjoy:
Top Ten Frugal Confessions Posts of 2010
Looking Back at Sustainable Personal Finance in 2011
Invest it Wisely’s Happy New Year: A Review of 2011
So Over Debt’s 2011 Popular Posts
Financial Samurai’s Predictions for 2012
2012 Goals for a Better Lifestyle and More Happiness
Sweating the Big Stuff’s Reflecting Back on 2011
Best of 20 and Engaged – 2011 Edition
The Best of Couple Money 2011 Edition