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Month: May 2015

It’s Official I Got Scammed

It’s Official I Got Scammed

You know that $250 bottle of wine I told you about a few days ago. I knew there was something fishy about the whole thing and I didn’t want to believe it could happen to me. But I fell for the Beijing Teahouse Scam. Apparently, it works like this. You will be walking along (and this can be one person or a couple of you) and you will be approached by some people from China posing like they were from…

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China Trip, Part 4 or How I Traveled 8000 Miles to Go to an Irish Pub

China Trip, Part 4 or How I Traveled 8000 Miles to Go to an Irish Pub

Greetings everyone. In this post, you will not find any exciting details about a $250 glass or wine or anything. It really is a bit more mundane touristy stuff. Fun stuff, but work and touristy items. Thursday, May 28th Today was a pretty blah day. I really didn’t do anything in the morning at all except get up and go get some breakfast outside of the university. There is this little bakery that I have been frequenting that sells some…

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Financial Tip Friday: Don’t Spend $250 On A Glass of Wine

Financial Tip Friday: Don’t Spend $250 On A Glass of Wine

Even though I am in China I can still continue my segment of Financial Tip Friday. This one is pretty easy and didn’t require much thought. Unless it is an extremely special occasion and it better be a good one. DO NOT spend $250 on a glass of wine unless you are with your partner and the celebration is monumental. The more I look at a couple of days ago I feel almost duped. I feel dumb. I feel taken…

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My Trip to China, Part 3, or How I Spent $250 On A Glass of Wine

My Trip to China, Part 3, or How I Spent $250 On A Glass of Wine

Greetings from China again. The last couple of days have been interesting. Not necessarily in a bad way, but interesting nonetheless. It is about 5pm Chinese Standard Time as I write this. It has been a long day of walking and I am beat. So let me recap the last couple of days. Tuesday, May 26th Tuesday started out as a fairly uneventful day. I got up early in the morning, walked down to the train station and bought a…

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My Trip to China, Chapter 2

My Trip to China, Chapter 2

I hope everyone in the United States enjoyed their Memorial Day weekend. It is about 7 in the morning as I write this. Yesterday, was a long-day but an enjoyable one. I know it is only been a couple of days but I think I already settled into a routine. I get up in the mornings about 6am. Walk around the campus for a bit to stretch my legs. It is really quite a hoot to see people doing Tai…

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Greetings from China

Greetings from China

Well my colleagues and I made it. As I write this it is about 8 am Beijing Standard Time on Monday (12 hours behind back home). So far things have been pretty good on my travels. The trip started off pretty well I had to take a couple of different bags for two weeks of staying here. I don’t usually like to carry that much luggage, but I have a couple of suits and other formal clothes because of my…

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Financial Tip Friday: At Least Get the Free Money

Financial Tip Friday: At Least Get the Free Money

This might be my last financial tip friday segment for a few weeks. ¬†As I have mentioned I am leaving for China later today and I am not sure how much time, if any, to blog while I am there. I hope to just provide some photos of our trip, observations, business items, etc. This post will also sound like a broken record because a couple of the financial tip Friday segments have been devoted to retirement savings here, here,…

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Budgeting for China

Budgeting for China

In a couple of days I head to China for a business trip. I hope I will get to do some sightseeing (and I am sure I will) but I am going primarily for business. The great thing is that they are picking up most of the tab. My airfare (reimbursed) and hotel are covered and I will receive a small stipend that I will probably use for food. I am certainly looking forward to the opportunity. I have never…

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Home Warranties: Are They Worth It?

Home Warranties: Are They Worth It?

This past week Mrs. ROB and I had a bit of a snafu with our central air conditioning. For whatever reason, initially, the condenser wasn’t working to cool air into the house. Considering that neither one of our HVAC experts, we called an HVAC guy who came out and stated there was an electrical short to fix and that was the problem. Luckily, he didn’t charge us anything for his time, but we then had to call an electrician who…

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Financial Tip Friday: What’s In Your Wallet?

Financial Tip Friday: What’s In Your Wallet?

So today’s financial tip I want to talk about the idea of credit cards. Do you really need them? Why do people use them so much? Can you just get by with a debit card? There are a variety of arguments for using a credit card. 1) You can boost your credit history and credit score. It is certainly true that you can boost your credit history and credit score by having a credit card. And most people think you…

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