Starting a business

My money problems (and wins): the story

When I paid back my debts in March 2011, I thought I’ve seen the last of money struggles. Those debts came from a 2500€ business loan and one small personal overdraft I had for 250€ (2009). I was planning on paying back the big loan from the revenue the business would generate; however, the business started slow and we could wait out long enough for it to pick up. There was some cash-flow (more like a trickle) but it wasn’t even enough to cover the monthly expences, let alone pay back the initial investment. ...
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Starting a business

10 tips: How to manage money as a couple

re you about to get married? Or preparing to move in together with your loved one? Or are you about to merge you finances? Or just started dating? Here's 10 tips on how to manage money as a couple.

1) First changes come as soon as you start dating

Okay, so while dating, you’re not quite a “couple” yet, but even so – this will be very different from managing money as a single, non-dating person. I was single for 3 years before I met my soon-to-be husband. In those three years, I constantly worked on my money skills, and greatly improved my finances in the process. I obsessed about optimizing my budget and saving as much as possible. And I got really good at it. When I was a non-dating single, I didn’t have very many expenses. I didn’t travel. I didn’t go out much. Even when I did, I chose the cheapest thing on the menu. ...
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Why the rich are rich and the fat are fat

I was a fat kid once. The class I hated the most was PE. I always finished last, I was horrible at sports, and I was usually sore after that. Later on, I took tennis lessons, and what I remember most clearly about them is the cookies with milk I had right after I came home. I loved reading, and I especially loved reading the new Mickey Mouse comic with something to eat. Take my old comic books, turn a random page and you’ll often find dried out chocolate spots or little greasy spots with the color of rust (those came from my favorite snack, bread soaked with oil, salt and red pepper)....
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