Black Coffee: Why It Just Got More Expensive to Lose Your Wallet

It’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy a little joe

Welcome to another rousing edition of Black Coffee, your off-beat weekly round-up of what’s been going on in the world of money and personal finance. Here’s what caught my attention over the past week…

True story… I was perusing Wisebread the other day when I saw a headline for an article that looked darn interesting. It was entitled, “Best Money Tips: Tricks Your Grocer Doesn’t Want You to Know,” and it looked so intriguing I just had to check it out. I mean, hey, who doesn’t want to know some grocery store money tricks? I know I do.

Anyway, after I clicked on the link, I was flabbergasted to see that it was a story I had written last year as a guest post for American Express’s Currency blog. Yep. I forgot I had even written that piece.

I think I probably need to see a doctor.

Blogs I’ve Been Following This Week

PT Money – Google Wallet Just Killed Your Wallet. Don’t look now, but Google has just released a new application that allows folks to pay for stuff with their cell phone. In essence, Google Wallet replaces your wallet’s credit cards, gift cards, cash and coupons. While some people may find that to be extremely convenient, it also makes losing your “wallet” an even more expensive proposition now.

Money Talks News – Looking for a Cheap, Fun Vacation? Here’s a Capital Idea! I’m not sure I should admit this, but I think I have a man-crush on the site’s proprietor, Stacy Johnson. I mean, come on, talk about movie star good looks. Ladies, am I wrong here? As for the article, yeah, it’s pretty hot too.

Wealth Pilgrim – How to Make a Legal Will in 30 Minutes. I know what you’re thinking — but don’t let the title of this post fool you. Neal put together a very thorough, easy to understand, step-by-step guide for writing your own will. Now if only Neal could write a similar article entitled “How to Get 8 Hours of Sleep in 30 Minutes,” I’d be much obliged.

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