Money Matters

Do you give your wife an allowance?

“My friend says she owes her husband a lot of money from when she bought a ticket to visit her family in the Philippines.” my wife stated. I looked at her with a confused look and replied, “Is that even possible?” My wife and I share the opinion that when a man and woman get…

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It Just Will Last a long Time

Over the years I’ve written about how things you buy last forever here in the Philippines. I have no idea if products lasting that long is normal, or was it because I was single most of my life and moved before anything ever wore out. When I moved from San Diego CA. to Luquillo Beach…

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Tax ID Number 2

YEOW!  It’s been a month since the last article – how did that happen?  Mea maxima culpa! DOUBLE YEOW! – That last article stirred up a hornets’ nest’s worth of inquiries, discussions, and other voracious animals intent on consuming all of my spare time.  It also led to acquiring some new, paying clients.  I’ll mimic…

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It’s cheaper in the Philippines, right?

Everything you might want to buy is cheaper in the Philippines, right? Well, I’m sorry to inform you, but it just ain’t so. Indeed, many things are cheaper here, but the truth is, many things are much more expensive here than in your home country, you can bet on that. For the most part, the…

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Tax ID Number?

The time for gathering personal information needed to file a U.S. income tax return is at hand.  Those of you who have been down this road before and have filed U.S. income tax returns in the past know the routine.  For some others, however, this could be a new – and possibly overwhelming – challenge.…

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It Did Smell Bad

Paul Thompson is taking a well deserved week off, so I decided to re-run this early article of his, originally published in August 2009. This story is our first story about Paul’s (in)famous “new-old car”. It is a classic. Paul will be back again next week with a new post!   It did smell bad.…

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