Tip-jar humor in our local coffee shop: “Afraid of Change? Leave It Here.”
In San Diego to work with military linguists, my colleague and I checked into a hotel and ordered a 5 a.m. wake-up call. The next morning, the phone didn’t ring…
Q: Why was the dead man not living well?
A: Because he was dead broke.
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Why is it a penny for your thoughts but you have to put your two cents in? Somebody’s making a penny.
—Steven Wright, comedian
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I stopped off at the supermarket to buy my son-in-law his favorite pie, sour cream raisin. The box had the $15 price stamped on the top, which I thought would…
The CEO of a large corporation was giving advice to a junior executive. “I was young, married, and out of work,” he lectured. “I took the last nickel I had…
I had my credit card stolen the other day but I didn’t bother to report it because the thief spends less than my wife.
I’m currently boycotting any company that sells items I can’t afford.
That awkward moment when you leave a store without buying anything and all you can think is “act natural, you’re innocent”.
Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won’t expect it back.
A little boy asked his father, “Daddy, how much does it cost to get married?” Father replied, “I don’t know son, I’m still paying.”
Retirement is the time in your life when time is no longer money.
I saw a sign that said “Watch for children” and I thought, “That sounds like a fair trade”.
I won $3 million on the lottery this weekend so I decided to donate a quarter of it to charity. Now I have $2,999,999.75.
You take away the looks, money, intelligence, charm and success and, really, there’s no real difference between me and George Clooney.
To this day, the boy that used to bully me at school still takes my lunch money. On the plus side, he makes great Subway sandwiches.
The question isn’t at what age I want to retire, it’s at what income.
You don’t have to marry for money; hang around the rich and marry for love.
Money isn’t everything, but it certainly keeps you in touch with your children.
Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I’m not there, I go to work.
Never lend money to a friend. It’s dangerous. It could damage his memory.
After hearing a sermon on Psalm 52:3-4 (lies and deceit), a man wrote the IRS, “I can’t sleep knowing that I have cheated on my income tax. Enclosed is a…
Fifth Third Bank? I don’t think you understand how to number things, which is something I generally look for in a bank.
@RowdyBowden (derek lawler)
A last-minute filer walked into our state income tax office and handed me his returns. Just as he did, a peal of laughter could be heard in another room. Glaring…
Stoop sale this Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m. Throwing all my crap in the garbage this Sunday, 4:15 p.m.
Ritch Duncan @ritchied
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I was in small-claims court when I listened in on the case of a woman who held a good job but still had trouble paying her bills on time. “Can’t…
My friend has a bad habit of overdrawing her bank account. One day before we went shopping, I complained about my lack of funds and lamented, “Guess I’ll use plastic.”…
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A local charity had never received a donation from the town’s banker, so the director made a phone call. “Our records show you make $500,000 a year, yet you haven’t…
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During an antiharassment seminar at work, I asked, "What’s the difference between harassment and good-natured teasing?" A co-worker shouted, "A million dollars."
From our local TV news station, this undeniably true travel suggestion: "Next up, ten money-saving tips for your trip to Hawaii. Don’t go away!"
Before my son could start going on job interviews, he needed to dress the part. That, he decided, required a $500 suit. "What!?" I answered, gagging at the price tag….
If your name is on the building, you’re rich; if your name is on your desk, you’re middle-class; if your name is on your shirt, you’re poor.
I received a letter saying I would not be given the American Express credit card I’d requested because my income wasn’t substantial enough. Oddly enough, I work for American Express.
My husband is—how should I put this—cheap, once going so far as to reuse the freezer bags our grown daughter Molly left behind after a visit. Needless to say, it…
A guy in a Kia pulls up next to a Rolls-Royce at a red light and asks, "Hey, is your car Bluetooth enabled?" The Rolls owner nods. "So is mine….
With airlines adding fees to fees, The Week magazine asked its readers to predict the next surcharge they’ll levy for something previously free. 1. In the unlikely event of loss…
To get his mind off his losing streak at the racetrack, I took my friend horseback riding. Being a novice, he freaked when his mount took off. "How do I…
If you are truly serious about preparing your child for the future, don’t teach him to subtract—teach him to deduct.
A devastated-looking man knocks on the door of a woman known for her charity. "Please, ma’am," he says when she opens up, "can you help this poor, tragic family down…
Driving back from Vermont, I stopped at a vegetable stand. It was deserted except for a sleeping German shepherd. I stepped over the dog, helped myself to some corn, then…
A millionaire, a hard hat, and a drunk are at a bar. When they get their beers, they notice a fly in each mug. The millionaire politely asks the bartender…
When he blew a wad of money at my blackjack table in the casino, a customer stood up and yelled, "How do you lose $200 at a $2 table?!" Before…
During a visit to our friend’s home in Canada, we were feted with a wonderful breakfast. But my six-year-old daughter was not impressed. "Your pancakes are smaller than my mom’s,"…
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We were eating at one of the trendier restaurants in town when my friend pointed to the menu and told the waitress, "I’ll have the 24." "Uh, Jim," I whispered,…
I’ve never understood the concept of the gift certificate, because for the same 50 bucks, my friend could’ve gotten me 50 bucks.
Visiting a college campus, the prospective student spots a building called Hemingway Hall. "That’s nice," he says, "a building named for Ernest Hemingway." "Actually," says the tour guide, "it’s named…
After cashing a check at the bank, the woman in front of me stood staring at her money. "Did I give you enough back?" asked the teller. "Yes," she said….
The pastor decides to use one rich parishioner to set an example. "John," he says, "you’re a successful businessman; surely you could contribute more to the building fund." John replies,…
Lying on his deathbed, the rich, miserly old man calls to his long-suffering wife. "I want to take all my money with me," he tells her. "So promise me you’ll…
I didn’t realize you were some kind of nut!
Robin’ you! So hand over your money!
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Dear IRS: I’m sending you this money because I cheated on my income tax and my conscience has been bothering me. If it doesn’t stop, I’ll send you the rest….
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