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Six Things I Think (and Personal Finance Links)

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2 Responses to “Six Things I Think (and Personal Finance Links)”

  1. Andy Hough says:

    If I lived in California I’d always order my food to-go.

    I predict that the Patriots will stomp the Broncos. Tebow magic will come to an end.

  2. Lazy Man says:

    I always order to-go as well. However, it really only helps if your food is cold. Guess that could be some good savings on sushi.

    I hope you are right, the Patriots had their hands full the last couple of weeks with teams (Colts and Redskins) that were a combined 4 and 19 (or something close to it).

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