How to Avoid Paying Sales Tax

February 22, 2007

My niece asked a very good question the other day. “How come they charge you 54 cents for a candy bar when the sticker only says 50?” When I told her the extra money was for sales tax she wrinkled up her nose and said “I don’t like tax!’. Smart kid! Sales Tax Sucks Who […]

Midweek Roundup – Public Net Worth, Quicken Giveaway, Yodlee, Compact Fluorescent Bulbs, Cheap Furniture, & Stock Market Behavior

February 21, 2007

It’s only halfway through the week and I’ve already run across some great articles so far. Public Net Worth CAP from Stop Buying Crap asks the question, what if your net worth was public? Literally hovering over your head wherever you went. How would that change your behavior? Check out his graphic, I feel bad […]

American Century Ultra – Stupid Investment of the Week

February 20, 2007

A while back I complained about American Century Ultra and how I was getting out of the fund. It appears that Chuck Jaffe over at Market Watch agrees with my assessment of the mutual fund (TWCUX) as he recently labeled it stupid investment of the week. His article offers more insight into the history of […]

A Warm Welcome to Readers from the Financial Times

February 19, 2007

As you read about, I make extra money on the side by selling on eBay. But of course, there’s more to life than money. Money Smart Life discusses money in many aspects of our lives such as health, charity, retirement, debt, insurance, and more. For daily updates on these personal finance topics you can sign […]

How to Build Your Slush Fund by Selling on eBay

February 19, 2007

Do have something you’ve always wanted to buy but never had the money for? This installment of eBay PowerSeller Personal Finance Tips will help you get what you want without breaking the bank. Budget Busters Everyone has some type of budget, formal or informal. Most people also have things they’d love to buy that just […]

Profiting from a Non-Profit. Ethical or Rotten?

February 18, 2007

Is it wrong to make a profit off of the Girl Scouts? I don’t think so. Read on before you disagree with me. We Are Suckers My wife and I don’t eat Girl Scout cookies but we buy them from the neighbor girls when they come knocking on our door. I think I inherited this […]

Ending Your Retirement Nightmare

February 18, 2007

Have you ever had a nightmare where you showed up for a final exam in school then realized you hadn’t been going to class all semester? Panic time. Why hadn’t you been going? What had you missed? How were you ever going to pass this test? Retirement Nightmare Many people dream of retirement as a […]

How to Save Money by Preventing & Treating Frozen Pipes

February 17, 2007

One of the fastest ways to blow a few hundred or even a few thousand dollars on home repairs is a burst water pipe. Below are tips on preventing and dealing with frozen water pipes that I ran across yesterday as we hassled with two of them in our house. Prevention It’s not surprising we […]

Which Motivates You? Financial Incentives or Financial Penalties?

February 16, 2007

Thanks goodness for late fees! No, I don’t really feel this way but Golbguru has an interesting article arguing that late fees are necessary to keep us “inherently lazy” people on track systems moving efficiently. Responsibility He makes a good point. I hate having to pay out extra money in late fees. I’ll even call […]

Too Chicken To Buy Stocks

February 16, 2007

Does it make sense to read books and magazines on building a stock portfolio but not actually have one? Theoretical Investing I loved reading the Intelligent Investor and am just starting on A Random Walk Down Wall Street. I look forward to getting the latest Smart Money and Kiplinger magazines in the mail every month […]

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