Blockbuster Total Access – Free Two Week Trial

April 17, 2008

Update: Now you can rent DVDs online from Blockbuster for free with their one month free trial of Blockbuster Total Access. I wrote last year about Blockbuster vs. Netflix and how we’ve watched movies for free during past summers.  Looks like Blockbuster is gearing up for the spring and summer season again, they’re offering a 2 week […]

The Costs of Being Overweight – How Much Money Can a Healthy Diet Save You?

April 17, 2008

How much does a double cheeseburger, milkshake, and fries cost?  While you may only pay a few bucks each time you buy it, eating that meal over and over can end up costing you a lot more than that in the long run. Health Care Costs Although we don’t think about it on a daily […]

Lower Interest Rates – The Good & Bad of Federal Rate Cuts

April 16, 2008

When people think of lower interest rates the first things that often come to mind are the benefits of lower mortgage payments, better car loan rates, and reduced credit card interest charges.  Of course for those that are saving instead of borrowing the rate drops mean earning less money at the bank. The Fed has cut the […]

Tax Deadline Today – Tax Day is Here!

April 15, 2008

As you hopefully already know, today is the deadline for filing your 2007 tax return.  Ours have been finished for a while but we’re waiting until the last possible minute to eFile and pay the taxes we owe. You should request a filing extension if you need more time to prepare your individual tax return.  […]

What’s Your Financial Weakness – Where’s Your Trapdoor?

April 14, 2008

How many of you have seen at least one movie that involves the security of an impenetrable fortress being compromised? -Sean Connery breaks into Alcatraz in “The Rock” –Will Smith flies an alien craft into the mother ship in “Independence Day” –Saruman’s Orcs breach Helm’s Deep in the “The Two Towers” –Luke Skywalker slides a proton torpedo down […]

Saving Time & Money on Yardwork Edition – Personal Finance Review

April 13, 2008

With rising fuel prices and a falling stock market, who want to spend money on fertilizer?  I recently avoided a lawn care salesman who was convinced he could give me the greenest lawn on the block for $60 an application. Seriously, who cares about green grass other than the people selling fertilizer? Fertilizer CostsAlthough our […]

Open a Separate Bank Account for Your Tax Payment or Refund

April 12, 2008

Do you hate the hassle of printing out and mailing in your tax return every year?  According to the IRS, 80 million people avoided the hassle last year by choosing to e-File their taxes.  For those not aware, e-File simply means you send in your tax information electronically using tax software on your computer. e-Filing TaxesOne […]

Flexible Spending Account Claims Strategies for Procrastinators

April 11, 2008

March 31st was the deadline for submitting our flexible spending account claims for 2007.  I mentioned in an earlier post a strategy you might use to spend any extra money in your FSA leftover at the end of the year. I received some skeptical comments about the idea and someone even pointed out that even though […]

College Sells Alumni Information to Credit Card Companies

April 10, 2008

I’ve written in the past how I’ve recieved applications from credit card companies for a card that’s branded with my college name and logo.  I can only assume that someone in the university finance department is looking for ways to bring in more money and decided to cash in on their alumni database.  I’m not […]

Mobile Banking – Managing Money in Your Car, in Church, or on the Beach

April 9, 2008

Okay, so those aren’t the best place to manage your money.  You really should be giving your attention to the road in your car, to the service in church, and to relaxing when on the beach. However, if you’re dozing off under a beach umbrella when you suddenly remember you didn’t move any money into […]

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