Three Hour Emergency Room Wait Edition – Personal Finance Review

May 18, 2008

Our almost two year old son likes to get dirty and do things that are dangerous.  His favorite gravity defying move is to stand up on things and try to balance himself.  You’d think that’s how he would’ve earned his first trip to the emergency room. Emergency Room VisitInstead he tripped while trying to get […]

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 […]

Middle Class Squeeze Edition – Personal Finance Review

April 7, 2008

With real wages stagnating or declining, rising health care costs, expensive college tuition, and record-high gas prices many people are feeling their bank account squeezed by rising costs without an associated increase in income.  I’ve heard this referred to as the middle class squeeze and came across an example of it this weekend. One of our neighbors […]

Personal Finance Review – When’s the Next Black Monday?

March 23, 2008

This article on Black Monday caught my eye yesterday.  The general idea is that although market losses are bad, they also represent a buying opportunity for long term investors.  The article lists the following three things that will help you invest successfully, despite market declines.    1. The quality of the companies you buy.   2. The […]

New Flexible Spending Account Strategy – Personal Finance Review

March 11, 2008

Every year I always scramble to try and spend my flexible spending account balance before the deadline.  As it comes down to the wire I start looking for anything to spend the money on that meets the FSA guidelines.  This year I ran across a promising strategy that should make it easier to clear out the […]

Power of Trying Something New – Personal Finance Review

February 3, 2008

Do you ever feel like the growth in some area of your life has hit a plateau and you don’t know what to do about it?  One of my friends was recently in that situation and took action that reminded me we sometimes have to move out of our comfort zone and try something new […]

Personal Finance Review – Market Turmoil Edition

January 23, 2008

Markets are down, what should we do?  My best advice is to tune it out.  It may be hard to do since it’s all over the news but for my part I’m just going about business as usual.  Let’s look at what others are saying about the tough economic times: The Digerati Life has a video […]

Health Insurance Companies Suck – Personal Finance Review

January 13, 2008

What would happen if you had a bill more than a year overdue?  Can you say late fees, collection agency?  Why is it that insurance companies can jack you around for more than a year and suffer no consequences at all? I’ve written before about a health insurance problem we’ve been fighting, caught between a […]

Personal Finance Review – The Psychology of Spending & Saving Edition

January 6, 2008

We experienced usually warm weather this weekend so we spent a lot of time outside, taking advantage of the balmy temperatures before the cold returns.  It was the first time in a while I had a chance to workout; a busy work schedule and the cold weather have kept me out of the fitness routine. […]

Personal Finance Review – Shopping Online Edition

November 25, 2007

Holiday shopping is ZERO fun.  Although I wasn’t around for Black Friday, I did spend half an hour waiting in line this evening to make my first gift purchase of the season.  The longer I stood the more irritated I became with the situation and any holiday cheer I was feeling quickly evaporated.  I decided […]

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