Estate Planning Resource

I just ran across a relatively new book on estate planning called “Crash Course in Estate Planning : The Essential Guide to Wills, Trusts, and Your Personal Legacy” by Michael Palermo. It’s published by AARP, so it may end up being targeted more toward retirees than to people like me (particularly the young kids angle), […]


Online Shipping Upgrades are a Ripoff

If you’re anything like me, you do a lot of online shopping. You might also be as impatient as I am. So, have you ever been tempted to pay for upgraded shipping at a site (such as Amazon.com) when their free shipping will do? I’m not talking about upgrading to overnight shipping because you need […]


Vacation Slowdown

I’ll be out of town on vacation for about a week, so things will be slowing down a bit around here. I have, however, scheduled a few new items for publication in my absence, so please check back regularly to see what’s new.


Blockbuster Deal for Switching

I just ran across what looks like a really nice offer from Blockbuster.com over at Growing Money. Assuming that you are currently a Netflix/Wal-Mart customer, you can get a free two month trial plus a free (to own) new release DVD. Read on to find out how…


America’s Cleanest (and Dirtiest) Cities

As a followup to my previous post on the world’s most costly cities, I thought I’d mention another article that I recently ran across in Reader’s Digest — this time it’s a list ranking America’s fifty largest cities in terms of cleanliness. These rankings are based on air and water quality, industrial pollution, the presence […]


The World’s Most Costly Cities

Based on a survey of 144 cities worldwide, Tokyo is the world’s costliest city. These rankings are based on a comparison of the costs of more than 200 items including housing, public and private transport, food, clothing and entertainment. In terms of U.S. cities, New York is the only one in the top 25, coming […]


Driver’s Edge: Driving for Dollars

Editor’s Note:  This limited-time offer has expired.  I reported previously about improvements to the Citi Driver’s Edge credit card rewards program but, at the time, I was unsure as to what they meant by being able to earn money for the miles that I drive… Well, I just received another mailing from them, and this […]


Happy Father’s Day

To all of the dads out there, Happy Father’s Day! You know, it’s interesting… While Mother’s Day was accompanied by proclamations of what moms are worth, Father’s Day comes complete with a news story about what a big deal the day isn’t.


More Credit Card Customers at Risk for Fraud

Coming on the heels of other recent reports of wayward credit card data, MasterCard International has reported that a security breach at CardSystems Solutions, Inc. exposed more than 40 million credit accounts of all brands to potential fraud, including nearly 14 million MasterCard accounts. The data theft, which apparently occurred on or around May 22nd, […]


Tips for Preparing Your Estate Plan

As a followup to my earlier post about needing a will, I ran across a list of tips for preparing your estate plan. Among the twelve easy steps are…