Weekly Roundup – 05/19/06

Here’s a smattering of links that caught my eye over the past week from the various members of the MoneyBlogNetwork… Flexo of ConsumerismCommentary wrote about the cost of raising a kid from birth to age seventeen. He also talked a bit about the costs incurred just during the teenage years. Wow. And to think that […]


Credit Protector Cancelled (Once and for All)

After a good long run with Citi Credit Protector, I finally got tired of playing their retention rebate game and called this past week to cancel (again).


Carnivals – Week of 05/15/06

FiveCentNickel took part in five carnivals this week. Here they are, along with links to my posts that were included in each. The Best of Me Symphony, which is up at The Owner’s Manual, included “Don’t Change Your Oil Too Frequently.” Also included was “Thank God for the Child Tax Credit” from raising4boys.com. The Carnival […]


All About Title Insurance

If you’ve ever bought a home, them you’re most likely familiar with the term ‘title insurance.’ But do you know exactly what it is? Simply stated, title insurance protects against possible losses if someone else can claim ownership of your property after closing.


Yet Another Toilet Repair

Last summer I made the claim that few things in life suck more than fixing a leaky toilet on a Friday night. Well, I’ve now found something that sucks just about as much… Having ‘toilet issues’ less than two weeks before close (on Mother’s Day, no less) and therefore having to fix what will soon […]


An Interview With Bill Gates

The other night I caught an interview with Bill Gates on CNBC’s “The Big Idea” with Donny Deutsch, and I thought I’d share some of the most interesting tidbits here…


Ten Days Until Closing

Just ten days ’til we officially sell our current house, and the buyers have now dropped all contingencies (we asked for a ten day ‘all clear’ as part of the contract). Thus, if they back out for any reason, they’ll forfeit their earnest money. In other words, we can now breathe a sigh of relief, […]


Money Poll #12: Earning vs. Saving

This week I’ve decided to deviate from the “just the facts” nature of past polls, and to take a somewhat more philosophical slant… Without further ado, here’s the question of the week: “What’s more important when it comes to improving your bottom line, earning more or spending less?” Given the nature of this question, I’d […]


Cheap Self-Inking Rubber Stamp

Just thought I’d share a deal that I’ve used in the past and took advantaged again this past weekend… If you need a rubber stamp, drop by http://www.iprint.com/stampoffer and you can get their ‘Premium Address Stamp (self-inking, up to five lines of text) for free (actually $3.79 including shipping). Note that if you just go […]


Internet Access Poll Results

While I realize that sites such as mine attract a highly non-random sample of web surfers, I was still a bit surprised by the fact that over 90% of all respondents have a broadband connection. More specifically, 55% reported having a cable connection, followed by 35% with DSL, and a handful of people with satellite […]