Weekly Roundup – The Internet is Dead Edition

We just got back from vacation today and I was delighted to find that our internet is down due to a dead DSL modem. I’ve been in touch with AT&T (formerly BellSouth) and they’re sending us a new one. Unfortunately, it won’t arrive until Tuesday, so… Until then, I’ll be limping along with my Palm […]


Some Stimulus Payments Diverted to Pay Outstanding Debts

Yesterday morning I picked up the newspaper and was pleased to learn that some checks are being diverted to cover back child support, late federal loans, and/or outstanding tax payments. Apparently state and federal agencies can submit lists of debtors to the Treasury Department. Pending payments are then checked against the names and social security […]


The Hidden Costs of Renting a Car

When we picked up our rental car while this past weekend, I was reminded of the many hidden costs associated with renting a car. You can comparison shop until the cows come home, but odds are you’ll still end up paying more than you expected. Here’s a sampling: Refueling charges It’s no secret that rental […]


Three Things You Should Know About Political Donations

Now that Presidential election season is in full swing, I thought I’d highlight a recent article from CNN/Money about political donations. In case you’re not aware, your political donations are subject to a variety of limits and, thanks to post-Watergate reforms, you also can’t give anonymously. Oh, and guess what? You won’t be getting any […]


Gas Prices, the Economy, and Vacation Plans

By the time you read this, we’ll be well on our way to a lengthy family vacation. With all the news about a bad economy and ever-increasing gas prices, I can’t help but wonder what sort of impact this is all having on vacation plans this summer. For our part, we found a great deal […]


Tuesday Roundup – Gearing up for Travel Edition

Later this week, we’ll be jetting off for a much needed ten day vacation. While things will likely slow down a bit around here, I still intend to post a few articles here and there while we’re on the road. In the mean time… Recent links of interest Jim talked about using a leftover calendar […]


Hack Your MPG: How to Improve Gas Mileage by 15%

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I was going to experiment with my driving style to see if I could improve my mileage. With gas prices topping $4/gallon, even small improvements can save you a pretty penny. As for the changes that I made, I didn’t do anything too extreme. Rather, I simply focused […]


Four Financial Tips for Recent Graduates

Given that it’s now mid-June, and pretty much everyone that will be graduating from college this year has done so, I though I’d spend a bit of time putting together a short list of financial tips for the recent graduate. Here goes: 1. Spend less than you earn. This is perhaps the most worn out, […]


What Goes Into the Price of Gas?

With gas prices increasing daily, I though I’d share with you some numbers from the Department of Energy regarding what goes into the price of gas as of April 2008. Here’s the breakdown: 73% – Crude oil 11% – Federal and state taxes 10% – Refining costs and profits 6% – Distribution and marketing Not […]


Q2 Estimated Tax Payments Due

This is just a reminder to anyone out there that’s self-employed, or otherwise has to make estimated quarterly tax payments… Your 2nd quarterly installment is due on June 15th, 2008. Since that falls on a Sunday, you technically have until this coming Monday (June 16th) to get your check in the mail. So… If you […]