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Hurricane Katrina

My have I been out of the loop. The damage done by Hurricane Katrina is much worse than I had thought. I don't like to preach, so here are some links to learn more if you wish: - FreeMoneyFinance is matching donations up to $1,000. You can … [Read the rest]

Capital One 360 Mutual Funds Brief Review (Verdict: Not Good)

Did you know that Capital One 360 sells mutual funds? Dubbed the 360 Investment Account, I guess they are trying some cross-selling of their 360 Savings Account. I don't own any of them, but a visitor asked about them, so I decided to take a look … [Read the rest]

How to save $138 on your Cable bill? Just ask!

If you don't have Comcast yet, don't just call them and sign up. Be sure to get one of their own new customer sign-up deals, you can get $19.99 for 6 months, $75 in rebates, free wireless router,and cable modem! That's well over $200 in … [Read the rest]

Retirement Portfolio Asset Allocation Check-up

So my $16,000 401k rollover check made it to Vanguard safely via good ole' First Class mail. Now all our retirement investments are at Vanguard. Here is the breakdown: Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX) - $14,748 Vanguard Target Retirement … [Read the rest]

Carnival of Personal Finance #11 is up

Carnival of Personal Finance #11 is up. Check it out at AllThingsFinancial's new blog! … [Read the rest]

How to Juggle Six Bank Accounts To Maximize Interest

Now, I know someone commented "How the heck do you keep track of all these bank accounts?" before, and I'm sorry I didn't reply right away. Someone else asked again, so I got off my butt and whipped up a diagram to explain it. It's not that bad, … [Read the rest]

Free Credit Reports Available Nationwide Now (Few Days Early)

If you live anywhere but the East Coast, you already have had access to a free annual credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus, as mandated by the government. Access to states on the East Coast* was supposed to start on September … [Read the rest]

Is Pet Insurance Worth It?

We got 1 month of free health insurance, when we got James, but we didn't renew. My first instinct was "This is a scam. Pet insurance? Give me a break." But then my wife's family dog, who is less than 10 years old, broke her back just jumping … [Read the rest]

Tracking Pet Care Costs – Breaking the $1,000 Barrier

Back in June we adopted a dog, James, from the Humane Society. Although I thought about it, I decided not to post about the costs of owning a dog until his costs broke the $1,000 barrier. I've never had a dog before, and I wanted to keep an open … [Read the rest]

Introducing the PricesWiki

In our efforts to budget properly, we've started to see how much eating out costs when friends and relatives visit, and started to cook a lot more at home when it's just us. So I've been doing a lot of shopping at the grocery store, and trying to … [Read the rest]

Reasons Why I Don’t Like Craigslist. (Kind of a rant.)

You always see posts with people recommending Craigslist to sell your stuff at, or find a job, or even a mate. I'm not here to debunk that, I've sold lots of stuff successfully locally using Craigslist. But after some recent experiences, I've … [Read the rest]

Free FICO Score Estimator from myFICO

FICO scores are everywhere now. You should be able to buy them while pumping gas soon. Sometimes I think there is too much emphasis on credit scores unless you are in the market for a loan or trying to refinance debt, but I guess they are used on a … [Read the rest]