I really wish I had known about this service before Christmas, but that’s what I get for falling behind in my Google Reader. Here’s the deal: many items on Amazon qualify for free shipping if your order total comes out to over $25. But if you’re a dollar short, or $2.01 short, or whatever, you’re […]
Cyber Monday is here, kids.
Cheaper ways to get rid of stress.
[singlepic=16,560,560,,center] So, news has come in confirming that the IRS is going to offer a tax rebate on new cars purchased between now and January 1, 2010. Here are the details: You can deduct state and local sales and excise taxes on the purchase of a new car; Limited to $49,500 of the purchase price […]
I haven’t really been on my personal financial game of late. Oh sure, we’re still using our household budget, and I’ve even been cooking dinner with my new menu plan that I totally ripped off from Simple Mom (nope, not ready to link her yet, still in denial). But there’s a little leeway in our […]
The time period spanning from early 1998 through late 1999 was easily the worst just-over-a-year of my life for a variety of reasons, not all of them financial. I was working as a teacher for a small private school in San Diego, and was grossly underpaid for what was easily the most difficult job I […]
Tipping: What’s The Deal? Or, To The Guy At California Pizza Kitchen: Sorry for Stiffing You The Other Day
The other day, I ordered some food from California Pizza Kitchen’s Curbside Pickup Service. If you are unfamiliar with this service, it is basically a kind of time-optimized version of ordering food “to-go” from California Pizza Kitchen. You order from your phone at home, and then go pick it up at the restaurant, where there […]
We all know that our feelings can lead us to overspending. But did you know that marketers have specific strategies designed to make us spend? Like with specific names and instructions on how to deploy and whatnot? Here’s a list of some of these common strategies and ideas on how to steel yourself against them. […]
Sometimes staying on track financially is tough, particularly if you feel like you’re not surrounded by a bunch of likeminded people. This is where the internet comes in: the blogosphere is filled with tons of people who know lots of stuff about personal finance, budgeting, consumer activisim, and other subjects and who share the wealth […]
I’ve explained before that I have no real financial management credentials. In fact, the topic of finances used to scare me, and I used to much prefer the sticking-one’s-head-in-the-ground approach to financial management, which is how I ran up so much credit card debt not that long ago. Now that I try to keep an […]