March 11, 2011 Round-Up

by JT McGee

It was a great week in blogging, as every week has been. I was able to put together three posts this week which were:

Why Games of Monopoly Last Forever. Monopoly is an excellent laboratory for macroeconomic science. Monopoly games last so long because you make them last so long! Also included were my five tips for how not to suck at Monopoly. I had a lot of fun with this article.

GOA Recommends US $1 Coins to replace the US dollar. While it may save more than $5.5 billion over 30 years, there are some complications that result from the switch. I recommend my own proposal: the zinckel.

Flexible Spending Accounts & OTC Drug policy changed in 2011. You’ll need a prescription to use Flexible Spending Account money on over-the-counter drugs. What’s that mean? Millions of ridiculous appointments just to get a prescription, and some $4 billion in economic effects. Oh, and good luck getting into the doctor in December…you know how many year-end FSA people will be in line for a prescription? Tons.

round up

From last week were three other posts:

Today I Solve Student Debt Forever – This has been a popular topic on my blog mostly because I see it as one of the largest problems that is so simple to fix. How do we do it? I don’t know, let’s start by making students aware of how much they owe. That’s a good place to begin. 😛

Economics of Nerdy Retailers – I had fun with this one. Border’s is going under, but it’s just one of many different companies that sells to the same nerdy demographic. There’s a reason why brick and mortar “nerd retail” is dying, and no, it isn’t the economy. Err, maybe it is in a roundabout way.

Solving the Looming Retirement Crisis: A Tax Proposal – My proposal for lowering taxes, creating jobs, improving the American savings rate, and spreading the gift of a 401k to most anyone, all at a cost of less than a third of the stimulus package.

Going Forward I don’t have the slightest clue what you’re going to get on Monday. I guess that’s all the more reason to show up regularly, follow me on Twitter, or to subscribe to the RSS feed!

MoneyMamba was included in two different blog carnivals: Totally Money Blog Carnival where my proposition for the student loan program was an editors pick. Aww man, inflating my e-ego. 😛

Then there was another blog carnival, the carnival of financial planning that I’m not sure I mentioned last week.

Oh, actually, I’m up to host the Totally Money Blog Carnival in a week. 😀

From around the Web in No Particular Order:

#1 – This is the most brilliant invention I have ever seen in my entire life.

#2 – BeatingBroke hosted a piece from Eric at Narrow Bridge Finance about making money as a DJ. That seems like it’d be a fun way to make some extra cash…as if making money isn’t enough fun already. 😛

#3 – wants to know was this morally wrong? I’m not sure, but I know it’s creative as hell.

#4 – Weakonomics says you make better decisions when you pee, so if you need to make an important decision, I guess drink a lot of water before.

#5 Still awesome: As seen on Dealerity a challenge of living on less than $1,000. $1,000 seems like pennies to live on, but it worked out!

Stats n’ Stuff

Alexa is down to 380,914 for the 3-month term, 246,288 for the one-month. This site has been bouncing all over the place, but traffic continues on the incline. With the off-the-wall topics this blog seems to cover, I’m very happy with the growth. Of course, I don’t even consider this blog to be a revenue stream in the here and now, nor in the future; it’s really just a dumping ground for the thoughts that plague me.

Anyway, that’s it for this week. According to the blogging schedule the next post is slated for Monday, March 14.

{ 1 comment… read it below or add one } March 11, 2011 at 15:51

What a great roundup! I just looked at your very popular post on Student Debt from last week and was shocked by some of the information in it (particularly about people selling organs to pay off loans!) I’m also really looking forward to trying your tips in Monopoly.


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