- SimpleDebtFreeFinance presents Debt Collectors Using Facebook to Collect! posted at Simple Debt-Free Finance. JT’s take: This blog gets it: wacky things take the cake on MoneyMamba. Debt collectors using Facebook to collect? That’s front-page news! Everyone should read this.
- Kay Lynn Akers presents Financial Pet Peeve: Parents who do not teach their children good financial habits posted at Bucksome Boomer. JT’s take: Cheapest way to get on my editor’s pick sheet is to rant about something I totally agree with. 😛
- Afford Anything presents Giving to Japan: More Complicated than You Think. posted at Afford-Anything.com: Yes, YOU can afford it!. JT’s take: Sad to see that donating is made any more difficult than it need be, especially after such a catastrophe.
- Control your Cash presents Social convention is keeping you poor posted at Control Your Cash: Making Money Make Sense. JT’s take: Social convention is keeping you poor. Don’t you know that popularity is the only product marked up higher than convenience! Love the picture!
- FreeMoneyWisdom presents How to Land a Job in a Recession | Free Money Wisdom posted at Free Money Wisdom. JT’s take: with at least ten percent of the country unemployed by official measure, there are at least a few million people who should read this article.
Retirement & Investing
ObliviousInvestor presents Roth 401(k) vs. Traditional 401(k) posted at Oblivious Investor. JT’s take: An additional thought…you’ve to take your chances on the idiots in DC, too. Anyone want to gamble on Congress?
MoneyHelpforChristians presents Mutual Fund Investing Vs. Index Fund Investing posted at Money Help For Christians. JT’s take: I’m a fan of ETFs, but then again I’m from the new investing generation that can just barely remember fractional quotation.
N.W. Journey presents An Easy to Understand Introduction to Municipal Bonds posted at Networth Journey. JT’s take: with all the fun in the muni market, maybe it’s time to start thinking about moving back in.
The Military Wallet presents What Happens If You Contribute Too Much to an IRA? posted at The Military Wallet. JT’s take: How many people have this problem? Four, maybe?
You won’t see a perfect bracket in your lifetime, according to Kansas.com, “By taking the classic 64-team bracket, the number of possible outcomes for those games is 9 quintillion, 223 quadrillion, or 9,223,372,036,854,775,808,” Breen said. “So if everyone in the worldfilled out a bracket once a second (impossible), it would still take them about 42 years to fill out all the possible combinations.”
InvestitWisely presents 10 Innovative Ways You Can Invest in Real Estate | Invest It Wisely posted at Comments for Invest It Wisely. JT’s take: Real estate is looking pretty attractive, especially with credit coming back.
Outlaw presents Reverse Mortgages: How They Work, Plus Pros and Cons posted at Outlaw Finance. JT’s take: If you plan on retiring on your home equity, you’re doing something wrong. But if you’ve gotta do it, you might as well understand the choice!
The NCAA tournament is big business for the NCAA and participating colleges. North Carolina is estimated to have received nearly $5 million in income for their participation in the past five tournaments.
Credit n Such
HelpMeTravelCheap presents 6 Questions to Ask Before Applying for an Airmiles Credit Card posted at Help Me Travel Cheap. JT’s take: travel doesn’t sound as cool as cash, so I usually avoid these things but hey, you may like airline cards.
Echo presents Best Air Miles Rewards posted at Boomer & Echo. JT’s take: I’m glad someone is on this, there are almost too many rewards options that its easy to pass up the good ones for the not so good ones.
Sun presents Credit Karma vs Quizzle vs Credit Sesame: Which One to Choose? posted at Earn More Invest Wisely at The Sun’s Financial Diary. JT’s take: not a credit card, but a comparison of ways to check your credit situation. I had never heard of either one before.
CreditDonkey presents Top 8 Cash Back Credit Card Myths posted at CreditDonkey.com Tips. JT’s take: I can dig it. There are definitely a few variables that make cash back credit cards more or less attractive for each person.
Your TV is worth a lot of money! The NCAA derives 90% of its revenues from the NCAA tournament, of which it owns 100%.
LiveReal, Now presents You’re Gonna Die, Part 1 posted at Live Real, Now. JT’s take: I don’t have a bucket list, should I? Maybe I’ll make a “to do before I die list” before I die—yep, that’s my new goal!
Sustainable PF presents A $12.43 Electric Bill for a 2600 Square Foot Home?? posted at Sustainable Personal Finance. JT’s take: Great blog over here. I’m usually not very eco-friendly, mostly because I see most proposals as resource negative, though SPF is great in covering ways to cut down on consumption and waste while saving money. I wish other “sustainable advocates” would take this approach, as it is very convincing.
Crystal presents Should Money Matter in Marriage? | Budgeting In the Fun Stuff posted at Budgeting In the Fun Stuff. JT’s take: Umm..duh. 😛 It’s easy to say that as someone interested in finance and money management, but I’m sure there are plenty of people that take the hands-off approach. Me? So biased I can’t possibly see the other side on this one, and apparently neither could the commenters.
Dr. Dean presents Money Success | The Millionaire Nurse Blog posted at The Millionaire Nurse Blog. JT’s take: Love it, man. Wealth is a long-term project that requires patience, hard work, and emotional investment, but the results are worth it!
Barb Friedberg presents QUICK PERSONAL FINANCE TIP; LOW COST JOB INTERVIEW CLOTHES posted at Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance. JT’s take: Money isn’t the problem, I just don’t have style. 😛
Estimates suggest that $192 million in producitivity is lost due to participation in brackets, mid-day game checks, and a general lack of interest in work when games are live on TV.
Clariity presents How to Budget & Save Money When Planning for Your Family Vacation posted at Living With Clariity. JT’s take: Going after serious oil spills is just as effective for saving money! I recommend it to anyone.
CFB presents Save Money During Spring Cleaning Season posted at Canadian Finance Blog. JT’s take: Cleaning, what’s cleaning? Good point, though, if you’re going to spend so much money on new cleaner, you might as well just get a maid!
$100 million is wagered on NCAA games in Las Vegas each year….
The Investor presents What the Buffett family has always known about cash posted at Monevator. JT’s take: How to make it, that’s what they know.
Darwin presents Little Known eBay Service Offers Hassle-Free Immediate Cash for Your Electronics posted at Darwin’s Money. JT’s take: About time eBay realizes that listing and bidding on something is just too much work. Convenience sells!
But another $2.4 billion is gambled on backets illegally, outside of Vegas.
Financial Uproar presents Nuclear Power Isn?t Going Away posted at Financial Uproar. JT’s take: I hope not. I get tired of seeing huge changes in legal and regulatory environments in response to short term crises.
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