Archive for May, 2009

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Using Hulu To Save Money? You Don’t Get Something For Nothin’

I’ve been contemplating dropping my satellite service and hooking up a computer to my TV and watch shows on Hulu and iTunes for entertainment.    I began investigating this seriously then discovered several flaws in my diabolical plan. First, when I tried to use Hulu I received a friendly message that I needed to upgrade my […]

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Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Will Someone Please Explain…Prisons

There is now talk of adding a VAT (Value Added Tax) or something similar to help increase tax revenue for the government but before we go down this road I’d like for someone to explain why we spend at least $40 billion dollars for prisons in this country. Think that number is too high? If […]

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Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Crossing The Job Threshold Line

“Would you work at McDonald’s flipping burgers?” I asked. “Not in a million years!” he retorted. “But what about your family?” I quizzically asked as I turned up my eyebrows. “We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it!” he said as his face went flush and he took his right arm and rubbed the […]

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Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Holiday Traffic Patterns Very Weak

We went for a drive to a nearby city this Memorial holiday to visit a relative and we were surprised at the low volume of traffic into/out of the city before and after our trip.   The gas stations weren’t busy, the traffic wasn’t backed up as it normally is during a busy holiday weekend. I […]

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Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Are You Seeing Ads On This Blog?

A few people have commented that they are seeing ads on my blog but I don’t run ads so I’m curious how/why this is happening.   A reader e-mailed me the following screen shot from his computer. Clearly there is some strange ad which appears to be some sort of flash overlay.  I’m wondering if my […]

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Thursday, May 21st, 2009

More Government Meddling In Stock Market

I periodically get emails from readers asking me if I’m still investing and the truth remains:  Until government meddling stops and we have a complete AND stable “rulebook” not subject to whims and changes from Administration officials, I am sitting on cash and the investments I have now.   I am not investing any more money […]

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Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Camping The New Vacation?

A friend who goes camping every year during the summer was kind enough to inform me that all camping sites within a 300 mile radius of where I live are booked solid for the summer.   I was pretty amazed since I had been planning on taking the kids camping during the summer during my extended […]

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Monday, May 18th, 2009

Revisiting Long Term Consequences Theory

In January 2007, I wrote this post questioning and criticizing some conventional pf blogger advice and the long term consequences of their actions.   Flash forward to today May 2009 and we’re beginning to see that what I suggested would happen is happening exactly as I said it would. To quote from my own article: What […]

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Saturday, May 16th, 2009

Make Sure You Buy Birdseed and Snow Roof Rake On Credit Card

I found this interesting article on Consumerist discussing how credit card companies are now building psychological profiles of their customers.    So why is this doomed to fail just like FICO?  Because people will immediately begin to game the system and I’m sure there are at least a few hundred people (if not more) who have […]

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Friday, May 15th, 2009

Grocery Food Deflation Continues Unabated

The price of food continues to drop and I recently went to the grocery store and picked up two boxes of 18 eggs for $2 and I’ve never seen such a deal on eggs before, at least not in recent memory.   I have also noticed the price of other staples down significantly such as rice […]

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