A Financial Travel Checklist

A Financial Travel Checklist

You’ve placed your liquids, gels and aerosols  into a single, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag. You’ve packed your swimsuit and are ready to go on that long awaited vacation, but have you called your bank? Taking a few minutes to give your bank a call before you take off on vacation could save you a [...]

Couponing 101

Couponing 101

When I was a kid I used to help my Mom with the grocery shopping. She’d clip coupons on an occasional basis. I was fascinated at the thought of buying more for less thanks to those magical pieces of paper. As I got older, I realized why Mom did it on occasion – because you [...]

Don’t Be Afraid of Your Bank

Don’t Be Afraid of Your Bank

It is embarrassing to admit, but for years I was terrified of banks. There is actually a technical term for this phobia. I didn’t know the rules for banking; I was uneducated about products and how they worked; and I was terrified that those with access to my finances would judge me. I’ve since found [...]

STEALTH INFLATION: The Case of the Missing Sausage

STEALTH INFLATION: The Case of the Missing Sausage

Doesn’t it really annoy you to discover that the manufacturer has reduced the weight of your favorite box of cookies or brand of coffee as a sneaky way of raising the price? This is truly stealth inflation . But is it captured by the government’s official measures such as the Consumer Price Index (CPI)? ANY [...]

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