Saw Batman today (the free movie tickets worked!). I’m not much of a graphic novel guy, but it turned out to be one of the best movies I’ve seen all year. Side thought: Is it really impressive that a movie broke a box-office revenue record when even a matinee costs $8 now? If the goal is to compare popularity, shouldn’t they just count the number of tickets sold instead? Here are some other personal finance articles from my weekend reading:
The Finance Buff has a guide on buying TIPS directly from the government at auction.
J of BudgetsAreSexy bought himself a frugal Cadillac. Oxymoron? This reminded me that I still want an old Jeep Wrangler. If I view the Jeep as one step closer to being a beach bum, does that mean J secretly wants to be a pimp in his DeVille?
Punny Money asks (using hilarious stick figures) if one should buy or rent a tuxedo. For a long time, a small part of my beach bum dream lifestyle was to die having never worn a tuxedo. I managed to avoid having to wear one at my wedding. Alas, I had to wear one last year while being a groomsman for a friend (all your fault, Joe!). But never shall I buy a tuxedo!
JLP of AllFinancialMatters shares his opinions on brown-bagging lunch as well, and his readers chime in.
As SUVs everywhere are being traded in, The Digerati Life explores the MPG illusion. Saving money on gas by switching cars may not as beneficial as you think.
Lazy Man offers to sell his endorsement at Prosper Lending, and starts a lively debate. Given the losses that many other lenders have been experiencing, I’m quite happy with the estimated 10% ROI on my tiny portfolio.
Boston Gal remarks that you know the economy is bad when the Wall Street Journal pushes libraries. From her commenter Sean of Financial Ramblings – “If CNBC starts running specials on clipping coupons, Colbert will have to raise the threat level.” Ha!