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Series EE Savings Bonds To Earn Fixed Rates

It looks like my post on EE Savings Bonds a few weeks ago is already obsolete, as the U.S Treasury Department announced yesterday that Series EE Savings Bonds issued on and after May 1, 2005, will earn fixed rates of interest for the lifetime of the … [Read the rest]

April 2005 Financial Status Update

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More Finance-Related Blogs

There seems to be an explosion of finance-related blogs out there now, from frugal living to personal finance to stock trading to real estate investing. I've either run across these myself or had people recommend them to me. Today I'm resolved to … [Read the rest]

My Financial Goals: Long-term, Mid-term, and Monthly

I am doing a bit of tinkering with this site, and I wanted to restate clearly my goals. Contrary to the inspirational image to the left, I feel that if you don't write your goals down clearly, they are much less likely to happen. I am still … [Read the rest]

Playing the Lottery: I’m a Gambling Fool

Inspired by Neville's exceedingly entertaining Lottery Experiment, I went out and bought a lottery ticket of my own while pumping my barely sub-$3 gas. Notice I said a lottery ticket, 'cause I am a cheap bastard and dislike playing games of chance … [Read the rest]

Creating an Identity Theft Recovery Plan

In anticipation of anyone trying open any accounts in my name due to recent leaks of my personal information, I am creating an Identity Theft Recovery Plan. A lot of this information is gathered from the net and various newsletters from banks that I … [Read the rest]

RIP Freetrade, I barely knew ye. Hello Ameritrade IZone.

Even more bad news. What a week! After hearing some rumors, I just read an e-mail from FreeTrade saying that they will be shutting down and transferring my account to Ameritrade IZone on April 29th. Goodbye, free trades. Dangit! I've only made … [Read the rest]

IRS May Tax Ebay Sales

More bad news. BusinessWeek reports that the IRS is starting to scrutinize the massive amounts of money (and therefore potential taxes) that people are making on eBay. I knew that this would happen some day, with the explosion of eBay and the … [Read the rest]

Tons of Personal Information Stolen, Fraud Alert Placed

Yay. My credit card was already stolen last month, and now I come home to see that my personal information, including Social Security number, name, date of birth, and address was leaked by my school via a stolen laptop. Why is all this information, … [Read the rest]

Advance Directives: Make *your* decisions now

If there anything to be learned from the headlines today, it's that now is the time to decide what kind of medical treatment you want, as there may be a time when you won't be able to decide for yourself. And that's exactly what it is. Your … [Read the rest]

Advance Directives: Make YOUR Decisions Now

If there anything to be learned from the headlines today, it's that now is the time to decide what kind of medical treatment you want, as there may be a time when you won't be able to decide for yourself. And that's exactly what it is. Your … [Read the rest]

Mini-vacations are great: How much did we spend?

After my post/rant about how Americans don't get enough vacation and the fact that I hadn't done anything memorable since January, I just returned from a two day "mini-vacation", which unfortunately seems to be the most popular way for people to take … [Read the rest]