Tips How To Munch On Dates

Sunday, December 7, 2008, 12:47 AM | Leave Comment

I just read an article-cum-news (news-cum-article??) yesterday about a Kuwait Sheik Spinning the Recession: Sheik Majed Al-Sabah posted by Linda Tischler. The article states that Americans may be in a state of gloom about the economy – no kidding, but it’s still a beautiful day in the neighborhood, if you live next door to Sheik […]



Access Affordable And Flexible Credit Via Virgin Money

Friday, December 5, 2008, 12:00 AM | Leave Comment

Virgin Money Has Closed Shop in the U.S., Victim of Bad Timing. None of the links to Virgin Money USA works. Richard Branson, the guy who owns Virgin “everything”, has taken over peer-to-peer lending service called Circle Lending and has re-branded it Virgin Money USA. It helps people access affordable and flexible credit, offering unique […]



A Modern Girl’s Guide to Personal Finance

Wednesday, December 3, 2008, 12:02 PM | 1 Comment

Harvard MBAs Manisha Thakor and Sharon Kedar have come up with a readable guide to help female twenty-somethings get a better grip on their money. On My Own Two Feet: A Modern Girl’s Guide to Personal Finance. This book is a self-help guide and like its name suggest has been written for twenty- and thirty-somethings […]



Find Out What’s In The Bailout Bill For You

Tuesday, December 2, 2008, 1:22 AM | 3 Comments

Remember back in October, congress passed the bail-out bill of $700 billion. Inside the bill, there were some tax provisions that would affect us all, the average American taxpayers. “In all the publicity surrounding the bailout package, not much attention was paid to the tax policy items,” says Steve Forrest of Forrest Financial Services. “That’s […]



Seek Knowledge Whenever And Wherever Possible

Sunday, November 30, 2008, 8:47 AM | 10 Comments

You see the image at the top of the page. That’s me. I read where I feel comfortable. You know where that is, right? I try to read whenever and wherever possible. Sometimes I am at the airport waiting for my flight, I go to a book and newspaper stand. I can’t find anything interesting […]



Grocery Shopping For The Cost-Conscious

Tuesday, November 25, 2008, 8:41 AM | 1 Comment

As I have stated in my previous posts, I came to the States in the seventies. I was born and raised in a very cost-conscious family, not only family but the small-town cost-conscious society as a whole. We had to be. We did not have the abundance of anything that Americans have enjoyed so wholeheartedly […]



Finding Out Bailout Details

Saturday, November 22, 2008, 7:52 AM | Leave Comment

To reminisce – I always have problems with that word, English not being my first language. That means “to recollect and tell of past experiences or events” – you know the last couple of months, so much has happened. Treasury Secretary, Mr. Paulson asked Congress to give him $700,000,000,000.00. A part of that money, probably […]



Out Of Work Americans Get Extended Benefits

Friday, November 21, 2008, 12:39 AM | Leave Comment

Late Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, Congress passed a legislation to extend the period of government assistance to unemployed Americans. The bill, which was already approved by the House, is expected to be quickly signed by President Bush. In all states, the benefits have been extended by 7 weeks. In some states, where the unemployment rates […]



How Students Can Qualify For Free Money

Thursday, November 20, 2008, 1:23 AM | 1 Comment

If you are a student, free money, also called grants, scholarships, or gift aid, is the best kind of financial aid because you don’t have to pay it back. Of course, there is a limited amount of money. Research shows that only about 50% of all college students get any of this free money. Still […]



2009 Inflation Adjustments Expand Tax Brackets and Benefits

Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 10:14 AM | Leave Comment

If you are working and your employer offers health benefits including flexible health benefits account where a certain amount is deducted before taxes like 401(k), it is time to recalculate your estimated tax return. If you have to do some adjustments, now may be a good time. For 2009, personal exemptions and standard deductions will […]