Archive for Dec, 2012

Do you want to know what the fiscal fight is really about?

This is a non-partisan article about what the fiscal cliff fight is really about. It is a philosophical battle, but if you read the newspapers, and watch TV news, you will not get this story. Believe you me, I have watched and read many commentaries and opinions about this, but no one has yet to [...]

A Primer on Recession Indicators: Gross Domestic Product and Unemployment

Unemployment statistics are an important indicator of how our economy is doing; more people employed points to stronger business growth and to fewer people receiving government entitlements. However, this is a little difficult to track, since the government doesn’t really publish a combined [...]

Save Big on Hanes

Average quality, 100% cotton underwear seems to have really gotten expensive the last few years. While shopping for just basic plain white T-shirts we were amazed that a packet of 5 costs $34 at Sears and Kohls. Sometimes you can find where they are throwing in a extra shirt or briefs so you get 6 [...]

The Low Hormone Rip-Off

Radio and Television is awash with silly advertisements aimed at anyone in their 40′s or older, to get you to buy supplements to counter the affect of lower hormones as we age.  The ads ask if you are fatigued, depressed, low sex drive, gaining weight or generally have a feeling of malaise. These [...]

2013 IRA and Retirement Plan Contribution Limits

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently published the new rules for contributions into retirement plans and IRAs for 2013. Some of these numbers have increased, and are good for you to know if you participate in IRAs (individual retirement accounts) or retirement plans like 401(k)s, sponsored [...]

Should You Buy Gold?

The most commonly asked question I get is, should I buy gold or some other precious metal like silver or platinum? The main reasons for driving interest in gold, are advertisements, the increased price of gold, and fear. There are a lot of commercials on TV and the radio, from companies that want [...]

Costco Cost Savings and Warnings

Big Box retailers like Sam’s Club and Costco can sometimes save you a lot of money, but if you aren’t careful you can end up spending more money than you planned to. I suspect most people do go over budget at these places. We are avid coupon clippers and deal shoppers, and often our receipt from [...]

Can You Buy Life Insurance and Forget It?

Most people buy life insurance and seldom review it later. Here are 7 compelling reasons why a life insurance review is a great idea. Price:  If you own term insurance, you may want to check to see if you can buy a new policy for a lower overall cost. Length: If you purchased a level premium term [...]

Layering Term Life Insurance, To Minimize Cost & Extend Coverage

Previously I wrote on reviewing your life insurance policies, today I describe a way to layer term life insurance to provide affordable life insurance protection for longer periods of time. As a review the most common forms of term life insurance are level term, and annually renewable term, both [...]
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