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JLP’s Tip of the Day

Friday, July 27th, 2007

This one’s for all you newspaper delivery people out there. On days when it is either raining or looks like it is going to rain, either double bag the paper or throw it in the grass rather than the driveway. Most driveways are slopped so that they carry the water to the street. When it […]

A Comprehensive List of Retirement Planning Tools and Calculators

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Today’s Wall Street Journal Cranky Consumer column was about Calculating Your Retirement Nest Egg. They tested the following five online retirement calculators: Ballpark Estimate (ChoosetoSave.org) Retirability Check (Nationwide) – I profiled this calculator last October. AARP’s Calculator myPlan (Fidelity) – Only 5 questions myPlan Retirement Quick Check (Fidelity) – Takes 30 minutes! To their list, […]

A Funny Story About Stock Splits and Options

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

I was just reading a post over on GenXFinance about stock splits. Jeremy’s post reminded me of something that happened several years ago. My wife’s employer had given their employees some stock options with an exercise price of around $70 per share (I don’t remember the exact amount). At the time, the company’s stock was […]

Should Employers Reduce 401(k) Investment Options?

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

According to this week’s Getting Going column, When a Simpler 401(k) Is Just Dumb, by Jeff Opdyke (Jonathan Clements is on vacation), employers are reducing the number of investment options available inside their 401(k) plans. They are doing this in an effort to help those who may be too overwhelmed by the number of options […]

I’ll Be on Federal News Radio at 10 AM EST Today

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

In a few minutes I’ll be a guest on Your Turn with Mike Causey and Francis Rose (thanks to Allan Roth of Dare to be Dull for mentioning my name). This will be my first live program. Hopefully there will be a link to the show afterwards. UPDATE: Here’s a direct link to the broadcast. […]

Is It Silly to Buy More Stuff Just to Get Free Shipping?

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

Earlier I was on the JC Penney’s website buying some Levis since the store no longer carries decent-looking jeans (I like Levis 560s). I found the jeans I liked on JCPenney.com and put three pairs in my shopping bag. The total came to a little over $86. I went to check out and found out […]

Why Do We Drink Starbucks?

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

I saw over on the Consumerist that Starbucks is raising their prices again. This time they are raising them around $.09 per drink (the increase doesn’t apply to bottled drinks and food items as they are already expensive enough). I like their coffee okay, but their prices seem way out of line to me. If […]

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