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Laura Rowley’s Four Habits of Financially Peaceful People

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Reader Dave sent me a link to Laura Rowley’s Four Habits of Financially Peaceful People. The Habits (along with my thoughts on each one): 1. They know exactly where their money goes. I’ll admit that I pay less attention to this now than I used to. But, if my finances were really tight and I […]

Bush Signs the Mortgage Relief Bill

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

AFM reader, Beth, emailed me a copy of this article she found on Yahoo this morning. You can read the article here. This quote from the article is astounding (emphasis mine): “We look forward to put in place new authorities to improve confidence and stability in markets,” White House spokesman Tony Fratto said. He said […]

This is What Kraft Easy Mac Looks Like When You Forget to Add Water

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

A little Wednesday humor for you. My son (I won’t name him but I will say he’s my youngest son) tried to make some Kraft EasyMac without water. Here’s how it turned out: I was sitting at the table and all the sudden I started smelling a burnt smell. The microwave was filled with smoke […]

R.I.P. Bennigan’s and Steak and Ale

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

I read ($) today that the parent company for Bennigan’s and Steak and Ale have shut down all company-owned locations. It doesn’t surprise me one bit. The last time I went to Bennigan’s it was dirty, the seats had rips in them and the food wasn’t very good. Not a recipe for a successful restaurant. […]

Annuities to Get Less Complicated?

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

From yesterday’s Wall Street Journal: Imagine flipping through a jargon-free annuities-offering document. The day is inching closer when that might be possible. Industry groups are banding together to present prospective buyers of annuities with streamlined, plain-English descriptions of the basic features and costs of annuities, much like those now offered by some mutual-fund companies. Those […]

“Extreme Makeover” Family is Losing Their House to Foreclosure!

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

This is unbelievable: ‘Extreme Makeover’ house faces foreclosure. From the article: More than 1,800 people showed up to help ABC’s “Extreme Makeover” team demolish a family’s decrepit home and replace it with a sparkling, four-bedroom mini-mansion in 2005. Three years later, the reality TV show’s most ambitious project at the time has become the latest […]

L.A. Wants a Year-Long Ban on Fast Food

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Check this out: L.A. Wants to Clamp Yearlong Ban on Fast Food. The ban only affects South L.A.—the “poor side of town.” The goal of the moratorium? The aim of the yearlong moratorium, which won full support from a City Council committee last week, is to give the city time to try to attract restaurants […]

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