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The 2009 Personal Finance “How to” Roundup

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Welcome to the latest edition of “How to” Personal Finance Roundup. As you can tell from the list, this is a massive roundup. Don’t worry though. You don’t have to read all the entries now. I’d suggest you bookmark (click on the Share this icon at the bottom of the post for saving options) this […]

JLP’s Kids and Household Chores Experiment

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

My wife just came off a plant turnaround. For those of you not familiar with a turnaround, it’s when a plant shuts everything down to do maintenance. Naturally, when the plant is down, they aren’t making product, which means they aren’t making money. In other words, they want it back up and running as soon […]

A Review of “People Are Idiots” by Larry Winget (and GIVEAWAY)

Monday, January 5th, 2009

People Are Idiots and I Can Prove It!: The 10 Ways You Are Sabotaging Yourself and How You Can Overcome Them* I love the title and cover of this book! That said, DON’T LET THE TITLE FOOL YOU…this is a VERY positive book! For those of you not familiar with Larry Winget’s work, he’s known […]

What a Loan with a 171.54% APR Looks Like

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

How to calculate APR using Microsoft Excel or a financial calculator. I recently heard about a loan company that specializes in short-term loans. Here’s a typical example of a loan that this company offers: Loan Amount: $1,250 Loan Term: 36 bi-weekly payments (72 weeks) Payment Amount: $91.66 Total Payments: $3,299.76 ($91.66 × 36 = $3,299.76) […]

How The Dow Jones Industrial Average is Calculated

Monday, December 4th, 2006

Have you ever wondered HOW the Dow Jones Industrial Average is calculated? Here’s how! According to the Dow Jones website, the index is calculated as follows: The Dow Jones averages are unique in that they are price weighted rather than market capitalization weighted. Their component weightings are therefore affected only by changes in the stocks’ […]

How to Insert Refreshable Stock Quotes Into Excel

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

Warning: this is a really long post! There’s a cool little tool available for Microsoft Excel users that will allow them to insert refreshable stock quotes into their spreadsheets. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to do it:

10 Ways to Get the Most Pay Out of Your Job

Monday, September 18th, 2006

Today’s Wall Street Journal has an extra section called Your Money Matters. The cover story for the section is an article by Perri Capell titled Ten Ways to Get the Most Pay Out of Your Job ($). Here’s some of the highlights from the article: 1) LISTEN TO YOUR BOSS The best performers received raises […]

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