small change toward a rich life

August 2008

  1. Parental generosity versus financial limits

    28 August 2008

    A recent conversation on the Get Rich Slowly forum about finances and children caught my eye — specifically, how do you balance the desire to give your children everything they want (or everything you did or didn’t have) with the practical need to limit expenses? This is an issue that Jak and I negotiate regularly, […]

  2. Keeping up with airline fees

    27 August 2008

    One of my research projects-in-progress for Pocketmint has been a comprehensive chart of airline bag fees. Since I can’t keep straight who charges what for which item of luggage, I figured other people must be having the same problem. Turns out someone else saved me the trouble! Travel search engine Kayak (of which I am […]

  3. The giant sucking sound at the bottom of the global pool

    22 August 2008

    If you’re not a regular listener of This American Life, you may have missed the May episode entitled “The Giant Pool of Money”. It explains why what we have now isn’t just a ‘sub-prime mortgage lending crisis’ but a ‘worldwide credit crisis.’ It’s masterfully written, taking all the jargon and translating it into plain, often […]

  4. Frugal foodie: agony at the farmers’ market

    21 August 2008

    I had a sort of mini-vacation last week; didn’t go anywhere, but took off work to hang with a visiting friend. I had every intention of posting during the break, but … I was too busy playing. And eating. Stacy and I are both unapologetic foodies, which means we spent much of our time bouncing […]

  5. If I were the President … if I were Queen for a day …

    12 August 2008

    Do you ever get frustrated by the way Congress and the President spend your tax dollars? Do you ever read about tax legislation in the news and think, “Geez, even I could do better”? National Public Radio’s Marketplace has developed an online game that will let you do exactly that. In Budget Hero, you start […]

  6. Inflation or unemployment: pick one

    8 August 2008

    The last time the economy took a sharp downturn it hit me hard. With dot-coms failing right and left, suddenly there was a huge glut of Internet-industry workers. Employment levels took four or five years to fully rebound, during which I got by on intermittent income and credit-card debt. This time, though Jak and I […]

  7. WaMu ad campaign supports gay couples

    7 August 2008

    As I was searching through Flickr photos that might illustrate the last post, I came across a couple of a WaMu bus stop ad campaign that I didn’t know about. One photo is from New York City, the other from West Hollywood. Each depicts an enormous checkbook holding personalized Washington Mutual checks. The joint account […]

  8. Customer goodwill worth more than high interest rates

    7 August 2008

    J.D. at Get Rich Slowly recently opened up a discussion about chasing interest rates on savings accounts. The range of comments are pretty interesting, but the one recurring theme is that most people are willing to stay with a slightly lower rate as long as they’re happy with the service and convenience. I guess I […]

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