Archives for July 2013

Thinking Ahead: What Is Funeral Insurance and How It Protects Your Loved Ones

  Think ahead. I mean WAY ahead. To the end. It’s a serious thing. We might feel squeamish pondering it, but we’ve got to face the music. We’re all gonna go sometime. Did you know that a wise man thinks about death? Well he does, and we don’t just ponder on it for the sake […]

Scoring Deals on Airfare

This week I’m on a family vacation. While we were fortunate to be able to drive to save money, we already know where the next reunion is since they are planned two years in advance. With the next destination, driving won’t be an option. Seeking out great airfare deals will be so important for us […]

What Drives Investor Behavior?

The American Dream is, “If we can dream it, we can do it”. Too often we take this mindset into stock trading and it fails us. When we read and hear success stories of the rich and famous it always includes their tales of how they never gave up. They followed their heart (emotions) and […]

All Things Finance Monthly Standard

Welcome back to another Monthly Standard! I can’t believe it’s been a month already. Last time the Chicago Blackhawks had just won the Stanley Cup. I can’t wait for the NFL to start. This year I’m going to try out Game Rewind which will let me watch all my Chicago Bear games for only $29.99. […]

How Long Do Dollar Bills Last? The Lifespan of a One Dollar Bill

How long do those filthy, overly-used, disease-ridden, cocaine-encrusted (you know I’m joking, right?) one dollar bills last? The lifespan of a one dollar bill is a bit longer than you might expect. Before you read the weekly infographic below take a look at this Federal Reserve website’s graph of the lifespan of U.S. paper money. Do […]

Using An Online Coupon Site

Coupon sites are everywhere. What started as a small online niche has grown into a huge internet phenomenon. Through an online coupon site, you can do everything from save $1.00 off your favorite cereal to book a dream trip to Fiji. Sometimes it seems like the deal is too good to be true, but often […]

Should I Buy A Used Or New Car? The Pros and Cons

Should I buy a used or new car? A whole lotta people are passionate about buying used. (Sorry this article doesn’t broach the subject of the upside or downside of leasing!) I’ve often heard, “Don’t buy a new car. As soon as you drive it off the lot it loses thousands in value!” …as if […]

What You Need To Know About Stock Splits And Dividends

As a shareholder of a publicly traded company, you generally have the right to vote on certain corporate actions. The board of directors can be reshuffled, mergers and acquisitions must be approved and amended bylaws are subject to voter approval. What shareholders do not get to vote on are stock splits and ordinary dividends (there […]

Staycation Infographic: Is Spending the Big Bucks To Travel Abroad The Best Fit This Summer?

This week’s infographic goes right along with the theme that Catherine has been writing on the last two weeks: How To Plan A Last Minute Vacation and Not Blow Your Budget and Planning The Perfect Staycation. I was inspired by this thought as I recently returned from Cabo. It was actually a work trip, but […]

Planning the Perfect Staycation

As we discussed last week, summer can be expensive! A staycation is a perfect way to enjoy family time this summer while not breaking the bank. As defined by Wikipedia, a staycation is: A period in which an individual or family stays home and participates in leisure activities within driving distance, sleeping in their own beds […]