State Vehicle Taxes: Don’t Get Ripped Off

Life Lesson #41: Fifteen minutes could save you 15% or more. Actually, I’m not talking about Geico, and I’m not totally sure of the savings amount. But, I do know that if you live in a locale where the state government has decided to steal your money based on the value of the vehicle you [...]

Credit Crisis Explained

Here’s a good and fairly detailed explanation of the credit crisis.  It’s not entirely complete or accurate (ie there’s no mention of the role of government, policies, or politicians), but it’s very well done and very much worth watching. The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis on Vimeo.

Rental Cars: How To Get a Better Deal

I previously posted about car insurance and making sure you have rental car coverage on your policy. However, if you are in an accident and don’t have that coverage, you can still get a good rate on a rental car. Most major rental companies, like Enterprise Rent-A-Car, have deals with insurance companies so that even [...]

The Bailout: Historical Comparisons

Ever stop and try to put financial figures from the current economic crisis into perspective? Does $700 Billion really mean anything to you? How about $4.6 Trillion, which is what our government has already pledged toward the credit crisis? Well, Barry Ritholtz has taken time to bring these large figures into perspective. Below you’ll find [...]

Life Comes At You Fast

Life comes at you fast. . . so do deer. Unfortunately, a small buck ran out in front of us tonight.  We were in the south-bound middle lane of a six-lane highway, on our way to meet a former colleague of Tracy’s for dinner. The deer darted out of the woods, made it across all [...]

Your Credit Report: Check It Regularly

Tip of the week: Due to the passage of the 2003 Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (FACTA), all Americans are entitled to, upon request, one free credit report from each of the three major credit reporting agencies every 12 months. The three major agencies are Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. You should always check your [...]