Monthly Archives: November 2008


Personal Finance is Well….Personal

I have written about this before, but in the past week I was involved in an incident which made me want to reiterate that personal finance is less about the numbers, but more about personal decisions based on one's personalty, perspective and life. The first came when a good friend came by my house and told me about his mom who is deciding between buying a 2009 fully loaded prius vs. leasing a base 2009 Mercedes C-Class.  He came to me because he knows I love creating spreadsheets to compare the costs associated with any decision. So, I opened up Microsoft Excel [...]

By |2016-11-08T08:50:46-04:00November 29th, 2008|Personal Finance|0 Comments

How Soon we Forget – Gas Prices Drop

Uploaded by Oldbones NY - Long Island Gas Prices on May 19, 2008 There is an interesting debate going on Blueprint to Financial Prosperity, when he highlighted the "hack" that one could trigger Costco's "member prices" when you use an amex card (full post and ensuing debate HERE). For various reasons, I am not going to get into the moral debate whether someone should use another person's membership or a similar hack - mainly cause you can jump on Blueprint's blog, and start judging people there. Notwithstanding the moral debate, when gas prices were as high as they were in [...]

By |2013-09-26T15:02:02-04:00November 25th, 2008|Personal Finance|0 Comments

An Interesting Proposal – An Investment Club

It is funny how sometimes someone brings up something you were thinking about - probably has something to do with "mind-mend" (Break up Reference - anyone? anyone?).  Well, lately I have been thinking about setting up some sort of non-qualified (i.e. not retirement $) investment schedule.  What is stopping me? That stupid stupid debt meter to the right of this post. Well this co-worker asked if I wanted to start an investment club.  The idea really intrigued me. What is an Investment Club? The SEC provides us with the following definition: An investment club is a group of people who pool their [...]

By |2013-09-26T15:02:02-04:00November 24th, 2008|Investments|0 Comments

A Second Stimulus Will Not Solve your Problems

If you read other personal finance blogs, you'll see my name all over the comments so I always click the little box that says email if there is a new comment - well my email box, has never been more bombarded than when the topic of second stimulus check comes up.  Want a great example check out one of my favorite personal finance blogs, Blueprint for Financial Prosperity - THIS IS THE POST.  Here are some of the comments: Yes, I am for the second-stimulus package. I am a family of 4 and my husband has been laid of from Sheet metal [...]

By |2013-09-26T15:02:02-04:00November 20th, 2008|Rant|4 Comments

BUD – An American Company No More! What would 1 Share Purchased 24 Years ago of Anheuser-Busch be Worth When it Was Finally Sold Yesterday

While it has been in the news recently, it became official yesterday, Anheuser-Busch is no longer an American Company.  That's right, your favorite domestic beer company is now owned by beer GIANT InBev - you can find some full articles HERE, HERE and HERE.  Never heard of InBev?  Guess Again - from their press release today: ...over 200 brands that includes global flagship brands Budweiser, Stella Artois and Beck's, fast growing multicountry Brands like Leffe and Hoegaarden, and strong "local jewels" such as Bud Light, Skol, Brahma, Quilmes, Michelob, Harbin, Sedrin, Cass, Klinskoye, Sibirskaya Korona, Chernigivske, and Jupiler, among others. In addition, the company [...]

By |2013-09-26T15:02:02-04:00November 19th, 2008|Investments|0 Comments