Monthly Archive: July 2007

How To Trim Your Budget 1

How To Trim Your Budget

Would you like a little more breathing room in your budget? Whether you follow a very strict monthly budget where you allocate each dollar to specific goals or follow a more loose budget where...

Join The Motley Fool Discussion Boards 42

Join The Motley Fool Discussion Boards

A few weeks back I had mentioned that The Motley Fool was going to be eliminating their membership service and the discussion boards would be free for everyone to read. However, in order to...

Federal Minimum Wage Increase 8

Federal Minimum Wage Increase

Effective today the federal minimum wage has increased to $5.85 per hour. This is the first increase to the federal minimum wage since September 1997 and ends the longest period without a federal minimum...

New Administrator For Illinois’ Bright Start 529 Plan 0

New Administrator For Illinois’ Bright Start 529 Plan

The Illinois 529 College Savings Program, named Bright Start, is currently in the process of transitioning to a new program administrator. For plan participants, this looks to be a very positive change and should...

Extracurricular Costs Adding Up 0

Extracurricular Costs Adding Up

Do you budget for your kid’s extracurricular activities? How do you limit which activities your child can pursue? Is it by cost or by interest? This summer we have had a handful of costs...

Blunders and Tips for Organizing Your Financial Life 3

Blunders and Tips for Organizing Your Financial Life

Are your financial records in order? Do you need help with your organization? Earlier today I was reading an article on Yahoo! Finance about digging out and getting yourself organized. In the article, there...

Do You Tip Contractors? 9

Do You Tip Contractors?

As you might recall, my wife and I are in the process of having new windows installed in our home. While the installation crew has been here working, my wife and I have been...

How To Pay For Home Improvements 8

How To Pay For Home Improvements

Not too long ago, my wife and I were in the process of window shopping as our home was in dire need of window replacement. We received quite a few estimates and ultimately made...

Motley Fool Open Community 3

Motley Fool Open Community

Have you ever visited or heard of the Motley Fool website? The Motley Fool is a financial website that has a stated purpose to educate, amuse and enrich. For me personally, I consider my...

Carnival of Money Stories :: 16th Edition 2

Carnival of Money Stories :: 16th Edition

Welcome to the 16th Edition of the Carnival of Money Stories. For those new to this carnival, you can expect to see posts that have a personal story or experience related to saving, investing,...