Is the McMansion Dead?

Over the past few weeks, there have been several headlines declaring the death of the McMansion.  Depending on how you define the “McMansion”, there may be some merit to the argument, but other aspects of the American desire to have things that are “big” are alive and well.  I mean, didn’t we declare the death […]

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Tutoring Gone Wild in America

While I always knew tutors existed and my wife even considered doing it for some time since she was a teacher before opting to stay home with the kids, I didn’t realize the extent to which tutoring and costly tutoring at that, occurs in America.  There was a NYTimes article this weekend outlining not only […]

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Who Would Make the Best Use of $Billions – Bill Gates or US Govt?

As the saying goes, “No good deed goes unpunished”, with the recent announcement that several billionaires will end up donating much of their wealth to philanthropy before they die rather than passing it on to heirs (along with a substantial portion to US coffers by way of the estate tax), many prominent Europeans are coming […]

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For-Profit College Scams – Really Think Before Enrolling

The GAO released a damning study of the for-profit college industry which showed outright lying and deceptive tactics by personnel in order to dupe prospective students into enrolling in their programs when it was questionable as to whether doing so was in their best interest.  Many of the personnel used high pressure sales tactics and […]

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Social Security Tipping Point in 2010 – IN THE RED

Social Security will actually pay out more benefits this year than it will take in which is a pretty shocking wakeup call.  While I’d been hearing about skepticism over the solvency of Social Security ever since I was a little kid, 2010 marks a year when the payouts don’t match the intake and given our […]

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401K Match: Is This Employee Perk Going Away or Coming Back?

The 401(k) match has been something employees like myself just took for granted for decades now.  While the benefit varies company to company, the conventional wisdom had always been to make sure you contribute at least enough to max out the company match since it’s free money.  In essence, if your company provides a 50% […]

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You’re an Impulse Buyer. Blame Yourself? Or This Chemical in Your Brain?

I read an interesting story in NPR this weekend showing how impulsiveness is tied to the chemical content in your brain.  Akin to how plaintiffs attorneys have tried to use genetic makeup to explain why criminals do what they do, I wonder if people knew what their dopamine levels were in their brain, if they […]

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How Much Does it Really Cost to Move?

My wife and I have been mulling over a move for some time now.  No, we’re not jumping on this low rate bandwagon thinking we’re going to turn a huge profit on a move, but we’re just thinking about what the best location is for the top district, what works for my commute, proximity to […]

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Why Your Kid’s KinderGarten Teacher is Worth $320,000

There have been some rather controversial yet entertaining posts on teacher pay in the PF blogger world of late.  First, Evan at MTJM threw some fuel on the fire by venting about Why Teachers Anger Him.  Well, with my wife being a teacher and seeing first hand the various myths and misunderstandings about teachers, work […]

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