Bloggers organize informal education sessions for young people in a coffeehouse setting.
Young people should learn more about personal finance, and the best way to teach some personal-finance basics just might be to offer a “jolt of personal finance” in an informal setting.
That’s the premise of CoffeeCents, a free series of 15-minute sessions at local coffeehouses in Washington, D.C., organized by Stephen Popick, a government economist and a forum moderator at the personal-finance blog Get Rich Slowly who describes himself as “a longtime personal-finance activist.”
Sports fans vie for NCAA, Masters tickets. How to get cheap seats.
The March Madness ticket market has had a number of surprises this year -- among them, Tiger Woods.
Woods announced last week that he would play at the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga., in April, his first competition since news of his sex scandal broke last year. Searches for Masters badges on the secondary ticket market quadrupled within hours, heating up a ticket market already busy with NCAA Championship basketball tournament demand. “Hey, it is March Madness,” says Mike Janes, chief executive of ticket-search site FanSnap.com. “This is the month of Cinderellas and upsets.”
There’s good reason for the ticket market frenzy.
Despite happy talk and new products, they're a last resort for seniors.
This post comes from Marilyn Lewis of MSN Money.
Reverse mortgages, once thought to be a bad move for seniors, appear to be losing some of their stink.
Why? A couple things have changed:
What's more important: Your overall budget or your child's education?
You folks send me tons of great questions, and I’d love to share more of them. This week, for example, Lisa wrote with the following.
“Having kids has made spending choices much more emotional and complex," she says. “You can’t always calculate a return on investment.” Here’s her predicament:
While many of the provisions of the health care reform bill don't take effect until 2014, now's the time to find out about how this legislation will affect you.
Now that health care reform has passed the U.S. House, odds are that it will soon be law. So let’s take a minute to see how the most sweeping changes in American health care in 40 years will change things for you.
If you insist on getting married at an island resort far away, some people will say you're selfish.
The Washington Post’s Michelle Singletary is a huge fan of Judith Martin, better known as Miss Manners, and we thoroughly enjoy them both. So imagine the fun when these two fine columnists touched on a pet peeve we share -- destination weddings.
Like Martin and Singletary, we have a problem with huge weddings the blessed couples can’t afford, and destination weddings can be an egregious, large subset of that. Singletary, the Post’s personal-finance columnist, wrote:
The truth is, for many of these weddings, guests are goaded to attend because if they do, the marrying couple get their expenses covered. How nice for them!
Is it a good idea to use trusted Hollywood stars like Peter Graves and Dennis Hopper to pitch financial products to seniors?
This post comes from Marilyn Lewis of MSN Money.
Peter Graves, the cool, smooth Hollywood star who aged handsomely before audiences, started out playing cowboys in his youth, progressed to the role of Jim Phelps, spy leader in TV’s “Mission: Impossible” in the 1960s and ’70s, and he played a pedophile pilot in the movie “Airplane” (“Joey, did you ever hang around a gymnasium?” was a famous line). A delightful guy by all accounts, Graves died a few days ago at age 83. (Brian Williams recaps his career.)
His last role was peddling reverse mortgages in TV commercials for American Advisors Group. As a pitchman, he joined a legion of aging or elderly stars, including Leslie Nielsen, for Dutchtone; Charlton Heston, for Bud Light; and James Garner, for Polaroid.
The list goes on: Patrick Stewart and Julie Walters flog Brain Training for Nintendo DS, Nancy Walker (“Rhoda” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”) spent 20 years pitching paper towels for Bounty (“the quicker picker upper”), Gene Hackman did voiceovers for Lowe’s, and Morgan Freeman has pitched just about everything from (recently) Visa to Listerine, Black & Long cigarettes and Polaroid cameras.
So, given this long tradition, how come it’s the gray-haired stars hawking financial services that get under my skin?
Free Italian ice, Free Cone Day, Free Pastry Day -- it's a week to celebrate dessert.
It’s the last Friday of winter, and time again for Friday food deals and freebies.
Start working out now, because this week’s top freebies are all sweets.
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