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E-mail cons spreading faster than the virus.

By Karen Datko Sep 30, 2009 10:17PM

This post comes from partner site

It didn't take scammers long to latch on to the latest hot-button topic to try to make a quick buck. Scams built on fears of swine flu  are proliferating quickly across the Internet.

The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team issued an alert this week warning of a number of e-mail scams related to the swine flu. The attacks arrive via an unsolicited e-mail message typically containing a subject line related to the swine flu.

"These e-mail messages may contain a link or an attachment. If users click on this link or open the attachment, they may be directed to a phishing Web site or exposed to malicious code," the alert said.


Disputes don't have to become relationship wedges.

By Karen Datko Sep 30, 2009 10:09PM

This post comes from partner blog The Dough Roller.

It's been said that money is the No. 1 cause of divorce. Or to say it another way: Marriage is about love, divorce is about money.

To that we may add that money is the No. 1 cause of turmoil in a marriage. Strife over money can last years in a marriage if not properly addressed and, short of divorce, can drive a wedge between a husband and wife. This doesn't have to be, and so here are eight tips on fighting with your spouse over money.


Are you blowing money with your clothes dryer?

By Karen Datko Sep 30, 2009 9:43PM

Every little bit helps if you're trying to stretch your money, and it's even better if you can accomplish savings with little effort. For instance: How long will it take you to put a dry towel in the dryer with a load of wet wash?

Jeffrey Strain at Saving Advice says you can reduce your drying time by 10% by implementing this little trick. It's from his excellent post called "25 ways to improve your financial situation in under 10 minutes."

Of course, you can save even more by not using the dryer. Also, check out a link Jeffrey provides to Dryer Money Saving Tips.


It is possible to mend financial differences.

By Karen Datko Sep 30, 2009 9:32PM

This post comes from Trent Hamm at partner blog The Simple Dollar.

Readers often leave comments at The Simple Dollar complaining that they make frugal choices, but their spouses see their savings not as a long-term financial benefit but as more money to spend right now.

Thus, their frugal ways go without a long-term reward. They're careful about spending their money, but their bank account balances don't grow.

I'm lucky. My wife is very frugal, and we share the same philosophy. In fact, she's probably more frugal than I am. Her only weakness is books, but she participates in PaperBackSwap to keep the cost low. She's in line with my goals: freedom from debt, saving for major purchases so we don't have more debt. Our goal as a family is to eliminate all of our debt by my 40th birthday.


Bloggers hold different views.

By Karen Datko Sep 30, 2009 9:21PM

It's a sign of the times that Web sites have sprouted up telling people how to walk away from homes they can no longer afford or -- in some cases -- are no longer willing to pay for. 

While some sites trumpet offers to buy homes from stressed-out owners, another one sells a foreclosure kit. California-based says its kit will enable you to stay in your home "for up to eight months or more without having to pay anything to your lender!" It also says: "With our money-back guarantee, you get it all for only $995."

The list of services provided is stuff you can do on your own if you're so inclined. And the steps won't eliminate the damage foreclosure does to your credit score. Writes blogger Sam Glover at Caveat Emptor, "Foreclosure ain't pretty, folks, no matter what this Web site would like you to think."


You might not want to answer it truthfully.

By Karen Datko Sep 30, 2009 9:02PM

There's an all-too-common job interview question that "FMF" at Free Money Finance finds stupid and useless: "What is your biggest weakness?"

Seriously, are you going to answer that one honestly? "I'm a compulsive liar." "I chew my cuticles until they bleed. It makes a real mess at my desk." Or how about: "I'm obsessed with all things George Clooney. I have his face tattooed on my rear."

FMF also offers some humorous possibilities, including "I like to sleep on the job since I find the sounds of office machinery to be soothing."

You'd be a fool to be honest about your worst weakness or fault, he says, so what's the best way to answer that question?


Patience, strategy and the occasional gamble are keys.

By Karen Datko Sep 30, 2009 8:38PM

This post comes from partner blog Blueprint for Financial Prosperity.

Having grown up on Long Island, I didn't have many opportunities to watch NASCAR on television, so I never truly understood the intricacies of the sport. Since college, I've come to appreciate the difficulty of NASCAR and the skill it requires. 

Last weekend I was watching a few laps of the Goody's Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway, and I finally understood why NASCAR fans love the sport.

By the way, for all the junk people say about NASCAR not being a sport, I dare you to tell a trucker to get a real job. Driving 500 laps requires an unreal amount of time. Can you imagine the concentration and endurance it takes to go 500 laps at nearly 200 mph, constantly maintaining vigilance, and your life constantly at stake? If you accept golf as a sport, NASCAR certainly is a sport.


Do you know how to swim, perform CPR or jump-start a car?

By Karen Datko Sep 30, 2009 8:20PM

Marc at Marc and Angel Hack Life says his list of "50 things everyone should know how to do" is far from inclusive. Oh dear, because there are a number of things on the list of 50 that we need to get cracking on.

This list of essential skills is impressive and, better yet, entertaining. Marc's brief explanations about why you should know each thing often have just the right amount of sass. (Our pick for No. 51: Know how and when to be sassy.) For example, Marc writes: "Swim -- 71% of the Earth's surface is covered by water. Learning to swim might be a good idea." 

Plus, Marc provides helpful links that can help you master each vital skill.



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