I’m writing this while watching the “Big Game.” In reality, I’m watching the “Big Commercial”, three plus hours worth, periodically interrupted by 11 minutes of actual football action. I wonder how much a Bud Light would cost without all of the advertising expense?
My hope is that someday I will find a web-based money management system that offers all of the functionality of Quicken combined with the security of the online bank sites. Right now I am experimenting with Mint, free web-app which provides most of what we need except for the ability to initiate or record transactions. Quicken now owns Mint so I suspect that an integrated product may be in the works.
This weekend we also downgraded our satellite TV package at our lake house. Over the past few months we have tried some “free” upgrades offered to us. The problem is that free upgrades automatically transition to costly upgrades if you don’t call to cancel.
Speaking of cost savings, Business Week published an article on fifteen ways to cut spending in retirement. The interesting thing about the suggestions is that most of them should also apply to not yet retired baby boomers.
Finally, don’t forget to peruse the offerings at this week’s Carnival of Personal Finance.