What's An "Average" Family Spend?

July 12, 2009 | Kate Horrell

I found this excellent chart at Visual Economics (thanks to ericabiz at Twitter).  It breaks down the spending of an "average" US economic unit.  Fascinating … [Read more...]

Six Ways to Find Books at a Bargain

July 11, 2009 | Kate Horrell

My family loves books.  We love to read them, we love to buy them, we love to terrorize the movers with the sheer volume of them.  One thing that this family's Chief Financial Officer … [Read more...]

Quotable: Henry Ford

July 10, 2009 | Kate Horrell

"Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently."  … [Read more...]

I Sold My Old Gold!

July 09, 2009 | Kate Horrell

We've all heard the ads on the radio:  "Do you have old gold and silver?  Bring it to Joe's Jewelers and we'll turn your unwanted items into cash."  The number … [Read more...]

In-State Tuition – Hurrah!

July 08, 2009 | Kate Horrell

Good news!   Beginning July 1, 2009, states are required to offer in-state tuition to active duty military members, their spouses, and dependent children, who reside or are permanently … [Read more...]

Defend Yourself Against Bank Fees

July 06, 2009 | Kate Horrell

Saturday's Wall Street Journal online featured this excellent article:  Ten Ways Banks Take Your Money.  Most of these fees can be avoided by using a good credit union or banking with … [Read more...]

How Much is a Trillion Dollars?

July 05, 2009 | Kate Horrell

I ran across this neat visual explanation of what a trillion dollars would look like:  What does one TRILLION dollars look like? I knew that one trillion dollars was a lot of money, but I … [Read more...]

New Landlord-Tenant Laws in Virginia

July 04, 2009 | Kate Horrell

The Virginia State Legislature has made a few changes to the Landlord-Tenant laws in Virginia and those new changes are effective as of July 1st.  The most important change is a requirement that … [Read more...]

Quotable: Benjamin Franklin

July 03, 2009 | Kate Horrell

"He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money." … [Read more...]

One Small Step to Improve Your Finances

July 01, 2009 | Kate Horrell

One place where I occasionally make a mistake with my finances is paying the credit card bills.  We have two cards that we use regularly, plus we have a couple of cards that we don't use - a … [Read more...]

We've Been Noticed

July 01, 2009 | Kate Horrell

The Paycheck Chronicles has been noticed a few places around the internet this week: The Carnival of Personal Finance, hosted by Green Panda Treehouse, features Want A New Car?  Try … [Read more...]

Military Report

June 29, 2009 | Kate Horrell

Financial news from the Military.com Military Report dated June 29, 2009: Special Duty Assignment Pay Revised Deal of the Week: Military Coupons AF Increases Special Duty Pay Tuition Assistance … [Read more...]

It Pays to Ask

June 27, 2009 | Kate Horrell

I hate wasting money, but it happens sometimes.  There are three places where I tend to lose money in large chunks:  not sending in rebates, not getting reimbursed for stuff, and making … [Read more...]

Quotable: Kahlil Gibran

June 26, 2009 | Kate Horrell

"Money is like love; it kills slowly and painfully the one who withholds it, and enlivens the other who turns it on his fellow man." … [Read more...]