January 2006 February 2006 % Change TOTAL NET WORTH -$98,650.87 -$96,722.28 2.0% Assets Savings $2,798.83 $3,078.00 10.0% Cash* $550.00 $550.00 0.0% His SIMPLE IRA $2,945.29 $3,141.30 6.7% His Roth IRA $6,373.72 $6,451.78 1.2% His HSA $816.34 $801.36 -1.8% Her 401K $5,122.00 $5,313.62 3.6% Her Roth IRA $1,276.00 $1,265.00 -0.9% Upromise $52.94 $53.03 0.2% Automobile ... Read more →
This month has been a hectic month for me as far as credit cards go. I transferred all of my 20.99% Citicard balance to a 0% MBNA card, good until April 2007. My next highest balance was at 17.99%, which is on another MBNA card. Unfortunately, I found out that I could not transfer the ... Read more →
A few weeks ago I applied for, and was approved for an MBNA card that offered 0% balance transfers until April 2007. It had a modest credit limit of $2,500, which allowed me to transfer my $1,500 Citibank Card at 20.99% balance onto it. My next highest balance was on another MBNA card with a ... Read more →
We here at Make Love, Not Debt are huge advocates of the DIY arts/craft culture. In fact, I even have a photoblog (no link because, well, that would destroy our anonymity, and we wouldn’t want that, right?) that I semi-regularly post photos to. And she likes to crochet! We also like to buy stuff. Well, ... Read more →
In a recent comment, Emily pointed to her post on Creditbloggers that Australian credit card statements may come with warnings to emphasize the potential financial ruin that they can cause. There’s running a contest to see if you can come up with the funniest warning that you can think of. Leave a comment on their ... Read more →
I ran across View From the Sidewalk (via Digg) today during my morning reading. It is a blog of Michael Brown, a homeless man living in the streets of Greensboro, NC, blogging from the public library after being evicted from his home. His views are fresh and quite frank. He is what everyone does not ... Read more →
There’s no disputing that eBay can be a great source of income, while at the same time emptying your house of crap that you don’t need. But how about a punch in the face? As of this post 30 bidders have raised the price to $10,000 with more than 6 days to go. via Digg ... Read more →
So She and I spent our Friday night NOT gallivanting with our other friends in their 20′s at the trendiest bars in town, but instead watching the Oprah repeat after Nightline. At least I went to Happy Hour earlier in the night. I’ve never really watched Oprah, but I can tell you that JLP is ... Read more →
Hello those coming from Business Week! We’re very flattered that we’ve been mentioned, given our relative youth in the PFBlog community. The mention was small, but totally surprised us! We hope to keep writing about our trials and tribulations with debt, money and each other. Before you leave, please subscribe to our RSS feed. It’s ... Read more →
Damn you, Bloglines. Shortly after work today the original Feedburner feed started to work again. At the same time, the alternate Feedburner feed decides to NOT WORK. I don’t know what to tell you, oh patient readers. Having two Feedburner feeds kind of defeats the purpose of having a Feedburner feed. Here’s a proposal: I ... Read more →
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Yahoo is running a series of articles about the relationships that men and women have with money, aptly titled Money, Happiness, and the Opposite Sex. One article in particular, Why Are Men Afraid of Money? (via Forbes.com) – caught my eye. I’m talking about the study last year, which found that men would rather marry, ... Read more →
Oh yeah it is. Why? They aggregate, like, a GAZILLION personal finance blogs. Rock! They have a little web 2.0 in them. Look at the links on the right — the MORE BLUE, the more HOTT. That’s right, HOTT with two T’s. They don’t make money off of you. We should be the only ones ... Read more →
I’m lounging around on this fine President’s Day, and I decided to do my taxes. I fire up good ol’ TaxCut, enter in all of my data… …and I owe the U.S. Government $474. Next year Uncle Sam, please be gentle. Ouch. Anyone got any good ideas on how to lower that tax bill?
Over the weekend Slickdeals.net pointed to an offer to get faster but cheaper DSL from SBC than what we already have. You don’t even need to call a vapid customer service rep — just click through and see if you’re qualified. Later, we saw a promo for DSL for $12.99 at the regular speed. I ... Read more →
In college, everyone is poor. That makes it pretty easy to just make friends regardless of how much money one has. Sure, there are a few people who seems to have an endless supply of beer money, but they are usually the exception and not the rule. Then comes graduation. Many of my friends had ... Read more →
I was cruising the Fool.com discussion boards today, and saw this post of the day about a family with over $125K in credit card and consumer debt, paid off in 7.5 years! They did it with a combination of the snowball method of paying off credit cards, personal finance discipline, and a lot of hope. ... Read more →
We’ve been listed on MyMoneyBlog’s Reverse Carnival of Money Mistakes! Thanks, Jonathan, for spreading our mistakes around the blogosphere so that other people can laugh at our dumbasses.
We’re listed at this week’s Carnival of Debt Reduction, hosted by Retire at 30. My post about reducing my SIMPLE RIA contribution to reduce debt is featured there. Go ahead and check out the other articles!
–Roast chicken with olive tapenade marinade, corn and green chile bisque, smoked ham and mozzarella stromboli –Grilled habanero pork chops with apple chutney, cole slaw, and herb-roasted Yukon potatoes –Grilled petite New York sirloin seasoned with Creole spices and Crescent City steak sauce and served with organic onion rings Valentine’s Day dinner? Nope. According to ... Read more →