Personal Finance Roundup

Eight Ways to Slash Travel Costs [Yahoo Finance] “Get creative with these eight tips, travel off the beaten path a little, and save some of your cash for when you get home.”

Personal Finance 101: The Basics of Estate Planning [The Simple Dollar] “A short tutorial on estate planning: what you need to do to be sure that you are covered in the case of a disaster.”

Work part-time [CNN Money] “Nell Minow, co-founder of The Corporate Library, says sticking to an unconventional schedule made her successful.”

7 Things You Need to Know About Health Savings Accounts [Crosswalk] “If you are unfamiliar with how HSAs work, here are the basics.”

6 ways to save money on car insurance as rates rise [USA Today] “There are steps you can take to lower your insurance rates.”

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  1. laserjobs says:

    On the HSA article, they have the 2008 contribution limit wrong.

    Calendar year 2007: $2,850 for an individual with self-only coverage under a high deductible health plan and $5,650 for an individual with family coverage

    Calendar year 2008: $2,900 for an individual with self-only coverage under a high deductible health plan and $5,800 for an individual with family coverage.

  2. ilovemom says:

    6+8=14 things everyone with 1/2 a brain already knows. Thanks for nothing USA Today/Yahoo.

  3. KarmaChameleon says:

    That work part-time article is a complete joke. Of course that woman can afford to work part time, her husband is a big time lawyer making crazy money. The vast majority of part time jobs have little if any benefits, your schedule is basically at the whim of whomever’s setting it, and the pay sucks.

    That article is useless to anyone who actually HAS to work for a living and do not have rich husbands to fall back on.

  4. stinerman says:

    The HSA thing was cute.

    “With HSAs, people tend to hold themselves accountable for their healthcare choices because they think of it as their money rather than the insurance company’s,” says Tyson. “They go to the doctor less and shop for the most affordable options. That’s why many proponents see HSAs as a crucial factor in efforts to get a handle on the skyrocketing costs in America’s healthcare system.”

    Yeah, I usually call ahead to area hospitals to check their prices before I let the ambulance take me away.

    And even in non-emergency situations, I don’t think people are going to check out Dr. Nick’s Discount Clinic.

    Repeat after me: Health care is not a free market.