Personal Finance Roundup

The smartest advice I ever got [CNN Money] “40 great minds share the best money lessons they ever learned.”

100 Things to Do During a Money Free Weekend [The Simple Dollar] “One hundred fun ways to spend a money free weekend.”

8 Home Improvements That Pay Off [Smart Money] “The home improvement projects that offer the biggest payoff.”

10 most and least expensive cars to insure [Bankrate] “Stay away from small, fast cars.”


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  1. Other reasons for Buick’s and Ford’s not costing insurance companies much, only old biffers buy Buicks or with so few sold, they cant run up that high of a bill for damages.

  2. milk says:

    I drove a 94 Buick Regal in high school and the first two years of college, and my insurance was still only $50 a month despite my age (and a few tickets I didn’t even bother fighting).

    Ironic my picture’s pinned to this post considering how dire my current financial situation is. -_-

  3. howie_in_az says:

    An Escalade is more expensive to insure than a Ferrari or Lamborghini?! Surely they’re just talking about mere mortal automobiles…

    Before I got my BMW 330i I had a Subaru WRX. I saved $60/mo by getting into the Bimmer, even though they both have the same horsepower. The Bimmer is, of course, a ‘proper road car’, but the WRX was a shitton of fun to drive fast around tight corners. I’m not sure how much the insurance will jump when I finally get a BMW M3 coupe, but by then I’ll be married, so maybe it’ll even out in the end :)

  4. jumbo pongo says:

    @howie_in_az: I’m not sure how much the insurance will jump when I finally get a BMW M3 coupe, but by then I’ll be married…

    And soon after that, you’ll be trading in your M3 for a minivan!

  5. harvey_birdman_attorney_at_law says:

    The “8 Home Improvements” link brings up an audio program automatically. BOOOOOOOO!

  6. howie_in_az says:

    @jumbo pongo: LIES AND UNTRUTHS!@#!@#@!#

    Don’t jinx me.

  7. iMe2 says:

    From the first article:
    Dave Barry
    Humor columnist

    I got my best financial advice when I was 16. I met this kid who was only eight, but he seemed smart, and he said, “If you give me $5, I’ll invest it in a company I plan to start someday. In return I’ll pay you 10% of the profits.”

    That young man was Bill Gates. I’m sure he’ll remember this, now that it has been revealed in a reputable magazine.

  8. UnicornMaster says:

    @8 Home Imporvements that Pay Off:

    They pretty much named everything except “Home Theater” and “Pool”.