Personal Finance Roundup

How To Tell If You Should Buy an American Car [MSN Money] “Here’s how to decide whether to go domestic.”
Oops, I Screwed Up! How to File an Amended Return [Smart Money] “Here’s what you need to know [to amend a tax return.]”
Amazon’s 25 Software Bestsellers – And Their Free Equivalents [The Simple Dollar] “For most of these pieces of software, there are free equivalents that do almost the same task.”
Face the numbers with personal financial “stress test” [Dallas Morning News] “Consumers should put themselves through a stress test to determine if their personal finances could withstand a job loss, a serious illness or any other unexpected event that would challenge their finances.”
America’s Most Surprising Six-Figure Jobs [Yahoo Finance] “Our list of surprising six-figure jobs.”
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  1. B says:

    Silly kitty. You use a credit card for cocaine, not cat food.

  2. Trai_Dep says:

    It’s worth noting that a) iLife is free* and b) the above free “substitute” is a graphics application, when iLife is a full suite of applications, cunningly integrated into a yummy, satisfying whole.

    * Err, with purchase of a Mac.

    • veg-o-matic says:

      @Trai_Dep: Free, until you need or want to get the latest version. Then, it’s $80.

      Their list of substitutes for iLife is more than just the graphics application (Picasa thru WordPress). Of course, they’re not integrated all purty-like.

  3. veg-o-matic says:

    On the software:

    1) Mucho Love to the OpenOffice.…much.
    2) For nerds (with Firefox): Zotero instead of EndNote.
    3) GIMP is good, but for basic needs, Seashore is better if you’re on a Mac. Look! No X11!

  4. speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

    Oh, my, great “software equivalents” article! My work pays for Rosetta Stone, but only if I access it FROM work, and who has time for THAT?? LiveMocha FTW. I can do it on my own time, at my own pace, learn all the same languages, and do it for as long as I want, ha.

    I’m trying to cope with divorce right now and I’m trying to fill my time with social activities that are better than chat rooms and (ew) Facebook. This is perfect, thank you!