US Taxpayer bailout of IMF for Europe $61 billion. What a scam!

Crazy! Europe announces a bailout package and everybody is overjoyed. IMF bails out, and nobody realizes that the US Taxpayer is on the hook for $61 billion! While our schools crumble, teachers are laid off, and roads deteriorate. Solve debt with more debt, that's brilliant! They do nothing to solve the underlying problem. Don't be fooled. It's all coming down. Probably next week.Namaste and Have a Magical Day...more

Wages offered to Skilled workers in America are nothing short of insulting

The wages paid to skilled professionals is nothing short of insulting. I have to go get the solid facts but starting from what I can tell based on what I have seen, but despite what the feds say, financially, there is no longer a real reason to go to college at all when looking at only the numbers....more

Where Are The Women? Win $500 In's Video Contest

I am a long time BlogHer member, but I also work for the personal finance blog  Today I am posting on the behalf of because we're holding a video contest, and I want BlogHers to enter. Why?  Because YOU make 80% of all household buying and saving decisions. Because there aren't many easier ways to make $500 bucks! And because we don't have any entries from women yet. ...more

Your credit report should be a privacy issue--illegal for employers to access

  Everyone has seen the Credit report commercials depicting a young man working in a crab shack serving tourists instead of working at the job he is qualified to do. Unfortunately, this is a fact of life for some of the most highly educated individuals in this country. ...more

I want to know how long the federal government can go allowing this cycle to continue.  ...more

Cloud of Debt

Like many others, one of the biggest challenges I face is credit card debt.  It began before I was married, when I was young & reckless with money.  I used credit cards as a way to pay for things I thought were needs: a new computer, a washer & dryer, clothes.  I spent years getting out of debt only to find myself back in it once more. This time, it was not out of reckless spending, but because my husband and I made the decision for me to stay home after the birth of my first child.  ...more


Nope. It's not a typo - I'm not out of DEBT. Oh, heck, no - I don't plan on digging myself out of that vast chasm until the day I die, although actually I'm not sure I can count on it being that soon! No, no - I'm out of DEBIT. Surprisingly my debit card has lasted for what I'm sure is a record amount of scans on that hardy little magnetic strip. What with my daily trips to Bloom, Red Box, WalMart, Sheetz, etc. I'm actually amazed my bit of plastic hasn't just disintigrated. ...more

Thanksgiving Recipes and Gratitude Lists

by Billie BrownThis week, many or most Americans will sit down to a traditional or not-so-traditional meal of turkey – alternatively, on both ends of the spectrum, turducken or tofurkey – and many other holiday dishes, as a way of giving thanks for the blessings of daily life....more

Wal-Mart, Our Surprise Salvation, Part II

(The continuation of Dr. Patricia Allen's proposal that Wal-Mart administer the public option in health care reform. The first part is here.) Never one to shrink from audacity, Dr Pat, our Medical Mentor and Wise Woman called for recognition that Wal-Mart can be the solution to our health care crisis yesterday. Here is Part II of her compelling argument that Wal-Mart could actually make America healthier. ...more

Beware of "Credit Repair"

I was a credit counselor for a nonprofit credit counseling agency and heard about credit card "debt repair" solutions my clients had chosen that ended up being nightmares. It is not possible to "eliminate" or "cut by 50%" your debt, which was mostly credit card and medical debt in my clients' cases, and have no consequences....more