Teaching kids about money: toss Monopoly, tune into Project Runway, log on to MMORPGs

When my kids were young, they loved to play Monopoly. Whenever they'd visit their grandparents, the 1950s version of the board game came out of the closet. They'd be entertained for hours (much to my pleasure). My mom and dad loved to play the game and my kids learned some good lessons about how to win and lose. As for teaching them about money, the economy, the marketplace, it gave them all the wrong ideas. I will concede that Monopoly can teach kids some of the mechanics of money like how to count or how property is treated as an asset. But as an economic idea, it's time is long gone. ...more

I think you make some very solid points in this entry especially that the rules are changing ...more

Blog the Recession

Every time I come up with some brilliant personal finance solution, i do a little fist pump for being so freaking brilliant. I mean, checking my bank account balance online? Everyday? Brilliant. Quick! Someone test my IQ. I think I'm the perfect candidate for Mensa. ...more

We all face challenges when it comes to stretching our dollars to cover our daily expenses for ...more

Change Is Coming To America!

Tonight, Senator Barack Obama surpassed Hillary Clinton in the number of pledged delegates, effectively assuring his nomination as the Democratic nominee for President. I watched his speech from Iowa and cheered as he spoke of his gratitude for the people who have given their time, their money, their support of him: the grandmothers who spent time on the phone calling folks they don't know; people who are having trouble paying their bills who have written checks to his campaign for $5.00; college students who have given their vacations to stuff envelopes. ...more

What's wrong with this article? Marriage and Taxes, part 2

Especially in light of my critique of 'marriage'-centric social organization, check out this article from CNN.com: "Study: Single parents cost taxpayers $112 billion": Divorce and out-of-wedlock childbearing cost U.S. taxpayers more than $112 billion a year, according to a study commissioned by four groups advocating more government action to bolster marriages. hmm...what's wrong with this so far? (hint: it's something to do with the premise of the article) Ok, I'll tell you. ...more

The American view of marriage is very romantic. It is based on the premise that two people ...more

Thoughts on the Tyrrany of Marriage at Tax Time

I've seen a few articles over the last few days about taxes and inequality for lesbian and gay couples, due to the inability to get married, as well as straight couples who aren't married. Mostly, they are addressing the economic inequality faced by cohabitating queer couples who are legally unable to marry (in 49/50 states). Also, any tax allowances made for couples in civil unions at the state level don't apply to federal taxation. ...more

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Exactly. What you said, I've been saying.

I am a lesbian who is opposed to ...more

A Day Later

It's easier to look at our situation after some sleep. No, not a good night's sleep-let's be honest, RSD killed that a long time ago. It's not going to be easy, but it can be done. First order of business is finding a place and signing a lease by the 1st. We have to be out by the 13th. The woman at the law office has actually been very nice through all the phone calls back and forth, the mortgage company was willing to be flexible on the date. We have to have everything out, but we have to leave anything that is 'installed' behind. ...more

I also have RSD I have had it for 16 weeks resulting from an accident at work.....any ...more

India Tourist Sites Won’t Accept U.S. Dollar

The Tourism Minister of India, Ambika Soni, said today that the weakened U.S. dollar (USD) will no longer be accepted at major Indian tourist sites such as the Taj Mahal. The dollar has hit a new nine-year low against the rupee. This is the second country which has stopped accepting the USD as payment, the first having been Iran late last year. ...more

Book Review & Commentary: Our Culture, What's Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses

Dr. Theodore Dalrymple, in the essay The Frivolity of Evil (included in Our Culture, What's Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses ...more

Banter about the bizzy side of the autism buzz

If you are concerned about the new buzz word “autism” or words “autistic spectrum” or think autism is the diagnosis du jour read more here (Mr. Blumer) and here (Mr. Sowell). These are gentleman with whom you may(or may not) agree. But I’m here to make MORE BUZZ as not to worry about how much more money may be wasted (see my responses to Mr. Blumer’s concern) on autism. ...more

Fat summer

Recent news suggests that obesity is passed from friend to friend. I say most things are passed from friend to friend, so why not that? Why the hell not a drive toward eating, or a love of smokes, or zest for scaling mountains? Exactly how ARE we wired? Most people believe that our habits are learned, reinforced, then reinforced again. If we have a bad habit our options are to get to revising it; relearn, practice, practice: Become. It's an elegant idea that just doesn't seem to work. ...more
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