The DoughRoller Weekly RoundUp (2011 NCAA March Madness Edition)

In just a few hours, the field of 68 will be set and on Tuesday, the NCAA tournament will officially begin.  While I’ve never been a big fan of change, the 2011 NCAA Mens Tournament will see a few good ones.  First, 68 teams will make the field instead of 65 and more teams is always a good thing.  Bigger and more importantly however, games will have varying start times, from noon to midnight, allowing for every game to be televised, rather than just a handful each day.  Needless to say you’ll have a better shot getting a hold of the President, then you will me from Thursday – Sunday the next two weeks.

So who is going to win the tournament this year?  Well that’s an easy one!  For the second year in a row, there’s no clear cut favorite heading into March Madness but that shouldn’t stop the Kansas Jayhawks from taking down the title.  I’ve logged my fair share of college basketball hours and no team is deeper or more athletic than rock chalk Jayhawk.  Winning six games in a row against stiff competition is no easy task but Kansas has multiple scoring threats, with the Morris boys underneath to dominate the glass.

Enough talk about basketball, let’s talk finance and this weeks top money articles.

Should Amazon Give Away Free Kindles? @ Cash Money Life: You might think Amazon would be crazy to give away it’s all-time best selling for free but considering just how much money Amazon stands to gain by giving Kindles away, this might be a bright idea.

15 Year vs 30 Year Mortgage @ Credit Karma: When buying a home, the two main mortgage offers available are 15 and 30 year fixed rates.  This article shows which one might be right for you, and brings a few key points to mind.

ECoinomics @ Weakonomicks: Not much to the title, but a good article on how the US Government plans to save money by converting paper $1 bills into $1 coins.  Paper always seemed easier and more convenient to me but I guess it was always more expensive to maintain.

21 Airlines Fined $1.7 Billion In Price Fixing Scheme @ The-Consumerist: While consumers might think this is a good thing to keep these airlines in check, there’s no doubt airlines will pass those costs on.  Start expecting fees to sit in a chair while waiting for your plane and a “security check” fee.

And this past week, we participated in the following carnivals:

Topics: Personal Finance

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