Capital One Platinum Prestige Credit Card Review

When my wife and I were paying off our credit card debt, 0% balance transfer credit cards helped us a lot.  We not only saved money by paying no interest, we paid off our debt much faster.  And we’ve managed to stay out of debt, too.  If you are looking for a low interest credit […]

Is the IRS Friendlier Than It Used To Be?

Growing up, I had always been under the impression that the IRS was the most brutal of government agencies.  To receive an audit from them was nothing short of misery and once the IRS had you in their sights, there was no escaping the financial nightmare.  Now, having experienced the IRS a few times on […]

What Makes Ivy League Schools So Darn Attractive To Students?

Oddly enough, the schools that comprise the Ivy League, eight private institutions located in the northeastern United States (Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University) did not receive their name for academic reasons. The term Ivy League, or the “Ivies” was first coined […]

Can You Put a Price on Safety?

When I lived in an apartment in Boston, my apartment was broken into while I was at work.  I came home to a front door that was lifted off its hinges and carefully placed in the hallway next to where I left it (closed and locked) that morning.  The place was ransacked and all my […]

The Real Cost of Using a Real Estate Agent

I knew something was amiss when my wife and I bought our first home way back in 1993. We had a “buyer’s agent” represent us. That means in theory that the agent was representing us, not the sellers. But when a problem with the inspection surfaced, our agent wanted us to eat the cost of […]

Enough Practice – Make Your Credit Score Perfect!

A FICO credit score can determine a very large number of decisions in your life.  Where you live, what you drive, where you work and where you and or your kids go to school can depend on a 3-digit magic number.   The range of scores begins at 300, for the individuals in life that have […]