Is the Post Office Open on Saturday and Sunday?

There seems to be quite a bit of confusion on whether or not the United States Postal Service (USPS) post offices are open on Saturday. The post office did announce in February 2013 that they would stop delivering mail on Saturday as a way to reduce their costs. This was splashed across the news, and that's what continues to cause some of the confusion. While this was an announcement th [...]

Barnes & Noble Teams with Samsung to Create the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook Tablet

Barnes & Noble has partnered with Samsung to release a new high-powered tablet optimized for readers. It's called the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook made by Samsung, and it's currently available for just US $179 after an instant $20 rebate. The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook will retail at 660 bookstores with a 7 inch screen plus 8 GB of memory. The bookseller is hoping this will provide a happy ending the compa [...]

Apple Stock Continues to Soar Reaching Another All-Time High

Apple stock is on fire. Another day, and the company records another record high. After a long two year wait, the technology company's stock reached a record all-time high on Tuesday closing at $100.53 per share, ahead of the $100.30 split-adjusted price per share from September 11, 2012. The records continued on Wednesday with the stock closing at another record high of $100.57 per share. The [...]

Clark Howard Hates Timeshares

When deciding on a major purchase, many consumers look to expert opinions to help them decide whether or not a purchase is a good idea. As the star of The Clark Howard Show, Clark Howard is a consumer expert who speaks his mind on a variety of financial topics, and his opinion of timeshares is clear. According to Howard, timeshares are nothing more than a "defective product." He doesn't recommend [...]

Celebrate Good Times - Woohoo!

If you go back to my very first post regarding my debt, you will see my Line of Credit balance was $1,248 and the estimated pay off date was September, 2014. Well, I am thrilled to announce that even with all the bumps and bruises along the way, crazy travel over the summer and added stress of the move...I've beat that date by one month!  The Line of Credit is NO MORE! So turn on your happy [...]

The house is in chaos...

...but the kids are all joyful and full engaged.  We have all settled down around the idea of our impending move and jumped on board the "get ready" train.   I don't want this blog to turn into the "Hope's Moving" blog for the next month, but perhaps small updates on the financial impact of the move and moving frugally would be alright?  Let me know your thoughts. Over the past week, since [...]

Uber Begins On-Demand Delivery Service Test with Corner Store

Popular transport app Uber has become more than just a car service for a select group of customers in Washington D.C. For a short time the company is trialling a same day home delivery service called Corner Store, where its drivers will take orders and retrieve items for those who are too busy or unable to make it to the local convenience store. It works by allowing the user navigate to the [...]

Apple Stock Closes at All Time High Breaking $100 a Share

Those who own Apple stock had something to celebrate today. It's been a two year journey, but the technology company's stock reached a record all-time high, closing at $100.53 per share, ahead of the $100.30 split-adjusted price per share from September 11, 2012. The latest rally in the stock has seen it rise by 25% since the beginning of the year, over three times as much as the S&P 500, whic [...]

Octopus Helps Engineers Develop Color-Changing Camouflage Fabric Technology

There is something special about Octopodes and cuttlefish which have an uncanny ability to camouflage themselves from danger. When under threat or in retreat, they disguise themselves by producing colors and patterns on their skin which match the surrounding background, allowing them to all but disappear to the naked eye. It's pretty amazing how well they can do this. Take a look at this video to [...]

Is the Credit Karma Free Credit Report a Scam?

Credit Karma recently made the announcement they would offer their users free credit reports on top of the free credit scores they already give. The question many people have when they hear about something like the free credit report is, "What's the catch?" and, "Is it a scam?" The good news is the offer isn't a scam, and for the most part, there aren't any catches involved with getting it. I [...]

Top 10 Reasons for Divorce

I've always heard that money issues are one of the top reasons for divorce in the US, but when I went looking for statistics about causes for divorce, I had a surprisingly difficult time finding a reputable source to justify this claim. Sooo, who knows? But, I did find this law office (site here) that provided a Top 10 list of reasons for divorce in America. Don't know how reputable it is (woul [...]

Government Says Cars That Talk with Each Other Will Save Thousands of Lives

On Monday, the Obama administration began drafting rules to ensure that the cars and trucks of the future are fitted with technology that allow them to communicate, warning each other of danger in order to avoid collisions. The move was based on information from the National Highway Traffic Administration who released a report showing the benefits of this type of technology. By their estimation, t [...]

Cable Win!

Remember when I talked about how my cable bill was going up and the whole headache it caused? (Cliff’s Note version: I was initially told there was nothing they could do about it; after a second call I was miraculously granted a new, lower, promotional rate for another year). Well one of the readers said I should’ve gotten it in writing. They were right! My bill showed up and what SHOULD [...]

Pay Cuts....Again

I thought it was about time for an update on my employment situation. As a brief reminder, I work predominantly for 2 separate universities. I do online teaching for University A and research for University B. (For more detailed information, see these posts where I have written more in depth about my employment situation: first employment post, employment update post) Anyway, I reported rece [...]

Microsoft Blue Screen of Death Caused by August Update

Microsoft, the maker of popular operating system Windows, has this week asked users to uninstall their latest update after complaints that it was causing computers to crash and give users what has become known as the Microsoft "blue screen of death." The update bug is apparently a serious one, with users reporting it was causing computers to crash and leave their computer screen blue. PC Wo [...]

Facebook to Label Fake News Stories with a Satire Tag

Every court needs a joker and when it comes to news, The Onion, a satirical news reporting website, was that fool. The Onion's reporters entertained us with stories designed to make light of current affairs. They were "tongue in cheek" references to politics, arts or the human condition, and they had a well deserved spot in our Facebook news feeds. That is until someone important believed one of t [...]

eBay in Talks to Facilitate Bitcoin Transactions for a Paypal Subsidiary

As more and more companies accept Bitcoin, the fact that these companies do accept the virtual currency gives it more credibility as a legitimate currency for transactions. The latest news reported by the Wall Street Journal is that eBay is in talks with a number of different companies looking at ways Bitcoin transactions could be integrated into the Braintree payment system at Paypal. If this cou [...]

$38 Million 1962 Ferrari GTO Breaks Highest Price Paid for a Car at Auction

It's the type of vehicle that car enthusiasts drool over. A red 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO (which was originally grey) with a history of crashes managed to sell for $38.115 million at the Monterey Car Week auction this week. That price includes a 10% auction fee, making the actual winning bid for the car $34.65 million. While this amount shatters the previous record price paid for a car at auction (that [...]

Ukraine Rattles Stocks but Dow Ends Week in Positive Territory for the Year

Last week was tough for US stocks with the Dow Jones industrial average falling enough to place it in negative territory for the year. This week looked better as it managed to get back into positive territory during the week, but those gains looked to be in jeopardy on Friday. The Dow briefly fell to the 16,575.42 level on Friday, pushing it back into negative territory for the year, but managed t [...]

FCC Extends Net Neutrality Deadline as Writers Guild Pushes for More Feedback

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) increased the amount of time people have to reply to comments on the issue of net neutrality rules by five days. The previous deadline had been set for September 10, but it has now been set for September 15, 2014, giving the public a few more days to express their opinions on what the government should do to regulate Internet traffic. The first ro [...]