Financial Wake-Up Call 3-5-2007

Financial wake-up call What If Your Net Worth Was Public?: Stop Buying Crap asks an interesting question – imagine if your net worth was public. It would probably change the way you personally do a lot of things as well as give you a different impression of others. Certainly a fun read imagining how different the world would be if that were the case…

Anyone have Unused Gift Cards from the Holidays?: If you do, you’re not the only one:

But millions of Americans let their gift cards go unused. In The Gift-Card Economy, Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt of Freakonomics fame write, “The financial-services research firm TowerGroup estimates that of the $80 billion spent on gift cards in 2006, roughly $8 billion will never be redeemed – a bigger impact on consumers,’ Tower notes, than the combined total of both debit- and credit-card fraud.’ A survey by Marketing Workshop Inc. found that only 30 percent of recipients use a gift card within a month of receiving it, while Consumer Reports estimates that 19 percent of the people who received a gift card in 2005 never used it.

Cost Of Life: Your goal in this game is to help the Guinard family get an education and improve their lives.

And if you still need some more reading material to start off your week, here are some carnivals:

  • Frugality
  • Capitalists
  • Taxes
  • Personal Finance
  • Green
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