Author Archives: Jeffrey Strain

Things to Do in Addition to the Daylight Savings Time Switch

The second Sunday of March at 2:00 AM is fast approaching, and it’s that time when we “spring forward” an hour as part of Daylight Savings Time. As part of this semi-annual routine, it’s also a good time to do … Continue reading

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Are Parents Responsible for Paying for College? Teen Sues Parents Who Won’t Pay

You knew that it was just a matter of time before something like this happened, but it’s still a bit hard to believe. Rachel Canning, an 18 year-old girl from New Jersey is suing her parents saying that they kicked … Continue reading

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Statistics to Help Improve Your Chances at an NCAA Perfect Bracket

If you’re planning to play the Quicken Loans – Yahoo NCAA college basketball Billion Dollar Bracket challenge (you should because it’s free, but sign-ups are limited), the odds are that you aren’t going to win. That being said, you can … Continue reading

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What are the Odds of Picking a Perfect Bracket in the NCAA Billion Dollar Basketball Contest?

Warren Buffett is risking $1 billion (actually Berkshire Hathaway shareholders will be taking the risk) that nobody is going to be able to pick a perfect NCAA tournament bracket. The odds say that it’s a pretty good bet on his … Continue reading

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NCAA Basketball Billion Dollar Brackets Contest Sign-Ups Begin

Update: You can see the odds of picking a perfect bracket plus get previous NCAA tournament stats which can help you pick a better bracket. March is here which means that March Madness is just around the corner. No matter … Continue reading

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Top 25 Richest People in the World 2014

If you follow the same routine as Robert Orban (“Every morning I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I’m not there, I go to work”), you had the opportunity to see … Continue reading

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Trip to Iceland: Week Eight of the 52 Week Savings Challenge

I may get some blow back for claiming that this week I was able to save the highest amount still on the sheet ($50) as part of the 52 week savings challenge. I received a last-minute invitation to visit Iceland … Continue reading

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Saving Money is Not a Sacrifice. It’s an Investment in Your Future

One of the issues many people have trouble overcoming when trying to get their finances in order is that it requires a commitment to a lifestyle change. If your finances aren’t in order, it’s because you have been doing things … Continue reading

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$10 Million in Gold Coins: Why The Saddle Ridge Hoard Is Worth So Much

A California couple hit the jackpot when they found eight old cans filled with gold coins under a tree on their property while walking their dog. Being called “The Saddle Ridge Hoard,” the couple found 1,427 coins dated between 1847 … Continue reading

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Airport Savings: 52 Week Save Money Challenge Week Seven

This week ended up being quite simple to save the highest amount left of the 52 week savings challenge sheet. I needed to fly, and I was smart enough to buy my tickets well in advance during the Southwest $59 … Continue reading

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Is It Worth the Money to Get a Flu Shot?

The flu season only has a few more weeks left, and some people may be wondering whether or not this late in the season it still makes sense to get a flu shot. Health officials in the US are urging … Continue reading

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What Different Countries Pay Athletes for Olympic Gold Medals

The value of a medal from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics depends a lot on what country you represent. While all the medals have the same value when it comes to the precious metals that are in the medals (Gold: … Continue reading

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A Sochi Olympic Gold Medal is Worth $25,000, But Can Mean a $10,000 Tax Bill

How much is an Olympic gold medal from Sochi, Russia worth? The gold medals aren’t pure gold (if they were, they would be worth close to $21,500 each), but they are worth approximately $566 when their metal content is taken … Continue reading

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The Tradition of Athletes Biting Their Olympic Medals

Now that gold, silver and bronze medals have begun to be awarded at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic games, there is a good chance that you’ll see the athletes putting them into their mouths as they attempt to take a … Continue reading

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Can a Daily Cup of Coffee be a Money Saver? 52 Week Save Money Challenge Week Six

I was thinking about whether it would be less expensive for me to go out and buy a cup of coffee each day at the local coffee shop and work there, rather than stay home and work. Knowing myself well, … Continue reading

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No McDonald’s Olympic Contest with the Sochi Winter Games

For those who were hoping to earn some extra cash from a McDonald’s Sochi Winter Olympics contest this year, you’ll be disappointed to find out that there doesn’t appear that there will be one. There have been no announcements of … Continue reading

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CVS Corporation Will Forego $2 Billion and Quit Selling Cigarettes: The True Cost of Smoking

CVS Caremark Corporation has made the decision to quit selling cigarettes and other tobacco related products beginning October 1, 2014. This will cost the company an estimated $1.5 billion in lost cigarette sales, and another $500 million in lost sales … Continue reading

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Watch the Sochi Winter Olympics and Play the Medal Money Challenge

While it might not seem so at first glance, being an Olympic athlete has some similarities to saving money. Both don’t just happen. In order to be an Olympic athlete, you need to dedicate hours of training over a long … Continue reading

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52 Week Save Money Challenge Week Five

It was a tough week when it came to the saving challenge. I had high hopes that with the first month’s bills coming in, I would have good numbers which would net me savings with my water, gas and electric … Continue reading

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