October 2010

Does Advertising Really Make You Spend More?

A standard claim is that people who watch less TV spend less on stuff they don’t need. I made the claim myself. But I started to wonder if that’s really true. How influenced are we by advertising? Do we spend more because of advertising or do we buy things we otherwise wouldn’t buy? Are consumers becoming immune to advertising? Advertising and Children It’s clear that advertising works on children. When…
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Voting Guide: Barack Obama on the Economy and Financial Issues

Last spring, I presented a non-partisan look at both the Democratic and Republican candidates. We’re moving into the home stretch with the election just three weeks away. As I did yesterday with John McCain, I’m providing an updated look at their views about issues related to the economy, including the current financial crisis, health care, taxes, and retirement. Most of these are copied from the Barack Obama website. I relied on CNN’s election center to expand on…
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Insurance, the Rich, and Labor in the Carnivals

We’re back in full carnival swing this week! We have three carnivals to review. We’ll kick things off with the Carnival of Personal Finance #152, hosted by Money Under 30. This one included my post on car insurance. If you liked that bit of car advice, you might as like $aving to Invest’s post on preparing for $5 gas. Yikes. Next up, the Festival of Frugality #125, hosted by Quest for Four…
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Online Personal Finance Software Reviews: Wesabe

In the last of my free personal finance software reviews, I checked out Wesabe. After testing Mint and Yodlee, I was expecting Wesabe to have more features. Instead, it’s the most stripped down of the three, at least as far as the personal finance features go. Wesabe is actually a combination of basic personal finance software and social networking. I can do without the social networking, but I can see where it might be…
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Is the Sky Falling? My View on the Bailout.

When I left work Thursday I had an account with Washington Mutual. By the time I got home, I had an account at JP Morgan Chase. The transition was smooth. No one waited in line. No accountholders lost a dime. Is that how a crisis unfolds? I’m not an economist, but I do have common sense. I’ve listened to the politicians and I’ve listened to the economists. Although…
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Fruit, Underwear, and US Flags at the Carnivals

Last week was a short holiday week and I hosted a carnival myself, so there are fewer carnivals to include in my Carnival Round-up this week. The Carnival of Personal Finance #160 was hosted by Might Bargain Hunter. Go there to learn more about the history of the US flag. My post about the mid-year financial check-in was included. If you liked that, you might also enjoy Saving Advice’s advice about staying financially…
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