That Makes Me Stabby

That Makes Me Stabby: The General Motors Bailout

I came really close to banging my fist on the steering wheel when it became very clear that the government intends to bailout General Motors. What? How is this a good plan? And why is it my responsibility to rescue them? So, today brings us another post in the That Makes Me Stabby series. Why General Motors Wants a Bailout Basically, GM wants a bailout because they failed to run…
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That Makes Me Stabby: Do We Have an Obligation to Spend?

The other day I was watching CNN. (I need to stop doing that. It tends to make me stabby.) On this particular day, a pundit declared that people who aren’t currently suffering as a result of the economic decline have a moral obligation to spend their money to help save the economy. I must have blacked out at that point, because I don’t remember what was said next. You…
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That Makes Me Stabby: Single-Serve Coffee

First, let me say I don’t drink coffee. Can’t stand the stuff. Not even coffee ice cream. I will buy an iced latte once every few months, but it took me nine months to use the last coffee gift card I received. (That leads me to another question: why do my friends, who know my husband and I don’t drink coffee, give us coffee gift cards?) Anyway, I’ve…
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That Makes Me Stabby: Over-Reliance on Retail Sales Growth

Each day, we hear the dire reports that people have closed their wallets, retail sales are down, and stores are closing. Could it be that the problem isn’t negative retail sales growth, but excessive store growth? I tackle that topic in today’s That Makes Me Stabby. Happy Times at Some Malls? This Sunday I went to a local outdoor mall to meet a friend for coffee. I was…
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That Makes Me Stabby: We’re Rich

I’ve been on a slow burn for a few weeks over something my husband said. First, a little backstory. We helped found a small non-profit about ten years ago. For several years, we had to provide loans to the org to get it through some shortfalls. We’re actually still owed about $300. So, the other day my husband was speaking to one of the other board members about…
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That Makes Me Stabby: Customers “Want” Fees for Checking Accounts

Last week, Chase sent me a notice about their “new and improved” checking accounts. The enhancement? My free checking account is no longer free. That may be improved for them, but not for me. I will be closing that account shortly because it was primarily a pass-through account for freelancing income, which I have little of. Now, there’s word that Bank of America is testing four new checking…
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Lots of Things Make Me Stabby

So, you may have noticed that I’ve been absent a few weeks. I’ve been very busy, both at work and in my personal life. However, that’s given me plenty of time to get stabby about a whole bunch of things! Magazines.com Auto-Renew Last year we bought a magazine subscription as a Christmas gift. I received noticed earlier this week that it had been automatically renewed, even though I specifically opted…
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That Makes Me Stabby: TARP Redistribution

Just when I thought we were finally making progress on that whole TARP debacle. Another bank paid back the money, and taxpayers were informed that we really hadn’t lost all the much money on the bailouts. I thought “Yay, we finally catch a break.” Enter Congress, stage left. The audience heaves a great sigh. I get stabby again. TARP Redistribution Is Not a Good Plan Call me cynical,…
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That Makes Me Stabby: Averaging Figures Across the U.S.

I’m sort of working my way around all the various rescue packages. Why do they all have to have fancy names and acronyms? TALF, TARP, Making Home Affordable, Making Work Pay. Argh! But that’s not today’s rant. Today’s stabby post about the way some of these programs and statistics are presented. The government likes to say things like, “This will save the average homeowner $1300 a year.” Or “Home…
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That Makes Me Stabby: Fees for Bank Statements

I read a story on NPR’s Marketplace today that really made me stabby. Apparently some banks are now charging fees for customers to receive monthly paper statements. Sure, most of us can access our accounts online and have opted out of paper statements, but that’s not everyone. Banks shouldn’t charge you a fee for providing a core service, like statements. Who Needs Paper Statements? I’m sure that’s the question that wealthy…
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