Awesome Articles

July 2014 Awesome Article Roundup

One of the best things about participating in the financial blogosphere is reading and learning about how other people have attacked challenges, built wealth and won.  From time to time this information can be overwhelming. Reading about how someone retired in their mid thirties with over $1 million, or that …

Stabilizing Social Security

A Blueprint For Stabilizing Social Security

Due to the nature of the Social Security program there is an impending bottleneck coming up where the trust fund that has been built up will be depleted and incoming payroll taxes will not be enough to cover full promised benefits.  It looks like 2034 is the magic year in …

fast food pay

Can Fast Food Restaurants Pay Higher Wages?

This is an article I’ve been wanting to write for quite some time.  Fast food jobs are known for their low pay, with very few companies paying above minimum wage.  We all know that McDonald’s and Burger King make billions a year, so why can’t they pay their workers more? …

Off Peak Electric Charges

Switch to Off Peak Electric Billing

Most utilities offer two separate pricing systems, a traditional flat rate for electricity, and a time of day pricing.  The reason for this is to encourage consumers to use electricity during off peak hours. Power plants are designed and built to handle peak demand, which is when the most electricity is …

moving a pool

Extreme Frugalness Story: Moving a Pool

I saw this pool outside our local Wal-Mart on my last visit there and it brought back some memories. When I had owned a truck we bought one for the kids at our last house. The kids loved it and it worked really well for my younger son, because the …