Posts about “finances”

Declining Deficit Should Not Mean Rising Borrowing

The latest deficit news is all positive. Fiscal year 2014 will be the fifth straight in which the federal deficit has declined as a share of GDP. The deficit was 10.8 percent of GDP in Barack Obama’s first year, a scary statistic. This year it will be 2.9 percent, below the four-decade average of 3.1

Federal Student Loan Repayment Change

Since 1996 — that’s 16 years! — I have been paying $182.26/mo on my federal student loans. The money is directly debited from my checking account each month. A few years ago the amount changed from $182.26/mo to $182.25/mo, and the Department of Education sent me a letter which I had to sign and return

Why Your Stitches Cost $1500

Via: Medical Billing And Coding Via: Medical Billing And Coding

This Makes No Sense

This Makes No Sense

Turning and turning in the widening gyre

Microsoft Money and a Mac

Microsoft Money and a Mac

In which I go on a long and detailed rant about the preposterous lack of adequate personal financial management software for the Mac



Some notes on the economy

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

Today I made a daring attempt to rob Peter to pay Paul. Unfortunately for me, Peter’s alarm system was much more robust than I had expected. Paul is going to be angry with me. Peter is a jerk. [Note: In today’s episode, the part of Peter was played by American Express and the part of

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A few years ago I was trying to determine what cocktails I could make with the alcohol I had at home. I searched the App Store but couldn't find an app that would let me do that, so I built one.


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