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12 Days of Christmas Costs How Much in 2009?

Have you ever wondered how much it would cost if you bought everything from the famous Christmas song “12 Days of Christmas”? Well lucky you, the lovely folks at PNC have figured it out. This year, it will cost you a whopping $21,465.56. Last year it only would have cost you $21,080.10. Here’s the breakdown: 12 Drummers Drumming- $2,475.20 11 Pipers Piping- $2,284.80 10 Lords a Leaping- $4,413.61 9 Ladies Dancing- $5,473.07 8 Maids a Milking- $58.00 7 Swans a Swimming $5,250.00 6 Geese a Laying- $150.00 * 5 GOLLLLLLDEN RIIIIIIIIIINGS* -$499.95 4 Calling Birds- $599.96 3 French Hens- $45.00 2 Turtle Doves- $55.98 1 Partridge in a Pear Tree- $159.99 Knowing useless information such as this? Priceless. 🙂 Photo from afunhouse Tweet

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Buy Now While the Dollar is Still Worth Something

My brother is one of those people who are convinced the government is evil, we’re on the edge of a financial apocalypse, and that the world as we know it is probably going to come to an end soon. While he may end up being right, who can actually predict what’s going to happen in the future? Were there many people who predicted the Great Recession of 2009? One of the latest videos he forwarded to me carried the following message: buy whatever you want to now while the dollar is still worth something, because in a few months it’s going to take a lot more dollars to buy whatever object you’re interested in. It does make sense; if the dollar’s value declines horribly in a few months, then we’ll probably all be kicking ourselves that we didn’t buy that flat screen tv or that new laptop. I totally understand this theory, and part of me wants to run out and buy that flat screen tv so I am ahead of the game, so to speak. At this moment though, […]

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Not the Time for Fantasies

Now is not the time for fantasies. With the horrible economy, housing market, and environmental issues, it’s not the time to be dreaming of moving or radically changing your life. Or is it? I think I’ve made it pretty clear that I am homesick and want to move closer to my family. I think before we actually have a baby I want to be near my family for support and so they can experience it as well. Unfortunately, they live in Michigan, and we all know that is the worst state for unemployment right now. So what do we do? I’m the type of person that is always wishing and dreaming. I’m envisioning a house on land, my own little homestead with many animals and environmentally friendly. I’d love to build a “green” house. Mr. Money sometimes tells me I need to just enjoy the things I have and not wish for other things. But I tend to disagree- without fantasies, life is boring. I’ve been down in the dumps lately and I think it’s partly due to the fact […]

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The Economy is so bad…

The economy is so bad that I got a pre-declined credit card offer in the mail. The economy is so bad, I ordered a burger at McDonald’s and the kid behind the counter asked, “Can you afford fries with that?” The economy is so bad that CEO’s are now playing miniature golf. The economy is so bad if the bank returns your check marked “Insufficient Funds,” you call them and ask if they meant you or them. The economy is so bad Hot Wheels and Matchbox stocks are trading higher than GM. The economy is so bad McDonalds is selling the 1/4 ouncer. The economy is so bad parents in Beverly Hills fired their nannies and learned their childrens’ names. The economy is so bad a truckload of Americans was caught sneaking into Mexico. The economy is so bad Dick Cheney took his stockbroker hunting. The economy is so bad Motel Six won’t leave the light on anymore. The economy is so bad the Mafia is laying off judges. The economy is so bad Exxon-Mobil laid off 25 Congressmen. Tweet

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You Can’t Escape the Economy

I’m tired of hearing the unemployment numbers, the depressing news about the stock market, and how much house values have plummeted.  It can be really depressing listening to the news, especially if you are dealing with unemployment or foreclosure.  I don’t know what could be more stressful, aside from having a serious illness.  I just want to hear some good news, darn it!  I think one of the most frustrating things to me is that it’s not like you can just go somewhere and ignore what’s going on.  It’s everywhere, and it’s not like there’s a whole lot you can do about it.  The only thing you can control is your attitude.   Here’s what we’ve been doing to combat the recession blues: I’ve been focusing on the positive things lately.  Mr. Money and I both have jobs currently, we can afford our house payment, and we’re not going to retire for quite awhile so we can just choose not to look at our 401k and ROTH IRAs.  We have a happy, loving relationship, family that love us unconditionally, and […]

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Should our Morals be Compromised as a Response to the Economy?

On Friday I received a call from another bank manager of a different branch asking me if someone had left $1200 in our drive thru canisters.  I told her I would check with the drive thru teller, but as far as I knew no one had.  I checked, and the teller let me know that someone had left $130, but they quickly drove around the building and retrieved it after the next customer informed her it was in there and sent the canister in with the money.  Customer A, who left the money, profusely thanked customer B who turned it in.  The drive thru teller also thanked customer B for being so honest and doing the right thing. I got back on the phone, and informed the other bank manager of the situation and asked her if the customer had called her.  No, she said, customer B’s mother called me asking if the bank gives rewards for acts like this.  I laughed and then realized she was being dead serious.  I told her what she already knew (no we don’t […]

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