Payroll Tax Cuts and Social Security

With the unemployment rate stuck above 9%, Pres. Obama and everyone else in Washington are coming up with anything they can to boost job creation. One idea proposed in Obama’s jobs speech a week ago? Hack payroll taxes (e.g. the ones that fund Social Security) in half. This time the cuts would cover both the employee and employer portion of the take. On o… read more »


The sun is shining today, but to call the past 30 days here in Pennsylvania “rainy” would be the understatement of the year. We were on track for record rain already, then Hurricane Irene hit, deluging us some more. Before anything could dry out, the remnants of Hurricane Lee swept through along with more normal late summer thunderstorms. We wer… read more »

The Long Road Out of Debt

One topic I don’t cover in All The Money In The World is debt and, specifically, getting out of it. This is a pretty well-covered topic in the flotilla of personal finance books I read last fall, and I really didn’t think I could add much to it. I have paid interest on a credit card bill exactly once in my life, and that was due to a snafu in our bill-payin… read more »

Acceptable Prayers

We’ve been church shopping lately around our new home in Pennsylvania. We are, in theory, Methodists. I volunteered that we might try a Presbyterian church, with the conversation between me and my husband going something like this: Me: “Methodists and Presbyterians are theologically very similar.” Michael: “No they’… read more »

VIV Mag, Easy Wins, and "Saving"

Ever thought “hey, I’d like to win a copy of 168 Hours?” This month, VIV magazine is offering that opportunity. This sleek digital mag (featuring several high-end nature lodges in remote locales that look awesome) is running an excerpt of 168 Hours in its “Last Chapter” section and is giving away 5 copies. To read VIV this mo… read more »