Block out your Finances.

As a visual learner, I skip text and go straight for the pictures visuals, diagrams, and graphs. Recently, a chain of bloggers created Sankey diagrams as a tool to help visualize money flow through our accounts.  Sankey diagrams have such a logical format that explanation is hardly necessary. Another effective way to visualize finances uses […]

How to Cut College Costs__________ in Half.

OK, I’m a bit guilty of a click bait title.  In my defense, I’m not a repeat offender, and google search had many serial offenders using the “cut college costs in half” key words.  This method is effective for all students, even those who aren’t National Merit scholars, and it doesn’t require winning competitive scholarships.  […]

Newest text book scam

Newest Text Book Scam

The “book” pictured above was part of a stack of used text books, my son JumpStart Jack returned with, after his first semester. Looking at the book makes me furious. You might suspect that I’m mad at Jack for not even removing his book from the plastic, but he pulled a B in calculus.  I […]

Teacher Pension Case Study: by Actuaryonfire.

There is some good news.  My biology degree and teacher license hardly qualifies me to examine my pension, and I wasn’t the guy to do this analysis. Actuaryonfire’s day job is as an actuary (compiles and analyzes statistics, and uses them to calculate insurance risks and premiums).  He is one of my favorite bloggers, and […]

Sankey Diagram Chain Gang

I spotted my first Sankey diagram on Othalafehu’s site, and was immediately intrigued by the simple representation of money flowing into and out of their household. Apparently Sankeys are the new thing, and recently I’ve seen a bunch of them, in many places.  Some use yearly numbers, while others are monthly.  There are Sankeys with […]