Student Loan Debt

Student Loan Debt: Pricing Education

The second largest pool of debt in the US is student loan debt, a little more than $1.5 trillion these days. Only the nation’s pool of mortgage debt exceeds the amount of money owed by those who have borrowed to go to school. Regardless of how much one hears that more education is essential to…

Federal Reserve $5 Silver Certificate

Federal Reserve Fiscal Folly: Fiat Money

One of my favorite questions to ask people when we get into a discussion about money or monetary policies is, “If you take a five-dollar bill to the Federal Reserve, what will they give you for it?” Most people struggle for an answer. That’s a fair commentary on our current monetary system here in the…

Tip History, How Tipping Changed America
Finance Senior Stories

Tip History: How Tipping Changed America

My daughter stopped by and took me to brunch to celebrate the 43rd anniversary of my 39th birthday. We went to a new “New York” deli that despite its claim had no liverwurst on the menu. That’s one of the many variations in dining out offerings I have seen in recent years. Not the least…

Cremation New Death Tax
Finance Senior Stories

Cremation: The New Death Tax

Over the past few years, cremation has overtaken traditional burial as the preferred method of disposal of human bodies after death. Naturally,  government entities have found a new way to “death tax” it. Today close to 55 percent of people in the United States prefer cremation. That’s up from more than double the percentage a…

Senior Savings, Savings for Seniors, Senior Discounts

111 Ways to Senior Savings: Complete Senior Discounts Guide

Every time you go shopping, go on vacation or order something on the Internet, seniors should be asking this question. Do you offer a senior discount? Senior savings doesn’t have to be as challenging as you think. Most establishments will advertise their senior discounts, but it doesn’t hurt to ask the ones that don’t. Here’s…


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