MONEY

Inflation Busting

Inflation Busting

Prices are rising. I've felt it for a while. We see some official numbers, but none of the official numbers measure the things that I actually buy.  To figure it out, I created "the chicken grain report." I measure other things, too, like gas, the price of milk, and...

Pay Off Your Mortgage Years Earlier

Pay Off Your Mortgage Years Earlier

If you have a mortgage, you might have PMI. PMI, or "private mortgage insurance" protects the bank if something hfappens and you can't pay. Certain types of loans require this and set different sets of rules. My FHA mortgage, for example, said I had to have it for at...

HOW TO SAVE $5K ON PMI WITH ONE PHONE CALL…

HOW TO SAVE $5K ON PMI WITH ONE PHONE CALL…

Every month I overpay my mortgage. Only a fraction goes to reduce the debt--most goes to taxes, escrow, and PMI.  An extra payment here, ten dollars there. It all adds up in the end. I'm not close to paying it off yet but I'm hoping to be close to the time when I...

Couponing Is Costing You A Fortune

Couponing Is Costing You A Fortune

Stop couponing! It's costing you money! There! I said it.  Couponing is bad. I’m the cheapest person on earth.  I’m the master of thrift, the Chieftan of Cheap.  I was reusing, recycling,  repurposing, and bringing my own bag long before it became cool.  When extreme...