Best of Automatic Finances: May 2009

by Jason Unger

I may be a couple of days late on this roundup, but you’ll have to forgive me: I’m dealing with my new responsibilities of homeownership.

Not only are we going through the process of unpacking boxes and putting everything in its place, but we encountered the first unexpected expense of owning a home: repairs.

The day we moved in, our movers found a pool of water under the carpet in my basement office. Theories on where it came from went from carpet cleaners to plumbing to rainwater seeping in to the roof leaking.

Long story short, a tube connected to the air conditioner was dripping on the wall opposite my office. Once we got the tube draining, we’re all set. But the carpet is ruined, and may be moldy, so we need to get that replaced.

Thankfully, it could have been worse (could you imagine doing roof-work one-week into homeownership?).

So, without delay, let’s look at some great posts from last month.

The Best of Automatic Finances: May 2009

  1. 3 Tips for Easy Short-term Savings
  2. Would Paperless Billing and Records Hurt Jobs?
  3. Ask the Readers: What are You Saving For?
  4. Why Nationalizing America’s Banks is a Loser
  5. 24% of Homeowners Have No Savings, Survey Says
  6. The Health of Social Security
  7. Ask the Readers: How Often Do You Check In?
  8. Paying for College Might Be Getting Easier
  9. Ask the Readers: Do You Mobile Bank?
  10. HSBC Direct Drops Rate to 1.55% APY

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