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Carnell Alexander is in a predicament that is all too familiar to large numbers of American men: make good on your back child support obligation, or go directly to jail. However, what makes Alexander’s case so unusual is that he is not the father of the child on whose behalf he “owes” the money; as a matter of fact, DNA evidence proves he cannot possibly be the father. Still, the state of Michigan, in its very finite wisdom, is sticking to its guns, and unless Mr. Alexander pays the money…$30,000…he will be thrown in the slammer. This has all come... Read more →

With just three weeks until Christmas, most families will now begin the scramble to come up with the funds to pay for everything. I know I will get the e mails from those that disagree with the overly commercial direction Christmas has gone. I agree with the notion that Christmas should not be about spending a lot of money. Nonetheless, even for those that don't plan on buying extravagant gifts, the holiday season usually pushes all of our budgets to the limit. My children are all adults now and my wife and I don't have to buy Furbies and 'Tickle... Read more →

The 90 Day Plan That Will Change Your Life Joel Fotinos, author of My Life Contract, joined Jim for the hour. Fotinos is a follower of the Napoleon Hill Think And Grow Rich teachings. His book takes the concept and puts it into a 90 day planner. How to overcome your fears, reach your goals, and change your life, in just 90 days. Read more →

The End Of Cash? IRS Confiscating Accounts Of Cash Businesses Jim discusses the shocking New York Times story of the IRS confiscating the bank accounts of cash businesses, California woman stabbed to death in front of children in dispute over parking space, pastor fakes death and becomes cage fighter, woman escapes ATM attack with panic button alarm, radio talk show host Warren Ballentine convicted of mortgage fraud, Ferguson Missouri a tinder box as Grand Jury decision is imminent, and how one nurse earned more than $600,000 in overtime pay in just five years. Read more →

Tom Sightings has written a great piece for the online version of U.S. News & World Report that details both retirees’ typically most substantial expenses, as well as some ways to limit each. There’s actually a lot of good information inside of what is a relatively brief piece; to what is surely no one’s surprise, expenses like housing, health care, and taxes make the list. It is, of course, a great idea to limit one’s expenses in retirement whenever possible, but the reality is that many people will find it to be extremely helpful to double their financial power in... Read more →

These days, it’s hardly out of the ordinary for people to carry significant credit card balances. It’s not necessarily due to self-indulgent, carefree living or anything like that, but, rather, because of just how difficult it is to get by these days, in a world still characterized by economic malaise, to include rampant underemployment, which, in many respects, is worse than the outright unemployment problem plaguing the nation. One such person recently asked for my thoughts on just how to get out from under his burdensome credit card debt. His situation is not unusual: he’s a fellow with three cards,... Read more →

Even if you operate a very small home business, there are some good reasons to consider getting a business credit card. 1. Establishing credit for your business is an important milestone that might really pay off down the road. Whether it is taking the step to lease your first office space, or apply for terms with a supplier, your business credit will become a valuable asset. 2. Having a business credit card gives you a simple way of segregating your business and personal expenses. 3. Business credit cards have recently been offering enormous rewards in the form of airline mileage... Read more →

He called himself the 'People's Lawyer' and claimed that his nationally syndicated radio show had 3 million listeners. His name is Warren Ballentine, and it took a jury less than 90 minutes today to convict him on six counts related to a $10 million dollar mortgage scam. Ballentine was not expecting a guilty verdict. Reports are that he was calling this vindication week, and both he and his 35,000 Facebook followers expected an acquittal. The allegations against Ballentine were that he used so called straw buyers to purchase real estate that they never intended to live in. The government says... Read more →

One of my favorite ways to find cheap plane tickets is to set a 24/7 alert at an airfare deal monitoring site. These services are amazing and every so often you can even jump on a 'mistake' airfare. You have no doubt heard the stories where the airline accidentally sold a ticket for $20 that was supposed to be $200; the people that get these deals are usually set up with 24/7 airfare monitoring. It is free to set up these alerts, and there are a number of different sites with a wide array of features to choose from. The... Read more →

CBS Atlanta is reporting that a woman lost her condo to auction over an unpaid tax bill in the amount of $94.85. The woman, Xui Lui, says she never received any of the notices of the unpaid tax or the anouncement of the auction of her home. It turns out that the city of Norcoss, GA was using an incomplete address. This, in turn, led to the letters being returned to the city's office as 'undeliverable.' Reports are that the letters did not even include a street name. The city apparently had no procedure to deal with the multiple letters... Read more →

Many first time eBook authors spend little time doing advance research on their topic prior to writing their book. Why spend the time writing even a short eBook unless you know in advance that there is a demand for it? Well, this is one of those sound bites that is great to use if you are teaching an eBook workshop, but not always easy to follow through on. It can be difficult to determine how popular a topic really is at Amazon, and then there is the issue of competition. Even if you select a topic that is in high... Read more →

Jon Schultz bought the domain name for $13,500 in 2008. Now, Schultz is offering the domain for sale for $150,000. Many are downright angry at Schultz for what they consider to be 'profiting from a disease.' Reports are that Schultz owns quite a few disease inspired domains, including and I heard one news anchor even suggest that the government should just take away his domain. Of course, the idea of buying domain names and holding them as an investment is nothing new. Domaining, as it is called, is a booming business and many people buy and... Read more →

Well, you know all of those articles that you read that say nursing is a good profession to go into? It turns out that they are right. Her name is Mercy Matthews, and USA Today is reporting that she owns a home worth nearly a half million dollars, and during the most recent five years was paid $630,000 for overtime. She is a nurse at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility For Women. The New York Department Of Corrections has refused to answer questions about the details of Matthews' enormous overtime, or whether or not she was paid to sleep overnight... Read more →

Republic Wireless is probably one of those cell phone companies you have never heard of. They are really growing in popularity among those looking for a bargain cell phone. What makes them unique is that their phones use both the Sprint Network and WiFi (when available). They even have a $5 WiFi only phone plan. There is quite a lot of buzz right now about their 3G plus WiFi unlimited text, data, and calling plan for just $25. You do have to buy one of their phones, which start at $99. There are no contracts, and you can switch between... Read more →

The problem of counterfeit money is on the rise. Of course, with today's computer technology and color printers, the process has become much easier for criminals. In 2013 the Secret Service recovered more than $150 million dollars in fake bills. What Happens If You Get Caught Passing Counterfeit Money? It can really happen to anyone. How many of us take the time to check the money we receive from our bank or our change when we make a purchase? Being caught with fake money in your possession is no fun. First, you will likely face questioning by law enforcement. Secondly,... Read more →