It’s happy hour again. Time to sit back, relax and watch some basketball! For those crazy enough to not follow March Madness, here’s some of the more interesting reads I came across this week.
Outrageous Beer Taxes
The folks over at the tax foundation covered a state by state breakdown of beer excise tax rates. Of all the things Americans can be outraged over, excessive beer taxes should top the list. If our law makers overhaul the tax policy, this is the place to start. How can anyone enjoy happy hour knowing their taxes climb with every sip. It’s a travesty.
The Perfect NCAA Bracket Odds
The NCAA tourney is sitting on day two and has caused the most unproductive work week of the year. Whether it’s spending time filling out brackets or taking a four-hour lunch to watch the games, the tourney is a time and money sink. Of course the odds of picking the perfect bracket are beyond possible. I made my annual bracket donation anyway. Now I just have to hope that everyone else does worse than me.
- One of the things everyone tends to forget is investing should be fun. It’s one of the reasons I studied it way back in college. Money Reasons reminded us of this, since we tend to forget too.
- Got a messy desk, papers piled higher than your monitor? Well, being disorganized affects your finances and not in a good way. Of course, I call it organized chaos.
- Nobody likes phone scams. The best way to avoid phone scams is stay on top of the information available to us. Even though I’ve never been caught in one, doesn’t mean it’s not possible.
- Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you have to eat poor. It’s all about meal planning and thinking outside the box. You’d be surprised what you might come up with.
- Looking for a cheap date? Not talking about a person. Talking about the act of going on an inexpensive date, which covers 8 great ideas for keeping date night cheap.
- Part of a great retirement series worth checking out, Sense to Save tackles the debt versus retirement savings topic with a little college savings tossed in as well.
- Following their overly cautious stance on investing, young people are afraid of debt too. With the “all debt is evil” view devouring the planet, discussing the difference of good debt, bad debt and borderline debt can be tough, but necessary.