Identity Theft Tops FTC Complaints

According to a study that was just released by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), identity theft is the most-complained-about consumer fraud. Of 686, 683 complaints that they receieved, 37% (255, 565) were about identity theft. Number two on the list was online auction fraud, weighing in at 12%. Third? Foreign money offers (ahhh, the famous […]

The Best of FCN – Selections from 12/05

It’s that time again… Time to dig into the archives. So here they are… Highlights from last month (December 2005) in case you missed them. Enjoy! 12/30/05 — Free Money 2005 12/28/05 — Cancelling John Hancock Term Life Insurance 12/27/05 — Cancelling Citi Credit Protector 12/21/05 — The Answering System Cheat Sheet 12/21/05 — Free […]

Sam’s Club Gas for Members Only

I stopped for gas at Sam’s Club the other night and noticed a sign on the pump saying that, as of February 1st, gas sales will be limited to members only. Thus far anyone has been able to buy, but Club members have received a $0.05/gallon discount. I’m curious to see what (if anything) this […]

Life’s Too Short to Drink Cheap Beer

Last week I had an epiphany… Life is far too short to drink cheap beer. Unless, of course, that’s what you prefer. Me? I’m fine with certain cheap beers. Miller High Life is currently my favorite low-end brew but, when I was in college, I drank an awful lot of Old Milwaukee. What it lacked […]

Weekly Roundup – 01/27/06

Today marks the end of a busy first week at the MoneyBlogNetwork… What follows are some links to articles that I found to be particularly interesting around the network and elsewhere…

Using Retirement Funds to Pay for College

While I’m generally against using retirement funds for anything but retirement, it’s not uncommon for people to quit their job and go back to school. And a common source of funds for this sort of endeavor is… Yep, you guessed it… Retirement accounts. As it turns out, though, not all retirement accounts are created equally […]

BB&T Takes a Stand on Eminent Domain

North Carolina-based BB&T, the ninth-largest bank in the country, has announced that it won’t provide financing for private development that takes place on land that the government has seized through eminent domain. In case you’re not familiar with the concept of eminent domain, it refers to the power of the government to seize property for […]


I feel like I’m a bit late to the party on this one, as a lot of other people have already reviewed it, but… I just finished reading Freakonomics (actually, I listened to the audio version), and I thought I’d write a few words about it…


I ran across this awhile back and promptly filed it away into the ‘cool gadgets to check out later’ corner of my brain. Well, this weekend it finally resurfaced. So… If you’re interested in cutting down on your electric bills, might I suggest that you check out the Kill-a-Watt.

Scammed out of $15k

I just saw a story on the local news about a guy who got scammed out of close to $2400 last fall, and then got scammed again for $15k just recently. Apparently a man and woman claiming to be police detectives (complete with badges) showed up at his door earrlier this week claiming that they […]