Weekly Roundup – 09/08/06

Here’s a quick look at some of the personal finance posts (and podcasts!) that caught my eye over the past week…

Jim has a list of credit cards that offer 0% balance transfers. I’ve never gotten into the 0% BT game, but it sounds like it can be quite profitable.

MightyBargainHunter has some tips for making out like a bandit at auctions.

Flexo asks if Robert Kiyosaki is a liar.

FMF isn’t the only one that’s having trouble with Sears exercise equipment… If I recall correctly, my wife bought our treadmill at Sears and we haven’t had any problems. She did, however, pay a good bit more than the $800 referenced in this article, so perhaps we just got a better model. Regardless, thes sorts of experiences should give anyone pause when they’re considering whether or not to make a big-ticket purchase from Sears.

JLP finally broke down and got cable TV. It seems that the siren song of Monday Night Football, which is moving to ESPN, was just oo much for him. Hmmm… I wonder why he didn’t opt for the wonderful customer service of Dish Network instead?

NCN wants you to start getting ready for a credit-card-free-Christmas. NCN was also kind enough to review FiveCentNickel on his latest podcast. If you haven’t checked out the No Credit Needed podcast, you really should — it’s pretty entertaining.

While we’re on the subject of podcasts, be sure to check out Scott Ahlberg’s Money Blogger Podcasts. I fell behind on these over the summer. However, a combination of a bit of air travel as well as some yard work over the past week has allowed me the necessary time to catch up (almost).

Cap thinks that a monthly-mentality is stupid when it comes to finances, and I totally agree.

PF Advice pointed out that the Federal tax exemption for 529 college savings plans has been made permanent by the Pension Act of 2006.

That’s it for this week — please be sure to stop by the MBN Forums when you get a chance. And remember, it’s not just for bloggers!

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