February 2012

Monthly Archives

  • The Safety and Security of Online Faxing

    The telephone changed the world and birthed a new way of doing business. When transmitting documents via those same phone lines first arrived on the scene, it was almost like witnessing magic. In the late 1980s, the squealing sound of the facsimile machine – or “fax” machine – became part of the modern office’s background […]

  • 10 Wildly Successful Businesses Thriving Despite the Economy

    Share While most of us are still trying to move past Ramen noodles and dry cereal, there are plenty of businesses that have continued to live large in the face of a less-than-fruitful economy. The 10 businesses on our list have withstood the test of time and taxes, and are making serious profits in several […]

  • 10 Ways Having a Baby Changes Your Finances

    This series is brought to you by TurboTax Federal Free Edition.   Share Having a child brings about intense financial changes for at least the next 18 years of a parent’s life, but that’s a pretty vague statement. What are those implications? How can you be sure that your budget accounts for every new change […]

  • 5 Most Ridiculously Expensive Funerals

      Share The lives of celebrities are marked by the five Fs: fame, fortune and friggin’ fabulous funerals. Wait…what? The famous and famously infamous often choose to enter their afterlife in a manner befitting their intoxicating mortal life. From Michael Jackson’s $25,000 casket to a parade of 16 white limousines transporting mourners during Elvis Presley’s […]

  • 10 Amazing Scientific Advances That Came From Copying Nature

      Share It’s not difficult to deduce that airplanes are based on birds — some of the better pilots in the animal kingdom. After 3.8 billion years and a lot of trial and error, animals have become astoundingly good at a variety of tasks (humans still take the cake in the “watching stuff and getting fat […]

  • 10 Expensive Things Eaten By Dogs

    Share Plenty of people (ie: Paris Hilton, Lisa Vanderpump and other celebrities with too much money to spend) pamper their pets with elaborate wardrobes, plush bedding and tasty treats filled with pricey meats. Plenty of people (ie: the rest of us) also have problems with ravenous dogs that eat what they please, despite daily offerings. […]

  • 10 Nasty Tricks Car Dealers Try to Pull on You

    This series is brought to you by TurboTax Federal Free Edition.   Share Buying a used car is a swampy world of deceit and disappointment, which is why you should do thorough research and leave no room for trickery, sorcery, or other kinds of sordid magic that will leave you stuck with a lemon. By […]

  • Why PMI Sucks: A Letter

    A friend of mine who lives in California wrote up a rant on PMI this morning. It was so telling that I felt compelled to re-post it here on BP. PMI may help buyers get into a home, but in the long run, it’s a sour proposition. Here’s my friend’s letter: Personal Mortgage Insurance (PMI) […]

  • 10 Clearest Demands of Occupy Wall Street

      Share Now that the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protests have somewhat died down due to reports of “Man it’s freezing in Zuccotti Park”, we can take a moment to look back on the movement.  One of the chief criticisms leveled at OWS by detractors was that its message was garbled, incoherent, and the type […]

  • 10 Signs You Started 2012 Out on the Wrong Foot

    Share   Half-assed resolutions aside, there are a number of ways you can examine the success of your new year thus far. If you don’t believe in ‘starting the year off wrong’ since our concept of years/the calendar is completely fabricated (or other various reasons), good for you. You don’t have to superstitiously worry about […]