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Roundup: Kitchen Tips, $11 Credit Reports, and Linsanity

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LinsanityI grew up in New York and basketball was always my favorite sport, so it was natural that I grew up a New York Knicks fan. Having moved to Pittsburgh and then Baltimore, neither of which had basketball teams, I sort of fell out of touch with my home town team until this year. Back then, Knick fans hated the Heat because PJ Brown flipped Charlie Ward on the free throw line. Most people hate the Heat because of Lebron James (let’s be honest, everyone still likes Dwayne Wade and no one really cares about Chris Bosh), which isn’t a great reason to hate a sports team (especially when James has the reputation of fading in the clutch).

So this whole Linsanity thing has been epic. The whole Melo-drama with Anthony and D’Antoni hasn’t been as great… but hopefully that’s behind the team. It’s also why I enjoyed this article by Kenneth Rogoff, professor at Harvard and former chief economist at the IMF, titled Jeremy Lin and the political economy of superstars.” It’s not really a Linsanity article (much like this isn’t a Linsanity roundup), it just piggybacks on the sensation, but Rogoff discusses why we accept high salaries for sports figures but lambaste CEOs for being paid similarly. My belief is that most people believe they can do a CEO’s job, whereas they can’t dunk a basketball or catch a touchdown pass, so they think the CEO is overpaid because they themselves are not being paid as much.

  • Saving Money in the Kitchen – Andrea of Mainstream Mom collects a lot of very useful kitchen tips for the cooks and non-cooks out there, she included my contribution of our leftover calendar to help reduce spoilage.
  • How to Write a Resume – Ryan at CashMoneyLife writes an epic post on how to write a resume, it’s chock full of great tips.
  • $11 Credit Reports – Did you know that the FCRA, in addition to letting you get a copy of your credit report every year from each of the three bureaus, also limits how much the bureau can charge you to get your report outside the freebies?
  • Common Misconceptions about the FDIC & NCUA – Ken Tumin is probably one of the most well educated folks about banking and so I always make it a point to read his stuff, ever since his Bank Deals Blog days, and this time he shared a bunch of misconceptions about the FDIC and NCUA.
  • What business expenses are tax deductible? Running a business is tough, taxes are tough, doing business taxes right is especially tough.
  • 5 Cards for Excellent Credit – If you have excellent credit, take advantage of it! Wise Bread shares five cards for those with sterling credit.

Have a great weekend!

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4 Responses to “Roundup: Kitchen Tips, $11 Credit Reports, and Linsanity”

  1. Jerry Chin says:

    Come on no comments on Linsanity? I also grew up in NYC as a Knicks fan during the Ewing and Starks years. Should’ve known Linsanity was too good to be true. Knicks are cursed, have been since Reggie Miller’s 9 points in 8 seconds.Or maybe it was since Charles Smith got rejected 5 times in a row on a lay up to beat the Jordan-less Bulls, or when John Starks was so distracted by the OJ Simpson freeway chase that he threw up the biggest brick game of his life in a Game 6 against the Rockets in the Finals. Jeremy, here’s to finding more basketball success in greener basketball pastures. I hear the Nets might need a PG next year. Brooklyn Nets, you know the outer boroughs is the home of all the Asian people in NYC!

  2. Andrew says:

    Also a big Knicks fan growing up during the Ewing/Starks era. It definitely has been tough being a Knicks fan and your comment brought back some bad memories! If only Starks would have hit one of those threes…they would have won. It was a tight game even with him shooting 2 for 18. Oh and how about the year they got to the finals with Houston/Sprewell/Camby against Duncan and Robinson. Really could have used Ewing…too bad he was hurt.

    • Jim says:

      That year was unbelievable… but you knew they weren’t going to beat the Twin Towers. Part of me was happy David Robinson got a ring, he was a class act, but it sucks that it was against the Knicks.

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