crazy yet cool: benefits of online banking & my first 1.5 months with ing’s savings account
September 4, 2007

That’s far more aggressive than three years of business with our brick-and-mortar bank — all three years combined. Not even close.

ING’s low overhead packs a punch in our favor: 4.5% interest rate, no minimum balance vs the brick-and-mortar bank of $2,500 minimal opening balance at .65%.

It frankly took a while for my psyche to actually embrace online banks; it was purely phobic on my part where as my husband was more game long ago to commit. We chose ING for their name recognition.

The monthly & annual yield makes for supreme immediate gratification; I split my pants every week to deposit more into the account. Maybe that means savings is fun – or I need to get out more. Hmm.

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parents’ retirement planning & reality checks
August 10, 2007

Over 50% of American retirees will be wholly dependent on their relatives & welfare subsidies per Richard Paul Evans.

Regarding one’s parents, what are effective ways to plan for this? Surely it’s a matter of good communications with one’s folks, education on potential needs like senior healthcare, and taking incremental steps to prepare (and living within one’s means).

I’d rather have these potentially awkward talks with my parents now – and really enjoy our time on Earth (vs having high-octane financial stress at times when you’d rather be an emotional companion with them).