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CNBC Portfolio Challenge

February 25th, 2007 at 07:40 am

I was watching Suze Orman last night (yeah.. we're such party hoots!! Smile ) when an advertisement for CNBC Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge came up.

I start Monday, March 5th, next Monday.

I've signed up and am ready to trade!! I have no expectation whatsoever, but I think it could be fun.

If you're interested, you can sign-up

Edit:
After Ima's comment, I realize I might not have given enough information. Below are some of the rules. To view the whole thing: Click Here

The Contest is a stock trading game that provides Participants with a fictional trading account, One Million (1,000,000) fictional dollars (“CNBC Bucks”) and the fictional ability to trade individual stocks on the NYSE, NASDAQ and/or AMEX exchanges. At the end of the Contest, the winner will be announced on CNBC television and/or CNBC.com.

Car insurance premium way down...

February 12th, 2007 at 12:37 pm

I just notified our car insurance company of our change of address. Somehow it never occurred to me what a difference it would make. Otherwise, I would have notified them the day we moved (10/26/06).

Result?
This change will give you a new annual premium. The annual premium has changed from $969 to $656, causing a $18 prorated credit on your policy from now until your policy renewal on 03/07/07

Wow... $313 for having a "nicer" address? I'm shocked.

Wow... Water bill

February 10th, 2007 at 12:08 pm

We got our first water bill a few days ago: $103.41 for 69 days. 10% discount if paid before 02/26.

This is my first ever water bill, so I didn't bother to really look at it. And then today, I did take a closer look:

Rate Information:
Water $4.06 per 100 CF
Sewer $7.43 per 100 CF

We used 900 CF, or 6732 gallons. This seems like a lo-oot of money. So I look around and find out what other Massachusetts cities are charging for water/sewer:
Rate for Shrewsbury, MA:
Min. charge $ 16.50/qtr. (5,000 gallons)
5,001 to 25,000 gallons $ 2.85/1000 gallons

At that rate, we would have paid:
16.50 + 4.94 = $21.44

Ok, so Shrewsbury is in no way the reference here. I just happen to find that particular information quickly. But this is still a huge difference.

Can I get feedback from you guys? What does your water bill look like?