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Quicken Online Mobile

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Finance, Videos, Free Apps,

Probably the last place you would think about managing your money would be on the go, but you can now with Quicken Online Mobile. Passcode-protected, you create an online account and then download the application. QO gives you an overview of your bank accounts, credit cards, etc., as well as notifying you when your next paycheck is coming. In addition to showing balances, you can record purchases and seek out ATMs in your area. The free app is available for iPhone/iPod touch at the App Store.

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Werd: Bailout - Part Three

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So the much belabored point of Part Two was that, in my opinion, we all realize that a bailout is needed.

There are some dissenters that would argue that no taxpayer money should rescue financial organizations or our American auto makers.  But anyone that seriously supports this philosophy is following the terrible advice that pushed us into the Great Depression:

Even today, with an economy much less dependent on bank loans than it was in 1930, a wholesale failure of the banking system, together with an extended fall in prices, could have a devastating impact. The reason most economists discount this possibility is that they don’t believe policymakers will make the same disastrous mistakes their predecessors made in the 1920s and 1930s, when the authorities stood by as the financial system imploded and withering deflation developed.  [Full article here.]

The lesson learned from the Great Depression was that no government intervention at all is a sure-fire way to see the system collapse severely.  There are many debates about what the government should specifically do, but all the debaters agree that doing nothing is the worst option of all. Nonetheless, many citizens seem to be opposed, in principle, to any bailouts at all that move taxpayer money towards rescuing banks or our automakers.

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Arcade Gaming Bank

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Action, Portable/Mobile, Puzzle, Retro,

Remember how much coinage you lost at the arcades? Now you can play a couple of those old games and save some cash at the same time. Every time you feed the Arcade Gaming Bank a penny, it will let you play either Tetris or Breakout. You can get a lot of practice in for a dollar if you can get used to the smaller screen. The retro mini-game is available for ¥3850 ($39.50.)

 

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Shock Safe, Literally

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Misc. Tech, Toys,

Shock SafeAfraid you will lose your chump change now that the economy is down? Program the shock safe with a 4 digit code and anyone trying to break in will be greeted with a decent buzz. The bank has flashing LED lights and sound effects to further annoy

amuse your family, friends, or co-workers. At a size of 20 x 10 x 10cm, the sadistic safe has a coin slot and collection tray, and runs on 3 AA batteries (included.) Get yours for £19.99 ($39.58.) 

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ATM Mini-Bank

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Misc. Tech, Toys,

ATM BankHere’s an original gift for a kid, mate, or anyone else that refuses to use a real ATM. Make a deposit of paper bills or coinage in the mini-bank, and it will keep track of your earnings. Of course there is a card with a PIN number so that you can withdraw when times get tough. At a size of 25.5 x 22 x 9cm, the ATM is recommended for ages of 8 and older. Pre-order for £24.99 (~$46.48) for an October release date.

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Takara Tomy Bank Quest

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Misc. Tech, Toys, Video Games,

Bank QuestTakara Tomy has yet another toy for the masses. This time it is Bank Quest, a combination RPG and change bank. The more money you put inside, the more weapons and armor you can “buy” to avenge the baddies. The bank can hold up to about ¥50,000 (~$466.00,) runs on 3 AA batteries (not included,) and should be available for those who have spare change around August. At least in this instance, as opposed to those gathering places we call arcades, you actually get to keep the coinage when you play the game.

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Jinsei Ginko Makes You Vicariously Rich

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Misc. Tech, Toys,

Jinsei GinkoDon’t throw those pennies away. The Jinsei Ginko (Life Bank) takes Tamagotchi to the next level. Put your extra coinage into it and watch an entire virtual family develop. The more you feed it, the wealthier they become. The monochrome LED display will evolve from abject squalor to a happy marriage, then to a lifestyle of the rich and famous. We’re not quite sure how long it takes to get there, but it’s not like you are going to join the Jet Set anytime soon on your own. At a price ¥4,987 (~$44.00,) check with Takara Tomy for details.

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Give the Gift That Never Shuts Up

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Household, Misc. Tech, Toys,

Gobble Money MonsterWe file this under what to give this Christmas, Chanukah, or Kwanza to someone who irritates you no end. The Money Monster says over 20 obnoxious things when you feed it coins or bills such as:

  • “Money, money, in my tummy.”
  • “Mmm, it tastes so good!”
  • “Oh, yes, jingle, jingle, in my belly.”

Even better payback is that it often burps after a feeding and will harass passersby when it is neglected. At a size 7½ x 8¾ x 6-inches, it requires 3 AA batteries (included.) Choose between the pink MeMe and blue Gobble for $24.95 apiece.

(Thanks, Jennifer)

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