With summer temperatures rising to record heights we all need ways to keep the kids occupied and surviving the heat! Here are some ideas of fun and free ways that you can help entertain your children without the risk of heat stroke.
Inspired by an article that P.J. O’Rourke (the funniest conservative Republican ever) wrote for Rolling Stone magazine back in the 1990s, I decided to try my hand a balancing the federal budget. (P.J.’s article is not online, but you can buy it as part of “Parliament of Whores” on Amazon or Google E-book)
What qualifications do I have for the job? Well, I own a calculator and have access to the internet–but most importantly all my Republican friends think I am a bleeding heart socialist and my Democrat friend think I am some sort of neo-con. Lacking any dogmatic allegiance I am free to step on everyone’s toes and swing at sacred cows as if they were pinatas full of candy.
Here goes nothing…
No one wants to park their money in a savings account only to get paid next to nothing for their money. Earning small amounts of interest may seem like a rare occurrence but many savings account holders are finding this to be the case everyday. Instead of just letting banks get one over on you, you should look for alternate places to put your excess cash to work. You can earn a higher rate of return if you are willing to take a little more risk with your money.
Here are a few alternatives that will pay you a lot more interest on your money.
Recently, an article from CNN stated that contraceptives should be fully covered under the new health reform law. I fully agree with since it seems absurd to allow Viagra to be covered but birth control pills are considered elective drugs. How does that even make sense? Viagra can also be considered an elective drug since some of the people taking them are doing it for recreational reasons.
If you think about it, covering birth control pills, the patch, the sponge and other contraceptives is actually cheaper for insurance companies than to cover the cost of an entire pregnancy. Doctor’s office appointments, tests, hospital stay and epidurals cost way more than $10 – $30 per month for the pill. Not to mention the cost of raising a child which has been estimated at $226,920 from birth to age 18. I think that number alone is birth control for some people.
So, what are some ways you can save on birth control before this law (hopefully) gets passed?