Kiplinger has a great article about saving $50/day and feel no pain. There are some great tips, but I want to point out the quick and easy one, which it to “stay in-network, nix ATM bank charges”: Each time you use an out-of-network ATM, you pay an average of $3.43.
Good news from Washington, DC. The newly passed stimulus bill includes a COBRA subsidy. From CNN’s Money:
The bill includes provisions to help eligible jobless workers pay for health insurance under Cobra. Cobra coverage allows newly unemployed workers to keep health insurance provided by their former employers for a period of time. For workers who have been laid off between Sept. 1, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2009, the government will subsidize 65% of their premiums under Cobra for up to 9 months. Those people laid off between Sept. 1, 2008, and the day the stimulus law goes into effect, and who did not sign up for Cobra, will get an additional 60 days to do so and receive the subsidy. The subsidy will be limited to those whose income for the year is $125,000 or less ($250,000 for couples filing jointly).