Today marks the first anniversary of this site and my attempt to really grab the reins of my financial situation and steer it in a better direction. In the meantime, the world has seen the greatest financial peril in decades. I’ve managed to remain relatively unscathed and while I’ve build up some better financial habits—sadly, none have even been documented here—I’ve let this site slip considerably and I’ve actually increased my amount of debt instead of reducing it.

It’s time for a regained push. I was previously getting uncomfortable with the looming debt before me, but I’m now getting dangerously close to slipping over the edge. So, I’ve renewed the domain name for another year (cost: $15.50) and am back in the driver’s seat urging the horse forward again.

David McCandless:

This image arose out of a frustration with the reporting of billion dollar amounts in the media. That is, they’re reported as self-evident facts, when, in fact, they’re mind-boggling and near incomprehensible without context.

His image does an excellent job providing relative comparisons between various billions earned or spent, visually.

[Via Jonathan Butler]

To call out, cool off, and end the drama he and Jim Cramer had brewing last week, Jon Stewart devoted the entirety of Thursday’s episode of The Daily Show to an interview with him. I didn’t realize that it had actually been edited down and happened across the extended & uncensored version over the weekend. It is far better and a must watch.

Note: As the language is uncensored, I won’t directly embed the videos.

[Via Todd Dailey]

A classic digital short from Saturday Night Live.

“Well, let’s say I don’t have enough money to buy something, should I buy it anyway?”

“No.”

Simple and straightforward to follow. We may not all be in debt because of buying ‘stuff’, but we surely don’t need to buy more when we don’t have the money. I’m guilty of this.

[Via Smarty Pig]

Comedian Louis C.K., on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, discussing how things have changed during his lifetime:

And then, if you wanted money you had to go in the bank for… when it was open for, like, three hours… you had to stand in line, write yourself a check like an idiot, and then, when you ran out of money, you would just go, “Oh, well, I can’t do anymore things now.”

Now our, “Crappiest generation of spoiled idiots,” just continues to borrow when we’re out of money. I catch myself putting stuff on my credit card all the time because I (1) didn’t get cash out, (2) am waiting for payday, or (3) really can’t afford it at all.

BTW – Can anyone help me find a higher quality, more official link to this clip?

[Via Leo Babauta]

A wonderfully arranged 11 minute animation giving an even broader overview of the credit crisis than the FRONTLINE documentary.

Note: He got slammed with a $6K hosting bill over the weekend due to it’s popularity, so buy a shirt to help him pay the bills.

Update: Embedded the entire video from Vimeo instead of the two-parter from YouTube, for your viewing pleasure.

[Via Daring Fireball]

A nice graphic showing how the money being spent in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will be divvied up. For some reason it works a better for me than the bar graphs on front page of recovery.gov.

[Via Signal vs. Noise]