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The New High-Tech $100 Bill Edition

Did you see the unveiling of the new $100 Bill? Although, it has a snazzy new high-tech design to ward off counterfeiting, I am a little conflicted about its changes.

Mr. Benjamin Franklin still highly adorns the $100, but they have taken away the Liberty Bell and replaced it with an inkwell. Oh my!

Inkwells are many, but there is only one Liberty Bell of Independence Hall. Ringing on July 8, 1776, to summon its citizens to hear the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Then in 1837, it was revered as a symbol to the abolition of slavery in the United States of America. There is quite a significant importance in our Libery Bell that adorns the C-note.

Oh wait, the liberty bill is now inside the inkwell. *sigh* Just not as cool looking.

The $100 bill also was tagged with a bright blue security ribbon composed of thousands of tiny lenses that magnify objects in mysterious ways. Government says, “move the bill and the objects move in a different direction”. Hmmm… You mean you can’t pull the stip out like in the current bills?

Oh hey, Mr. Benjamin Franklin’s face and the and the lower left, front “100” of the bill will change color from copper to green when you move the bill around.

Well, the new $100 bill looks quite interesting. I look forward to playing with my C-notes like a druggie spectacles bright lights. You see, according to CBSNews.com, that new blue security ribbon gives a 3-D effect “to the micro-images that the thousands of lenses will be magnifying. Tilt the note back and forth and you will see tiny bells on the ribbon change to 100s as they move. But that’s not all. Tilt the note back and forth and the images will move side to side. Tilt the note side to side and the images will move up and down.” What do you think? Is this New High-Tech $100 bill strong enough to keep counterfeiters away or make them eager for a bigger challenge?

The new high-tech $100 bill will go into circulation Feb. 10, 2011.


[Source] – great video of changes made to the new $100 bill

This Week’s Progress

  • If you haven’t heard Wealth Pilgrim, Fiscal Fizzle, and I have broke the 100K Alexa mark in our Yakezie Challenge. We are all heading off to the tattoo parlor to ink the Yakezie symbol. 😉
  • Mrs. Nespy’s Frugal World put together a great interview featuring moi. She got a knack for putting together great interviews! She already hosted great interviews featuring Adam, Ninja, and Brad. Check em’ out! Mrs. Nespy has quite a cool blog!
  • Feeling spoiled after winning the Netbook in Couple Money’s 6-month Anniversary…
    This week I found out I am one of three recipients to win an Apple iPad, in the Money Crasher’s File Taxes Online in 2010 – Win an Apple iPod Giveaway. I think the tech Gods are speaking to me.

This Morning’s Breakfast

Don’t knock it until you try it! A Southwestern Tofu Scramble taste very similar to scrambled eggs. Now if you want the yellow color of scrambled eggs, just add a little ground tumeric. Wha la!

Serve the scramble with some homemade salsa, veggie links, and corn tortillas. YUM! YUM! Oh ya, don’t forget the coffee!


3 teaspoons canola oil, divided
1 14-ounce firm water-packed tofu, rinsed and crumbled
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 small zucchini, diced
3/4 cup frozen corn, thawed
4 scallions, sliced
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 cup prepared salsa
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Directions: (Step 1) Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add tofu, chili powder, cumin and 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring, until the tofu begins to brown, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. (Step 2) Add the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to the pan. Add zucchini, corn, scallions and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring, until the vegetables are just tender, about 3 minutes. Return the tofu to the pan and cook, stirring, until heated through, about 2 minutes more. Remove from the heat and stir in cheese until just melted. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons salsa and 1 tablespoon cilantro.

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Book Knowledge

Evolution of Wealth is giving away a copy of Enjoy Your Money!

Little House in the Valley wrote her first eBook called A Simple Guide to Improving Your Credit Score and would love your feedback!

Cool Resources

Have you checked out Mint.com for their new Ask a Question? It’s a place where your personal finance problems are solved. Another great feature for the Mint community!

Sunday Brunch

Rock the world and make it your own! There may be times, on Money Funk, that I talk about upcoming projects, but have minimal to show for it. It’s always been an issue of mine because I get ultra excited about the start of projects. The reason they may not formulate to their full potential is because I research them to death, killjoy the issue and put it on the backburner for for another day.

How do I change this behavior? Well, I would assume it is putting matter before talk. It doesn’t hurt to put your strong suits forward in the process, too. Meaning let your strengths define the successful YOU by just getting out there and putting your foot forward! Or as Flexo says, “try everything” (still one of my favorite posts).

So today, that is just what I am going to do; not talk about future plans/endeavors, but just make progress/action putting one of my strong suits forward.

Recently, I received a question: “how do you get the adsense ads to be right justified in your post? but your post wraps around the adsense. WOuld u be up… to explain this to me?”

Sure! My tech savvy nerd persona would love to show you how with my recent screen capture software I bought (quite a fun toy). So, I hope you enjoy my first screencaptured commentary tutorial to answer your question.

Wrap Text Google Adsense from Money Funk on Vimeo.

So what did ya thing? Did I say, “um” too many times (try, try again to cut back on that)? After taking the video (“take 100”. LOL. teasing. maybe. ;)), using Blueberry software first (didn’t like allowable upload file extensions), retake with Camtasia software (love), then I had to find a video stream service that didn’t distort the video (You Tube, Viddler, Vimeo). Needless to say, trying something new can take a while to make it work.

The Code

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What I’ve Been Up To

  • Updated a section of the “Get Out of Debt” Page
  • Made my first video for Money Funk (would love to hear your feedback)
  • Added a Privacy Link and added ‘rel=”nofollow”‘ to my advertisements

This Morning’s Breakfast

I have a whole bag of frozen pineapple I need to start using and a container of plain yogurt in my fridge. What better way to start the morning than with a fresh smoothie!

Ingredients: 1/2 c. orange juice, 1 c. frozen pineapple, 1/2 med. banana, 1 tsp. honey, few doll-ups of plain yogurt.

Combine all ingredients except yogurt in blender; process until smooth. Add yogurt and process until blended. Pour in glass and Enjoy!

To be enjoyed with fresh hulled strawberries and flaky croissants.

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Our family went on their 1st big family vacation with success! And as a surprise to our kids. If you recall, I told you all that we were keeping it from the kids. And we did it!

The night before we were washing clothes, charging electronics, and secretly packing our bags. Well, I needed the bag from our son’s closet and had to tell him something. So we used the San Francisco for Easter holiday excuse. He was excited, as he loves San Francisco and spending time with my aunt. We told him not to tell his sister. Low and behold they had no idea where we were going.

The next morning, we woke my daughter up and told her, “get up, get ready, we’re going on an aeroplane!”. That was easy. She was up and ready thinking we were going to San Francisco, too. Hee-hee.

Got to the airport, checking in our bags and the ticket lady says, “Lucky, you guys are going to Maui!”. Should have seen the kids faces drop. Sheer silence. Then smiles crept on their faces and we were off for fun in the sun. Made for a great April Fool’s prank.

Thank you for all your suggestions in Traveling with Teens/Tweens. They worked out great! We pulled off a successful trip using your suggestions. The hotel room had free WiFi. So we let the kids bring their computers. This was perfect for down time.

We also gave the kids $75 each to spend as they liked. For my son, this worked out great; gave him his independence. My daughter… well she went a bit stir crazy with shopping madness. That’s all she wanted to do. So we went into Lahaina for dinner and shopping.

The kids were so responsible and got along great with each other. Was amazing. I think we need to go on vacation more often! They were able to run around the resort without us and do their own thing. They made friends. Went to a Laua. Had a great time.

The Hike

We booked the Rainforest/Waterfall hike with Maui Eco-Adventures. It was a continental breakfast, lunch, transportation and guided tour on a ‘private property’ (at $100 per person). Now I quote because this ‘private property’ because it is accessible to all. It’s called The Swinging Bridges of Waihe’e Valley – it is $6 per person and a moderately easy hike for any person (did you see that? $6 per person).

Okay, so maybe we paid a tad alot for the hike, but our guide Eric was very knowledgeable about Maui and its eco system. I was thoroughly impressed. If you’ve never been to Maui then I say its worth the money for everything included. Unfortunately for us, too much rainfall caused the pass to be closed (due to flooding). We only made it 1/2 way up the trail. 🙁 However, we did cross the two swinging bridges and see the waterfalls from a distance (but I was really looking forward to swimming at the waterfalls).

Even though it was not EcoMaui.com fault for the 1/2 a hike due to natural causes, I none the less requested 1/2 my refund. And they graciously did so. *woosh*

Christine’s Agenda

  • Started a Money Funk Facebook Fan Page (still a wee bit to do in the decor area)
  • Increased my gross salary deductions to my 403(b) by investing my ‘raise wages’ received early this year.
  • Has started working on an eBook to offer to readers for subscribing to Money Funk via email
  • Changed the format to this website (again? yes, again)
  • I put up a Money Funk bookstore with all the great personal finance titles!
  • Updated my 404 error page. Kind of cute.

This morning’s breakfast

This morning’s breakfast comes from Sugarcrafter. I have been promising my little one a big plate of french toast lathered in butter and syrup. Served with a side of sausage and fresh squeezed OJ.

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