1-Where can a fella buy just a couple shares of stock? I've got a couple companies locally I want to buy stock in (at most 5 shares per) but don't know if I can go there or whatnot. Also, running joke with my dad is he loves his brandy 7's so much he wishes he owned stock in 7Up (Cadbury Schweppes actually, but yeah) so I want to get him one share for X-mas. 2-In January I should be getting a couple extra bucks from the financial aid fairy. Can you buy a t-bill at a bank, or do you have to go through a broker?