A Few Links for You to Enjoy

I wanted to share the following with you -- some posts this week that FMF was a part of: Here are the Top 135+ Personal Finance Posts for 2009. My posts included are The Best Way to Maximize Your Investment Return, Five Steps to Six Figures in Seven Years, and What to Do When You Don’t Get a Job Offer. […]

Staple food items for 15% off on Amazon

My wife and I have recently discovered the wonders of raw organic agave nectar for sweetening tea and other things.  (It’s low-glycemic index, and it doesn’t overpower the taste of what we’re sweetening the way honey or maple syrup does.) We tried a small bottle from the grocery store, and like it enough that we want a supply of it.  Amazon.com carries the brand we use at a price substantially che […]

2010 Resolution #3: Learn to Play the Piano/Keyboard

In an effort to talk about the power of goal-setting along with some methods of setting and achieving goals, I’m going to discuss my four resolutions for 2010 this week. For several years, a keyboard has sat in our basement, gathering dust. […]

Getting Started with Asset Allocation

This is a guest post from Dylan Ross, a certified financial planner and a long-time GRS reader. If you’re new to investing, recognize the merits of using low-cost index funds, but you’re not sure how to allocate your long-term savings among various types of index funds, this information is for you. Asset allocation basics While there are many ways to divide investment assets into different categor […]

Setting SMART New Years Resolutions

As we near the eve of the New Year, many people’s minds start to wander towards setting some New Year’s Resolutions. You plan to save a little more out of your paycheck or lose a few of the pounds you gained the last few weeks. This might be the year to quit smoking or drink less. Or perhaps you just want to work less, enjoy more life and spend more time with family and friends. […]

Snag Post-Holiday Goodies Cheap!

I love the week after Christmas but before New Years because the sales are all going to be bananas, especially this year. Stores realize that all their holiday inventory isn’t even worth the shipping costs of sending it back to the warehouse. […]

Best of Personal Finance: 10 Jobs That Will Get a Raise in 2010

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. In this article, we'll we look at 10 jobs that will get a raise in 2010, a super easy approach to decluttering your home, tax tips for children and newborns, and 4 wine pairing rules to break! Top 5 Articles  10 Jobs That Will Get a Raise in 2010 – Are you a natural-born multi-tasker? […]

10 Tips to Be Assured of a Website's Security When Shopping Online

The following is a guest post from Kris, a freelancer who writes about money management tips for Credit Card Compare. Security threats to your online shopping experience continue to grow and change as technology, and the predators that thrive on unwitting or unsuspecting consumers, continue to evolve. […]

Best Deals for Wednesday 12/30/09

FREE Sample Prilosec OTC Blu-ray movies for $10 + $3 s&h at Amazon Jansport Backpacks 73% off! Fantom GreenDrive 32MB External Hard Drive $149.99 after Rebate 3-Month Amazon Prime Trial for $1 […]

Generic Drugs: Not Always The Same?

By Healthcare Hacks In the world of prescription drugs, generic equivalents have been a financial blessing for many patients, saving them millions, if not billions, of dollars each year. For the most part, they perform the same function as brand name drugs at a fraction of the cost. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Cookbook Overload Edition

In our kitchen, we have a shelf devoted solely to cookbooks. Upon this shelf sits a hefty number of volumes, from Joy of Cooking and How to Cook Everything to volumes like Molto Italiano and Fast Easy Fresh. I use these cookbooks all the time, not necessarily for strictly following recipes, but for ideas on how to start on a particular dish or how to execute a particular technique. […]

7 Quick Meals that Are Faster than Pizza Delivery

By Myscha Theriault Trying to bridge the gap from dining out to eating in? Looking for quick meals that are reasonably healthy? Here are seven simple ideas to start reducing delivery and takeout costs. Think quick meals  have to be boring? Read on for inspiration. Quick Meals: Salmon Steaks Put two in the toaster oven to broil, along with some chunked up potatoes. […]

Evaluating My Progress Against My 2009 Goals

At the beginning of the year, I set a few financial goals and resolutions representing what I would like to accomplish by the end of 2009. Like last year, my progress is mixed. I’ll get to that in a moment. I’m not a big fan of the concept of financial goal setting. Goals or targets evoke the image of an endpoint, the touchdown. If you keep running through the end zone, you will hit a wall. […]

Energy-Efficiency Tax Credits Could Be Your Personal Government-Bailout Package

David Kaplan wrote with the following: “A lot of personal finance blogs cover the same material. I’d like to see some quality content on the value added by investing in energy efficiencies. […]

Effect of FICO Credit Scores on Loan Interest Rates

The other night, I was poking around over on MyFICO. They have a 30 day free trial that provides you with access to both your credit report and your FICO credit score. The free credit report isn’t a big deal, as you can get that free no matter what. […]

Help a Reader: Changing Careers

Here's a question recently left on my post titled Five Steps to Six Figures in Seven Years: Looking to changes jobs. Been in retail family business for 20 years. No money in it. Plus, there is no room to advance. I am a smart and creative and a hard worker. I can do/learn just about anything. I like to figure out problems. […]

Your calling doesn’t necessarily fund your retirement by itself

The Simple Dollar recently offered up a post on retirement planning for a low-income career, aimed at people like some of his friends who have “made the financially difficult choice to follow their heart” into careers that are very fulfilling, much needed and, perhaps consequently, low-paying. The advice he offers, in broad strokes, is (a) automatic investment in a Roth IRA, even if it’s only $20 […]

Investing In Bonds: Make Money The Boring Way

Could your Scottrade (or other investment) portfolio use a dose of bonds? We often cover the world of equity investing here, and we’ve also discussed safer investments like the stable certificate of deposit. This time, we thought to cover some fixed income investing basics. […]

2010 Resolution #2: Pay Cash for a Replacement for My Truck

In an effort to talk about the power of goal-setting along with some methods of setting and achieving goals, I’m going to discuss my four resolutions for 2010 this week. In 2001, I purchased a used 1997 Ford F-150 pickup truck. Over the ensuing eight years, I put nearly 120,000 miles on that truck. […]

Ask the Readers: Hope in a New Year? (Chance to Win $10)

By Linsey Knerl ** Congrats to our winners! *** Comment #33: Always Hopeful  Submitted by LiveCheap.com on December 29, 2009 - 20:24  Looking to be in the best shape of my life in 2010 with a great runup in the second half of 2009. […]