How SIPC Works and How it Differs from FDIC Insurance

How SIPC Insurance Can Protect Your Investments With news of banks failing and being taken over by FDIC, a lot of people are questioning not only how safe their deposits are, but their investments in brokerage accounts and mutual fund companies as well. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Sweet 16, Posts 5-8

Here we go with the Sweet 16 round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. […]

Investing vs. Consuming: Paving the Pathway to Wealth

Yesterday, I talked about how much money you need to be wealthy. Today, I want to share some thoughts on investing vs. consuming and the role of your everyday financial decisions in paving your pathway to wealth. As you may have heard, Apple released the newest version of their iconic iPad – dubbed the iPad 2 – this past Friday. […]

How to Financially Survive a Disaster

When one thinks of earthquakes in the United States, California is usually the main target. The San Andreas fault line is well-known for powerful quakes. There are others located within the United States that, although they haven’t caused severe seismic activity in the most recent century or two, could produce earthquakes resulting in severe damage. […]

10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains

We all know the warning signs. The sink takes a little longer to drain. You begin to notice water pooling around your feet in the shower. And the odors. The strange, unpleasant odors. They're all signs that you may soon be facing a clogged drain. And then one day, boom. Your drain is blocked completely. […]

Child Tax Credit Explained

One of the popular credits extended along with the Bush tax cuts and the tax brackets was the child tax credit. […]

Tax Prep Costs: How Much Will It Cost to Get Your Taxes Done?

This is a guest post from Richard Barrington, a freelance writer and novelist who spent over 20 years as an investment industry executive. Barrington is a regular contributor at MoneyRates. Previously at GRS, he shared how to find the right CD or money-market account and tips for sound saving and investing. Tax season is in full swing. In fact, income tax returns are due in just over a month. […]

Where to Buy Discounted Designer Clothing Online

I've always been a bit of a clothes horse and madly in love with all things fashion. When I began writing, my first ever magazine article covered Valentino's retirement. Lucky for me, I'm also frugal and would never, ever pay full price for designer clothing even in my dizziest daydreams. […]

Best Money Tips: Ace Your Next Job Interview

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on acing your next job interview, signs you've taken frugality too far, and unexpected tax deductions. Top 5 Articles 10 Tips to Ace Your Next Job Interview — Stand out at your next job interview by asking the interviewer at the end of the interview. […]

17 Ways to Serve Potatoes on St. Patrick's Day

Boiled, baked or fried, I love a good potato. The Irish have myriad ways of preparing the revered root, but you don’t have to hail from the Emerald Isle to enjoy these carb-packed treats. From mainstays served across the pond to Americanized versions of the starchy snacks, here are 17 ways to stuff your face with tubers on St. […]

Protect Your Information With These Types of Paper Shredders

Apparently, there’s treasure in my trash. No, it’s not what you think, though I wish this were a true story of how I stumbled upon a hidden valuable painting in the deep recesses of my attic. Instead, it’s about how my trash was suddenly considered monetarily attractive and became the target of interest for other [...]Protect Your Information With These Types of Paper Shredders […]

Interesting Retirement Income Alternatives

WalletPop recently listed six different ways to earn $1,000 per month while in retirement. Specifically, they wanted ideas that would produce $1,000 a month in steady income to augment a pension and/or Social Security, for a minimum of 20 years from retirement at 65. A summary of their findings: 1. Buy a Single-Premium Immediate Annuity. […]

First National Bank of Omaha Maximum Rewards Credit Card Review

Some credit card offers may have good introductory rates, but little in terms of a rewards program. Or maybe you’ve heard of a decent rewards program that doesn’t quite sport the APR you’re hoping to have. Instead of settling for one or the other, how about looking into a card that addresses both benefits? While [...]First National Bank of Omaha Maximum Rewards Credit Card Review […]

Spare Change: First 5k Edition

It’s been a while since I posted a fitness update around here. I’ve been a little scared to — some of you hate them! More than that, though, I’ve had a nagging injury. […]

How Much Money Do You Need To Be Wealthy?

How much money would you need to have before you’d feel “wealthy”? That was the topic of a recent survey of high net worth investors by Fidelity Investments, and the results were quite interesting. The survey was based on 1,000 millionaire households, where “millionaires” were defined as having a minimum of $1M in net investable assets, excluding retirement accounts and real estate. […]

Building Passive Income Streams

As time goes on, the value of having multiple income streams becomes more and more apparent to me. The more income streams you have, the less trouble your life will have if one of those income streams goes defunct or experiences a downturn. Thus, I’ve been thinking a great deal about developing more income streams for myself. So, let’s back up. […]

Rent Versus Buy Decision: New Rule-of-Thumb?

The Bucks Blog points to an infographic from website Trulia that attempts to tell when it's better to rent a home versus buy one (and vice versa). They give this as the conclusion of the pic: Trulia calculated the ratio by comparing the median list price to the median rent of two-bedroom apartments, condos and town houses listed on its site. […]

Best Dollar Store Deals

We live within walking distance to a dollar, it’s in the same shopping center as our grocery store, and we’ve found many a good gem in there, mostly by accident. When I saw this Kiplinger’s article on the best and worst dollar store buys, I was curious to see what they found to be a good deal and what they found to be a bad one. They force you to go through a quiz but I won’t. […]

Moving Away From Banks and Other Companies “Too Big to Fail”

The FDIC is progressing in its development of new rules that will apply to financial firms — not just banks — deemed “too big to fail.” The rules would establish procedures for unwinding companies whose failure would pose a threat to the economy, when that failure appears to be imminent. The government organization approved a set of proposed rules and is now looking for comments from the public. […]