Are You a Maximizer or a Satisficer?

This is a guest article by Aaron Pinkston, founder of Clarifinancial. He wasn’t satisfied with the ways people had to get life insurance quotes, so he created something better.Have you ever noticed you can relax about decisions you made while others around you are still running around frantically? […]

Upcoming Events and an Update on the GRS Video Contest

I don’t know how I’m doing it, but I’m managing to stay one step ahead of the game around here. I haven’t had to resort to a week of guest posts — yet. Instead, I’ve been working like mad to be sure I have interesting articles for you guys, while also doing my bit to promote Your Money: The Missing Manual. […]

Money To-Do Calendar: April

The great personal finance book Grow Your Money!: 101 Easy Tips to Plan, Save, and Invest ends with a list of what financial steps we should take each month. They list the April steps as follows: Speak with your spouse or significant other about money matters. If you haven't done so yet, max out on your retirement contributions for the prior tax year. Here's what I do on these: 1. […]

Credit Card Offers: Citibank Credit Cards

So far, we’ve taken a look at PenFed credit cards, and Chase credit cards, and today marks the CitiBank credit card offers installment of the weekly Saturday review of current offers from major banks. […]

3 Disadvantages of Ready Made Meals and TV Dinners

Here’s an admission: I cannot stand ready made meals. In the past, I had gone through a phase where I’d eat them maybe once or twice a week while I was on a work deadline because I just needed something quick and easy to cook before I left for work. But I never enjoyed them because they didn’t taste that good. […]

The Psychological Trap of Warehouse Clubs

Jonah Lehrer wrote a brilliant little article about Costco over at the Science Blog. An excerpt: The secret of Costco’s success – and the reason I’m willing to pay just to enter the store – is because I trust the company to give me a good deal. […]

Best Deals for Friday 04/02/2010

71% off DC shoes and apparel Starbucks Coffee for 64cents an ounce on Amazon's Friday Sale Angie's List: Free account activation with code JOIN10 Just Dance for Wii for $26 + free shipping Free small breakfast with coffee at IKEA […]

Have a Great Weekend!

Just a note to let you know that I'm outta here for the weekend! We plan on having a great, restful, fun-filled, family-filled Easter weekend and I wish the same for all of you. I'll have posts throughout the weekend, even though I know many of you will be gone for Spring break. And for now, I'm joining you -- I'm signing off and starting the weekend early! […]

HDMI Cables Are Cheap

On Tuesday, I asked our readers to answer a few questions about their household TV situation, and I found that 49% of respondents don’t use a DVR. I was surprised to learn that, but it says more about me than you guys: I’ve let myself get sucked inside an on-demand, time-shifting echo chamber of bleeding-edge TV watching. […]

The Government Is Hiring: Who and Where

ShareThisWith unemployment hitting some scary levels as of late there seems to be one entity that is almost unaffected by the trend: the government. The government is not only continuing its strong hiring that it conducts each year, but bucking the employment trend, the government is also getting ready to add more jobs. […]

Overcoming Bumps in the Road

As much as we’d like to believe it, our lives aren’t a smooth journey from point A to point B. Unexpected things happen all the time – we do our best to overcome them and move on, but sometimes “our best” results in some pretty challenging consequences. We revert to old, bad habits. We put ourselves in debt. […]

Book Review: The Little Book of Big Dividends

Did you know that from 1926 to the present, dividends have accounted for 43 percent of the total return of the S&P 500 index? […]

Health Care Reform: Good for People Like Me

A long time ago, I had an idea. I was working a regular job, but I realized that what I wanted to do was be a writer. I figured that I could make some money writing, but not necessarily enough to support myself. So, I came up with a naive plan. It started with living more frugally. I did all the ordinary frugal stuff. I ate out less. […]

How Debt Settlements Affect Credit History

This is a guest article by Jeremy M. Simon. Each Tuesday, his Credit Score Report column addresses a reader’s question on credit scoring. He selects questions that either best reflect a common reader concern or that highlight some particularly interesting aspect of credit scoring. […]

Your Take: What Are You Saving For?

Last week everyone got fired up discussing the health care bill, which is good because open discussion is the soul of a democracy, but this week we’re going to go in a different direction. This week I want to know what you’re saving goals are for this year, a year after one of the worst recessions we’ve seen in a long time, and how you hope to accomplish it. […]

National Financial Literacy Month 2010

April is National Financial Literacy Month in the U.S. As I do every April, I’ll spend much of the next few weeks reviewing basic financial concepts. But unlike past years, I’m not going to devote every post in April to this subject. […]

The Value of a College Education: Tuition Costs, Earning Power, and Unemployment Rates

Is a college degree worth the investment? We’ve talked in the past about the value of a high-end college degree. Today I want to take a step back and consider the value of a college education in general. The cost of a college education For starters, let’s take a look at the cost of a college education. […]

The Types of Insurance You Need

The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness lists the types of insurance you need as follows: Auto and Homeowner Insurance -- Choose higher deductibles in order to save money on premiums. Life Insurance -- Purchase twenty-year level term insurance equal to about ten times your income. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of Mar 29

For weekday updates of what I find to be some of the most interesting personal finance articles on the web, follow me on Twitter. […]