Best Deals for Friday 02/12/2010

The Bee Gees "Love Songs" download for $3 Heuck 33002 Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron 3 Piece Skillet Set $24.99 Victoria's Secret: 5 pairs of cotton panties for $25 + up to $75 off $250 coupon Polliwalks kids' shoes: $8 + $7 s&h Free Sample Hyland's Restful Legs […]

Friday Finance Findings for February 12th

It’s already mid-February, which means we’re just two months away from the tax filing deadline! We’ve been talking taxes a lot this past week, but it’s so you can make sure you’re getting the most in deductions, filing your return on time to avoid penalties, and using the right software. In case you missed it, I’m holding a TurboTax Premier giveaway. […]

8 Tips to Help Your Teenager Become Credit Smart

By Lisa Cintron What is the first thing a teenager is going to do with an extra few thousand dollars in their pocket? Spend it of course! (Without any regard to how it's going to be paid back or all of the fees associated with the loan.) When I was a young adult in college, I remember the credit card companies pitching their tents on career day. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 1, Posts 45-48

Here we go with the first round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (if you wonder what's going on in these posts, see my article announcing March Money Madness and/or 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 […]

Contingency Plans

By Philip Brewer Are you assuming that things will go along pretty much okay? Most people do, and they're usually right. Even when they're wrong, it tends to be okay, because the typical household's finances can absorb the occasional small blow. But sometimes the blows are medium-sized or large. What do you do then? I've written before about handling the large financial blows. […]

The Minimal Tip

I don’t believe in the idea of a “minimum tip.” There, I said it. It’s a big change from my previous beliefs on tipping. A few weeks ago, my family and I ate at a restaurant where the service was extremely poor. We sat for twenty five minutes waiting for our server (my wife was literally getting on her coat). […]

Plan Your Gift-Giving to Save Time and Money

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. Last Christmas, I had some great gift ideas: They were heartfelt, they were personalized — and they couldn’t just be bought at a store. […]

Balance Transfer Credit Cards (Current 0% APR Balance Transfer Offers)

The Credit Card Act of 2009 hasn’t even gone into effect yet, and it’s already had a major impact on the credit card landscape. Take, for example, balance transfer credit cards. Less than a year ago, you could apply for a no-fee balance transfer offer for 12 months. Today, there don’t seem to be any no-fee, zero percent balance transfer offers. They simply don’t exist any more. […]

What to Look for in a Disability Insurance Policy

The Wall Street Journal lists some things we all should look for when we buy a disability insurance policy as follows: Details of what it pays: If it's a percentage of your income, does that include just your base salary, or other things like commissions? Portability: If it's being purchased through your employer, can you keep it if you leave? […]

70 Percent Discount Off H&R Block At Home (Formerly TaxCut)

February 15, 2010 update: The sale mentioned below is now over. Stay tuned for new sale announcements.Starting today and ending Sunday, February 14, 2010, H&R Block is offering a discount of up to 70% off the regular prices for the company’s online do-it-yourself tax filing software, At Home (formerly TaxCut). […]

How To Create A Blog For Fun Or Profit

Whether you’re looking to make money blogging or just doing it for fun, you’ll find that creating a blog can be easy enough to do and master. Image from Look around and you’ll notice that there are a lot of bloggers right now who are earning a living through blogging. Blogs have been a popular avenue for people who are interested in earning some extra income. […]

Taking Control of Your Time

The following is an excerpt from The Other 8 Hours: Maximize Your Free Time to Create New Wealth & Purpose by Robert Pagliarini. Copyright © 2010 Other 8 Hours, LLC All Rights Reserved. The book tells people to live life to the fullest by radically changing the way they spend “The Other 8 Hours” – the 8 hours not spent sleeping or working. […]

A Fast, Free Way to File Your Federal Income Taxes

Tax season is in full swing, and again this year, the Internal Revenue Service is offering a program that allows many U.S. […]


Right now, there’s a personal matter going on in my life that’s been bothering me – it’s been on my mind heavily all day today. (Don’t worry, there’s nothing directly affecting me, my wife, or children.) I had to go out and take care of a birthday gift for a friend and a Valentine’s Day item for my wife, and while I was out, I found myself strongly considering two unnecessary impulse buys. […]

Help a Reader: Warranty Questions

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I remember your trials and tribulations with your elliptical.  While I didn't get my treadmill from Sears, I thought I'd ask you a question about my current situation based on your experience, and see what you think and if readers might help. In early 2008, I purchased a treadmill through a reputable online retailer.  The treadmill was pretty […]

Money Related Traditions for Celebrating Chinese New Year

By Xin Lu The Chinese Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, is celebrated annually by billions of people around the world. In 2010, New Year's Day falls on February 14th. […]

Join Our Tweetchat at 4:00 CST For a Chance to Win Prizes

By Lynn Truong Join our Tweetchat today from 4:00 – 4:45 pm CST for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Don't miss out! We've been sharing wonderful tips and exchanging great ideas. Remember to join us weekly from 4pm - 4:45 pm CST each Thursday for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. Thanks for joining :) […]

Time Management: Outsource to Save Money and Time

This article is presented by Kelly Whalen, Consumerism Commentary staff writer who bought a second car with her husband last weekend.As a busy mom of four and work-from-home parent, I often get told people don’t know how I do it all. It’s simple, I don’t. […]

5 Simple Ways to Find Your Passion

By Henri Junttila Passion, passion, passion. That's all we hear nowadays. Everyone's telling you to follow your passion. But do you have a clue what yours is or what to do about it? I know I didn't just some time ago. Passion is a concept that seems impossible to grasp, until you grasp it. What I noticed in my own life was that you have to be willing to put yourself out there. […]