Don't Invest Too Much in Your Company's Stock

The other day we listed all of the worst money moves to avoid (thanks for your suggestions, everyone) and at the top of my list was "investing too much in your company's stock." Charles Schwab's On Investing magazine agrees in their Spring 2010 issue saying: In 2008, one in four 401k participants held at least 20% of his or her account balance in employer stock. […]

Best Deals for Thursday 03/25/2010

MadWorld for Wii for $8 + free shipping Toastmaster Belgian Waffle Baker for $20 + free shipping Up to 45% off Melissa & Doug toys: Deals from $3 + $4 s&h Sur La Table: Free knife sharpening in-store My First Radio Flyer Scooter in Pink $29 Ships FREE! […]

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! Looking forward to spring? How about spring cleaning?  We're talking about ways to cut clutter, making room for the new, and having a fresh start in your home (and life) this season.  We'll be giving away Amazon gift cards!. Use #WBChat to participate.  Thanks for joining :) […]

Reader Mailbag: Cycles

I find that my passions are cyclic. I have about three or four things I’m deeply passionate about, but the time I have in my average day doesn’t afford me the space to follow up on each of those things to the level I’d like. So I cycle a bit. I’ll go on a reading binge where I’ll read as much as four or five hours a day. […]

15 Reasons Plus-Size Shopping Sucks

By Coupon Sherpa Calling all thin-prejudiced clothing merchants: Plus-size customers are begging you to make better clothes. Please study everything from Old Navy to Donna Karan and sell the same clothes in all sizes. […]

Can You Settle Your Old IRS Debts?

By Tisha Tolar Tax time is never a fun time. It requires a lot of organization and numbers, and if the numbers don't jive you could find yourself owing a nice chunk of change to the state, local, and federal governments. In some cases, people fall behind in filing their annual returns. […]

Graduate School Loans – Should You Avoid Education Debt?

Should you go into debt to pay for graduate school? A reader named Shana recently wrote in with the following question about taking on student loans to further her education and set up a future career in counseling: I recently graduated from college with a B.S. in Psychology. I have no student loans. I have $4,600 in credit card debt. […]

Bank of America Starts Modifying Mortgages

Earlier this month, Bank of America changed its overdraft policy in a manner that seems to benefit its customers. Those using the bank’s debit cards for purchases will no longer be able to overdraw their account, generating overdraft fees. Instead, Bank of America will simply decline the purchases. […]

A Girl’s Fun & Frivolous Ideas on Spending Your Tax Refund

My friend Stephanie asked me why I never wrote about anything fun. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. While she enjoys all the investing information and money news, every once and a while I should sprinkle in something fun. The $500 bill trivia was a good start, but not entertaining enough. So I turned the tables on her and asked her for ideas. Since I’m boring, I needed her help. […]

Waving Good-Bye to the Joneses

A new study out of the U.K. confirms what many of us have already learned: Money only makes you happy if you have more than those around you. […]

Three Rules of Networking

Crown Financial Ministries lists the three rules of networking as follows: Three-Foot Rule. When you're in a networking environment like a career event, share what you're looking for with anyone standing within three feet. Start by getting the person's name and employment goals. Help-Others-First Rule. By helping the other person first, you're making an emotional investment in them. […]

Discounted gift cards and merchandise with Penny Drop

Gift cards can have their downside but they can also be used to good benefit, especially if you expect to spend them soon and if you can get them at a discount. I’ve gotten a number of gift cards for searching the web over at Swagbucks.  I’ve also gotten quite a few gift cards for free just for reading a few e-mails through MyPoints. Recently someone told me about a new Facebook applica […]

Health Care Reform Bill: How It Affects You

I discuss the much anticipated health care reform bill and its effects on the health care industry, on health insurance and on all of us hapless consumers. Here’s what we were all clamoring for, but is it what you expected or what you wanted it to be? Personally, I was eager to see some reforms done in the health care area. […]

How One Reader Has Made the Most of Her Career

Here's a great comment left on my post titled Making the Most of Your Most Valuable Financial Asset: I can only speak for the field I'm in (Fashion, I'm a Sr Technical Designer; I make clothing fit). I've averaged about an 12% raise each year - BUT to do that, I had to do a lot of tough things: 1) My first three years in fashion, I changed jobs each year. My starting salary was 37k. […]

What Exactly Is “Wasted Time” (or “Wasted Money”)?

A few days ago, I overheard an interesting scene between a father and a son. As I walked down the block, I saw the boy (about fourteen years old or so) in front of the house, doing some finishing work on a skateboard. He was sandpapering it vigorously as I approached and kept touching the finish. […]

Book Review: One Year To An Organized Financial Life

Whenever I begin reading a fresh new book I tend to start my adventure by cozying up with a cup of coffee. […]

American Express Rewarding Membership Points for Volunteering

It seems like all the credit card related news lately has been really negative, as card companies react to the CARD Act, but today I wanted to mention a positive credit card story. I read it first on the New York Times Bucks blog over a week ago but American Express is now rewarding cardholders, in their Membership Rewards program, who volunteer. […]

Best Deals for Wednesday 03/24/2010

SentrySafe Fire-Safe Waterproof Data Storage Chest for $71 + free shipping Toys "R" Us: Buy 1 Little Tikes toy, get 2nd for free Crocs: 20% Off Entire Full Priced Purchase w/ Coupon FEELTHELOVE20 Sylvania Blu-ray Disc Player for $60 + free shipping Free Samples of Baby Barn Baby Wash & Body Lotion […]

Where Should You Hide Money and Valuables at Home?

I had breakfast the other day with my friend who buys silver. He brought some silver "rounds" (a square plastic holder with several coins in it) as well as a bar for me to look at, hold, and try to take. ;-) Anyway, I asked him where he was keeping his silver (he doesn't have a ton of it but he's planning on getting more.) He said he hides it around his house. […]