HBO’s Too Big to Fail

Last night, HBO premiered Too Big to Fail, a movie based on Andrew Ross Sorkin’s book, Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System — and Themselves, based on the events of the financial meltdown of 2008 starring Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs, AIG, The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and the Department of the Treasury. […]

Zecco Wall Street Facebook App Review

What do you get when you mix investing with the largest social media network in the world? Zecco’s new Wall Street app for Facebook. […]

Loving My New Cell Phone

CNN Money lists three must-have gadgets. I have two of the three (I don't have a tablet computer yet), but it's the last one I want to focus on for this post. […]

Ten More Giant Money Wasters

A few days ago, CNN Money posted an article listing ten giant money wasters. Here they are, in summary form: 1. ATM fees 2. Lottery tickets 3. Gourmet coffee 4. Cigarettes 5. Infomercial impulse buys 6. Brand-name groceries 7. Eating out 8. Unused gym memberships 9. Daily internet deals 10. Bundled cable or phone services Undoubtedly, each of these can be a huge money waster. […]

Government Blocks Merger of H&R Block and TaxACT

The Department of Justice filed an anti-trust lawsuit against H&R Block. This second-largest income tax preparation service intended to acquire the company that owns third-largest income tax preparation service, TaxACT. Based on the number of customers who used these companies’ services to self-file 2010 tax returns, the combined company would still be a distant second to Intuit’s TurboTax. […]

Best Undergrad College Degrees By Salary 2011

Every year, as we flow through graduation season, I like to take a look at PayScale’s College Salary Report – which takes a look at a variety of statistics for different college majors. The chart just lists the top ten majors, with starting and mid-career median pay figures, though the larger table has a list of many degrees from Dietetics to Art to Criminal Justice to Agriculture. […]

Learning to Give

For years, Get Rich Slowly readers have given me grief over my charitable giving. Or, more precisely, my lack of it. I was raised in a home that gave neither money nor time to help others. As I struck out on my own, I never picked up the habit of giving. At first, this was because I had myself to worry about. I was deep in debt. How could I afford to help others when I couldn’t even help myself? […]

Ask the Readers: What is Your Toughest Financial Challenge?

Everyone always has a financial obstacle to overcome. Whether it's saving for retirement, paying for college, or purchasing a new car, people consistently seem to be striving to conquer some sort of financial problem. What is the biggest financial problem in your life right now? Is it balancing your budget? Finding a job? […]

25 Healthy Changes You Can Make Today

Sometimes, it's the little things that make the biggest impact on our lives. Whether you want to lose weight or feel more energetic, you don't have to go on a drastic diet or guzzle vitamin drinks. Just make some small adjustments to your daily regimen and see how your life is transformed. […]

Protecting the Older Generation Against Financial Fraud

There’s a special and fiery place in hell for people who would try to rip off the life savings of retirees and senior citizens. And yet we know they exist, based on countless reports of frauds perpetrated against older Americans. These snakes (and that’s unfair to the real reptiles) presumably wake up each morning, and rather than commuting to work, ask themselves this question. “Let’s see. […]

Building a Credit History

Books on personal finance used to have a chapter on building a credit history, because it used to be harder to do. […]

Best Money Tips: Get Ready For Your Road Trip

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on getting ready for your road trip, surviving skyrocketing rental prices, and how your dentist bill can save you money. Top 5 Articles Tips and Ideas to Get Ready for Your Road Trip — Get ready for your road trip by planning for stops. […]

Retirement Tips from an Early Retiree

I swim at a local high school pool four or five times a week. Since I've been doing this for almost two years now, you could probably guess that I know the lifeguards pretty well.One of the guards is a retired 61-year-old gentleman who has been working at the pool part-time for five years. […]

Low-interest and … slightly less low-interest

This Kiplinger feature on MSN has a number of good ways that we waste money.  Slide 12 of this series (these aren’t my favorite ways of presenting things, but I see how it generates more ad impressions for MSN!) has the following suggestion: If you’re stashing your cash in a traditional savings account earning next to nothing, you’re wasting it. […]

Free $100 Gift Card For

Giveaway May at Consumerism Commentary is going strong. Every weekday this month, this site is featuring prizes worth at least $50. Today is no exception. Consumerism Commentary has partnered with today to offer a $100 gift card to lucky winner. is the ad-free personal finance blog aggregator. […]

American Express Blue Cash Credit Cards: Everyday Card & Preferred Card

You can save money with the right credit card. I thought to bring focus to one of those ways you can actually save money, provided that you are highly disciplined with paying your bills and managing your debt. How about revisiting the topic of rewards credit cards? […]

Integrity and Your Goals

Have you ever noticed that, when you’re trying a new diet or a new exercise routine or new spending habits or some other significant restrictive change in your life, it often only takes one mis-step for the entire program to fall apart? […]

Reevaluating My MBA From the University of Phoenix Online

From 2003 to 2006, I took classes at the University of Phoenix Online with the eventual grant of a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree. After receiving the degree, I wrote about my experiences with the school in a five part series. For some background, read the series in these parts: The Decision, Admissions, Course Logistics, Curriculum, and The Team Experience. […]

Why I Like and Use Cash Back Credit Cards

As most of you know, I am a big user of cash back credit cards. Last year I netted over $800 using them (as I did in 2009). In fact, in the past six years, I've made an extra $3,400 using cash back credit cards. Not bad at all, huh? […]

The Credit Bureau VIP List

I was half-surprised to read about how credit bureaus have a two tiered system when it comes to their credit reports and how they resolve errors. […]