Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of Sept 24

Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: EDITOR'S CHOICE! Carnival of Personal Finance Wise Bread likes freezable breakfasts. My Personal Finance Journey lists personal finance and life lessons. PT Money avoids the sophomore slump. […]

Pink playhouses and home bargains

Two and a half years ago, we moved into our new house.  It was so much of what we wanted.  It was close to where I work.  It had plenty of space inside, with an open floor plan.  In a county that rests on many an old cowpaddy, our plot, and our subdivision, are flat: no precipices in the back yard.  Friendly neighbors are nearby. My wife and her father are putting the finishing touches on out daug […]

Eyes on the Prize: The Path to Early Retirement

This is a guest post from Richard Barrington. Okay, so the fact that I’m writing this proves that I’m not really retired. But I am semi-retired, and that’s even better. I graduated from college during the early 1980s, during an unemployment environment that by some measures was even tougher than today’s. […]

Be Attentive (270/365)

A romantic relationship, whether before or after marriage, needs care to keep it healthy. Just like any living thing, you’ve got to give it the attention that it needs to keep both members happy. It’s harder than it sounds. Most of us have very busy lives. I know we’re holding down two careers, three children, community responsibilities, housework, and many other things. […]

Reader Mailbag: Caterpillars

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Why not get an ARM? 2. Value of old information 3. Paperless statements 4. Used camping equipment 5. Sarah’s contributions 6. Odors 7. Tankless water heaters 8. Political arguments 9. Laundry soap for front-loaders 10. […]

Diminished Sensitivity: Why We Care More About $1 Than $100

Watch out… psychology and money collide once again on the streets of Bargaineering! This time, the subject is diminished sensitivity and it’s the reason why some people will, in splitting a check, divide down to the dollar but think nothing of dropping a hundred on a new pair of jeans. […]

When Seizing the Day Backfires

A little over a month ago, I experienced one of those moments in life where everything was as it should be. You know those moments—when work, love, friendships, etc., are all operating smoothly, in a brief but perfect alignment that allows you the rare luxury of total peace. In that moment, I was able to breathe, smile and remember that life is happening, and life is good. […]

9 Make-Ahead, Freezable Hot Breakfast Recipes

There's nothing quite like a hot breakfast — cold cereal just doesn't cut it. Besides tasting great, a hot breakfast is more likely to keep you full until lunch. Unfortunately, preparing a hot breakfast takes longer and uses more dishes than cereal and milk. […]

Techniques for Escaping Long-Term Unemployment

No one has to tell you that the job market is a little tight these days. The mass layoffs that followed our recent recession put millions of people out of work and our recovery has been slow-going to say the least. The problem with these extended periods of unemployment (besides the obvious crimp it puts on your finances) is that the longer you stay unemployed, the harder it is to get a job. […]

Best Money Tips: Save Hundreds When Selling Your Car

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on saving hundreds when selling your car, saving for a home down payment, and managing your time in college. Top 5 Articles Five Sneaky Ways To Save Hundreds When Selling Your Car — Save money when selling your car by selling it with an empty tank of gas. […]

Spend Less than You Earn

The Simple Dollar highlights both sides of the "spend less than you earn" motto that so many personal finance bloggers (including me: it's my best piece of financial advice) love. IMO, he does a great job of breaking the saying down into its two main parts.Yes, I said TWO main parts. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 9/27, 12pm Pacific for a Chance to Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Side jobs! […]

The Morning Show and a Big Talk

Over the last week, and the weeks leading up to last week, I’ve had a whirlwind of presentations in need of preparation. So I prepared. And practiced. And prepped some more. You see, I’m a bit of a reluctant speaker. I often get asked to talk to groups, but I haven’t said ‘YES’ until now. […]

Write Love Notes (269/365)

One of the most effective ways to cement our relationship and keep it strong is something incredibly simple that costs almost nothing and is something people have been doing for hundreds of years. I just write a little note for Sarah and stick it somewhere where she will find it later. Usually, it’s not a gushy love note. […]

Upromise Check Request Followup

This is just a quick followup to my post from a couple of months ago in which described the process of requesting a check from Upromise. In it, I noted that they send checks quarterly, on March 16th, June 15th, September 14th, and December 14th. Over this past weekend, an envelope from Upromise showed up in our mailbox. […]

6 Considerations Before Using Credit Cards in a Foreign Country

This is a guest article by Jason Steele. Jason is an expert in travel and credit cards. He contributes several of the top personal finance sites on the Internet including the blog at Credit Card Forum. In this article, Jason shares what everyone should know before using a credit card outside the United States. In the summer of 1987 I embarked on a teen tour by bicycle across the Canadian Rockies. […]

5 Tell-Tale Signs of a Good Investment Scam Mark

None of us likes to be scammed. However, there are scammers out there ready to separate you from your hard-earned money. It works because there are always those who fall victim to scams. Scammers seem to know just who to target. In a lot of cases, this is because good investment scam marks often have similar characteristics. Are you an ideal mark for an investment scam? You might be. […]

Personal Finance and Election Predictions

For a bit of election year fun, Credit Karma has done an analysis of credit behavior (credit scores and debt levels) on a red vs. blue state basis and then used the results to attempt to predict what will happen in the so-called swing states. In their analysis, they found that individuals from blue states have marginally higher credit scores (662 vs. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Child Art Edition

The walls of my office are slowly becoming covered in child art. First, I hung up a rather nice comic strip that my six year old son drew. Then, my daughter drew an enormous rainbow heart with the word “Dad” on it and asked me to hang it up. This opened up the floodgates. […]

Rescheduling My Life: Grocery Delivery

On Sunday, I decided to take another shot at improving my time management skills. For as long as I can remember, time management has never been my strength. Always drawn to activities I find exciting, sometimes my responsibilities suffered. […]