Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of Dec 14

For weekday updates of what I find to be some of the most interesting personal finance articles on the web, follow me on Twitter. For now, here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week and my posts that were included: Be sure to enter my You Need a Budget giveaway! Also, please vote in the Best of Money Carnival contest. […]

What Happens if Lending Club Goes Out of Business?

I recently got an e-mail from a reader who was concerned about the long-term stability of peer lending outfits like Lending Club. In it, he asked: Is there any credible data as to how long companies such as Lending Club are likely to persist (5, 10, 20, 50 years)? […]

Don’t be afraid to ask about what you don’t know

One of the most important rules of investing is this:  Don’t invest in anything you don’t understand. If you don’t understand stocks, don’t invest in them.  If you don’t understand options, don’t invest in them.  If you don’t understand futures contracts, don’t invest in them.  If you don’t understand credit default swaps, well … don’t worry, because no one understands them. […]

ING Direct & ShareBuilder Promotions: $50 To $125 In Cash & Gifts

Here’s where we broadcast any current promotions from ING Direct, a favorite well-known online bank (especially among personal finance bloggers), and its affiliated brokerage, Sharebuilder. There are actually quite a number of great promotions in place right now! […]

7 Ways to Get Warm On the Cheap

By Sarah Winfrey Brrr . . . it's cold outside. Even if you live somewhere that's usually warm, if you're in the northern hemisphere it's probably been anywhere from a mite chilly to downright freezing out there. If you're at all like me, there's not too much that's worse than being really and truly cold . . . […]

Giveaway Reminder: Elliott Wave Principle and The Big Money

As I mentioned earlier this week, this week we are having a double giveaway. Two winners will receive one book each. […]

Personal Finance Bloggers Hosting the American Express Flip Mino Giveaway – 60+ Camera Prizes!

Have you heard of the Flip Mino HD camera yet? If not, you’re missing out! It’s this great little pocket-sized camera that records video in HD. It’s a pretty slick little device and are becoming quite popular. What if I told you that there are at least 60 of these cameras that usually retail at around $200 being given away this week and weekend? […]

Curb Your Consumerism

This article is presented by Kelly Whalen, Consumerism Commentary staff writer. The temptation to spend money is everywhere, especially during the holidays. There is something magical about lights glowing, soft Christmas music playing everywhere, and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season that seems to make money fly right out of everyone’s wallet. […]

Free In-Flight Internet for the Holidays

This is just a quick note to point out that GoGo is offering free in-flight internet via a series of promo codes. […]

2009: A Turbulent Year for Credit Card Issuers and Cardholders

Note: The following article is reposted by permission from This past year has been one of the most turbulent years in the history of the credit card industry for both issuers and cardholders. Issuers made substantial changes in their rates and fees Read more ...Subscribe to our newsletterLike this article? […]

Guest Post: Living off Capital

By Philip Brewer I have a guest post up on The Simple Dollar that talks about Living Off Capital. People who come from wealthy families learn how to live off capital. The rules are taught along with all the other things they learn from their parents–how to dress, how to eat, how deal with bankers and trust officers. […]

Living off Capital

Philip Brewer is perhaps my favorite personal finance blogger. I thoroughly enjoy his writings and I’ve told him so in the past. A few months ago, I offered him a very rare guest post slot here at The Simple Dollar so I could share his writing more directly with you all. This is the article that Philip contributed. […] Gift Certificate Coupon Codes & Tips

I remember when I first heard about a few years ago. Their offer back then is the same as it is now, you can buy a $25 Restaurant gift certificate for $10. Every few weeks, they run a 70% or 80% off promotion where you end up getting a $25 Restaurant gift certificate for two bucks. Two freaking dollars… three if you only use 70% off. A few years ago, hardly anyone took them. […]

How to Give When You Can't Afford To

Money magazine lists 13 creative ways to maximize your charitable impact without writing a huge check as follows: Maximizing Your Own Resources Dish out professional know-how, not just soup. Clean out the garage, attic, basement... Put your plastic to work. Plenty of credit cards promise to send a particular charity a cut of whatever you charge. Pick the right bank. […]

Skip the Holiday Hype: 10 Non-Shopping Activities

By Frugal Duchess Forget the holiday hype and just have fun. Here are 10 frugal activities that don’t involve shopping and could save money. 1. Get more rest. Sleep is a good investment. With more rest, I work smarter, think clearer and save more. Costly financial errors develop when I become a sleep-deprived, whirlwind of nervous energy. […]

Best Deals for Thursday 12/17/09

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Stretch Out a Small Space

By Sasha A. Rae You’ve finally found the space of your dreams, only it’s not as spacious as it ought to be and now you don’t know how you’re going to fit all your goodies into the digs. In fact, the more you look at your space, the more you wonder how you even imagined you could fit everything into it, including yourself. Have no fear. […]

Review: Making the Most of Your Money Now by Jane Bryant Quinn

Author Jane Bryan Quinn took her massive personal finance book published in 1997 and revised and updated the information to create Making the Most of Your Money Now: The Classic Bestseller Completely Revised for the New Economy, which will be released on December 29, 2009. […]

Investing without Goals Is Like Golfing without a Putter…

… you might make some general progress, but when you finally come close to the target, it will be very difficult for you to hit that shot. Time and time again, people write to me and ask questions about how they should be investing their money. […]