Don’t use your time profitably? Sue someone!

If keeping your day job is the cake, then investing in yourself outside of your day job is at least the icing, or maybe even another four or five cakes’ worth. But if that sounds like way too much work, there’s always the chance you can hit the jackpot by suing the entity that consumed most of your time for an obscene amount of money.  That’s what Craig Smallwood is doing to NCSof […]

Amended Our Tax Return

I did something today that I’ve never done before – I filed an amended tax return.  Back in March, I filed my taxes but didn’t claim the first-time homebuyer credit.  Armed with the proper paperwork, forms, and software, it took, literally, 10 minutes to amend the return. According to the IRS website, returns claiming the first-time homebuyer credit must be mailed, with correct documentation, and […]

Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, How to Graduate from College without Student Loan Debt. Enjoy! […]

Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, How to Graduate from College without Student Loan Debt. Enjoy! […]

Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, How to Graduate from College without Student Loan Debt. Enjoy! […]

Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, How to Graduate from College without Student Loan Debt. Enjoy! […]

Try Volunteering & Get Hired For The Job You Want

This guest post is by Mrs. Accountability, who writes for the awesome site, Out of Debt Again. She talks about how you can find your dream job by employing a fresh approach. We all have to start somewhere. […]

Make This Week Something Special

If you go home tonight and devote two hours to a big project at home, you’ve got a start. Go home every night this week and spend two more hours and you’ve poured ten hours into that project. Spend four hours on Saturday and four hours on Sunday and you’ve got eighteen hours of project time. You can do something that you didn’t really think you could ever get done. […]

Help a Reader: How to Grow an Income

Here's an email I received recently from a reader: I have been reading your blog for a good while now and one important topic you write on is growing your income.  As I see it, there are two general ways to do this. […]

Ally Bank: No Plans to Change 0.25% APY CD Loyalty Bonus

Last week, Reader Dan emailed me a transcript of a conversation he had with a customer service representative. In the conversation, the CSR said that the 0.25% APY renewal/loyalty bonus may be going away after next month (September). Here’s the chat transcript (edited for formatting but otherwise 100% intact as what Dan sent me): Joshua: Thank you for chatting with me today. […]

Book Review of Leah Ingram’s Suddenly Frugal

I consider myself a lifetime learner.  Maybe that is one of the reasons why I feel compelled to read anything I can get my hands on.  My past experience as a book reviewer for an arts and entertainment magazine put me into contact with nearly every publishing house in the United States.  I will be the first to admit how exciting it can be to get a box full of books to read in the […]

The Long-Term Prospects for Stocks: Game Over?

For as long as I’ve been paying attention, which admittedly is only the last ten or so years of my total thirty-four, personal finance experts have been extolling stocks as the best long-term investments. […]

A Creative Way to Give

Here's a comment that a reader left on my post titled Something I Like: Applebee's 2 for $20: We went to Applebees last night and got the 2 for $20. My wife couldn't finish the steak (so I finished it for her) and I got the Riblets. […]

Best Money Tips: Tuition-Free Colleges

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup. Today, we share the world of tuition-free colleges, how to decode and decrease the ER bill, and why it doesn't matter how much you spend on an HDMI cable. Top 5 Articles Tuition-Free Colleges — They aren’t a figment of your imagination, but they are difficult to get into. […]

Reader Mailbag: Friends

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. GTD for stay-at-home moms 2. Loaning money to parents 3. Prepaying property taxes 4. Emergency fund or debt repayment 5. Starting a Roth IRA 6. Small business encouragement 7. Thinking ahead for college 8. […]

Build a Cable to Control Your Android Phone While You Drive

ShareThisI recently needed to replace my 5-year-old cell phone and my 3-year-old MP3 player simultaneously. So I bit the bullet and bought an Android-based smart phone, the famed Nexus One (N1). […]

Travel and Money: Using Prepaid Travel Cards

Traveling safely and managing your money along the way is an exercise in balancing multiple risks: theft, loss, high surcharges, and confusing discrepancies. […]

Expense Ratios as Predictors of Mutual Fund Performance

A recent study by Morningstar has provided support for something that many of us have long believed to be true… When it comes to investment performance, cost matters. A lot. In fact, looking across the past five years, low fees are perhaps the best predictor of future mutual fund performance – even better than Morningstar’s own star rating system. […]

No Recession for College Graduates

I’ve been fortunate that most of my local friends have not been affected by the economic downturn. I’m especially fortunate because I have not been affected by the economic downturn. While the companies we work at have downsized, for the most part, we’ve all escaped unscathed in what’s clearly the worse economic decline in our lifetime. […]

How to Replace Six Vital Documents

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. Could you produce your birth certificate, car title, or an old tax return at a moment’s notice? You’re supposed to store vital documents in a fireproof box or keep them in a safe-deposit box, but how many of us actually do that? We may not need these papers often, but when we do need them, we really need them. […]