5 Tips for My Career-Clueless College Self

Like many, I struggled to find my way in college. I entered not knowing quite what I wanted to do. I exited in much the same way. So I did what any non-liberal-arts student does — I got a business degree. My goal was to keep open as many employment opportunities as possible upon graduation. […]

Notify Credit Bureaus of Death

Reader Kim emailed me a few weeks ago with a question I’ve, thanksfully, never had to deal with. Following the death of her mother, she was wondering if she should report her death to the credit bureaus. She’s already paid off and closed all credit accounts and by all accounts things are “settled.” Her lawyer didn’t know the answer so she thought maybe I did! […]

A Brief Intro to Peer-to-Peer Lending

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. Lately, I’ve heard a lot of buzz about how peer-to-peer (P2P) lending is a great alternative for investors who feel burned by the stock market. […]

Six Tips for Job Hunting in Secret

Since 84% of people are looking for new jobs this year, I thought it was appropriate to share this piece from Money Watch listing six tips for job hunting in secret. Their advice: 1. Keep Communication Private 2. Submit Your Online Resume Carefully 3. Watch What You Wear 4. Take Vacation or Personal Days for Interviews 5. Video-Interview from Home 6. […]

1 Organic Chicken, 22 Healthy Meals, $49 Bucks

This article is part of a delicious frugality series called How to stretch a whole chicken into many healthy meals. To start this plucky series from the beginning, read the introduction. Stretching a whole organic chicken into 22 healthy servings for $49 bucks is easy. It’s the meat measuring, food photographing, blog writing, and penny counting that nearly killed me. […]

Big Winner In Video Contest: Shred Your Card Day

I’ve talked about the Shred Your Card video contest here quite a bit before, which was sponsored by a couple of great financial services, Lending Club and PerkStreet Financial. Well, today was the big day when the grand prize winners were revealed. I just wanted to congratulate one of our readers, who ended up picking up quite a haul for his winning video entry, “The Credit Fairy”! […]

How I Got Out Of Debt

It’s been a while since I’ve written about how my wife and I paid off our consumer debt.  I thought new readers (and folks who have been around for years) might benefit from a retelling of our story. Back in April of 2005, my wife and I decided that it was time to get out of debt.  We had a total of just over $11,500 in consumer debt, consisting of credit card debt and two automobile payments.  I […]

Our 2011 Shopping List

Last year I laid out some of the major purchases we were considering, then updated our progress throughout the year. It was an interesting way to track our progress and see if what we thought we'd buy was what we actually bought. So I thought I'd do the same this year. Here goes: Vacations -- In addition to our annual trips (2) to see family, I could see us going on three vacations/trips. […]

Financial Books for Kids

Our thirteen year old recently asked me for some good books about investing. […]

2010 Taxes Due on April 18th

You know how the tax deadline is usually April 15th? Well, the IRS adjusts the date, they are required by tax law, if it falls on a holiday or on a weekend. This year, the folks in Washington D.C. will be celebrating Emancipation Day on Friday, April 15th. […]

High Tech Solutions For the Winter Blues

How can you fight the battle of the winter blues with so little daylight and so much to do? […]

2011 Goals: First Month Status

The year is no longer new and novel. I’ve stopped accidentally writing “2010″ on my checks, though I still double-check the date before sealing envelopes. New Year’s resolutions often don’t last past the first month of the year, so it’s time to see how “average” I am — how much I am like the typical American who doesn’t stick to the lofty goals set at the beginning of the year. […]

How to Decline a Job Offer without Burning a Bridge

Money Watch suggests how to decline a job offer without burning a bridge as follows: “No one is taking this stuff personally,” Clarke said. “Don’t lie. […]

Five Ways Freelancers Stay On Top of Their Game

For many people, working from home is merely a dream.  First of all, their employers wouldn’t allow it and besides, even if they did, many people aren’t organized enough to get anything done without constant supervision. […]

6 Pre-Workout Snacks to Keep You Moving

For most of us, a balanced meal 4-6 hours ahead of a workout provides enough energy to get through a 30-45 minute routine. But once we start adding intensity and duration, we need a bit more than breakfast or lunch to sustain the workload. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 1, Posts 25-28

Here we go with the first round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. […]

Clean Jeans Right Without Going to the Dry Cleaner

I am a jean addict. Correction: I am a frugal jean addict; therefore, I own very few nice pairs of jeans. My first pair of brand-new designer jeans were bought by my husband through an exchange where he DJ'ed a party and I scored a fantastic pair of Joe jeans that made my booty look like I'd done squats every day all summer. […]

Use Long Term CDs to Improve Your Short Term Savings Yields

The past few years haven’t been kind to savers. Interest rates have plummeted, and the typical online savings account is now paying just a bit more than 1% APY. Sure, CD rates are a little better, but you have to lock up your money for a relatively long period of time to do much better than a savings account. […]

The Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, Pros And Cons Of Getting a Part-Time Job. Enjoy! […]