How is Your 401(k) Retirement Account Performing?

I’ve been investing in a 401(k) retirement account since I joined the ranks of the corporate employed seven years ago. I started with a small percentage of my income, just enough to take advantage of the full company match. As my income increased, I diverted a larger percentage to the 401(k) with the hopes of retiring with a sizable nest egg decades later. […]

How Much Should You Have in Savings?

A couple of weeks ago, we had a fine discussion about how much we should save for retirement. But how much should we have saved for today? How much should we have in cash reserves? As I write my own book, I’m reading (and re-reading) dozens of other money manuals. While perusing Bert Whitehead’s Why Smart People Do Stupid Things With Money, I came across his table of “minimum base liquidity”. […]

Some Thoughts About Thinking

Isn’t it amazing how our thoughts work?  I’m sitting here, typing this article, and it’s October 7, 2009.  There’s a part of my brain that is occupied with next word I’m going to type.  There’s another part that’s focusing on an appointment that I have tomorrow – and yet another part that’s thinking about next year’s summer vacation.  Even if I tried, it would be impossible to control just how far […]

Foreign Exchange (FOREX) Currency CDs

There’s been a lot of talk in the last year about the US dollar being replaced as a reserve currency, in part because of all the bailouts and “quantitative easing” done to jump-start our economy. With all the recent economic forums, such as the G20 in Pittsburgh, it’s no surprise that this has been a topic of conversation. So, we started looking at ways to diversify ourselves off the US dollar. […]

The Whip Cracks Both Ways

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. Inherently volatile, the average daily fluctuation of the stock market is about 0.76%. If this movement were always up, the market would appreciate to more than six times its value in a year. If all the movement were down, you would have less than 15 cents for every dollar you invested at the beginning of the year. […]

Extended yard sales: sign of the times?

In better times, a yard sale is a good way to clear the junk out of the closets and make a little bit of extra money.  And what doesn’t sell will find a good hope at the Salvation Army thrift store or something similar. This past weekend there was a yard sale that was initially advertised for Friday and Saturday.  The folks taped over the sign the next day: “Sun.”  So we stopped by there after chu […]

Daily Links: Sisters of the Road Edition

Many GRS readers have urged me to take a more active role in charity and giving back to my local community. […]

No Penny Stock Trading For Me

If it costs less, it’s a bargain, right? But not all bargains are worth the money. Some time ago, I wrote about why I thought that buying penny stocks is a big mistake. Now I’m joined by fellow PF blogger Tim Parker from Elementary Finance who gives his own thoughts on the subject. Image from One particular Saturday not long ago, I was doing my weekly grocery shopping. […]

A Weekend at Our House

This past weekend was a typical one at our house – lots of time spent together as a family and surprisingly little money spent. […]

How to Determine Whether or Not You Need Long-Term-Care Insurance?

Here are some thoughts from the great personal finance book Grow Your Money!: 101 Easy Tips to Plan, Save, and Invest. They list guidelines for determining whether or not you need long-term-care (LTC) insurance as follows: Are you worth over a million dollars, excluding your home? […]

Don’t Act For Action’s Sake

One of the newest sites I’ve been reading has been The Daily Crux, a site that highlights, among other things, the most intriguing investing news of the day. […]

How to Prepare for the Demise of the Dollar

Since the middle of the twentieth century, the U.S. dollar has been the currency that has dominated the world. Governments have held dollars in reserve, and borrowed dollars when necessary, because this currency can buy just about anything, anywhere. […]

What Made You Care About Money?

Get Rich Slowly asks what made you care about money and shares the following responses from an admittedly unscientific survey as follows: Debt forced me to get better with money -- 22.5% I got engaged, married, and/or I reproduced -- 15.0% I got divorced, dumped, or widowed -- 12.5% I read a great book -- 12.5% I craved financial independence or a better life -- 11.3% I was making mor […]

America Is the No Vacation Nation

By Nora Dunn Here is a frightening (or enlightening, depending on how you look at it) passage from Wanderlust and Lipstick about the American approach to vacations: A 2009 survey from Expedia found that 1/3 of employees don’t take all of their vacation time. […]

Best Deals For Tuesday 10/06/09

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Take Time to Learn About Your Benefits During Open Enrollment

Fall is in the air and that means many employers begin their open enrollment period for benefits. Even if your employer doesn’t do open enrollment in the fall, keep reading. Your employer provided benefits are an important aspect of your finances so it’s a good idea to study your options carefully. […]

Gasoline, Groceries, and a Simple Look at the Cost of Time

Recently, my wife was in rural area of Iowa where the gas prices were significantly higher than they are near where we live. While there, the amount of gas in her tank got low, so she stopped to fill up. […]

Ask the Readers: What Winter Savings Tip Do You Swear By?

By Linsey Knerl It's here! Fall has arrived, and with it reports of frost, breezy evenings, and *gasp* snow! If you're not already thinking ahead to how you'll ever pay that ominous heating bill, now is your chance to learn from your Wise Bread friends. We want to know your proven tips for saving money this winter. It can be on heating, gasoline, snow-shoveling bills, or even your ice rink fees. […]

Don't Go to College to Learn

By Philip Brewer There are good reasons to go to college. And, if you do go to college, you will no doubt learn a lot. But you can learn anywhere — and probably learn more, better, and faster if you do so on your own. […]

How to Stop Buying Clothes You Never Wear

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. A couple of years ago, I had a Great Closet Clean-Out. My clothing racks and drawers were overflowing at the time, and some of it still had price tags. Hoping to accomplish that European knack for owning less and looking better, I donated, consigned, and gave away about 75 percent of my wardrobe. […]