Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of Oct 19

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: EDITOR'S CHOICE! Carnival of Personal Finance - The 5 Stages of Investing Enlightenment  EDITOR'S CHOICE! […]

Do this and you’ll manage your checking account successfully

Managing a checking account isn’t rocket science but it’s not basket weaving either.  (No offense meant to basket-weavers.  I tried to weave a basket in eighth grade art class and it ended up looking more like a Frisbee.) But managing a checking account boils down to one key skill: You have to know that the money is available before you make a payment or a withdrawal. This can be illustrated in a […]

Chase Freedom (SM): Credit Card For Cash Back Rewards

My #1 requirement for a credit card is that it has NO annual fees. I pay my credit card bills in full each month, so I’m most interested in credit cards with rewards programs, and in particular, cash back credit cards that have NO fees. On that note, I’ve decided to be proactive and look [...]Chase Freedom (SM): Credit Card For Cash Back Rewards […]

Ally Bank Ten Day CD Rate Guarantee

Not quite a year ago, we started building a CD ladder. We’re building a five year ladder, and that first rung is nearly up for renewal. I’ve thus been looking around for the best CD rates. In doing so, I ran across the ten day CD rate guarantee at Ally Bank. […]

Tools to Get Organized, Family Style

By Julie Rains Many people think I’m incredibly well organized because I can easily manage (certain) projects and recite dates, locations, deadlines, etc. for my family’s activities. […]

Ethical Frugality Week: Lifetime Guarantees

Over the upcoming week, I’ll be posting a series of articles on the ethics of frugality. How far can you take things without crossing an ethical line or diving into seriously socially unacceptable waters? […]

Another Broke and Unhappy Lottery Winner

Check out this piece from the Washington Post: William "Bud" Post III, 66, whose $16.2 million in lottery winnings brought him debt, despair and heartache, causing the kind of trouble often recounted in country-western songs, died of respiratory failure Jan. 15 at a Pittsburgh area hospital. […]

The Dow at 10,000 – Where Do We Go From Here?

The Dow is at 10,000. Big deal, right? After all, it is just a number, but there has been a lot of emphasis placed on this milestone recently. Why is the media obsessed over this number? It has been over a year since we’ve seen the market at these levels, so whether it is an indication of good things to come or not, it’s welcome relief. But why all of the hype and predictions? […]

The Paradox of Choice and the Dangers of Perfection

As important as I believe National Save for Retirement Week is, I have to confess that after four days (five, if you count Sunday), I’m bored of it. My short attention span has dwindled. […]

What To Do When Your CD Matures

We put our emergency fund into a CD ladder and every month one of those certificates of deposit matures and is automatically renewed. As an added bonus, ING Direct, where our CDs live, gives us a CD rollover bonus whenever we renew (currently the bonus is 0.15% on CDs of at least 12-months long). For us, the decision is simple. […]

Tax-Friendly Places to Retire

Have you ever thought of moving when you retire -- you know, someplace that's warmers AND can save you a bundle on taxes? MSN Money lists tax-friendly places to retire but says it's not as simple as looking at income tax rates. Their thoughts: Seven states -- Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming -- have no state income tax. […]

17 Resources to Improve Your Small Business

By Greg Go Improving your business is critical to staying afloat and growing. Here are some resources out there that will sharpen your skills, improve your offerings and allow you to grow your business. (This article was written in collaboration with Glen Stansberry, who writes about personal development at and tweets as @glenstansberry.) 1. […]

Best Deals For Thursday 10/22/09

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Pay Czar Ordering Bailed Out Companies to Reduce Pay

The executives of these companies had to see this coming. When a company is “too big to fail,” it becomes a public institution in senses of the phrase but the most literal. And for a number of banks and other financial companies in the past year, the public has become a partial owner thanks to infusion of cash from the government bailouts. […]

Ethical Frugality Week: Sampling Content

Over the upcoming week, I’ll be posting a series of articles on the ethics of frugality. How far can you take things without crossing an ethical line or diving into seriously socially unacceptable waters? […]

3 Ways Paying Off Credit Cards Is Like Playing Beer Pong

By J. Money I'll admit right away — I miss college. I miss the friends, the freedom, and especially the parties. What I don't miss is all that credit card debt that once accumulated! I'm smart enough to stay away from those "free" t-shirt deals now, but it took me a while to get a good game plan down. […]

6 Healthy Snacks that Won’t Break the Bank

By Myscha Theriault We all need a little something to get us by between meals now and again. Healthy snacks are a way to ward off hunger without getting too far off track calorie wise. Problem is, if you listen to all the ads and hype, you might think keeping a few appropriate items on hand has to cost big bucks. […]

No One Cares More About Your Retirement Than YOU Do

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the advisor for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. […]

Chase Blueprint Payment Program Review

If you’ve been watching any TV, visiting any financially focused website, or have opened a financial magazine or newspaper, you’ve probably seen a Chase ad and information about their “Blueprint” program. They’ve done a huge media push over a program that, while a little innovative, only helps people who are carrying a balance. […]

Financial Peace Through Planning

As you may already know, this week is National Save for Retirement Week. In that spirit, I want to spend some time today discussing the peace brought on by having a sound financial plan. It should come as no surprise that planning for the future and saving for retirement can bring a great deal of peace to those who do it. […]