Hottest New Money Maker: The Plunder Funnel

What happens when you take a pyramid and turn it upside down? That’s right… you have a funnel. A plunder funnel. […]

Plunder Funnel

Want a quick laugh this afternoon? Check out Consumerist's funny "Plunder Funnel" video! ;-) […]

Airline Ticket Pricing Flap: Extra Fees For Carry On Baggage?

Many thanks to Lazy Man from Lazy Man and Money for sharing his thoughts on airline ticket pricing and the extra charges that travelers may soon see at ticket counters! Maybe one budget travel tip should be to avoid airlines that charge for carry on baggage! […]

Reverse ABA Routing Number Lookup

The ABA routing number, also known as the routing transit number, is a nine digit number associated with a financial institution. If you look at a personal check, it’s one of the three numbers at the bottom of the check (the others are the check number and your account number). […]

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Are You Middle Class?

Yahoo asks if you're middle class and lists the following stats to help you answer the question: Income - For the 50 percent of families in the middle of the scale, household income ranges from $51,000 to $123,000 for a typical four-person, two-parent family. The median is about $81,000. […]

Outdated Job Skills, Poor Job Performance, and Lack of a Plan Can Keep You From Getting a New Job

I don’t have to tell you that the job market is tough out there these days and with unemployment at near record highs there are a lot of people out there looking for work. […]

Reader Mailbag: Critical Mass of Stuff to Do

My biggest problem in terms of personal organization: whenever my “must be done” list reaches a certain length, I have this incredibly strong desire to just shut down and give up. If I can handle things in manageable chunks, things are good. […]

15 Awesome Storage Solutions for Under $10

Dealista MP3:  Dealista #32: How to Create New Storage Solutions on a Budget ShareThisThis article shares tips from the newest episode of Dealista, our new podcast that'll help you get more for less. […]

Would You Pay? The Brave New World of Online Music

If you've been anywhere on the internet over the last several years, you've probably heard about the difficulties music companies are having in getting people to pay for the music they download. […]

Last Minute Tax Filing Tips

With one week before the deadline, many people are just starting to think about filing their tax return. The problem I’ve often encountered with waiting to the last minute is it’s easy to miss important items. Many years ago, I filed in the manual style: my only tools were a calculator and pencil. […]

2009 Richest Counties in America

I was a little surprised to learn that my home county, Howard County, MD, was the third richest county by median income based on 2008 data released by the American Community Survey. […]

Struggling with Time-Debt

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at I recently found myself, late one night, staring at my computer screen with a sinking, hard feeling in my stomach and a bad taste in my mouth. A familiar bad taste. The taste of debt. […]

How Much House Can You Afford?

The following is an excerpt from Your Money: The Missing Manual, an excellent book written by JD Roth from Get Rich Slowly. Copyright 2010 O'Reilly Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission. (A sidebar is at the end in red.) Housing is the largest expense in most families' budgets. […]

The Debt Free Vacation

“Some debts are fun when you are acquiring them, but none are fun when you set about retiring them.” -Ogden Nash As we travel across the country in a motor home, I’m often moved with thankfulness for the simple privilege of vacation. Our fearless crew is comprised of myself, my beautiful wife, my father, my step-mother, and her step-father (which I suppose makes him my step-step grandpa). […]

Daily Links: Empire Builder Edition

Howdy, everyone. I’m writing to you from my sleeper compartment aboard Amtrak’s Empire Builder train, which runs from Chicago to Portland. Chris Guillebeau and I have been traveling westward for 24 hours now, and have passed through Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota. We’re now entering Montana (our train is behind schedule), and have another day or so left to ride. […]

$1 Million Not Enough for Retirement

Yahoo has come to the realization that $1 million is not enough for retirement. They cite a survey of investment advisors that recommend the amounts people of various ages will need to retire. The results: Generation Y (ages 18 to 26) needs to save at least $2 million, according to 77% of advisers. […]

The Stuff Rich People Throw Away Is Often Better Than the Stuff I Keep

An old friend of mine sent me some pictures of her refinished living room. In it, I noticed a few interesting items – an obviously expensive leather couch and a elegantly weathered old Victrola. Curiosity got the best of me and I wrote her back asking about those two items. Where did she pick them up? […]