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Link for teaser title: wbchat-logo.jpg This week's topic: How to get awesome customer service. We're giving away 2 Amazon gift certificates. […]

Prosper Review: Top P2P Lending Site

Thanks to Facebook and Twitter, most of us are well-versed in social networking. With peer to peer lending networks and sites, you have a chance to lend or borrow funds in a kind of money network. We’ve covered Lending Club quite a bit in the past (see our Lending Club review here). […]

Final Advice from a Dying Investor

Money Watch posts a piece titled Final Advice from a Dying Investor which details the story of former institutional sales manager for Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers, Gordon Murray, who is nearing the end of his two-year-long battle with brain cancer. […]

Flipping the Mental Switch for Success

If I have one single piece of career advice to give to anyone, it’s this: figure out how to get in the zone and do it as often as possible. If you can do that, everything else really is secondary. You will find success. What do I mean by “in the zone”? […]

Citi Bonus Reward Categories for Winter ‘11

As a followup to Monday’s post about the Chase Freedom bonus reward categories for Winter 2011, here’s some info about the newest bonus categories for the Citi Dividend Platinum Select card… As you’re likely aware, the trend in credit card rewards is to have a base level of 1% rewards combined with bonus rewards in categories that rotate on a quarterly basis. […]

Free Book Download -- Today Only

For those of you interested, WalletPop is giving away a FREE download of David Bach's new book, Debt Free for Life. The catch: it's only good for today! So if you'd like a copy, here's their giveaway page.  For those of you reading this too late, sorry, there's nothing I can do. You should read FMF more frequently. ;-) […]

Discover® More Card 24 Month Balance Transfer Offer

When companies compete for the business of consumers, consumers are often the winners. One company presents a new offer to win customers, and other companies have no choice but to follow suit if they want to compete. […]

E*Trade Has Useful Advertisements!?

I was reading CNN Money over the weekend when I saw one of E*Trade’s latest banner advertisements, which I’ve included below. I want to salute them for using advertising that is actually useful. It’s pretty obvious, with interest rates so low, that dividend stocks have become more and more enticing. […]

2011 401k, 403b, and 457 Plan Contribution Limits

Retirement Plan Contribution Limits Remain Unchanged in 2011 Employees saving for retirement are not getting any favors from the government this year. The contribution limits for the major employer-sponsored retirement plans: 401(k)s, 403(b)s, and 457(b)s will not get an increase. That means like in 2010, the 2011 limit remains $16,500 for those under age 50. […]

Seven Financial Resolutions for the New Year

The following is a guest post from Marotta Asset Management. Financial resolutions usually don't even last until the end of January. Making a permanent change in our behavior requires both time and a steely resolve. We can only develop financial character one action at a time. […]

Free Tax Software for a Good Writer

Ok, I have a deal for one of you... I have some free tax software (I have been given the codes by the company) and am willing to give it to an FMF reader IF that reader is willing to use the software and write an unbiased review that I can post here (here's an example of what I'm talking about -- though it's not the same software.) The conditions: You need to use the software to do your taxe […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: No Money Resolution Edition

Several people wrote to me expressing some surprise that I didn’t have a money-related resolution this year. To tell the truth, I don’t know where a single-year money resolution would come from in our budget or in our life. We have some ongoing three-to-five year goals that seem to be in a good place right now. […]

Buying a New Smartphone Without Extending Your Contract

Buying a new phone is great, especially since most carriers will give you a hefty discount ($199 vs. $529 for retail) in exchange for extending your contract for two years. Why would anyone hesitate to trade two years for a $329 discount? […]

Diagnose and Improve Your Financial Health: A 10-Item Checklist

Most people usually want to do one of three things every January: They want to lose weight, improve finances, or quit a bad habit. Since this is a personal finance blog, I guess we ought to focus on the goal to improve your finances. The problem with trying to improve your finances is that it is awfully broad. […]

Standard Deductions and Exemptions for Federal Income Tax

Most taxpayers can choose between itemizing tax deductions to reduce taxable income, which requires accurate record-keeping and support, and taking the standard deduction. The standard tax deduction is a fixed amount that reduces the amount of money on which taxpayers owe the federal government. […]

The Lazy Mom's Guide to Eczema Care

It seems there are as many views on how to treat kids' eczema as there are moms. Some moms carefully catalog everything the child has eaten in order to correlate foods with flare-ups. […]

Lower Tax Rate on Savings Accounts to Incentivize Saving

Over the break, I read about the winning idea for the TIAA-CREF’s Raise the Rate competition and was surprised that it was selected as the winner. […]

Beyond Tupperware: Frugal Food Storage

This post is from new GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes the Living With Less personal finance column for MSN Money, and writes about frugality and intentional living at Surviving And Thriving. To hear the storage industry tell it, every kitchen needs plastic containers in a dozen sizes. […]