Best Money Tips: Banish Home Odors for Good

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup. Today, we give you ways to keep your home from stinking, some terrific Twitter tools, and why a scooter is kinda cool again! Top 5 Articles Banish Home Odors for Good — Does your home give a “not-so-fresh” impression to your guests? Nip it in the bud with 5 simple steps. […]

Getting Things Done: Five Key Things

This is the final entry in a fourteen part series discussing the time management classic Getting Things Done by David Allen. […]

Cyber Security on the Road

Link: ShareThisWhether you are on the road for a business trip or traveling full time with a location independent career, maintaining good cyber security is paramount. […]

8 Great Businesses Ideas You Can Start Today

Link: ShareThisConventional wisdom says that starting a new business in an economic downturn is a bad idea. But we're learning that some industries are growing, despite the shaky economy. […]

SmartMoney’s Top 10 Discount Brokers

Discount brokers are everywhere. Not long ago, only a few companies offered the ability to trade stocks with low commissions. If you wanted to trade with a full-service brokerage, it might have cost $30 for each transaction. For this fee, you would talk with a broker assigned to your account, who would help you make trading decisions. […]

Your Take: Completely Useless in Financial Life

Earlier this week I read about TD Bank’s new entirely flat debit cards on the Consumerist. TD Bank will be issuing debit cards that no longer feature embossed text (letters that stick out), the face of the card will be completely flat. The embossed text made sense when “swiping” a card referred to the machines that rubbed the numbers onto a piece of carbon paper. […]

Ask the Readers: Which Credit Cards Do You Use — and Why?

I’m always reluctant to cover credit cards here at Get Rich Slowly. There are other sites that do it better. Besides, I’m still not wholly convinced they’re a good idea. Plus, my wife — who is always right — told me the other day, “I don’t like it when you write about credit cards. […]

2010 Sales Tax Holidays

Believe it or not, it’s almost time for back-to-school shopping. And you know what that means, right? Time for a sales tax holiday! […]

The Number One Obstacle to Retirement

US News lists the number one obstacle to retirement. Want to guess what it is? I'll tell you in a minute, but do you want to take a shot before the answer is revealed? Before reading this (and even after reading it) I would have said "not having enough money" would have been the biggest obstacle to retirement. […]

Carnivals for the Week of July 12

Here are the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week and my posts that were included: EDITOR'S CHOICE! […]

Swagbucks enables my wife’s colored pencil addiction

My wife knows how to do so many things well.  One of her (and my daughter’s) favorite activities is drawing and coloring.  For a five-year-old she colors quite well.  (Ariel is her favorite subject.) She called me at work to ask if she could splurge on some Prismacolor art pencils.  (She’s also very good at discussing purchases before going ahead.)  These are top-drawer colored pe […]

New Financial Regulations in the Wall Street Reform Law

Updated: The media are calling the new Wall Street Reform Law, recently signed by President Obama, the most significant reform of the financial industry since the Great Depression. It looks to tighten the reins on a industry that helped cause the recent recession by requiring the Federal Reserve to create and enforce regulations on the financial industry. […]

Can You Get A Mortgage Loan With Bad Credit?

Can you qualify for a mortgage loan with bad credit? These days, it sounds like a stupid question with an obvious answer, but let’s explore this topic. Some will say “of course not!” While others will say it’s impossible. But even if you have bad credit today, aren’t there ways to work towards getting that loan you want? […]

Daily Links and a Call for Blog Requests

As you’ll read tomorrow (or Monday), I’ve entered a new phase in my life. After years of hard work and long hours building this blog (time that I’ve enjoyed), I’ve been shifting things around so that I have more free time. […]

Putting the Simple Back In

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity. - Charles Mingus One of the biggest challenges I have in my life is balancing the simple and the complex. I tend to oscillate back and forth between the two. What usually happens is that I’ll have a period that’s simple for a while. […]

What People Would Spend to Save Their Pets

Several years ago I asked FMF readers how much they would be willing to spend to save their pet's life. As you might imagine, the answers covered a broad range. And of course, there was no way to determine any sort of general consensus from the responses. But now I've found one. […]

Chase Freedom Bonus Reward Categories – Summer ‘10

I recently received a flyer outlining the current bonus reward categories for the Chase Freedom card. For those that are unaware, Chase has decided to jump on the rotating reward category bandwagon with this card. Now instead of getting a higher level of rewards in a standard set of categories, the categories will change seasonally. […]

Help a Reader: Buying a House with Dad

Here's a question I recently received from a reader: I am in the process of buying a home. I was thinking of adding my dad as a co-owner. He's 64 years of old. What are the pros and cons? Any advice will be greatly appreciated. What's your advice for him? […]

Reader Mailbag: How Many Questions?

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Replacing cable 2. Do-it-yourself wills 3. My no-generic items 4. Money goals after retirement 5. Tipping tip 6. Frugality and building relationships 7. 401(k), Social Security, and taxes 8. Selling a used car 9. […]

5 Frugal Ways For You and Your Kids to Spend Summer Vacation

Who says you can’t have fun unless you spend money?  Here at Generation X Finance, we are full of suggestions on how to stretch your dollars further.  Summer vacations are no exception.  If you can’t afford to take the kids to Disney World this year, why not opt to find a more frugal type of entertainment?  From summer reading programs to free movies, there are plenty of reasons t […]