Donations For Haiti Relief Will Be Deductible For 2009 Taxes

Earlier today the House of Representatives passed a bill to encourage more charitable contributions for recovery in Haiti. Once this bill passes the Senate and is signed into law by the President, and I expect it won’t be long until this law is official, those of us who have donated or will donate cash before the end of February will be able to count those donations as 2009 expenses. […]

Net Worth Update for 2009: My Best Year Ever

At least once a year I give an update on my net worth (I used to do it monthly, but there isn't really that much new news each month) and this post is my update for the year ending December 31, 2009. The summary is that it was my best year on record. A few pieces of info: I ended 2009 with my highest net worth ever. […]

Trimming the Average Budget: Miscellaneous (Including a Surprising Biggie)

This is part of an ongoing series about how to trim the budget of the average American. As this series focuses on such broad-based tips, some will work for you and some will not. […]

Backdoor into the Roth IRA: You're Invited to the Tax-Free Party

By Jeff Rose Have you ever been waiting in a long line somewhere wishing you knew somebody that could get you in the backdoor? Or hoping that somehow you were the VIP and had immediate access to the hippest party around? […]

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: 50 Personal Finance Bloggers to Watch in 2010

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. Today, we share the 50 personal finance bloggers you should be looking out for in 2010, a nifty recipe for "primal" trail mix, and 15 easy ways to make $1K a month! Top 5 Articles 50 Personal Finance Bloggers to Watch in 2010 — Personal finance blogs are growing at a record number, and generally, this is a good thing. […]

Get Financially Naked by Manisha Thakor and Sharon Kedar

Get Financially Naked by Manisha Thakor and Sharon Kedar is a book that helps couples discuss financial issues before they become Issues. […]

Top 10 FMF Guest Posts of 2009

As regular readers know, I feature a lot of guest posts throughout a year. I like to get a variety of perspectives on money issues, hear from others in different life stages than I'm in, and let readers get money thoughts from someone other than me. […]

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Extended Car Warranties: 3 Things to Know

By Stacy Johnson With most Money Talks News stories, we come up with a topic, then pound the pavement looking for the video we need and the people we need to interview. This story, however, came to us. The lady you'll see in the video is Debbie, a media relations consultant I've worked with in the past. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 1, Posts 5-8

Here we go with the first round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (if you wonder what's going on in these posts, see my article announcing March Money Madness and/or click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when […]

Introducing Bundle – The Number One Source for How People Spend and Save Money

Have you ever wondered how your spending and saving habits stack up against others? Sure, we all have a general idea based on what our friends and family might be doing, but what about out there in the real world as a whole? Are you spending more or less than others in your city?  Is your location that much more expensive to live in compared to other areas of the country? […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Bugs Edition

Lately, I’ve been working with a coder to help me with some back-end issues with The Simple Dollar, as there have been a few bugs floating around in the software I use to update the site, the most onerous of which is that some small fraction of comments seem to disappear before I ever get to see them in the moderation queue. […]

Book Review: The Trap

By Philip Brewer The Trap: Selling Out to Stay Afloat in Winner-Take-All America by Daniel Brook. For more than two years now writing at Wise Bread, my whole thesis has been that frugality leads to freedom — if you can live cheaply enough, you can choose whatever work calls you, instead of whatever work pays the most. […]

Help Me Represent PF Blogging in the Shorty Awards!

The Shorty Awards is an awards ceremony for the “best producers of short real-time content.” At the moment, in the Finance category, there are investing gurus, forex gurus, and stock trading gurus all over the top 20 list. […]

What Inflation Will Do to Your Retirement Savings

This is a guest post from Richard Barrington, who is a banking analyst for MoneyRates.com. Richard previously spent over twenty years as an investment industry executive. One of the ways 2009 made history was by having the most sustained episode of deflation since the 1950s. As the year progressed, however, it was clear that inflation was making a comeback. […]

How to Report Tax Fraud & Tax Cheats

One of the largest tax fraud schemes was blown wide open last year when ex-UBS AG banker Bradley Birkenfeld blew the whistle on a $20 billion tax evasion scheme at UBS. His testimony played a “key role” in showing US investigators how UBS was helping Americans hide assets. As a result, UBS agreed to hand over information on 4,450 accounts and pay $780 million to avoid prosecution. […]

Women and Retirement

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. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. I don’t know about Get Rich Slowly readers, but I can tell you that the majority of Motley Fool readers are guys, and that’s true of most financial publications. […]

What Makes You Think You Can Do Your Own Taxes?

Ha! I'm sure the title of this post will irk a few people from the get-go, but I like it and I'm going to stick with it. ;-) As you know, I'm generally a personal finance do-it-yourselfer. But in the area of taxes, I don't do them myself. I use a CPA for some very good reasons. Recently I posted When You Should and Shouldn't Do Your Own Taxes. […]

Haiti Relief Efforts and How To Help

The virtual ink was barely dry on my earlier post on preparing for an emergency plan when this huge calamity strikes Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I’ve mentioned the sobering fact before that in many parts of the world, it’s just not possible to prepare for the effects of a serious disaster. […]