Best Deals for Tuesday 12/08/09

By Lynn Truong Check out our best deals today in $10 and Under, Gifts, Video Games, Apparel, Shoes, Toys, Auto, Outdoor, DVD, Desktop PC, Laptop, TV, and Camera. Don't forget to pick up Wise Bread's 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget — it's a great (and thoroughly useful) stocking stuffer! Freebies FREE When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions Season 1 (trailer starts when you land on this […]

Lending Club New Investor Bonus $64.62

Lending Club, one of the two most popular peer to peer lending networks, is now offering a $64.62 bonus to new investors that sign up through one of our links before December 31st, complete their registration and link a bank account to their Lending Club account. […]

Are Zhu Zhu Pets and Other Popular Toys Dangerously Toxic?

By Xin Lu The hottest toy of this holiday season is a little electronic hamster named the Zhu Zhu Pet. The $9.99 toy is this season's Tickle Me Elmo and parents are lining up early to snatch one for their kids. Millions of these cute little toys have been sold, but a consumer products website called Good Guide claims that these toys contain some toxic chemicals. […]

20 Signs That You Were Raised By TRUE Money-Savers

By Marla Walters The United States Department of Agriculture predicts that in 2010, the prices of meat or poultry will increase by 1.5% to 2.5%. The prices of fresh fruits and vegetables will rise 3% to 4%, as will cereal and bakery products. Based on this outlook, I would say this is a good year to learn how to garden, if you have not already. […]

The Best Online Swap Sites

By Linsey Knerl This article shares tips from the 16th episode of Dealista, our new podcast that'll help you get more for less. […]

The Big Distraction

One of the most common coping mechanisms for a serious life/money/career/personal problem is to dive into escapism. We look for something to distract ourselves from the difficulty, whether it be through playing games, working in the garden, alcohol, or any number of other things. I’m no stranger to this. […]

5 Green Gifts of Experience and Time

As the holiday season of sparkle and glitter quickly approaches, it’s easy to get swept up in the costly winds of buying, giving and receiving. Personally, I’ve spent way too many hours browsing the aisles (at the last minute) trying to find the perfect thing that my friend will like love not have to re-gift!! […]

You Can Negotiate Anything

In May, I wrote about how to negotiate your salary. I argued that following the advice in Jack Chapman’s Negotiating Your Salary: How to Make $1,000 a Minute is one of the best ways to improve your financial well-being. I still believe it. […]

High Tech Coupons: Yowza!!, Where, and Google’s Favorite Places

The recession has inspired a focus on saving more money among Americans, even if this focus is likely temporary, giving way to excess spending once employment returns to a sustainable level and credit becomes readily available. But for a short time, frugality has permeated the country’s consciousness. […]

How to Get a Good Deal on an Apartment

As I mentioned last week, we’ve been busy hunting for an apartment since our house closing fell through. The good news is that we just signed the papers on an apartment that will be cheaper and give us a place to live while we re-start our house hunt. […]

What Would You Do with a Windfall?

Here's a note I recently received from a reader: Just had a relative come across a $50k windfall after taxes. It had me thinking of what the best thing to do with the money.  This is especially interesting if you are debt free.  How can you make the most out of this? I have a few thoughts on this: 1. $50k is a nice amount to "fall into", but it's not life-changing. […]

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Common Job Interview Questions and Answers: Tips To Get Hired

You have reached that all-important milestone; you finally got somebody out there to invite you in for a face-to-face interview. Do you know what you will answer? Are you prepared with concise and focused replies? […]

13 Job Websites & Boards for Freelance Designers to Find Work

Almost any type of freelance work is filled with its ups and downs. At times, you might find quite lucrative jobs that pay well for your efforts, while other work might have you burning the midnight oil for just a few bucks. That’s the downside of freelancing, as well as what creates the excitement of the work. Even with lower paying jobs, you never know what they might lead to down the road. […]

Testimonial From a Peer Lending Borrower

A reader named Jo left an interesting comment in response to my recent Lending Club update. As it turns out, Jo has been involved in peer lending (via Prosper as opposed to Lending Club), albeit as a borrower instead of an investor/lender. According to Jo: What you guys (lenders) do for us who are in desperate need of loans is a fortuitous favor. […]

Fourteen Tax Management Techniques

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. No one approaches financial planning with the goal of paying more taxes. Tax management, like all financial planning, is based on the premise that small changes made over time can achieve big goals. Good investment returns are important. But over the next few years, comprehensive tax management may reap even greater gains. […]

Brand Preferences and Frugality

I’m going to start out by saying something that might get some feathers in a ruffle: everyone in the first world has brand preferences. Simply by seeing a particular label on something, we draw some basic conclusions about the product itself. It might be driven by our own experiences, it might be driven by data, or it might be driven by pure marketing. I certainly do this. […]

United World College: Study Abroad For Way Less Than You Think

By Nora Dunn Is your high school-aged child looking for something different? Are they curious about various cultures and standards around the world? Would they excel in a fast-paced school abroad that focuses on world issues, communication, community projects, and studying alongside students from dozens of other countries? If so, United World College could be a good fit. […]

How to Find A Notary Public to Notarize Documents

When I bought my house a few years ago, I was introduced to the idea of a notary public. In most capacities, a notary public is a “public official” given the right to administer oaths and affirmations. […]