Lending Club Using Social Networks to Help Verify Borrower Identity

I just ran across an interesting post over at the Lending Club blog… In it, they talk about the importance of identity verification for fraud prevention and what they’re doing to improve identity theft detection. […]

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: I’ve Got One of the Recalled Toyotas. Now What?

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. Today, we tell you what you need to know if you're driving a recalled Toyota, how to keep your budget under control when guests come to stay, and how much it really costs to have sick kids in your home. 5 Top Articles I’ve Got One of the Recalled Toyotas. Now What? […]

Investments You Can Live With

CNN Money lists investments you can live with as follows: Prints and photographs Antique furniture Paintings and drawings Fine wine As Money says, these probably won't do as well as other investment options, but they are certainly more fun to own. ;-) Yes, they are more fun to own. […]

What the iPad Is and Is Not

I’m an Apple fan, which I define as being anybody who takes time out from the workday two or three times a year to watch their media events and keynote speeches. I’m happily using a Mac Mini as our entertainment hub at home (Boxee, Front Row and Hulu Desktop? […]

New Year, New Spending Habits

By Clair Boone After a month of eating badly and not really moving around, I decided it was time to get my body back in shape and get fit again. Instead of turning to an easy workout, I decided I’d let my very fit friend talk me into the 30 Day Shred with Jillian Michaels. […]

Best Deals for Friday 01/29/2010

ShopLogic 6-Outlet Swiveling Power Strip for $10 + free shipping Lenovo IdeaPad U350 Intel Dual Core 1.3GHz 13" Laptop for $480 + free shipping Nike Footwear and Apparel- All Styles 50% off Charles David Footwear All Styles 75% off Free sample of PediaSmart or Baby’s Only Organic Formula […]

Event Planning ROI: Bigger Bang for Your Buck

By Linsey Knerl The economy has more and more companies forgoing corporate events and skipping conference hosting altogether. Those that continue to put on events are feeling the crunch, but don’t want to sacrifice class or quality to put on an affordable occasion. It is possible to cut costs without catastrophic results, however. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 1, Posts 21-24

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 […]

Will Moving to a Higher Income Tax Bracket Cost You Money?

I recently received a question from a reader that we’ll call Frank. Frank is up for a possible promotion, but was told by his boss that the pay increase would push him into a higher tax bracket, and would therefore “not be worth it.” Here are the details: I work 33 hours/week at $11.40/hour. My boss wants to give me a lead position and a raise of $0.20/hour. […]

Friday Finance Findings for January 29

Just a couple of announcements before we get to the links this week. First, don’t forget to enter the Money Crasher’s epic New Years contest. There’s nearly $10,000 worth of prizes being given away! That’s huge, and I’m even giving away a new Kindle. […]

Frugality and Being Social

Recently, I had a conversation with a friend of mine about some of the things I write about here on The Simple Dollar. Even though she’s struggling with some serious debt issues, she told me flatly that she didn’t want to take most of the advice given on The Simple Dollar. When I asked her why, she breathed in deep and told me the following (paraphrased): I don’t want to be a “frugal” person. […]

Where to Publish Your Travel Stories

By Sasha A. Rae You’ve rolled on out of town. You’ve seen the sights both on and off the beaten path and chatted with the locals. You’ve even learned a bit of the local language and culture. For sure, you’re coming back in the future. You also have tons of stories to tell your comrades back on the home front. […]

Investing During Four Asset Bubbles: Don’t Blow It

Earlier this month, I stopped my automatic monthly investment of $1,000 in the stock market through Vanguard’s Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX), and it’s possible that this will prove to be a good decision. […]

Your Take: Your Favorite Board Game

This week I wrote about how to maximize your entertainment dollar and all the comments seemed to center around our favorite board games. So it seemed like the perfect Friday Your Take post would be if everyone shared their favorite games! Our latest favorite is Dominion, as I mentioned in that post, because it’s a different game each time. […]

Ask the Readers: How Do I Pick the Best Credit Card?

Sometimes I get questions that are out of my league. In the past, I’ve just sort of ignored these, but I’d like to try to answer more of them. To do this, I’m going to start asking for tips from some of the experts I’ve met through GRS. For example, my good friend Mac from Get Fit Slowly (where I may eventually write again some day), came to me this week with a question about credit cards. […]

Three Common Questions about Getting Financially Naked

The following is an excerpt from Get Financially Naked: How to Talk Money with Your Honey. When is it okay to bring up money with my mate? Is it okay to do it when we are just dating? We believe the earlier the better. […]

Carnivals for the Week of Jan 25

For weekday updates of what I find to be some of the most interesting personal finance articles on the web, follow me on Twitter. And before I get to this week's roundup, I wanted to say that I have two giveaways going on right now. They are: A copy of You Need a Budget  Access to Sound Mind Investing's website Sign up using the links above if you'd like to win. […]

Ally Bank Offers 2-Year Bump Up CDs

Until today, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen any online bank offer a bump up CD. A bump up CD is a certificate of deposit that gives you the option to increase the current rate of your CD to the published rate, “bumping” it up. If you remember my attempt at being cute with the Certificate of Deposit Zoo, it was the giraffe. The biggest risk with long term CDs is inflation risk. […]

Make Yourself More Marketable in College

The following is a guest post from Austin at Foreigner's Finances. For related pieces that also may be useful, see The Most Useful Thing Students Can Do to Prepare for the Job Market and How College Students Can Manage Their Future Career.    I've only been out of college for only six months, but I can already pinpoint a handful of mistakes I made in my 4 years. […]

Should You Get Dental Insurance? Options For Dental Coverage

When I was in high school, I had braces. It was a very unpleasant experience, and when I was old enough to be in charge of my own health care (18), I began skipping the dentist entirely. In hindsight, this was a really dumb decision. When I was about 24, I had a tooth problem [...]Should You Get Dental Insurance? Options For Dental Coverage Copyright 2011 TheDigeratiLife.com All rights reserved. […]