Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Stop Drinking Soda

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. We know that some of you are looking to kick that expensive soda habit — and we’ve got tips to help you do it! We’ll also share how to revive your water-damaged cell phone, why LED’s are total money-savers, and the 100 money experts you should follow on Twitter. […]

Initial TARP Recipients are 57% Repaid

With the news that Bank of America hurried up a sale of securities in order to pay back their TARP loan, the story of the many billions loaned to the “big banks” has reached an interesting turning point: they’re now more than half paid back, 57% to be precise. […]

Lending Club Update – November 2009 Performance

During the month of November, my net annualized return with Lending Club took a bit of a tumble. The reason for this is that the loan from my “High Risk” portfolio that had gone into default was finally written off. […]

Best Deals For Friday 12/04/09

By Lynn Truong It's Friday (don't forget to check out Amazon's Friday Sale)! […]

It Pays to Be True to Your School: 5 Ways Your Alma Mater Can Save You Money

By Sarah Winfrey Depending on how college went for you, you were most likely either incredibly excited or incredibly sad about leaving campus. Either way, unless you've returned as faculty or staff, your association with your college probably ended just after graduation. […]

Breaking Down the Numbers on Why Frugality Works

Marco writes in: Most of your “money tips” are stupid. Why would I waste my time doing this stuff to save fifty cents? I want to learn how to make money not how to save a nickel. Whether or not you take advantage of the huge benefits of frugality is all a matter of perspective. If you spend your time looking at just the short term, I’d agree that many frugal tips aren’t big savers. […]

A Superior Life: What You Put In Is What You Get Out

By Diggy What would you rather have: Principle 1: Ten of the best movies in the world that you can only watch 10 minutes of OR Principle 2: One really good movie that you can watch from start to finish The answer to the above example is most likely the latter. When it comes to work and most things in life, I have noticed that many people apply Principle 1. […]

Way to Save #139: Use Reusable Batteries

Charge it! Batteries that is. Reusable batteries cost more to buy, but can pay for themselves easily. […]

Personal Balance Sheet, November 2009

This week, Consumerism Commentary is matching your charitable donations up to $4,000. Here are the details. It’s time again for checking in with the state of my finances. Although a few months ago, I changed the format to isolate my “side business” from my personal finances, I’ve changed my mind yet again. It makes more sense just to leave all my accounts grouped together. […]

Your Take: Default on Underwater Mortgages?

There’s an interesting article on the Consumerist two days ago discussing a paper written by law professor Brent T. White of the University of Arizona. […]

Is Frugality a Necessary Evil?

In the comments on a recent post about peer pressure, I mentioned a quote that I’d edited from the original draft. (I write a lot of stuff that doesn’t make it into final articles. It’s as if there should be “bonus features” for GRS, like on DVDs.) Anyhow, I re-read John T. […]

Using a Solo 401(k) to Facilitate Roth IRA Conversions

As I’ve noted in the past, the income limits on Roth IRA conversions are going away in 2010. This is great news, especially for those that make too much money to contribute to a Roth IRA. Consider the following… Even if you make too much money to contribute to a Roth IRA, you’ll soon be able to make a non-deductible contribution to a Traditional IRA and immediately convert it into a Roth IRA. […]

How to Get Consumer Reports Online Access for Free

Here's a simple money saving tip that I hit on recently. Some of you probably figured this out a long time ago, but for me it was a very nice discovery. I've been a subscriber to Consumer Reports magazine for years, and even subscribed to their website for some time. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of Nov 30

For weekday updates of what I find to be some of the most interesting personal finance articles on the web, follow me on Twitter. For now, here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week and my posts that were included: EDITOR'S CHOICE! […]

My Bank Stole My Grocery Money

By Sierra Black Dear Wainwright Bank, You appear to have stolen my grocery money. I was surprised and alarmed to see, when I checked my bank balance this morning, that I had been charged $92.97 in overdraft fees. My statement clearly shows that no overdraft took place. I showed my bank statements to a manager at your Davis Sq branch and asked her to explain what had happened. […]

Rules To Build A Basic Stock Portfolio

Our contributing writer, Tim Parker, is a stock picker who’s built a basic stock portfolio. Here, he explains his stock investing strategy. If you’re interested in The Digerati Life’s take on stock market investing, you can review this post on how to beat the average investor’s returns. Image from Have you noticed what I have noticed? […]

Comics and Cons: Adventures on eBay

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that between writing chapters for Your Money: The Missing Manual I’ve been wrestling with eBay “customer service”. Note the quotes. It’s difficult to tell the full story in 140-character chunks, though. […]

One Thing that Sets Wealthy People Apart

Here are some interesting thoughts from Stop Acting Rich: ...And Start Living Like A Real Millionaire on one thing that sets wealthy people apart from the pack: One of the things that set wealthy people apart from others is that they have a wide variety of interests and activities. […]

Social Supply-Side Economics

Almost immediately after my article yesterday about the costs of preparing for additional children, Eileen wrote to me with a very worthwhile comment: In that article you barely mentioned the value of family and friends who will give you lots of hand-me-downs and other items. […]

6 Basic Tips for Buying a Bank Owned Home

By Xin Lu Currently many homes for sale are owned by banks. These properties are also known as real estate owned or REO and they have gone through the foreclosure process. Some of them are in very good condition and can be good deals. However, those who try to buy these homes will find that it is not as easy as it looks. […]