Best Deals For Friday 7/31/09

By Paul Michael Today's WISEBUY. Don't Miss The FRIDAY AMAZON SALE! Always a bargain to be found. Of note today, a Numi's Teapot Bamboo Gift Set For 71% Off.   1. FREE Jambo Juice Smoothie - BOGO Free offer Print. Snip. Present at Jamba. Blissfully Sip. Offer good until 8/9.   2. […]

Your Job, Your Investments, and Total Diversification

The following is a guest post from Vik Tantry, the voice behind Kanjoh, a directory of free videos explaining the fundamentals of asset allocation, personal finance, and banking. The thoughts below are interesting concepts, similar to what I've shared in This Seems Like a Bad Idea to Me and Ouch! […]

Rule #7: Watch Your Progress - But Make It Fun.

A reader asked me if I could break down my ideas into a handful of principles. After some careful thought, I came up with a list of fourteen basic “rules” that summarize my money and life philosophy. I’ll be presenting these as a weekly series. One of the first things I did when I started turning my financial situation around is to start keeping track of my net worth over time. […]

Friday Finance Findings for July 31st

Where did July go? Oh well, I can’t complain about August getting here quickly because that means football is right around the corner! Some of my fantasy leagues are already taking shape and by the end of the month it will be draft day. […]

The Best Book I've Ever Read About Making Changes Stick

By Frugal Duches When I put together a list of books that have meant a lot to me, Small Change by Susan & Larry Terkel will be on my list of money-saving, life-altering books. […]

What We Wish We Knew When We Were Younger

Kris called me at seven o’clock last night, just as I was sitting down to write the Friday “Ask the Readers” post. I was sorting through this week’s questions when the phone rang. “Are you busy?” she asked. “Can you do me favor?” “Maybe,” I said. “It depends on what it is.” “Ryan’s car broke down,” Kris said. “He’s stranded here at the lab and can’t get home. […]

Recession Journal Part III: How Low Can We Go and When Will We Get There?

By Jabulani Leffall As a business blogger, high-finance business journalist, business man and one who minds his business – who pretends to know what he's talking about – I pretty much always answer "stay in bonds," when called upon for investment advice. I hate giving it so I don't. I tend to just pose more questions, as I do in all discourse, objectively presenting many sides of the equation. […]

How to Create the Ultimate Certificate of Deposit (CD) Ladder

If you are disappointed with the low interest yields offered by even the highest-yield savings and money market accounts, but you don’t want to tie your short-term cash in a riskier investment, consider certificates of deposit (CDs). CDs, however, generally carry penalties if you withdraw your cash before they mature. […]

Your Take: Your Favorite Personal Finance Book

Every year, hundreds of personal finance books are published. Every year, personal finance bloggers, experts, and columnists always refer back to a handful of books that have stood the test of time. […]

Last Chance to Qualify for iPod Giveaway

If you are interested in winning one of two iPods, today is the last day you can qualify. We’re celebrating Consumerism Commentary’s sixth anniversary by hosting a “scavenger hunt.” Four clues have been scattered throughout the website and media throughout the past couple of weeks. The details for the scavenger hunt are here. […]

401(k) Rollover Mistakes

This is a guest post from Dawn of Frugal for Life. If you like what you see here, please consider subscribing to her RSS feed. I’ve twice been given the opportunity to rollover my 401(k) instead of cashing it out, and I’ve twice failed to do so. […]

Why Do People Do This?

A few weeks ago we went out to look at potential new homes. The last one we saw that day was a foreclosure. On paper it seemed like it might be a good deal -- decent size, only a few years old, lots of land. Our agent told us that the selling agent had said the kitchen cabinets had been taken out and we've seen foreclosures before so we knew it could be rough. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of July 27

For weekday updates of what I find to be some of the most interesting personal finance articles on the web, follow me on Twitter. […]

Cash for Clunkers Program Suspended

Big news out of Washington today… Apparently the Cash for Clunkers program has been a bit too popular, and is reportedly being suspended out of fear of running out of money. […]

Cash For Clunkers Suspended

Editor’s Note: This program is back on again and should be available through Labor Day, 2009 All good things must come to an end, and in some cases, prematurely. The “Cash for Clunkers” Program, or more formally, the Car Allowance Rebate System, has allocated almost all of its budget to rebates after only four days. […]

Personal Finance Twitterers Who Will Follow You Back

By Greg Go Twitter is a great way to engage your favorite personal finance bloggers. The PF twittersphere is a friendly and welcoming place, and if you're looking for PF bloggers to follow, check out this giant list of PF twitterers who will follow you back. […]

Money Giveaway From BillShrink! Win $250 In Cash

You might be waiting in vain for yet another stimulus check from the government. Well, if the recession is getting you down, maybe we can offer a financial lift for one lucky reader out there. is offering one Digerati Life reader a chance to write their own stimulus check, worth $250. […]

Free Money Finance Recognized by the Wall Street Journal

Just found out that the Wall Street Journal has listed Free Money Finance as one of "a handful of good personal finance blogs." Their quote about this site: The site aims to offer plain-English money advice as it helps readers increase their net worth. The blog presents a mix of book excerpts and tips on saving and investing. […]

KeePass and Dropbox: Two Tools for Managing Your Electronic Life

Over the past few months, GRS readers been recommending two applications that I haven’t found time to mention — until today. These two utilities perform simple but important tasks. […]

Passion by the Hour

On our DVD shelf, which is admittedly quite thinner than it used to be, there are quite a few DVDs that we’ve watched once and are simply accumulating dust. Assuming a cost of $15 per DVD and a two hour movie, our hourly cost is about $7.50. On the other hand, we have our Pixar movies. […]