How to Find the Best Car Insurance Policy

If you have a car, then you need auto insurance. There’s a good chance you’ll never need to file a claim, but car insurance is one of those things that you’re thankful you have if you do. Depending on many factors such as how many vehicles you have, your driving record, and age, auto insurance can run into the thousands of dollars per year. […]

Reader Mailbag: Getting Things Done

Over the years, I’ve received literally hundreds of requests for a detailed review and discussion of the well-known productivity and time management book Getting Things Done by David Allen, which was a truly life-changing book for me. […]

30 Easy Ways to Go Green in the Office

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Reduce Your Credit Limits to Manage Your Spending

How much credit do you have? By this, I mean how much available credit could you go out and spend today if you really wanted to max all your credit cards to the hilt? I’m actually surprised by the gradual increase in my credit limits, and by just how high some of them have gone. […]

Vanguard Eliminates Commissions on ETF Trades

Vanguard seems to be one of those rare companies that wants to give customers more for less. The brokerage recently eliminated transaction fees for their proprietary exchange-traded funds (ETFs). […]

Start Planning Your Garden Now

It’s that time of year again folks… Time to get out your gardening gear, get down on your hands and knees, and get familiar with your soil. Will this be your first garden, or your 40th? Will you grow organically, or are you comfortable with spraying your family’s produce with nerve agents? I’m biased, of course. […]

Vanguard Mutual Funds vs. ETFs: Which Are Better?

When Vanguard lowered its stock and ETF trading fees this week, I received an email from Eric, one of the long time readers of Bargaineering. He wondered if this made Vanguard ETFs superior to their mutual funds, to which I was pretty sure the answer was “Yes.” You have to make the assumption that the mutual fund and the ETF will track the underlying index in the same way. […]

Three Things the Amish Taught Me About Money

Yesterday, a couple of readers pointed me to a CNN Money article about why Amish businesses don’t fail. Good timing, because today’s guest post is from the author profiled in that piece. This is a guest post from Erik Wesner, who researched the Amish for his new book Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive. […]

Economy has People Eating More at Home, Survey Says It Will Continue

Here's a survey conducted by the N.G.A. (National Grocers Association?) and SupermarketGuru, and underwritten by ConAgra Foods. The basic summary is that the poor economy has most people eating at home and looking for value in their food options. […]

Join Our Tweetchat at 4:00 CDT For a Chance to Win Prizes

Link for teaser title: twitter-logo2_0_0.jpg Join our Tweetchat today from 4:00 – 4:45 pm CDT for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! We're chatting about vacation plans. Are you making any? Do you fear it won't fit into your budget? […]

Help a Reader: Pay Off Loan or Roth IRA?

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I am 30 years old and gross about 70,000. My wife stays home with two young kids. We have a total of 48,000 in student loans left to be paid back over the next 8 years. We have an emergency fund of about 12,000. […]

Going Up?

Today, Seth Godin (one of my favorite bloggers who usually talks about marketing) posted a great piece about consumer debt. Two great excerpts: Here’s a simple MBA lesson: borrow money to buy things that go up in value. Borrow money if it improves your productivity and makes you more money. […]

Pay Bills On Time, Avoid Late Fees: Don’t Start A War!

Thank you to PTMoney for this timely guest post! Happy Cinco de Mayo! The history behind this primarily American Holiday is interesting. May 5th, 1862 marks the day that greatly outnumbered Mexican forces were able to defeat the French at the City of Puebla. The reason the French were there in the first place? Mexico had stopped making the interest payments on their debt. […]

When Enough is Enough: Putting the Brakes on Overspending

According to the Federal Reserve, consumer debt amounted to $2.5 trillion dollars in 2009 or approximately $8,100 for every man, woman, and child living in the United States. […]

How I Survived the Computer Castrophe of 2010

Sometimes I feel like I’m cursed. Computers hate me. I don’t think I’m particularly rough on them — I don’t toss them around or poke at the screen or douse them in water (though, on occasion, I do forget to close my window here at the office, and my printer gets rained on) — but for whatever reason, my Macs all seem to die after a couple of years. Maybe this is because I use the machines heavily. […]

Vanguard Reduces Brokerage Commissions

Late last week, I received an e-mail from a reader who had grown tired of Vanguard’s high brokerage commissions and was looking for an alternative. Then, just days later, Vanguard announced that they’ve re-worked their commission structure for brokerage transactions. They’ve implemented two major changes. […]

How to Help Nashville Flood Victims

If you’ve been wondering how you can help victims of the recent flooding in Nashville, I recently ran across a site with a great list of options. […]

Vanguard Reduces Trading & ETF Transaction Fees

Vanguard recently announced a reduction in their fees. For most investors, those with less than $50,000 in their account, their first 25 stock trades each year will cost only $7, subsequent trades are $20. If you have $50-$500k, all trades are $7. $500k- $1M, all trades are $2. […]

Millionaires Among Us

The following is an excerpt from In The Trenches: Financial Survival During Times of Hardship. For more on millionaires and their financial habits, see What Makes Wealthy People Wealthy, The Difference Between the Wealthy and Everyone Else, Millionaires Tell How to Become a Millionaire, and "Real" Millionaires Different than What Media Portrays. […]