Making It All Work – Getting Control: Engaging

This is the ninth entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday mornings and Friday mornings through December 10. Engaging? To put it simply, the fifth (and final) element of positive engagement with your world is just that – actually doing stuff instead of planning. […]

6 Plant-Based Diet Tricks for Carnivores

Numerous well-known health professionals recommend a plant-based diet for optimum health. I get that I’m supposed to eat my veggies, but just how does one transition to a plant-based diet when it seems like every recipe in your repertoire includes some form of animal product? And did I mention I’m a meat lover from way back? […]

What Are Car Title Loans & Are They a Ripoff?

Tough economic times have people in a financial bind and doing things they haven’t done before. There are those who are living paycheck-to-paycheck when they suddenly get struck with a financial emergency. What would you do? Some people turn to “title loans” to give them a quick infusion of cash to tide them over until next paycheck. […]

How to Save Money on Christmas this Year

I know we haven’t even hit Thanksgiving yet and that talk of Christmas is taboo before then, but the truth is that it is much easier (and less stressful) to begin thinking about Christmas as early as possible. […]

What is Quantitative Easing?

Quantitative easing, known as QE, is a monetary policy used by a central bank to increase the money supply by increasing the excess reserves. In layman’s terms, they inject a lot of new money into the money supply through open market operations. […]

What to Do When Personal Finance Becomes a Chore

Yesterday, Sierra wrote that she’s bored. She’s reached a point in her financial journey where nothing exciting seems to be happening. She’s paid off the easy debts, and now it’s a slog as she pays off her big debts (and then prepares to save for the future). Ah, yes. I remember that feeling well. […]

All The Ladies Are Interested Now

This is a guest article by Sam, the author of the blog Financial Samurai and the founder of the Yakezie Challenge and Network. He writes a column for Consumerism Commentary every other Tuesday.What a difference a couple weeks makes! Craig has gone from depressed online dater to someone with a ton of self esteem. What happened in those two weeks you ask? […]

Real-Life Case Study: How to Take Early Semi-Retirement, Part 2

A few weeks ago I wrote several posts on early semi-retirement. One reader commented that he had done this (moved from working five days a week to four) and I asked if he'd be interested in sharing his story. He said he would, so we conducted the following interview by phone. Here's part 2 of our discussion (my questions in red and his answers below them. […]

Chase $100 Cash Bonus From Ink With Ultimate Rewards Card

If you’re running a business, one way to conveniently make purchases and manage your expenses is to segregate them by using specific credit cards. Sure, you can put your expenditures on a consumer rewards card, which can work pretty well. But if you’d like to get special rewards that are potentially advantageous to business owners, then you may want to check out a business card. […]

Broken Relationship, Broken Future?

This week, I’m going to take a look at a few of the longer questions that have been languishing in the reader mailbag. […]

10 Dumb Money Mistakes

Money Talks News' Stacy Johnson recently confessed to the 10 dumbest money moves he had ever made. The list: 1. Not having a goal2. Not having a spending plan3. Attempting to derive self-esteem from possessions4. Doing what everyone else is doing5. Starting to save large and late rather than small and soon6. Paying interest to buy things that drop in value7. Turning down free money8. […]

Medical Expense Tracking Spreadsheet

The Medical Expense Tracking Spreadsheet is part of a financial planning series called How to Make a Budget. To start this series from the beginning, read the introduction. Reader Question: Kerry, I’ve been following your budgeting series — where’s the best place to record my medical expenses? Right now I just stack everything in a pile. […]

Series I Savings Bond Fixed Rate Falls to 0% (Nov 2010)

About a week ago, I posted about the forthcoming Series I Savings Bond interest rates. For those that are unaware, these rates update twice per year, and are composed of both a fixed and a variable component. The variable component is based on recent inflation and, as I noted in my previous post, the variable portion of the rate will be 0.74% for the next six months. […]

Ten Fun Facts About Crane & Co.

Who are Crane & Co. and why would we want to know ten fun facts about them? Open up your wallet or your purse, wherever you put your money, and pull out a bill. Crane & Co. manufactures the paper the money is printed on. In fact, Crane & Co. prints money for Sweden, Saudi Arabia, India, several African countries, India, and Paraguay. […]

Real-Life Case Study: How to Take Early Semi-Retirement, Part 1

A few weeks ago I wrote several posts on early semi-retirement. One reader commented that he had done this (moved from working five days a week to four) and I asked if he'd be interested in sharing his story. He said he would, so we conducted the following interview by phone. Here's part 1 of our discussion (my questions in red and his answers below them). Tell us a bit about your situation. […]

The Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, Time to Stop the Bubble Machine? Enjoy!  […]

Reader Mailbag: National Novel Writing Month Begins

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Trust fund family problems 2. New job, retirement issues 3. Long term care insurance 4. How do CDs work? 5. Book on blogging 6. Paying ahead on mortgage 7. Books on fatherhood 8. Roll over my TSP? 9. World Series redux 10. […]

Ten New Uses for Old T-Shirts

I am on this big t-shirt kick right now.  I picked up a copy of Generation T and was instantly enthralled.  There are so many suggestions listed in the book on how to resurrect old garments and make them new again.  I think that is one skill that I can develop that will help keep me on track financially.  It will also assist me with my mission to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Rather […]

Financial Rules of Thumb: The Value of Keeping it Simple

Do you have any favorite financial rules of thumb? I recently ran across an interesting study in which the researchers looked at the impact of formal financial training vs. simplified, rule-of-thumb training on financial decision making. While the focus of the study was rather narrow (micro-entrepreneurs in the Dominican Republic), the results were quite interesting. […]