5 Creative Ways to Invest During a Weak Market

By Silicon Valley ... With the stock market finally recovering this past month, even closing at highs for the year, a lot of investors may be breathing a sigh of relief about their stock investments. You may have checked your online broker recently and discovered your balance looking a bit healthier than it did several months ago. […]

What to Do If You Have No Quantifiable Accomplishments

Almost every time I write a post about delivering quantifiable accomplishments in your job, putting them on your resume and/or talking about them in an interview, I get a comment like this one I recently received on my post titled Seven Tips for Job Hunters: I struggle with #3 (don’t talk about how hard you worked, stress what was achieved) a lot. […]

Develop a Healthy Attitude About Money and Spot Unhealthy Habits

Becoming financially independent requires that you live below your means and pu tsome money away for the future but there’s more to it than that. Something as simple as your attitude about money can have a significant impact on the financial decisions you make. […]

Overdraft Fees: Some Banks Let You Opt Out

Overdraft fees are nothing to sneeze at. Having not always been a model bank customer, I know how it feels like an unfair punishment to have roughly $30 taken away when my account is already negative. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Water Heater Edition

Over the past weekend, our water heater finally gave up the ghost. It’s been ailing for a while and we knew that it was on its last legs. During the several month period when our house was unoccupied before we moved in, the tank was left full of water, which caused some sediment to build up in the bottom. […]

Bank of America and J.P. Morgan Chase Limit Overdraft Fees

Bank of American and J.P. Morgan Chase Bank are taking the lead in implementing a few policies designed to help the consumer. […]

Bank of America and J.P. Morgan Chase Limit Overdraft Fees

Bank of American and J.P. Morgan Chase Bank are taking the lead in implementing a few policies designed to help the consumer. […]

Don't Despair Over Small Retirement Savings

By Philip Brewer If you quit checking your 401(k) balance last year, because the market crash made it too depressing, now might be a good time to take a fresh look. It'll still be well down from the peak, but it's probably recovered quite a bit from the low. […]

The Government Can

Very funny, IMO. I am probably the last person on earth to see this, but in case you haven't, I thought I'd share. Enjoy! Hat tip: AllFinancialMatters […]

Renters Insurance: Peace of Mind for Ten Bucks a Month

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. On 02 August 2005, my friend Frank and his partner awoke at 2:45 a.m. to the dog barking and a neighbor knocking on their door. The apartment complex was on fire. They grabbed their dog and whatever they could carry and ran from the building. “We lost everything,” he says. Later they’d find out that it was arson. […]

A Report Card for Financial Rules of Thumb

I’m not a big fan of “rules of thumb.” These are bite-sized nuggets of wisdom masquerading as advice, designed to apply to a mass audience. At best, they cant point someone in the right direction, but at worst, rules of thumb can erroneously send people on the wrong path or can mistakenly instill a false sense of security. […]

Stay At Home or Pay for Daycare?

We’re getting to the age when our friends are starting to have kids and so the topic of daycare has come up on a number of occasions. As a couple with no kids, we haven’t done the research but we’ve always known intuitively that daycare was expensive. In doing some research for this article, I was amazed at how expensive daycare was. […]

How To Stay On Track

Lets be honest:  This whole debt reduction / saving money / getting our finances together thing can be difficult / boring / exhausting.  Perhaps, there are some steps that we can take to stay (or get back on) track – even as we push through those difficult / boring / exhausting days. 1.  Start with a solid game plan and a defined goal. Your first goal will depend on your starting point.  You may […]

Two Ways to Deal with Rebates

On my recent post complaining about rebates, two readers offered solutions to dealing with what is amongst the most-hated marketing gimmicks today. Here's the first: If the store will not sell it to me for the after rebate price, then I do not buy. This is a GREAT solution -- but does it work? Has anyone ever done it with consistency? […]

Just try to smell like a different-smelling man

Cube farms are great for overhearing little bits of random quotable goodness, like this gem from one of my (male) co-workers while he was talking on the phone with his wife (I can only assume): I like to smell like a man, but sometimes I like to smell like a different-smelling man. But this isn’t a post about how to smell different, nor is it just for men. […]

Get A Fast Cash Loan, Pay Through Your Nose

If you’re hoping to get a personal loan, be wary of where you look! You’ve got limited options when you have bad credit and are in a financial bind. While a lot of people may not have much sympathy for consumers who have fallen into this trap, I can see just how easy it is to get in this position. What if you just don’t make enough money? […]

Best Deals For Wednesday 9/23/09

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Understand It Before You Do It – Today’s Quick Tip

Today’s Quick Tip – Understand It Before You Do It Before you make any financial decision, understand exactly what you are doing and why you are doing it. If you sign up for a credit card, understand the card’s terms and conditions. If you take out a mortgage, understand the mortgage’s terms and conditions. If you make an investment, understand the potential risks involved. If you buy and insuran […]

The Simple Dollar Podcast #17: Investing in Stocks

The seventeenth episode of The Simple Dollar podcast deals with stock investing. How do I invest in stocks (for retirement and otherwise) and why? […]

What to Do with Your Retirement Savings When You Change Jobs

Here are some thoughts from the great personal finance book Grow Your Money!: 101 Easy Tips to Plan, Save, and Invest. […]