How Dissatisfied Do You Need to Be to Use a Satisfaction-Guaranteed Rebate?

By Linsey Knerl Many brands offer them: satisfaction-guaranteed rebates.  While this helps to build reputation in the industry and gives genuinely disgruntled consumers an easy fix for their problems, is there a possibility that it’s too easy to get money back on the products you buy?  We look at both sides of the issue to help decide when “attainable” may not always be “ethical.”  What is a Sati […]

Reader Story: The Secret Millionaire and the Mathmobile

I keep telling myself I’ll share reader e-mail more often. You folks send me great stuff. For example, here’s Ruth’s story about her own millionaire next door. I loved reading about J.D.’s “secret millionaire” neighbor. This is a story about my own “secret millionaire” neighbor. […]

When Is a Child Ready for an Allowance?

This question has been on our minds quite a bit recently, as our three and a half year old son continues to grow and mature. We’ve long planned on giving our children small allowances that are not tied to household chores, and now we’re actually faced with a child that’s nearing the maturity level to understand it. He understands that money is used to buy things. […]

What Makes Us Tick: A Short Film About How the Stock Market Works (from 1952)

It’s been several months since I’ve discovered a new money movie to share with you. I love these things, but I’ve exhausted most of my sources for Public Domain material. […]

Exit Strategies

The following is a guest post from The Strump.  How many times in your life have you jumped into something without thinking, then tried getting out but it wasn't so easy? Getting into anything is pretty simple because it's so fresh and new at the start - like an investment or a relationship – but sooner or later the lustre wears off and you know you it’s time to move on. […]

Times Are Tough; Would You Consider A DIY Funeral?

By Paul Michael It's never pleasant to think about death and funerals, but if there is one certainty in life, it's that we're all going to bite the dust at some point. And just like most things in life, death is an expensive business. […]

Best of Personal Finance: Hot and Humid Edition

By Andrea Dickson The Simple Dollar is starting a new series called Trent's 14 Money Rules. […]

OptionsXpress For Stock Investing and Options Trading

I’ve been covering a number of online stock brokers here including the likes of TradeKing, ETrade, ShareBuilder and many more, as an exercise in discovering which sites out there are supportive of investors and traders alike. I remember the “old” days when I used to call up my stock broker or when I would visit my local Charles Schwab branch to talk to a representative who could help me work out […]

How the Foot-In-The-Door Technique Costs You Money

A few weeks ago, I received a simple request from a person I know in the community. She asked me to go to a website and sign a simple petition on behalf of a cause she’s passionate about. […]

And Yet Another Reason to Move to Wyoming...

Here's a piece from MSNBC that lists the worst and best states for getting speeding and other driving-related tickets. The worst five: 1. New Jersey2. Ohio3. Maryland4. Louisiana5. New York The best five: 50. Wyoming49. Idaho48. Montana47. Nebraska46. Kentucky And now we have another reason to move to Wyoming. […]

Getting by on a lot less money: 3 ways it's easier than you think

By Philip Brewer I spent my whole adult life trying to figure out how to get by on a lot less money, because I wanted to be a full-time writer and knew that it wouldn't pay enough to support the lifestyle I was living. […]

Best Deals For Friday 6/19/09

By Paul Michael Today's WISEBUY. The FRIDAY AMAZON SALE!!! Always popular, always great bargains. It's a one day only sale, so grab the deals while they're hot.   1. FREE 15 Pcs Ratchet Socket Screwdriver Set (Just Pay $5.99 s/h) One day only. This 15 piece ratchet socket screwdriver set is ideal for all occasions. […]

Freedom from Budgeting

The following is a guest post from Luke, the guy behind NeoBudget, an online budgeting system using the envelope method. The title of this article is intentionally deceptive.  This is not an argument against budgeting.  Contrary to what you may have heard, budgeting is a liberating experience.  Creating a budget and sticking to it can be one of the most freeing experiences of your financial life. […]

Rule #1: Spend Less Than You Earn.

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. […]

Converting Mutual Funds Into Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) Without Incurring Taxes

Did you know that you can convert directly from mutual funds to exchange traded funds (ETFs) without incurring taxes? I didn’t. I’ve been operating under the impression that selling the mutual fund shares would be a taxable event. […]

Your Take: Isakson’s $15,000 Homebuyer’s Credit

If you’re signed up for the Bargaineering newsletter, I included a mention of a potential $15,000 homebuyer credit in the latest Thursday email. The $15,000 homebuyer’s credit was introduced by Senator Johnny Isakson (GA-R) that would increase the current $8,000 first-time homebuyer credit to $15,000 and could be used by anyone who bought a primary residence, not just first-timers. […]

Ask the Readers: How to Handle a Windfall?

It’s been a while since we touched on the subject of windfalls: money that unexpectedly falls into your lap. It’s been so long, in fact, that I’ve started to receive questions about them, including this one from Aaryn: I wanted to get your advice as far as the distribution of windfalls. Would you put a certain percentage in a savings account? Invest it? […]

Help a Reader: Transfer of Funds

Here's a question recently left by a reader: My parents are very old and want to turn over their funds to me, their only son. I'm concerned about tax implications of a $120K transfer to my account. Also, in the event of their passing, I'd like to avoid the probate vultures. What's the best way of handling this? Any advice for him? […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of June 15

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: Surprise! […]