Foreclosure Rates, Job Statistics & Unemployment Numbers (Interactive Maps)

You know I love maps — economic maps, in particular. The last few ones I’ve featured here illustrated the U.S. unemployment rates and California’s unemployment rate history. […]

Investment Costs Everywhere - Another Point for Index Funds

Here's a piece from MSN Money that asks if your retirement fund is leaking. Why would it be leaking? Because investing costs are eating away at it. Consider this: In selecting mutual funds, most investors know to check the expense ratio, the standard measure of how much it costs to own a fund. […]

Litterless Juice Boxes: Do They Save Money If You Have Kids?

My kids love juice boxes. We usually allow them to have one a day as part of an afternoon snack. We’re pretty picky about the ones we buy, making sure that at the very least they’re 100% juice and, often, we buy juice that has vegetable juice in it, too. […]

Fun Trivia Facts about the $500 Bill

Nowadays the highest denomination bill you can find is the $100 but back in the early 20th century, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing was printing bills as high as $100,000 (1934-35). There aren’t any high denomination bills left, after printing was officially discontinued in 1969 by President Nixon. […]

Skills That Can Save You Money Part 1: Parallel Parking

By Paul Michael It may at first seem odd that a driving lesson would appear on a blog about saving money. But read on and you’ll see why something as basic (well, to some) as parallel parking can be a ticket to big savings. I passed my test late in life. I was 26, and I did it here in America. […]

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Six Levels of Emergency Funds

I always thought there was one basic level of emergency funds -- six to twelve months of living expenses. But in the book The Financial Crossroads, they suggest different levels of emergency funds based on a variety of factors such as the number of sources of family income, the nature of business supporting those sources, and the variability in those income sources. […]

Quicken Essentials for Mac – Taking a Step Backwards?

I just received a mailer yesterday announcing the arrival of Quicken Essentials for Mac, which is the long-awaited update to Quicken 2007 for Mac. Quicken Essentials was actually released back in February, but I somehow missed the announcement. On the surface, this update sounds great. […]

6 Things You Need to Know Before Buying Your Next Car

Buying a Car? Make Sure You Follow These Tips The days of being a clueless consumer walking into a dealership and letting the car salesmen explain all of the features of the new models are over. Today, you have the internet on your side. You can learn anything you’d ever want to about any car on the market before stepping foot into a dealership. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Vacation Edition

What kind of summer vacation does one take with a four year old, a two year old, and an infant? One great way to do this (for us) is to take a vacation with a large group, where lots of people are there to keep eyes on children in small, rotating doses. So that’s what we’re doing this year. […]

Dating on a Dime

By Myscha Theriault Finding time and funds for dating is a challenge for singles and couples alike. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Sweet 16, Posts 5-8

Here we go with the Sweet 16 round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (if you wonder what's going on in these posts, see my article announcing March Money Madness and/or click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author wh […]

18 Must Haves for the Business Traveler

By Nora Dunn Making a business trip a success involves a number of factors, including ensuring you are well-rested and on your game, protecting and transporting your belongings safely, keeping up with work and office events during your absence, and making every part of your business trip efficient and cost-effective. Following is a selection of items and services that are often considered must ha […]

Use Less Soap and Detergent in the Washing Machine

Doing laundry is one of those chores that’s rather easy, but I find myself avoiding it as much as possible. As a result, I end up doing large loads every seven to ten days. Even for these full loads of clothing, I usually only fill the detergent cup about half way. […]

When Does Renting Beat Buying?

If experiences appreciate and things depreciate, is there a way for us to separate the experience of a thing away from the thing itself? Of course there is – rent it. If we’re going on vacation, it makes perfect sense for us to rent a car rather than buy it (though in places in Europe, for long “rental periods,” you actually buy the car and sell it back) and we don’t think anything of it. […]

How to Turn Your Clutter Into Cash

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the advisor for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. To celebrate St. […]

Banks With Consistently High Interest Rates

Are you interested in earning the highest interest rate possible on your hard-earned savings without having to constantly chase rates from bank to bank? […]

Defense Beats Offense

MSN Money has some tips on investing from Warren Buffett and the one that caught my attention was this one: Defense beats offense. "Though we have lagged the S&P in some years that were positive for the market, we have consistently done better than the S&P in the 11 years during which it delivered negative results. […]

Ally Bank Interest Checking & Raise Your Rate CDs

A look at the Ally Bank Interest Checking account and the Raise Your Rate CDs. There are a lot of banking products to keep track of lately. […]