Google Editions: E-Books From Anywhere

In addition to Sony’s and Amazon’s electronic bookstores (about 100,000 and 330,000 titles available, respectively), booksellers now have another huge option for getting their books into our hands: Google Editions, which will launch next year with between 400,000 and 600,000 titles. Not necessarily a store or a device Google Editions is built on top of Google’s enormous book digitizing project cal […]

Passing the Blame: Some Thoughts on the 401(k) Crisis

A couple days ago at the doctor’s office, I picked up the newest issue of Time, which featured a cover story entitled “Why It’s Time to Retire the 401(k)” (and you can read the article online). […]

3 Steps to Organize and Track Your Finances Without the Hassle

By Sarah Winfrey When it comes to money, there's a lot to track, especially if you're doing all the right things. It starts out simple enough, with a checking account and maybe one for savings, too. […]

Your Take: What is Your Money Vice?

We all have one. We all have that hobby we know we spend too much money on. Maybe you drop a paycheck or two every time you walk into Williams Sonoma because of some gadget you have to have. Or your spending goes unchecked on vacation, picking up trinkets and souvenirs from your getaways. […]

What Would You Do With $1000?

The cover story on this month’s Money Magazine asks “What would you do with $1000?” We’ve talked in the past about what you’d do with a major windfall, but I thought it would be interesting to take a look at your options with a smaller windfall. Here are Money’s suggestions: Build up your emergency fund Spend five hours with a financial planner Buy a top-notch mutual fund* Upgrade your appliances […]

Accumulation and Attachment: Finding Balance

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. A lot has been made of the minimalist lifestyle on personal finance blogs. Some readers love it; some think it sounds like a miserable existence. […]

Quicken 2010 Review and Giveaway

Update: The giveaway has ended and the winners will be announced shortly. Note: This is a long article containing an in-depth review of the new version of Quicken. If you are just interested in the giveaway of Quicken 2010 Deluxe, scroll to the bottom of this article. It took me a long time to warm up to Intuit Quicken. […]

Did You Miss the Ride Up?

Remember all the conversations we've had over the past couple years about staying invested in the market no matter what it does (assuming you have a long-term horizon) and especially when it's falling? Why is that? Because most people can't predict when it will go back up again. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of Oct 12

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: EDITOR'S CHOICE! Best of Money Carnival - How Much is a Good Commute Worth? […]

Reflecting On Climate Change on Blog Action Day

Today is Blog Action Day 2009, and I have been a little late with my entry for this year. That’s okay, because I revived my 2007 article (on 10 Simple Ways To Save Money and the Environment) as a featured post and hopefully, it shared in the spirit of what this day is all about. […]

Fifteen Things More Important Than Money

Three and a half years ago, I was in a desperate debt situation. My lifestyle was tied desperately to spending far more than I was bringing in – and I was finally paying the consequences. I had let money become the most important thing in my life. It drove all of my choices and decisions. It chose my career for me. It chose my specific job for me. […]

Bond Primer: Yield vs. Total Return

The following is a guest post from Sound Mind Investing. Here's a review of SMI if you're interested. It's a basic piece (hence "a primer") but I'm sure some of you will find it very educational. And the rest of you can discuss what you think the interest rate risk is on today's bonds. […]

Beware Bank-paid Complimentary AD&D Insurance

I remember a few years ago when credit card companies would send out $5 checks to customers. The catch with the $5 check was that it enrolled you in some sort of service, usually identity theft or employment related, that was free for a month. […]

28 Ways to Have Cheap Halloween Fun

By Carrie Kirby digg_url = ''; Halloween can be costly, especially for parents: House decorations, candy for trick-or-treaters, trips to the pumpkin farm or other creepy attractions, and especially the costumes can easily add up to hundreds of dollars. And yet you don't have to spend a lot to have a lot of fun. […]

Discover Card Rewards Catalog

Today we’ll be taking a look at the Discover Card rewards catalog, the final in our series of reward catalog reviews. The reason I kept Discover for last was because it’s less widely accepted and because their rewards catalog is very simple. Until taking a look today, I didn’t even know they had a rewards catalog because I always converted my cash back rewards into statement credits. […]

Interesting Money Facts

This MSNBC article talks about how the recession has widened the income gab between the highest earners and the lowest ones. […]

Should There Be a "Fat Tax" on Junk Food?

By Paul Michael Yes. Well, that's just my humble opinion, but I really don't see why this has so many people throwing their arms up in the air with shock. We tax liquor and cigarettes, neither of which are essentials in life. […]

How to Earn Six Figures

For those of you interested, my most recent guest post is now availabe at Get Rich Slowly. It's titled Five Steps to Six Figures in Seven Years. Check it out if you're interested in learning how to make six figures. :-) […]

Extracting the Child Who Stayed in the Nest Too Long

Margaret writes in: I have a twenty four year old daughter who is still living at home. She went away to college, but moved back in after college while looking for a job. She’s had a good job now for two years, but has made no move at all to move out. […]