Links I Liked: Weekly Roundup

From Jim Cramer to personal rewards, here are a few links that caught my eye this week:From Jim Letourneau's Big Picture Speculator: Jon Stewart Grills CramerFrom Blogging Away Debt: Keeping Track of ReceiptsFrom Budgeting Babe Budgeting Babe on Twitter (and Many Other PF Bloggers, too!)From Harvesting Dollars: How Do You Reward Yourself?From Mighty Bargain Hunter Whaddaya mean no rentals allowed? […]

6 Reasons to use a Slow Cooker or Crock Pot

Looking for a fun way to make cheap and healthy family meals for less moolah? Then look no further than your handy slow cooker or crock pot! Slow cookers are frugal to buy, cheap to operate, and can turn inexpensive cuts of meat or low cost vegetarian dishes into delicious family meals with just the flip of a switch. Slow cookers and crock pots have been around for decades. […]

From the Vault: Camp Scholarships

Spring break and summer vacations are coming around soon. I wrote this piece last year, about camp money for kids.Many camps --Spring Break mini camps, after-school camps and Summer Camps-- offer a wide variety of program discounts. […]

The Recovery Will Come From Those That Have Been Laid Off

This is a guest post from Peter Dunn of Green Candy. If you like what you see here, please check out his weblog and consider subscribing to his RSS feed. It’s no secret that our economy is cyclical. Whether you like it or not, there will be good times and times that couldn’t be possibly described as good. […]

Beware of $12,000 Stimulus Check & Other Scams, Says Kiplinger's

This item from the folks at Kiplinger's caught my attention:"Will the Treasury Department really issue stimulus checks of $12,000? No—but some con artists would like you to believe so. Crooks miss no opportunity to take your money—and began plotting stimulus-related schemes as soon as the law was passed in February. […]

Recovering From the Crash

This is a guest post by Jeff Rose, who is an Illinois Certified Financial Planner(TM) and co-founder of Alliance Investment Planning Group. Jeff is also the author of Good Financial Cents, a financial planning and investment blog. If you like what you see here, please consider subscribing to his RSS feed. Does anybody feel like the 2008 stock market crash has been one of the worst ever? […]

Five Tips for Dealing With Job Loss

In early 2009, the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted that over 40 states recorded an increase over last year in the number of layoffs. In February alone over 600,000 workers were caught up in layoffs. If you and your family have found yourself in this position, here are some steps to help you cope with this painful change. 1. […]

What I Learned From an 8th-Grade Basketball Game

As the shot clock ran down, there were a few tense moments at a middle-school basketball game involving my son's team. The game was a slam dunk for financial lessons. Here's what I learned from the sidelines.Momentum shifts quickly : The score was tied with 60 seconds left in the final quarter. We had the ball and momentum was in our favor. […]

Unorthodox Ways to Earn Extra Money

This is a guest post from WC of The Writer’s Coin. If you like what you see here, please consider subscribing to his RSS feed. I don’t know why, but I’ve been getting free issues of a magazine called Time Out Chicago for the past few weeks. […]

Free H&R Block TaxCut Giveaway – Win a Copy of TaxCut

Free burgers is nice and all, but giving away relevant and practical stuff is even better.  H&R Block is giving away three copies of Tax Cut to readers of this horrific blog (see, there are perks to reading this blog, after all). If you’re a procrastinator like me and haven’t finished filing your taxes yet, this will be a timely giveaway. […]

myFICO 8th Anniversary 30% Off Promotional Code

You’ll have to be a true credit junkie to know this, but myFICO is celerbrating their 8th anniversary and is offering 30% off any of their FICO products.  It doesn’t beat the previous 50% off discount, but 30% isn’t too shabby either. All these discount updates I’ve posted through the years should confirms one thing: you should never pay full price for any myFICO products! FICO Credit Score - $31. […]

Saving Time and Money for Dinner

The bewitching hour -- that twilight period between late afternoon and mealtime -- was a challenge when my children were toddlers. Balancing a mix of late afternoon snacks, baths and dinner preparation stretched our limited time, money and patience.Now that the kids are older, the betwitching hour has a different chime. […]

Making Every Dollar Count at Tax Time

This is a guest post from Bob Meighan, who is VP of TurboTax. In challenging economic times, every dollar counts. While I can’t predict what the economy or market will do, I can help you identify opportunities to make sure you get the biggest tax refund possible. […]

6 Action Words That Make Your Resume Rock

This article is part of a series called How to Write a Resume. To start this series from the beginning, read the introduction. It’s time to activate your resume with some action words. Action words, or verbs, ignite an otherwise dull resume by setting your skills on fire - giving your credentials authority and power. […]

The Foreclosure Crisis, Revisited

Remember when I talked about how the foreclosure crisis is much more localized than the mainstream media would have you believe? Well, check this out… According to a recent report in USA Today, 35 counties accounted for 50% of the foreclosures that occurred in 2008. […]

Are Unemployment Payments Taxable?

With all of the layoffs that are currently taking place, I thought I’d spend a few minutes talking about whether or not unemployment benefits are taxable. In short, they are. Because unemployment payments are technically classified as income, you have to pay income tax on them. […]

Spending Habits that Will Make you Graduate Poor

This is a guest post from The Studenomist of Studenomics. If you like what you see here, please consider subscribing to his RSS feed. As a college student going to school in a tough economy, I’ve made it a personal goal to graduate with as much money saved as possible. How do I intend to pull this off? After all, it seems like everyone these days is completing college either broke or in debt. […]

Late Night Munchies = Free In-N-Out Burgers for Readers

It’s almost two in the morning, I can’t sleep, and I have a 14 hour flight in the next couple of hours. […]

Vacation, Vacation, Vacation

By the time you read this, we’ll be on our way out of town for a much needed vacation. […]

Why Don’t Young People Care About Finances?

This is a guest post by Adam Goodman, author of “Following The Goods.” If you like what you see here, please check out his weblog and subscribe to his RSS feed. It’s unfortunate, but my story isn’t original. I’m 29, educated, and up until four years ago, I never saw the need to understand how to manage my finances. […]