My Favorite Tips From The Money Tips Network

Here are this week’s highlights from some of my favorite writers – my fellow members of The Money Tips Network. Flexo from over at Consumerism Commentary just started writing full-time – and has opened an individual 401(k) with Vanguard. Jim over at Bargaineering has a list of the best zero-percent credit card balance transfers.  You might want to check these out if you have a high-rate card that […]

Five Ways I Plan To Save Money in February

Now that January has passed and Christmas has been paid for, I’m sticking to my guns and tightening my belt.  There are a lot of areas of my life where I can save.  For February, I am sticking to five: Cable, Cell Phone, Lunch, Coupons, and Impulse Shopping. Although I like to think that I’m a fairly frugal person, I learn something new every day.  Here are my goals for February: […]

Ten Things to Look For When Planning a Summer Vacation (Thanks to Readers)

After my recent post on planning summer travel, I received a lot of emails from readers near the places we are planning on traveling to: Seattle, Boston, New Orleans, and Orlando. […]

Cut Your Cable Bill: 10 Legal Alternatives to Costly Cable

How much money are you spending to sit and stare at an electronic black box every month? I’ll give you the numbers. On average, American cable and satellite viewers pay $71 per month, which adds up to a staggering $852 a year. Canadians pay a steep price too. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #5

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. A sick baby on the mend This winter has been really hard on our infant son, as he’s come down with a series of colds. […]

What Should You do if You Get an IRS Audit Letter in the Mail?

The following is a guest post from H&R Block’s Leigh Mutert, CPA and hrblock.com Community Manager. Tax filing is on the minds of most Americans right now. Now is also the time taxpayers begin to wonder if they are filing correctly. From valuable tax deductions to new tax credits, it can be disconcerting to consider the possibility of an IRS audit. […]

You and Your Work: A Short Film About Employment from 1948

Last weekend, Kris and I hired a friend’s 12-year-old to help with yardwork. We leave for Africa on Monday, and we don’t want to burden our housesitter with unnecessary chores. […]

Graduated From College? Financial Tips For The New Graduate

Something really weird happens when you graduate from college and the weeks go on. You realize that you’re structured life is no more. This means no more 8 AM classes or evenings filled with group meetings. Now you have all the time in the world, yet you can’t seem to find any structure. By not [...]Graduated From College? […]

Here’s proof that I have a voice for silent film

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Chris Gaddis, host of the finance talk show “Money Train” on WIOX 91.3 FM in upstate New York.  We discussed how this blog got started in 2005 — man, it’s been a while! […]

Dinner With My Family #5: Burgers and Fries!

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. Yep, burgers and fries! […]

Mortgage Payoff Progress With Chart

In February of 2010 my wife and I purchased our very first home.  We took out an conventional 15 year mortgage.  Our plan is to pay the mortgage off in less than 10 years – with a stretch goal of paying it off in less than 7. As of January 31, 2011, we have made 11 regular mortgage payments – and several additional principal-only payments.  By the way, here’s our plan-of-attack for paying of our […]

Opening an Individual 401(k) at Vanguard

Now that I’m not working for an employer other than myself, I no longer have the benefit of investing part of my salary in a company-managed 401(k), and I also no longer have the benefit of the employer-matched contribution. I’ll miss the 100% return on the first 4% of my pay. […]

Win Free Tax Software!

Over the past month, I've held giveaways for several sets of tax preparation software. Of all of those, two of the winners did not get back to me. I emailed them and received no response, and now their time to claim their prize has passed. That's good news for you since you now have a chance to win one of their prizes. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 1, Posts 33-36

Here we go with the first round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action 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 when the post was submitted. […]

Fitness For People Who Hate Exercise

Finding a workout routine that can keep you healthy and in shape is difficult — after all, for many of us, working out is a tedious task, made worse by exercise that is uninspiring and repetitive. While some people get a runner's high, the rest of us get an attack of boredom. […]

The Best Airline Miles Credit Cards, March 2011

As airlines continue to add a variety of fees to compensate for keeping fare prices low to complete with each other, flying may be becoming more expensive. Adding to the real cost of a flight are fees like a fuel surcharge, checked baggage fees, and in-flight fees for food, drinks, headphones and pillows. Now, some airlines are even charging for carry-on luggage. […]

Saving IS Investing

One common question I get from readers appears in this type of email: Dear Trent, My husband and I are finally on the path to financial freedom. We have only a debt or two remaining and have built up an emergency fund. We would like to start investing. Please tell us how. Signed, Sally Saver When I read this email, I know what they’re looking for. […]

Selling Your Life Insurance Policy for Cold, Hard Cash

Depending on your age, your health, and several other factors, your current life insurance policy could be worth a lot of money to someone else. And believe it or not, people are cashing in on this new form of equity. […]

How to Remove Snow and Save

I grew up in New Hampshire's White Mountains, went to college in upstate New York, and am currently living in Philadelphia, which has recently been hit with an increasingly ridiculous series of winter storms. In short: I know snow. And I also know that if you get hit by several storms, removing that snow can get expensive mighty fast. […]