Mighty Bargains for 16 September 2010

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SmartyPig Race Out of Debt Promo: Earn 1.75% & Win $5,000

Well this sounds like fun. Here’s an interesting offer from SmartyPig, one of our favorite savings sites. For those who are not familiar with them, they offer a savings product that allows you to earn a relatively good rate of 1.75%. These days, this type of return is a little harder to come by for a safe, liquid account. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on 09/16, 4pm CDT for a Chance to Win Prizes

Link for teaser title:  http://www.wisebread.com/join-our-tweetchat-at-400-cdt-for-a-chance-to-win-prize... twitter-logo2_0_0.jpg Join our Tweetchat on 9/16 from 4:00 – 4:45 pm CDT for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! […]

My House in Shifts: From 3 Housemates to 6.5, and Back Again

ShareThisI have been called everything from "economical" to downright cheap. Sometimes I let my friends and family make me feel bad — guilty, even — about my low-cost lifestyle. […]

Needing More Than Ourselves to Be Ourselves

My friend Heidi recently sent me a link to a fascinating article over at Mark Vernon’s blog (a philosophy-focused blog) entitled AS Byatt, who we are, and maps again. […]

Does Saving Stimulate the Economy More than Spending?

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. When the 2008-09 financial crisis hit, my husband and I were debt-free and building our savings. We were proud of what we’d accomplished, and I used to stare at our savings balance with a smile after every payday. At the time, all I seemed to hear was that we Americans had to spend our way out of a recession, that spending was the key to growth. […]

Help a Reader: Moving in with Parents

Here's a comment/question that was recently left here by a reader: I am 25 married and have no children. I just graduated and was hired by a good company in my home town. My wife and I live near by and I planned to commute while we looked for a decent apartment. […]

Spend American Express Membership Rewards at Amazon

I recently learned that you can now spend your American Express Membership Rewards at Amazon.com as part of their Shop with Points program. When you couple it with free Amazon Prime for students (my wife is a graduate student), you have yourself a nice little two-day shipping fueled by points I was having difficulty spending. The key question is the conversion rate. […]

The Lost Decade of Investing: Was All Really Lost?

Stocks May Have Had a Rough Decade, But Prudent Investors Still Made Money The 2000s are going into the history books as the lost decade of investing. Why? The simple reason is because if you were to invest one dollar into the S&P 500 on January 1, 2000 you’d only have roughly 90 cents on December 31, 2009. […]

Best Money Tips: How to Grow Asparagus

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup. Today, we share the best way to get a great asparagus crop, how to be a weekend mechanic, and what the CARD act really means! Top 5 Articles How to Grow Asparagus — This yummy, green treat takes some care and planning to grow — but it’s worth it! […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: The Super Money Secret That Will Make You Rich Edition

Are you ready? This truly is the financial secret “they” don’t want you to know about. Ready? Here it is. Spend. less. than. you. earn. Of course, if it weren’t such a secret, no one would be drowning in debt and no one would be completely panicked if they lost their job. How Do You Measure Delight? […]

Credit Cards vs. Debit Cards: A Comprehensive Comparison

"Credit cards and debit cards have the exact same benefits." I've heard this statement for a long time, but I wanted to test it out to see if it is true. […]

Chase Reward Categories for Fall ‘10 – Plus a $100 Bonus

For those of you with a Chase Freedom card, it’s time to sign up for their fall bonus reward promo. As a reminder, Chase has decided to jump on the rotating category bandwagon, so you have to enroll (and re-enroll) on a quarterly basis. That’s the bad news. The good news is that they’re offering a juicy 5% cash back (1% base + 4% bonus) in three or four categories. […]

Laid Off, 2010 Edition

Last Thursday I lost my job without any warning. The small web design agency I was working for lost a couple of big contracts and they decided they couldn’t afford to keep me on as their only full-time User Experience Designer. […]

All We Are Saying...Is Give Pabst A Chance.

Many apologies, fans of John Lennon, for the shameless hijacking of a wonderful song title. I couldn't resist. Now, this post is aimed at beer drinkers far and wide, and it's a plea to do a paradigm shift and open your eyes to the "low-end" beers that are considered cheap and nasty. […]

Going Into Debt Can Be Awesome

We often talk about the dark side of credit, but it is actually a wonderful invention. In a world where nothing is free, being able to borrow allows anyone to pursue their otherwise impossible dreams. Borrowing startup capital allows entrepreneurs to become important business owners with just an idea. […]

Are Solar Panels On Your House Worth It?

This summer, on our trip to Lake Tahoe, we spent a night at my father-in-law’s childhood friend’s house. They had a pool that was heated using a series of black tubes put on top of their lattice patio cover. The tubes gave the patio shade from the sun, the sun heated the tubes, and the water inside the tubes went into the pool to give it a nice bath water temperature. […]

Growing Your Human Capital: 11 Ways to Boost Your Income-Producing Ability

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. […]

Six Signs that You're in the Middle Class

Yahoo lists six signs that you're in the middle class as follows: Home Ownership. The step up from renting to owning signifies prosperity and achievement. Automobile Ownership. Owning an automobile provides freedom of movement and the luxury of avoiding the limited schedules and cramped quarters offered by mass transportation options such as buses and subways. […]