Lifecycle Funds are a Terrible Investment Idea

Lifecycle funds (also known as target date mutual funds and ETFs) are marketed mostly as a solution for folks who want to achieve a financial goal by a specific time. […]

The Cost of Love

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. Have you ever noticed all of the song lyrics about love and money? “No romance without finance…” “My love don’t cost a thing…” “Only boys who save their pennies, make my rainy day…” “Can’t buy me love…” Whether you side with Madonna or The Beatles on the issue of love and money, courtship can be costly. When you imagine your ideal partner, you probabl […]

2010 Net Worth Review

Once a month I update my net worth in Quicken (by adding in any expenses, updating my fund prices, etc.) And once a year I give you all a review of how I did the previous year. This is my wrap up for 2010. Here are the highlights: My net worth ended 2010 at an all time high, up 20.9% versus the previous year. […]

Free Codes For H&R Block Online Premium (Giveaway)

Our H&R Block Online Premium Giveaway is back! During tax season, we often hold tax related giveaways (in fact, we had an H&R Block tax software offer sometime ago which was well received). This is becoming somewhat of an annual event, which I can certainly appreciate! […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 2/3, 12pm Pacific for Chance to Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: What's your family's emergency plan? Are you prepared for snow storms, power outages, earthquakes, or fires? Do you know where your key documents are? […]

Spare Change: Countdown to Africa Edition

Ohmyword. I always forget how much work goes into getting ready for a vacation. Although I’ve been quiet on the blog this week, I’m working like a madman behind the scenes to be sure there’s plenty of great stuff for you to read while I’m petting the lions and wildebeests in Africa. Meanwhile, I still have to get things ready for our house-sitter. And exercise every day. And eat well. […]

Should You Pay Kids to Shovel Snow?

Since we're currently in the middle of a blizzard, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight this piece from Kiplinger's that asks if you should pay kids to shovel snow. […]

An Artist on the Side: Coppola on the Future of Artists and Artisans

Earlier this week, I stumbled upon a great interview with Francis Ford Coppola over at the 99 percent. In this interview, Coppola talks about the past and future of people making money from their art, whether it be music, movies, or other things: We have to be very clever about those things. […]

Turbo Tax Discount for Amex Customers (and Others?)

While perusing recent transactions in our Amex Delta SkyMiles account, I ran across an ad for a 35% discount on TurboTax Federal products when you pay with “any eligible American Express Card.” There’s also a link from the ad itself (go ahead and click it if you wish) which appears to automatically apply the discount when you click through. […]

4 First-Year Valentines Gift Ideas – Lower the Bar With Love

My first Valentine’s Day with my now-husband, I received a gorgeous floral arrangement delivered at work, followed by dinner out and chased with 1/3 carat diamond stud earrings. We were young, had no financial commitments other than auto insurance, and had money to throw at courtin’. […]

When Can You Lie About Money to Your Spouse?

The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) has concluded through conducting an online poll that 31 percent of people who combine finances with their spouse or partner have been deceptive about money with the individuals who trust them. […]

Making a Million Bucks is So Simple – But Why Can Most Only Dream About It?

The following is a guest post from Sunil at the Extra Money Blog. Other than FMF’s famous equation, there are no two other simpler ones that you will find to make a million bucks than these. The first one is to find a billion dollars and start an airline company.  The only problem is that you need to find a billion dollars first. […]

Estimate Your Tax Refund With TurboTax TaxCaster Calculator

A Tax Refund Estimate Calculator Are you wondering if you’re going to get a tax refund or maybe owe Uncle Sam this year? Well, instead of waiting until you completely go through your tax return you can plug in some numbers and get a rough estimate today. This can be especially helpful if you end up with a surprise showing you may owe money. […]

Citi® Platinum Select® Card Review

Just like all small business owners, concerned with creating a product or service to solidify the company’s brand, Citibank continues to market their most popular product. Although Citibank has been around for almost two hundred years, they continue branding to ensure their products are reaching as many customers as possible. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 1, Posts 29-32

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. […]

Money-Saving Tricks I Learned Planning an Elopement

I used to love weddings. Then I started planning my own, and all of a sudden, I wanted to cry. A few months ago, my fiancé and I decided to tie the knot. We thought we'd somehow manage to have a wedding in Seattle, followed by a Seattle-area reception and then another reception in India, where his parents currently reside. […]

Top Ten Web-Based Money Management Tools

This is a guest post from Tom Becker, a personal finance writer who specializes in detailed reviews of business bank accounts at Money Choices. It seems that each decade brings new and innovative ways to manage your money. In the 1990s, you could use simple PC-based software to track basic income and expenses. These later evolved into reporting and analyzing powerhouses. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Midwest Blizzard Edition

The Midwest got absolutely hammered with snow the last few days. The job of moving this snow would seem almost insurmountable if it weren’t for our snowblower. Thank goodness for our Troy-Bilt. Efficient-Market Hypothesis – Are You a Believer? The efficient market hypothesis essentially says that “markets and participants are at all times on a level playing field with respect to information. […]

3 Snow-Day Recipes to Help You Weather the Storm

Batten down the hatches — this week’s requisite blizzard is under way. If you believe the hype, many of us are in for a strange sort of storm — complete with ice, snow, and tornadoes, oh my! — that some meteorologists are suggesting could be one for the records. (Isn’t that always the case lately? […]