TradeKing $100 Cash Bonus For New Accounts and Free Trades

From now until August 31, 2011, the TradeKing discount brokerage is offering a $100 cash bonus for all new accounts that are funded with at least $2,500 and execute three trades. If you happen to lose money in an investment, you won’t be penalized and will still receive the bonus. $100 bonus The $100 cash bonus is the highest cash back bonus currently offered by an online discount broker. […]

Help a Reader: Dealing with Collections

Here's an email I recently received: My boyfriend had a CapitalOne credit card that was sent to collections sometime around last September. He has not paid anything on it; I have a piece of paper that shows an outstanding balance of $2,000. I want to help him work this out but even I am unsure as to how to address this now that it is in collections. […]

Why Would a Blogger Write a Personal Finance Book?

Over the past few years, several personal finance bloggers have written books, myself included. J.D. from Get Rich Slowly put out Your Money: The Missing Manual. Ramit from I Will Teach You to Be Rich put out a self-titled book. Just last Sunday, I reviewed a book by Rachel Singer Gordon (a.k.a. Mashup Mom). […]

Secrets of Top eBay Sellers

What do eBay's top sellers know about making money on online auctions that the rest of us don't? I recently had the chance to hear four Top Rated Sellers, all people who make their living selling merchandise on eBay and even hire employees to help them do so, share their secrets. […]

5 Frugal Birthday Party Games

My daughter recently turned five. In case you don’t know, birthday parties are a big deal to a five year old. Our family lives in a third world country so we knew we’d have to get creative when it came time to plan our birthday games. In the end, we came up with some great games that the kids absolutely loved. […]

Five of the Best Websites for Freelance Writers

These Sites Are 5 of the Best for Freelance Writers As a freelance writer, I am always on the lookout for new ideas on how to drum up business.  In addition to broadening my skill set, regular trips to the following five websites put me into contact with potential clients, give me pointers on how to be a stronger, more effective writer, and allow me to receive feedback from my pee […]

Amazon Kindle, Chapter Three

Amazon’s 3rd-generation Kindle e-reader, set to be released on August 27th, had me worried for a little while. My gadget-y friends and I often wonder aloud about upcoming features and technology advances, and many of them assumed Amazon would try to make it more like an iPad. […]

How to Donate Old Cell Phones

If you have a really old cell phone, it has no value on the secondary market. That doesn’t mean it’s worthless. There are ways you can put a smile on someone’s face even though cell phone resellers won’t take your junk back. I recently started having some minor problems with my Palm Treo 755p, mostly dust particles being trapped behind the screen. […]

Should I Sell My Car On eBay?

This article is by staff writer Adam Baker. Follow Baker on Twitter @ManVsDebt or connect with him on Facebook. Over the last few months, I’ve spent countless hours researching the process of selling items online for a large project I’ve been compiling. […]

How (and Why) to Roll Over Your 401(k)

Most people will work for several companies throughout their career. As you move to another company, you should be careful not to forget about your retirement investments. […]

Are You Marketing Yourself?

If you've read Free Money Finance for more than two seconds you've probably heard me say that your career is your most important financial asset. […]

New TradeKing Customers: $50 Bonus Is Back (2010)

TradeKing’s annual promotion which offers free money for new customers has returned at an earlier time this year. So if you are still waiting for a little motivation to get started with investing (or even stock and options trading), then it could be a good time to sign up and receive some extra cash in the process. […]

Frugality and Fear of Health Care

Jennifer writes in: My husband had been complaining about sharp pains in his side for several weeks. A few days ago I had to take him to the emergency room. He stayed overnight for observation and was released the next day with a ton of medications to take. It turns out he has a liver inflammation caused by a bacteria. He’s going to be fine. Here’s the whole problem with this. […]

Secrets of Extreme Savers

Here's a piece CNN Money calls "Secrets of Extreme Savers". These people may be extreme savers (pocketing up to 50% or so of their salaries), but they aren't really using "secrets." Here's a sampling of how they set aside so much of their income for savings: Before they make any purchase, even big-ticket items like cars, they save up the cash. […]

Best of Money Carnival

This week's Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, 7 Things I Learned Watching Honeymooners Re-runs. Enjoy! […]

4 Healthy PTO Fundraising Ideas for the New School Year

ShareThisMany school programs, such as band, cheerleading and Parent Teacher Organizations rely on fundraising activities to pay for equipment, activities, field trips and supplies. A study conducted in 2000 found that 80 percent of schools nationwide participate in some form of fundraising. […]

TradeKing $50 New Account and National Friendship Day Promotion

It seems every summer TradeKing runs a promotion where you can get $50 for opening a new account (if you didn’t have one already). Well if you didn’t notice it based on the temperatures outside, it’s summer and TradeKing has brought back their $50 new account promotion this month. […]

Doctors Should be Wealthy

Remember our discussion of how the average farmer is more likely to accumulate wealth than the average doctor? That conversation had a few comments from people giving reasons why doctors weren't able to accumulate wealth like people in other professions. Yeah, right. Check out this piece from Yahoo that lists the worst paying jobs for doctors as follows: 1. […]

Reader Mailbag: Birthday Celebration

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Starting a garden from seed 2. Losing my job next summer 3. Splitting rent and utilities 4. Dealing with a challenging year 5. Time to have a child? 6. Double disabilities: what now? 7. Budgeting and taxes 8. […]