How I Made the Most Money I’ve Ever Made in My Life But Still Felt Miserable

About a month or two ago as the tax income forms started flying in via snail mail, I downloaded my free tax software from Turbo Tax and began the annual 3-month long process of filing my taxes. As I sat by my desk and dug through mounds of ancient unopened envelopes, I suddenly noticed something incredibly odd about the Excel sheet on my computer screen. One.. two… three… four… and five. Odd. […]

What Do You Splurge On?

It's been a few years since I asked readers here what they splurge on (after all, if we're keeping our expenses under control, we're entitled to a bit of fun spending, aren't we?) and I have a whole new group of readers now. […]

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The American Workers, State, and Business Relief Bill of 2010 to Expand Roth 401(k) Conversions

Have you heard of The American Workers, State and Business Relief Bill of 2010 that’s been floating through Congress this year? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. It hasn’t received much press, but there was one little tidbit that caught my attention since it has to do with Roth 401(k)s and conversions. […]

How Long Can You Stay in Your Home After You Stop Paying the Mortgage?

Even though the economy seems to be getting better, the number of mortgage delinquencies is still rising. Some homeowners are choosing to walk away because their debts are much higher than what their houses are worth, and many others just cannot afford their mortgages any longer. […]

Am I Unhappy?

I talk to a newspaper, radio, or television reporter on the phone once a day on average. The topics vary all over the place, but they’re usually seeking a quote from the “author of 365 Ways to Live Cheap” for their article or report. Usually, my response has to do with some financial discipline. I often talk about the many ways my wife and I have cut our spending. […]

The Underground Guide to International Volunteering (Review)

Have you ever wanted to volunteer internationally, but not known where to start? Or have you performed an online search, only to discover that all the “volunteer” opportunities cost thousands of dollars to participate in? […]

Shaving: Neither Electric Nor Expensive

I have trouble shaving, and it seemed to be getting worse with age. It seemed that no matter what I did, I’d end up with a red bumpy neck and hairy spots I had missed. […]

Do Resume Blasting, Resume Distribution Services Work?

For a hundred bucks, you can pay a company like ResumeBlaster to send your resume and cover letter to 3000+ recruiters in up to 6 of “your disciplines.” I know nothing about their particular service but I know that they are one of several out there that will bulk mail out your resume and cover letter to recruiters in their database. […]

Calculate How Much Your Debt Costs You Per Month

This article is by staff writer Adam Baker. Read what Baker had to say about J.D.’s new book, Your Money: The Missing Manual, in his recent review on Man Vs. Debt. As you all know, April is Financial Literacy Month. To celebrate, my weekly contributions throughout the month will cover basic techniques to raise your financial awareness. […]

14 Great Money Principles

The following is an excerpt from Your Money: The Missing Manual, an excellent book written by JD Roth from Get Rich Slowly. Copyright 2010 O'Reilly Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission. The section is titled "About This Book" in the actual book, but I wanted to run it because it lists so many great, fundamental personal finance principles. […]

Learning About Mortgage Escrow Accounts

I just checked the balance on our mortgage to make sure this month’s payment went through. I’m excited about accelerating our mortgage payments and seeing the principal decrease. […]

Transferring Your Brokerage Account? Switch Brokers With Ease

There’s comes a time when you may want to switch to a new discount broker. In an unpredictable market, many people are looking for innovative online brokerages that think outside the box and that take the extra step with service. But how can you possibly face your current broker to terminate your relationship? […]

10 Bad Habits and What They Cost You

WalletPop lists 10 bad habits and what they cost you as follows: Drinking Soft Drinks - Annual cost for just one a day: $547.50 Reading Gossip Magazines - Annual subscription cost for two a week (People and one other): $194 Buying Coffee - Annual cost for one cappuccino a day: $1,442 Playing the Lottery - Annual cost for playing one set of numbers a day: $365 Getting Fries With That - A […]

The Best of Money Carnival

Here's my weekly note to let you know that the Best of Money Carnival is up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, 10 Opportunities for Teaching Kids About Money.  I made the carnival myself with Five Financial No-Brainers. Enjoy! […]

Cash as a Painkiller?

While money can’t buy happiness, it might just be able to reduce pain. That’s the finding of an interesting piece of research from the University of Minnesota. […]

In the City of Big Shoulders

Here I am in Chicago, the Windy City. It hasn’t been very windy at all so far (though strong winds delayed my flight’s landing time); it was rainy last night, and it’s sunny today. I’m here with Chris Guillebeau to hang out, meet readers of our blogs, and to take a 46-hour train ride back to Portland. […]

Kids, Stuff, and Values

Wendy writes in with an email I considered using in today’s mailbag, but my response kind of grew into a full post: When well-meaning relatives give gifts to your children, do you always allow your children to keep those gifts? […]

Money-Making Hobbies

The following is an excerpt from Your Money: The Missing Manual, an excellent book written by JD Roth from Get Rich Slowly. Copyright 2010 O'Reilly Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission. (A sidebar appears at the end in red.) Even if you're not interested in owning a business that you work at full time, a small-scale venture might be right for you. […]

Five Free Sharebuilder Trades Promotion Code HVC09NY

A few years ago I took advantage of a Sharebuilder promotion code that offered $50 to new accounts after your first trade. I opened an account, deposited $50, and purchased $50 worth of IYT, which is the iShares Dow Jones Transport. Average ETF. When I received the $50, I withdrew it, netting me $50 for a little bit of work. […]