Best Deals for Friday 03/19/2010

Victoria's Secret: 7 pairs of PINK panties for $25 + $6 s&h Angie's List coupon: Free account activation w/ code JOIN10 Upcoming at Starbucks: Free pastry w/ purchase Avatar on Blu-ray / DVD for $25 + free shipping 50% off Entertainment Coupon Books plus Free Shipping […]

Smithee Debt Update, Mid-March 2010

The last three weeks have been pretty lousy for my push to get rid of the credit card debt before summer (summer? When did I decide that? Just now, I guess). With a total balance of about $5,500, and making payments of at least $1,300 a month, you’d think it’d be a straight path to zero balances. When I started the debt updates on January 26th, my total credit debt was $6,828. […]

Handling Personal Finance Mistakes, Large and Small

Jenny writes in: In 2008, my husband and I lost about 50% of our retirement savings. We got so scared that we moved all of our savings to very safe investments – cash and bonds. […]

10 Shocking Facts About Our World

By Jeff Yeager When you write about money and the environment for a living, you're constantly bombarded by related facts, figures and other interesting stuff. It seems like a day doesn't pass without someone emailing me a press release about how much CO2 is released via cow flatulence every year, or how much money you could save by heating your home with cow chips. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Sweet 16, Posts 9-12

Here we go with the Sweet 16 round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (if you wonder what's going on in these posts, see my article announcing March Money Madness and/or 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 wh […]

Friday Finance Findings for March 19th

Here we are, it’s March Madness! I’m not sure if you follow college basketball or not, but if you do, I hope your brackets are holding up. Mine is in bad shape with all of the early upsets. Not that it matters since my bracket is just for fun, but it stinks to do so poorly right out of the gate. Now my focus shifts to the Michigan State Spartans. […]

10 Examples of Tremendous Business Leadership

By Glen Stansberry Great leadership can be hard to come by. With all the politics and blaming that can go on within an organization, many companies are lacking good, solid leadership from people who are willing to stick to their word. That's why it's always refreshing to see examples of great leadership in our society. […]

Your Take: Why Are You Frugal?

Frugality has become a very hot topic lately because of the recession. In fact, it became the topic of Chris Farrell’s The New Frugality and one that I think was overlooked for far too long. […]

Chase Credit Cards and Blueprint Review

Chase is offering a number of popular credit cards, notably the Chase Freedom® MasterCard, Chase Sapphire℠ and Slate℠ from Chase, which now include a set of features the company calls “Blueprint.” The Blueprint features give the credit cardholder some flexibility in organizing and paying off the various expenses he or she charges to the card. […]

Ask the Readers: Sell the Car or Keep It?

I love the sometimes-weekly Ask the Readers feature, even if I’m not great about sticking to my intended schedule. And usually I’m able to work with folks to condense their questions to a small space, which leaves me plenty of room to share my thoughts. This week, Martina sent me a lengthy e-mail that does a better job of laying out the pros and cons of her situation than I could. […]

Selling Lending Club Loans to Reduce Risk

Earlier this week I decided to try my hand at selling a small number of Lending Club loans. These are loans that have either entered the grace period, or that have gone late (but not too far late). I figure that taking a small loss now beats taking a big loss later. In deciding to sell these loans, I looked at both their repayment history and their recent credit score history. […]

Nine Roth IRA Conversion Mistakes

The following is an excerpt from The Gospel of Roth: The Good News About Roth IRA Conversions and How They Can Make You Money, a book that argues everyone should convert a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA. This is a follow-up from two posts yesterday (here's #1 and here's #2) on the same topic. MISTAKE 1. NOT TAKING THE ROTH CONVERSION OPTION. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of Mar 15

For weekday updates of what I find to be some of the most interesting personal finance articles on the web, follow me on Twitter. Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week and my posts that were included: EDITOR'S CHOICE! Festival of Frugality - Save Money! […]

Know your limitations when you do it yourself

Doing things yourself, especially home repairs, can be a big money saver.  The main reason it can be a big money-saver, of course, is because you’re putting your own labor into the job rather than paying someone else to do it for you. I didn’t say that it’s definitely a big money-saver.  A home repair could end up costing more to do it yourself than to have a professional come in to do it, for a n […]

Daily Links: Answers and Myths Edition

As many of you have noticed, my book is making its way into stores. Your Money: The Missing Manual is now shipping from Amazon, and should find its way into brick-and-mortar bookstores over the coming month. I’m excited (and scared) to have this let loose upon the world. […]

College Scholarships – Murky Waters for Students and Parents

The following is a guest post from College Search GamePLAN. As the search and admissions process unfolds for the typical family of a college bound high school student, there comes a tipping point. When the student shows up on the radar of colleges (after taking the PSAT), he/she is inundated with a variety of direct marketing messages. All of them proclaim: “Come on in, the water’s fine!” The i […]

The Cost of Overuse

All of us use a lot of household products every day. Soap. Shampoo. Conditioner. Toothpaste. Hand soap. Dishwashing detergent. Laundry detergent. The list goes on and on. Many of these items are used so routinely that we don’t even step back and think about them. We squirt some toothpaste on our toothbrush. We use a big gulp of mouthwash. […]

Thoughts on Tipping Etiquette: Why Should I Tip?

I’m honored to have Kosmo as my guest writer for today. His post compels me to ask: where’s that tip jar again? […]

Join Our Tweetchat at 4:00 CST For a Chance to Win Prizes

By Will Chen Join our Tweetchat today from 4:00 – 4:45 pm CST for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Feeling stressed? […]

Travel On a Budget

This article is presented by Kelly Whalen, Consumerism Commentary staff writer.Traveling can be expensive, but worthwhile. At some point everyone needs to take a break from their regular routine. Whether you stay at home, take a car trip to Grandma’s house, or fly across the country, there are ways to travel without spending all your hard-earned savings.I have a trip coming up soon. […]