April 13, 2009

Learning About The Blogging Business, Thanking Our Blog Readers

I wasn’t really paying much attention to this, but it suddenly caught my eye — my traffic statistics are showing me that this blog has hit an awesome milestone! […]

The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 4: Couples and Finances

I know this is late going up, but I’ve been running errands all morning (many of which were money-related). In just a few minutes, you can join us for the fourth episode of The Personal Finance Hour, a BlogTalkRadio program all about personal finance. […]

Beware, The Nasty Secret Of The Craigslist Free Section

By Paul Michael If you love Craigslist, and use the free section to either post products or get great deals, you really need to read this. Because there’s a dirty secret to Craigslist that most people don’t know about it, and the free section gets hit with it most. As with all services or products used en masse, adaptations arise to evolve the idea. […]

Coupled Finances on the Personal Finance Hour

Please join us tonight (6PM Eastern, 3PM Pacific) on the Personal Finance Hour as JD and I discuss coupled finances. Many of you weighed in on the subject last Friday in the Your Take post on Coupled Finances (thank you!), and we’ll be using many of your points as discussion points during the show. […]

Help a Reader: Variable Annuity

Here's a question a reader recently left here: My mom has $120,000 to invest and our Smith Barney guy wants to put it into a variable annuity with retirement income. Mom is 78 and in a rest home paid for by an insurance policy for her life. She requires about 1200.00 extra per month for medicines not covered on her part d etc. What do you think of his suggestion? […]

The Costs of a Car Crash

While many were eating dinner on this Easter holiday, I spent Good Friday eating an airbag. My “better half” and I were driving along the highway past a big farm when an oncoming truck unleashed it’s rear dual wheels in our direction. Flying wheels are not something you want to see heading towards you on Good Friday, or any Friday for that matter. […]

Best Deals for Monday 4/13/09

By Lynn Truong 1. FREE To The Contrary PBS DVD In partnership with Bonnie Erbe, host of the PBS news analysis series, To the Contrary, FAIR is offering FREE DVDs of the To the Contrary special on immigration's impact on wages, health care and the environment.   2. FREE Gas-X Thin Strips Sample Receive a free sample plus a coupon off your next purchase.   3. […]

Restaurant Menus: Translating Cost and Taste

By Thursday Bram A well-designed menu is considered an easy way to separate diners from their dollars at a restaurant. Even mom-and-pop restaurants put a lot of time and effort into how they put together their menus in the hopes of not only directing you towards dishes with high profit margins but into tempting you to come back soon and try something else that sounds tasty. […]

Helping Your Parents With Their Finances

About the author: Jeff Rose is a Certified Financial Planner™ and co-founder of Alliance Investment Planning Group. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, having served in the National Guard. His blog, Good Financial Cents, covers financial planning and investment related topics. As a kid, there’s no greater comfort in having your parents there to pick you up when you fall. […]

Win $50 from SmartyPig!

Here's a chance for you to win a $50 gift card from SmartyPig -- given either as a credit to a current account you have with them or as credit to a new account that you'll set up. Here's how it will work: 1. All you need to do to enter is to leave any comment on this post. 2. […]

How (and Why) Athletes Go Broke

For awhile now I've been "collecting" pieces about all sorts of individuals -- artists, singers, business people, etc. -- that make very, very high incomes and yet somehow manage to blow it all. […]

Reader Mailbag #58

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags. As usual, we’ll start things off with a few links to older articles that directly answer questions I’ve heard recently. […]

A Home of My Own: Why We Buy

About the author: This is a guest article by Matt Wallaert, a behavioral psychologist and the Lead Scientist at Thrive, a free financial advisory website that helps people organize their finances and plan for the future with personalized feedback from its behavioral advisory engine. I’m an owner. […]

Understanding FICO Credit Scores

For the first twenty years of your life, the most important measure of your future were your grades in school. Scored well, you got into better schools and tougher classes. Scored poorly and you didn’t. Just about the time I thought grades stopped mattering, I learned about my FICO credit score. […]

Congratulations on Your Promotion… Or Maybe Not!

By Fred Lee If you didn’t get the promotion that you were hoping for, look on the bright side: you might be better off in the long run. During these times of economic hardship, it’s hard to imagine that rising in the ranks at work would be a bad thing, but in some instances, that appears to be the case. […]

10 Mistakes First-Time Home Buyers Make

Smart Money lists ten mistakes first-time home buyers make as follows: 1. Not knowing how much house you can afford.2. Assuming foreclosures are great deals.3. Letting your true feelings show. 4. Failing to find a good buyer's agent. 5. Underestimating the costs of owning a home. 6. Failing to budget for property taxes.7. Assuming your first offer will get accepted.8. […]