May 13, 2009

Financial Sites By Blogging Entrepreneurs

Lots of personal finance enthusiasts are probably aware of the many networks that exist out there that already cover the financial space. But then again, you may be curious about some of the ones that are being worked on specifically by some of your favorite PF bloggers. […]

Catch Me on Twitter: Mavs & Nuggets Post-Game Chatter

Last night, I was blown away by Dwight Howard's soft-spoken, verbal smackdown of Magic Coach Stan Van Gundy, (former Miami Heat Coach). […]

I Found Money in Vanilla Yogurt

Peeling back the foil lid of a yogurt container, I found 50 cents. Of course, there were no coins floating in the yogurt like blueberries. But a 50-cent-off coupon was imprinted on the label. Lesson: It pays to read the fine print. […]

How to Earn Some Extra Cash

Yahoo recently listed the following tips for getting some extra cash as follows: Sell Your Stuff Online Be a Shopping Spy Operate a Call Center From Your Home Tutor Students Join a Street Team Walk the Dogs Be a Babysitter Write for the Web Make Your Hobbies Pay Off Sell Your Unwanted Gold Jewelry Adjust Your Tax Withholding Hmmm, this list looks rather familiar, doesn't it? […]

Status Update

The long-threatened site maintenance should actually occur this evening, which means things may look bizarre around here. (If they do, refresh your browser.) It may also mean that existing posts and comments disappear for a bit. (If they do, please be patient.) My elves and I are working to get things right. And if you have comments on any of the new features, please wait to share. […]

Some Thoughts on Haggling

A very kind reader recently sent me a link to a fascinating article at Salon.com entitled How I Learned to Haggle. […]

How to Live Well on Less in Retirement

Though I’m not close to retirement myself, one GRS reader recently sent me a link to an article from the monthly newsletter from AARP (the American Association of Retired Persons). In the April 2009 issue of AARP Bulletin, Elizabeth Pope wrote about how to live well on less money. […]

How's Your Home Stack Up in Your Neighborhood?

While reading this Bankrate article on buying a model home, I ran into this quote that I wanted to talk about a bit: It's much better to own the most modest home in an expensive neighborhood than the most expensive one in a modest neighborhood, in terms of value appreciation. I'm sure most of you have heard this saying (or something similar like "never buy the most expensive home in your neigh […]

The Lazy Environmentalist Teaches Us to Be Green (with little to no effort)

By Linsey Knerl Josh Dorfman is no doubt a friendly guy.  He also has great aspirations to make our planet a better place by practicing good stewardship and taking care of the world around us.  Josh is also no dummy.  He realizes that the top challenges we face in the battle against overconsumption and waste is time and effort.  So what if a one guy could make it easier, faster, and quicker to go […]

How To Make Smart Tax-Advantaged Investment Decisions

You can avoid costly mistakes if you understand the difference between tax-advantaged investments and tax-advantaged accounts. What are tax-advantaged investments? Investments that people make specifically because of the tax advantages they provide are referred to as tax-advantaged investments. In fact, if not for the tax advantages, most people would not buy those particular investments. […]

2009 Federal Income Tax Brackets and Marginal Rates

Marginal tax rates are one of the most misunderstood financial concepts, and I intend to write more about this in the future. […]

How Much of a Role Does Luck Play in Money Success?

The Wall Street Journal asks an interesting question: What role does luck play in getting wealthy? They discuss whether or not success in money matters is simply a matter of being skillful and working hard or if luck plays a factor as well. Here's a quick summary of them wrestling with the question: It is possible to work hard and not get rich. […]

Best Deals For Wednesday 5/13/09

By Paul Michael Today's Wisebuy: Up to 89% Off Tretorn Shoes and Boots at 6PM.com (dealnews) Today only, 6pm.com offers 48 styles of Tretorn men's and women's shoes and boots for $14.95 each. That's up to 89% off, with $6.95 for s/h   1. FREE Don't Bite Me! Sample Patch This patch makes an invisible barrier around the body, making the user unattractive to insects. […]

Poll: Do You Use a Bank or a Credit Union?

There are a lot of options out there when it comes to banking and everyone wants your money. From community banks to national banks, there is something for almost everyone. But even if you don’t want to use a bank, most people have the option to turn to a credit union. […]

How to Find Freelance Clients: Part Two

By Debbie Dragon Last time, "How to Find Freelance Clients: Part One" discussed some of the things you would need to do to prepare for freelancing.  In Part Two of this article, we'll cover where to find the actual clients who pay freelancers. Where Your First Client is Hiding Everyone has a different level of comfort with marketing activities. […]

FICO Credit Score Range

If you ask anyone who knows much about credit scores, there’s one thing that most people know - the FICO credit score range goes from 300 to 850. The lowest possible FICO score you can get is a 300 and a perfect, albeit unrealistic and unnecessary, score is 850. However, knowing the range alone doesn’t really tell you much. You need to understand the “texture” of that range. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Food Blog Edition

A few weeks ago, I posted a list of the personal finance and personal development blogs I read. Several readers were quite surprised to find that I didn’t actually list any food blogs, since I’m pretty passionate about cooking at home. So, this week, for a change of pace, I thought I’d highlight some excellent posts from some of my favorite food blogs. […]

How to Build Wealth, Ignore Wall Street, and Get on With Your Life

This is a guest post rom Bill Schultheis, author of The New Coffeehouse Investor: How to Build Wealth, Ignore Wall Street, and Get On With Your Life. Schultheis is an investment advisor in Kirkland, Washington. To learn more, visit his website. What a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago everyone was chasing the next hot stock. […]

Airline Baggage Fees Increasing in Popularity

When I traveled to Arizona in April, I was charged $15 for each flight for checking my luggage. While I knew that many airlines had begun charging extra for services that were once “free,” like meals and baggage check, I didn’t recall seeing any warning when I originally booked the flight several weeks earlier. I have no problem with these add-on fees. […]

Investing With Lending Club: Low vs. High Risk Loans

As I promised last week when I published my initial Lending Club review, I’m going to spend a bit of time walking you through the Lending Club loan selection and funding process. Beyond simply investing in a few loans, however, I decided to spice things up a bit by setting up an experiment to compare the performance of low vs. […]