June 16, 2009

New ING Direct $25 Bonus Links Available

It has been awhile, but I now have a new set of $25 bonus referral links available for new customers of the ING Direct online savings account. ING Direct is currently, as of June 16, 2009, offering an interest rate yielding 1.5% APY on this savings account. Here is how this works. […]

Are You Tempted to Spend MORE When Money's Tight?

The following is a guest post from Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil. If you answered yes to the above question (or thought you might be inclined to answer yes, but didn't really want to admit it to yourself) you're not alone. […]

Quicken Download Sale: Software CDs and Downloads On Discount

Check out the latest offer from Quicken. The Microsoft Money era will be over very soon, so it’s no surprise that a lot of personal finance software companies are jumping at the opportunity to promote their budgeting tools and software products at this time. […]

The Simple Dollar Podcast #3 - Short Term Goals

The third episode of The Simple Dollar Podcast focuses on short-term goals. I talk about several of my own short-term goals and discuss some tactics anyone can apply to make their short term goals and projects a reality. Also discussed: C.S. Lewis, awful corporate motivational posters, Woodward and Bernstein, and which baseball announcer I sound the most like. […]

Help a Reader: Whole Life Policy

Here's a question recently left here by a reader: My grandmother took a whole life policy out on her son 50 yrs. ago which would be (MY father). He just recently died in April at the age of 56. The face value is $5,000.00 is this worth anything more than $5,000.00? We don't understand and she is in a nursing home still somewhat coherent. We need advice or help. Any suggestions for him? […]

Tasty Treats to Make With Mulberries

By Linsey Knerl It’s one of my favorite times of year.  The volunteer mulberry trees in my yard have begun popping with mulberries, and the kids have come inside from a morning out in the yard with purple mouths and sticky hands.  I’ve never been a huge fan of cooking with the berries – we usually just grab some off the tree, wash, and eat.  This year, however, I’m determined to supplement my gro […]

Study: iPhone Users Are Younger, Richer and More Productive

According to a new study, employees who use iPhones are statistically wealthier, younger, and more productive at work that their counterparts who use other smartphones. […]

Appealing Our Property Tax Assessment (Again)

In what is rapidly becoming an annual rite of passage, I just appealed our property tax assessment. For those that aren’t aware, I did this a year ago in response to an unreasonable jump in the “value” of our house following a renovation, and we got a quick reduction in our assessment. This time around, the slow real estate market resulted in a year-over-year decrease of about 4%. […]

Beware Charity Fraud

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently sent me some information about some popular charity frauds going around lately. I personally never respond to a solicitation. It could’ve come in the mail, through a phone call, or an email; I ignore them all. It’s not because I’m a heartless person and it’s not because I don’t trust the solicitation, it’s that I prefer to go directly to the charity. […]

What Was Your Worst Job Ever? Tell us and Win $10!

By Linsey Knerl It’s time for our weekly trivia question: What was your most hated job?  Share your sad, tacky, or scary employment experiences and be entered to win a $10 Gift Certificate! […]

Would You Work at a Job for Free to Prove Your Value?

Here's an interesting piece from Yahoo about a group of workers that offered to work for free to prove their value to potential employers. The details: On May 7, 2009 about 400 people showed up at a bar in San Francisco to meet other people and find out if they were a good fit for each other. No, this was not a dating mixer. This was Jobnob's fair for professionals willing to work for free. […]

FDIC Steps In to Keep Ally Bank’s Interest Rates Lower

The American Bankers Association (ABA) has not been happy with Ally Bank. A few weeks ago, the organization on behalf of its member banks sent a letter to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation complaining about Ally’s interest rates. […]

Best Deals For Tuesday 6/16/09

By Paul Michael Today's WISEBUY. Up to 84% OFF NINE WEST WOMEN'S SHOES at 6PM.com (dealnews) Today only, 6pm.com offers select styles of Nine West women's shoes for $39.95 each plus $6.95 for shipping.   1. FREE Quart Of Glidden Paint (promo starts June 25th) This summer, pick out your favorite paint color and we will send you a free quart. […]

Frugal Vacation Notes: Great Free Things to Do in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area

Over the past week, my wife, my children, my parents and I all went on vacation to the Dallas/Fort Worth area (we had planned a longer road trip, but we made an on-the-fly decision to just stick around DFW). […]

Benefits of Homemade Household Cleaners

Have you ever considered making your own household cleaning products? It’s actually pretty easy to do, and the results can be quite good. But is it worth the trouble? As with many do-it-yourself projects, there’s a tendency to focus on cost when deciding whether or not to make your own cleaning products. […]

Online Banking: 13 Choices for Higher Interest Rates and Increased Security

In its July 2009 issue, Consumer Reports Money Adviser published a brief overview of the best online banking options according to their research. […]

Facial Recognition is for More Than Your Photos

Most of the time when you hear the term “facial recognition,” it’s used by people trying to attract you to a new digital camera, or software, or a plugin for Facebook. On an individual level, it’s little more than a way to help your camera focus, or group and search your photos. […]

Wash It Yourself & Other Ways to Save Money on Organic Fruits, Veggies

My children appreciate the added flavor in organic fruits, vegetables and dairy products. Unfortunately, organic products, which are grown and packaged without pesticides, artificial coloring or preservatives, are expensive. The following strategies have helped us to purchase organic products while staying on a tight budget.• Follow the loss leaders. […]

10 Smart Student Credit Rules

I applied for my first credit card as a freshman in college, it was an AT&T branded Citi card that gave me free long distance phone minutes and a few rewards points. I was fortunate to have started building up my credit at the age of eighteen, which would prove to be crucial later on. […]

How to Ask for and Get a Discount at a Chain Store

Welcome WalletPop readers. If you'd like to get great, daily tips on how to grow your net worth, you can subscribe to Free Money Finance by using this link. When I suggest that people should ask for a discount to save money, I often get a response like, "Sure, that works at mom and pop or local stores, but it won't work at big chains like Walmart and Kmart." Really? […]