June 17, 2009

Detroit House vs Parking Spot: A Real Estate Market Conundrum

So this is what passes for prime real estate these days…. I thought we were in a real estate recession, but apparently, there are still places around the nation that command stratospheric prices. […]

The Different Types of Loans: A Primer

By Nora Dunn The other day a friend of mine asked me about different loan types, as she was on her way to the bank to consolidate some high-interest credit card debt. […]

Mascara, Movies & Other Odd Economic Indicators: From Kiplinger's

Movie theaters, dry cleaners and mascara can tell us a lot about the economy, according to Kiplinger.com , which has put together a funny list of "10 Quirky Economic Indicators." Here's a sample from the list:· "Dry Cleaning Pickups Are Down The International Drycleaning and Laundry Institute is hearing gripes from many of its 5,000 members. […]

10 Ways to Grow Grass and Cut Lawn Care Costs

If you grow it, you have to mow it. There’s no doubt that growing grass and maintaining your lawn can be costly. […]

Rebel with a Cause: ING Direct CEO Arkadi Kulhmann Talks Shop

By Linsey Knerl According to Arkadi Kuhlmann, CEO and President of ING Direct and author of The Orange Code: How ING Direct Succeeded by Being a Rebel with a Cause, “credit cards are the opium of consumerism… it can be very difficult to manage a credit card well.” Are the credit card companies like drug pushers?  Listen to his opinions on today’s current economy, what consumers and parents can do […]

Anyone Use Upromise?

Anyone remember Upromise, the program where you sign up your credit card, shop/eat at participating stores/restaurants or buy certain products, and get a rebate percentage back to be used to pay for college expenses? Here's a summary of how it works: Once you join Upromise®, nearly everything you buy or do can mean more money for college in your Upromise account. […]

Daily Links: Housekeeping Edition

A few quick housekeeping things this afternoon. Please let me know if you have feedback on any of these items. Scheduling First, I’m thinking of breaking out of the somewhat-rigid schedule I adhere to with 5am posts every weekday. Originally, I published articles when they were ready. Sometimes that was late in the day, sometimes that was early. […]

The Truth About Grocery Store Flyers

One tactic I mention regularly for saving money on your food purchases is to watch the grocery store flyer for sales, then plan your meals (and shopping lists) around those sales. This tactic really works - I’ve saved quite a bit doing this over the years. However, things aren’t quite that simple - you can’t just trust the store flyer. […]

Simplicity Can Streamline Your Budget

The following is a guest post from StretchyDollar. Budgeting, in one form or another, is an essential part of financial success. Knowing where your money is coming from and where it is going will help you see the big picture, and keep things in perspective. In the beginning, budgeting is a bit like trying to ride a 2,000-pound bull in a rodeo. […]

Teach yourself to cook

By Philip Brewer Everyone knows that cooking is cheaper and healthier than eating out. It's also better (i.e. more to your taste) than eating out, and easier than eating out (no driving, parking, standing in line, making reservations, waiting to be seated, dealing with hostesses, waiters, and busboys). […]

Don’t Want To Sell Your House? Do These Things

We bought our first and only home four years ago, about a year away from the peak of the market in our area, and we saw some atrocious houses along the way. […]

Best Advice for Graduates

The Wall Street Journal asked several prominent people about the best and worst financial advice they received—and their guidance for this year’s grads. Here's what each of them said their best advice was for those graduating this year: David Bach, author of the best-selling FinishRich books - Don’t give up if you’re not finding a job. Ask someone for an informational interview. […]

American Companies May Want to Trade on Shanghai Stock Exchange

There is some speculation that Coca-Cola, General Electric, and Wal-Mart are seeking to raise capital by offering stock… in China. […]

Is the 401(k) Broken? I’m Not So Sure

Has Our Retirement System Failed or is it a Problem With Expectations? There has been a lot of talk about retirement lately on the heals of a devastating market drop. Most investors saving for retirement are heavily invested in stocks so the market downturn took their account value with it. […]

Best Deals For Wednesday 6/17/09

By Paul Michael Today's WISEBUY. Up to 80% OFF MACBETH SHOES at 6PM.com (dealnews) Today only, 6pm.com takes 67% to 85% off a selection of Macbeth shoes, with all prices reduced to $14.95. Pay $6.95 for shipping.   1. FREE Suze Orman Will & Trust Kit - Use Code - people first You're never to young to prepare your own will and trust. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Book Club Edition

Given the very positive (overall) comment, email, and Twitter response to my idea of bringing back the “book club” idea for a handful of books, along with many similar suggestions for it, I’m going to follow the crowd with most of those suggestions. Here’s how I’m going to try it. First, the book I’m going to read through for the first book club is The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. […]

What is a Mutual Fund?

The term “mutual fund” is so widely used in investing circles that few people ever bother to define it. That’s all well and good if you’re “in the know,” but it can be problematic if you’re not. […]

Estate Planning 101: Preparing for the Possible — and the Inevitable

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the advisor for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. We interrupt this regularly cheerful website to bring you some unpleasant news: You’re not going to live forever. […]

Quicken Courting Microsoft Money Users With New Old Discounts

On the heels of Microsoft’s announcement that the company’s desktop financial management software, Microsoft Money (Plus) will be discontinued, Intuit is jumping on the chance to win customers by offering decent discounts on its Quicken products. These discounts are similar to those offered earlier this year. […]

Credit Report Card

In the past I’ve joked about how your FICO credit score has become the new report card for your life. Instead of letter grades, we now get a three digit grade in the form of a credit score. […]