July 24, 2009

How Low Can You Go? Lemony Fettuccine with Asparagus

In April and May, National Public Radio featured a series on inexpensive gourmet dishes entitled “How Low Can You Go?” Although many of the dishes looked quite tasty, most of the dishes weren’t actually all that inexpensive, often narrowly getting below $10 to feed a family of four, and many involved arduous cooking processes. […]

Ten Phrases that Kill Resumes

Yahoo lists ten phrases that kill resumes as follows: Results-oriented professional Cross-functional teams More than [x] years of progressively responsible experience Superior (or excellent) communication skills Strong work ethic Met or exceeded expectations Proven track record of success Works well with all levels of staff Team player Bottom-line orientation Why are these killers? […]

Best of Personal Finance: Solar Eclipse/Moon Landing Edition

By Andrea Dickson The Simple Dollar explains why "free" is actually anything but (and is a great marketing tool in the meantime).  Get Rich Slowly gives a good explanation of how those money transfer schemes from Nigeria actually work. Saving Advice has some great tips for dealing with impatient people, like me, who get all pissy when you use coupons at the grocery store... […]

Be Green. Forget Race: Consider Police, Gates & Customer Service

If you’re puzzled by the fallout from the conflict involving Harvard Professor Gates and the Cambridge police, forget about race, politics and racial-profiling. Instead, view the situation as if it were a business or shopping scenario. Forget about black-and-white issues. Let's be green* --as in money.Be honest: What would happen if you were mistakenly accused of shoplifting in a grocery store? […]

Prosper Resumes Peer-to-Peer Lending

Just over a week ago, Prosper got permission from the SEC to re-launch their lending platform. […]

Best Deals For Friday 7/24/09

By Paul Michael Today's WISEBUY. The FRIDAY AMAZON SALE SO many deals, one trusted store. Sounds good to us. Grab yourself a bargain.   1. FREE Subscription To American Baby Magazine Sign up and you will receive 6 issues of American Baby Magazine FREE!     2. FREE Gain With Febreze Laundry Detergent (sample) Fill in the info below to get your free sample of new Gain with Febreze Freshness. […]

Help a Reader: 401k Rollover

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I was laid off from my job a couple of months ago.  I found a new job and everything seems to be ok now but I have a 401(k) from the old job just sitting there.  I know the best thing to do is an IRA rollover but I just don't know much beyond that.  Can I do a Roth or must it be traditional?  I don't like the thought of shelling out a lot for t […]

Rule #6: Stop Trying to Impress Other People.

A reader asked me if I could break down my ideas into a handful of principles. After some careful thought, I came up with a list of fourteen basic “rules” that summarize my money and life philosophy. […]

Walk, walk, walk, walk, walk

By Paul Michael There’s one fact that is undeniable in America; we just don’t walk enough. A dependence on automobiles, elevators and escalators, coupled with a growing lack of interest in exercise and a healthy diet, has made walking something of a rarity in most parts of America. […]

Friday Finance Findings for July 24th

I got a new phone. That might not seem like big news to most of you, but I’ve never had a decent cell phone. Since about 1997 I’ve only ever had the very basic phone available. Typically it only made calls, didn’t have a camera or even internet access. […]

Win Free Wise Bread Books at the LA Frugal Festival

By Will Chen If you're in the Los Angeles area, don't forget to check out the Frugal Fe$tival this Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at Woodley Park in Van Nuys. The Frugal Fe$tival is hosted by Julia Scott, a popular LA bargain blogger. The festival is free and open to the public. […]

Ask the Readers: What Happens *After* You Use Your Emergency Savings?

A comfortable “rainy day” fund is a key component to most personal financial plans. The experts don’t agree on the exact amount to keep in an emergency fund — advice ranges from three to twelve months’ of expenses — but they do agree everyone should have one. […]

EverBank Money Market Account Review

A few weeks ago, I noted the interest rates offered by EverBank and decided to open the “Yield Pledge Money Market Account” to take advantage of the generous “bonus” interest offered in the first three months of holding an account. […]

Your Take: What Is Your Total Credit Limit?

I thought it would be fun to add up all the credit limits of every credit card and line of credit we had to see what that amount was. My total? […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of July 20

For weekday updates of what I find to be some of the most interesting personal finance articles on the web, follow me on Twitter. For now, 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: This week's Best of Money Carnival was held at Wise Bread. The winning post was Median vs. […]