August 21, 2009

The Real Lessons of “How Low Can You Go?”

Over the past eight Fridays, I’ve posted a series of recipes based on NPR’s “How Low Can You Go” series, highlighting meals that can serve a family of four for under $10. […]

You Can Watch Your Netflix Instant Queue Using Your Xbox 360

By Debbie Dragon I've been a member of Netflix for about a year now, because I was previously guilty of forgetting to return movies on time and spending a fortune in late fees. My family watches movies at night a couple times a week in the summer months, and then in the winter we tend to watch a little more. […]

Bank Fees Increasing

Has your bank increased fees related to your checking or savings accounts? According to a recent blurb in Money Magazine, banks have turned to account maintenance fees, overdraft fees, etc. […]

Decaf Double Short Skim Double-Pump Vanilla Latté

I promise this is a coincidence; I had no intention of writing about coffee for two articles in a row (previously: “Iced Coffee Savings“). Yesterday, Starbucks started instituting pricing changes on some drinks, lowering the prices of easy-to-make, popular drinks and raising the price on larger, more complicated drinks. […]

Best Deals for Friday 8/21/09

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Rule #10: Plan Ahead Every Time You Spend.

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. I’ll be presenting these as a weekly series. Whenever some people see statements like the one above, they roll their eyes. […]

Friday Finance Findings for August 21st

So far, this summer has graced us with bits of optimistic economic news. There are some positive signs out there that might signal the end of the recession. While it’s important to not read too much into some of the news out there, it is refreshing to at least get occasional good news instead of constant doom and gloom. […]

Mr. Market’s Wild Ride

The U.S. stock markets have provided a wild ride over the past year. The S&P 500 stock market index recently posted its best five-month gain since 1938. Yet many people missed out on this. And no wonder. During the previous five months, the market suffered one of its greatest five month losses, which understandably made investors gun-shy. […]

Roth IRA Conversion

The option to convert a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA has been around for a while. Here are the differences between a Traditional IRA and a Roth IRA for those new to these retirement accounts. As long as your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is under $100,000 you have qualified for this conversion. […]

Your Take: Is Five Days of Mail Delivery OK?

Did you know that that the United States Postal Service is slated to lose $6 billion or more this year? It lost $2.8 billion last year. With all the outrage over lending billions to financial institutions, you’d think more people would be fired up about running an operation that lost $2.8 billion last year and could lose $6 billion this year. […]

Tips for Lending Club Investors

Last night I listened in on an online discussion with Scott Langmack, a veteran Lending Club investor who has averaged 12.6% returns over the last couple of years. During the seminar, Langmack shared tips for “beating the average” with Lending Club. What follows is a rundown of Langmack’s four keys to maximizing returns. 1. […]

Classic FMF, Part 3

I'm on my last vacation of the summer over the next few days and FMF will be taking a break with me. However, I thought I would highlight my most-often-referred-to posts, "classic Free Money Finance" if you prefer, once each day while I'm gone as a refresher before we get back to our regular programming next week. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of Aug 17

For weekday updates of what I find to be some of the most interesting personal finance articles on the web, follow me on Twitter. […]

Stock Market Trading: How To Keep Your Shirt On

Before you hand over your hard earned money to an online broker, read about this cautionary tale. Image by stockshaven.com What’s a “go go investor”? It’s a term I coined for those new stock investors who get extremely excited about the prospects of entering the market and raking in the bucks, such that they chomp at the bit and start investing as soon as they have money available to them. […]