September 2009

Never Eat Alone: The Art of Small Talk

This is the ninth of sixteen parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz’s Never Eat Alone, where this book on building a lifelong community of colleagues, contacts, friends, and mentors is teased apart and looked at in detail. […]

How Long You Should Keep Tax Returns?

Here are some thoughts from the great personal finance book Grow Your Money!: 101 Easy Tips to Plan, Save, and Invest. […]

Saving For Retirement? Best Move For Your Retirement Plan

Make the best move for your retirement plan: why you should rollover to an IRA right away. I felt a little guilty when I realized I still had to get moving on consolidating my various 401K accounts into a rollover IRA. […]

Seven Search Tips to Help You Save Money with Google

This is a guest post from Ann Smarty, a blogger, search marketer and social media enthusiast. If you like what you see here, please consider following Ann on Twitter. Being a search marketer and online entrepreneur, I am on the web approximately nine hours per day, seven days a week. It is safe to assume that Google search takes no less than three hours of that time daily. […]

Surviving Swine Flu

By Andrea Dickson You're probably going to get swine flu, and there's really no need to freak out. Most people are surviving it just fine. […]

New Bank Trojan Virus Steals Money

Finjan, an internet security firm, has discovered a new Trojan horse virus that steals money from your account. Your typical phishing or virus will steal your login credentials and send it to a thief, who either sells it or empties your account. […]

Does Closing a Bank Account Hurt Your Credit Score

No. Your credit score is a number calculated from the information in your credit report. Your credit report will contain information about your loans, other credit obligations, and negative actions in public record (bankruptcy, collections, court judgments). […]

Help a Reader: Foreclosure

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I need to ask for some advice about a mortgage problem my aunt is having. First of all, she is disabled and living on a fixed income. She and her mother (my grandmother) own a house in Los Angeles, CA. My grandmother died 2 years ago. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: The Giving Tree Edition

For her eighth birthday, I gave one of my nieces the book The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. It’s one of those books that, in my mind, is a masterpiece of children’s literature, one that I wish every child everywhere would have a chance to read. […]

Toyota Recalls 3.8M Cars for Floormat Issue

Toyota announced yesterday that they would recall 3.8 million cars in the United States in what is the largest ever U.S. recall. The removable floor mats can cause the accelerator to stick and push vehicles to speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour. […]

Using Charge Cards to Improve Credit

If you don’t like credit cards because you’re afraid of falling into the debt trap, have no fear! There are credit cards that will not let you carry a balance. […]

Best Deals For Wednesday 9/30/09

By Paul Michael Today's WISEBUY. Steve Madden women's shoes from $10 (dealnews) Today only, offers over 350 styles of Steve Madden women's shoes starting at $10.48 each plus $6.95 for shipping.   1. […]

10 Small Businesses That Are Free or Cost Little to Start Up

By Charissa Arsaoui Tough economic times call for drastic measures. With unemployment rates reaching an all-time high, job security is a concern for even the most seasoned worker. Rather than face an untimely layoff, why not join millions of savvy entrepreneurs and start a business of your own? […]

Pros and Cons: 30-Year Mortgage vs. 15-Year Mortgage

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. My husband and I are in the early stages of building a house. As we modify our floor plans, the amount we’ll need to borrow to build is on our minds. […]

Credit Report Cards: vs. Credit Karma

For a few years, Credit Karma has been offering a product that lets consumers see what lenders and employers see when they look at the consumers’ credit reports. After securely and privately providing your personal information, Credit Karma retrieves your credit report from one of the credit reporting bureaus, either Experian, Equifax, or TransUnion. […]

5 Green Ideas For Naturally Clean Kitchen

Greenwashing in the newest term around the green shopping aisle and it refers to the marketing practice by companies who are creating products and hoping that you think they are eco-friendly and healthier for you simply because they look “green”. This can include the simple addition of the word “natural,” which is currently not defined or regulated by the FDA. […]

How To Save Money On Groceries

I’ll admit it.  I actually enjoy shopping for groceries.  I usually shop on Tuesdays and I try to go to the store when there are fewer customers shopping.  Over the years, I’ve learned how to save money (and a little time) while shopping for groceries.  Here’s what works for me - 1.  Use a grocery store price book to track the prices of regularly purchased items.  (I’ve created a free printable ve […]

Six Lies We Tell Ourselves That Keep Us Financially Ignorant

This post is from Craig Ford at Money Help For Christians.  Relying on over ten years of ministry experience and his background in Biblical Studies, Craig writes daily personal finance articles from a Christian perspective.  Ignorance is simply something you do not yet know.  Typically people are ignorant about topics that they place little value in knowing.  Since there are so many benefits to […]

Looking for absolutely fearless beta-testers!

I have a new site in the works and would love some trailblazers to come over to take it for a spin! All you need to bring with you is some questions about money.  For bonus points, you can bring some answers for other people’s money questions. Just contact me and I’ll hook you up! Related Posts:Cash Commons now in open beta!What the heck is a money quantum?Before you hire a computer geek, check ou […]