October 8, 2009

Using Credit Monitoring To Protect Your Credit History

Would You Use Credit Monitoring To Protect Your Credit History? I discuss credit reporting matters a lot on this site because I’ve found this to be a confusing topic. For instance, the other day, my spouse thought that AnnualCreditReport.com also provided credit scores for free. Well, they don’t. […]

Outfit Your Nursery for Less: 10 Tips for Finding Low-Cost, High-Quality Things You Need for Your Baby

By Sarah Winfrey Having a baby is so expensive! I should know . . . I'm six months along. On top of your copays for office visits, ultrasounds, midwives, etc., there's all the stuff that comes along with making a space for the baby. Things like changing tables, strollers, cribs, and even baby clothes and blankets add up, after a while. […]

Note from Restaurant.com clarifying some of its policies

In my last post announcing an 80% Off Restaurant.com coupon, I decided to highlight some things to bear in mind before buying a dining certificate package.  Jeff Conlin from Restaurant.com responded to that post in a message to me: Mighty Bargain Hunter, Thank you for your recent write-up about Restaurant.com. […]

101 Small Business Mistakes (and What You Can Learn From Them)

By Greg Go (This article was written in collaboration with Glen Stansberry, who writes about personal productivity at LifeDev and tweets from @glenstansberry.) Let's be honest: running a small business is not an easy task. Especially in an economic downturn. […]

The Stock Market Is Rebounding Big Time – Should I Care?

Since mid-March, the S&P 500 is up almost 58% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up almost as much. If you opened your retirement savings at the end of the first quarter this year and looked at the numbers with a cringe, it’s likely that if you looked at the numbers right now, you’d feel significantly better. Why the big rebound? […]

Where Do You Store Your Will?

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

Citi Student Loan Rebate Reward Price Increase

I’ve been doing research on the various reward catalogs of credit card companies when I discovered my favorite reward, a student loan rebate check from the Citi ThankYou Network, had gone up in price. I would routinely cite that reward as one of the main reasons I kept using my Citi card. A few short months ago, for 10,000 points, you could get a $100 check written to your student loan servicer. […]

Born in a Small Town

My wife just returned from a long weekend touring eastern Oregon with two of her co-workers. They drove from small town to small town, shopping for antiques and visiting museums. On Saturday — with an early October snow falling outside — Kris and her friends stopped to eat lunch at La Laguna in the small town of Joseph (population 1054). […]

What Constitutes Debt Validation?

So I sent a debt collection dispute letter, now what? Well, now you wait. In most states, the collector has 2 options: They can cease all collection efforts and drop the issue completely, or, They can get validation and try to collect again. Unless they validate the debt, including all the fees the collection agency has added on, you don’t have to do anything. […]

5 Reasons to Use Your Outdoor Furniture -– Inside

By Linsey Knerl I purchased a lovely outdoor furniture set this year — the first I had ever owned. It was a delicate white faux wicker with green cushions and would have looked stunning on my future patio. The problem was that the patio never got built, the wind this year was awful, and we soon moved to a place that made it even more impractical to use. Our solution? Bring it inside. […]

Help a Reader: Off-Setting Stock Gains with Losses

Here's a question a reader left here recently: I purchased WAMU stocks in the mid-1980's and allowed my shares to accumulate. I signed up to re-invest my stocks dividends. My shareholdings got to over 1,000 shares (total of shares I held and in the reinvestment program). At over $40 per share I was sitting on over $40,000 investment. Then WAMU filed bankruptcy under Chapter 11. […]

Overkill At the United States Mint With New Coin Designs

In 1909, the U.S. Mint decided to honor assassinated President Abraham Lincoln by putting his likeness on the obverse of the lowest denominated coin in regular circulation, the cent. This new design, introduced for the centennial anniversary of Lincoln’s birth, replaced the “Indian head” cent. […]

Best Deals for Thursday 10/08/09

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Unemployment Benefits Extension Stalls in Senate

Update Oct. 18: The Senate has come to the decision to modify the House bill to include all states, not just ones with unemployment rates greater than 8.5%. The change will come in the form of S. Amndt. 2668 to the House Bill, H.R. 3548 according to Open Congress blogger Donny Shaw. In normal times, unemployment benefits last twenty-six weeks after someone loses their job. […]

Is This All There Is?

“Matthew” writes in with a thought-provoking concern: I’m only 37, but lately I’ve come to the realization that I may be having a mid-life crisis. To even write it down feels stupid and cliche’, but I think it best explains what I’ve been feeling. I don’t want to bore you with the details. […]

Barter Explained: Why It's Wise to Barter

By Anthony James D... "Barter." We hear that word a lot these days. Do a Google-search and you'll be deluged with websites on the subject. […]

Clean and Maintain Your Windows Computer for Free

Is it really necessary to buy software programs to clean and/or protect your Windows computer? And either way… Which ones should you use? “Yesterday it worked, today it is not working, Windows is like that.” -Margaret Segall Why take advice from me? Though I do not speak of it often I am an Information Technology Manager (a.k.a. […]

Cheap and Easy Halloween Costumes for Kids

By Julie Rains I love Halloween but hate paying high prices for kids' costumes. Over the years, I have managed to create a few costumes cheaply without tapping into my extremely sparse (nonexistent?) sewing and craft skills. […]

Zecco Refer & Referral a Friend Program

If you have a Zecco Trading account, you can easily earn $75 by sending a referral to a friend. […]

Cash Commons now in open beta!

First off, a big thank-you to beta testers Flexo, SuburbanDollar, J from Budgets are Sexy, The Frugal Lawyer, and a number of others who expressed interest. Now that the hosting platform is in open beta, so am I … … Please allow me to introduce Cash Commons! Cash Commons is a place for asking any and all questions about money. […]