October 16, 2009

Friday Fiscals: O Happy Day edition

Here are some posts this week that made my happy day: Free Money Finance asks if you missed the ride up.  (Yes I did, but I also missed part of the ride down that immediately preceded it.) Get Rich Slowly chats about Dow 10,000 and other nonsense. Five Cent Nickel (with a fresh design overhaul!) talks about FSAs under attack. Bargaineering, the closet cent lover, posts on the most valuable modern […]

Daily Links: Record Day Edition

It looks as if today will be a record day for traffic at Get Rich Slowly! The current record is 48,244 visitors on 31 July 2007 (while we were on our trip to London and New York). 08 January 2008 is a close second with 47,749 visitors. At only 1:30 this afternoon, we’ve already had 42,673 people swing by! […]

Hidden Treasures from Thrift Shops

One of my favorite parts of being frugal is that I often go shopping at thrift stores. Thrift stores are unusual places. They’re often just collections of the stuff that well-off people no longer want to have or to deal with, so they just drop it off at Goodwill. […]

Five Questions to Choosing a Guardian

The Ten Commandments of Financial Happiness : Feel Richer with What You've Got lists the five questions to ask to help choose a guardian for your children (listed in your will) as follows: 1. Who's on the shortlist?2. How's their health?3. Do they have the resources?4. Are their values in sync with yours?5. […]

7 Cheap and Natural Ways to Fight the Cold and Flu

By Lori Kerrigan Over-the-counter symptom relief is a normal and common reaction for the millions of people who suffer from the cold and flu each year. However, for my family, limiting how much acidic and unnecessary medicine enters our bodies is top on my priority list. […]

Google Editions: E-Books From Anywhere

In addition to Sony’s and Amazon’s electronic bookstores (about 100,000 and 330,000 titles available, respectively), booksellers now have another huge option for getting their books into our hands: Google Editions, which will launch next year with between 400,000 and 600,000 titles. Not necessarily a store or a device Google Editions is built on top of Google’s enormous book digitizing project cal […]

Passing the Blame: Some Thoughts on the 401(k) Crisis

A couple days ago at the doctor’s office, I picked up the newest issue of Time, which featured a cover story entitled “Why It’s Time to Retire the 401(k)” (and you can read the article online). […]

3 Steps to Organize and Track Your Finances Without the Hassle

By Sarah Winfrey When it comes to money, there's a lot to track, especially if you're doing all the right things. It starts out simple enough, with a checking account and maybe one for savings, too. […]

Your Take: What is Your Money Vice?

We all have one. We all have that hobby we know we spend too much money on. Maybe you drop a paycheck or two every time you walk into Williams Sonoma because of some gadget you have to have. Or your spending goes unchecked on vacation, picking up trinkets and souvenirs from your getaways. […]

What Would You Do With $1000?

The cover story on this month’s Money Magazine asks “What would you do with $1000?” We’ve talked in the past about what you’d do with a major windfall, but I thought it would be interesting to take a look at your options with a smaller windfall. Here are Money’s suggestions: Build up your emergency fund Spend five hours with a financial planner Buy a top-notch mutual fund* Upgrade your appliances […]

Accumulation and Attachment: Finding Balance

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. A lot has been made of the minimalist lifestyle on personal finance blogs. Some readers love it; some think it sounds like a miserable existence. […]

Quicken 2010 Review and Giveaway

Update: The giveaway has ended and the winners will be announced shortly. Note: This is a long article containing an in-depth review of the new version of Quicken. If you are just interested in the giveaway of Quicken 2010 Deluxe, scroll to the bottom of this article. It took me a long time to warm up to Intuit Quicken. […]

Did You Miss the Ride Up?

Remember all the conversations we've had over the past couple years about staying invested in the market no matter what it does (assuming you have a long-term horizon) and especially when it's falling? Why is that? Because most people can't predict when it will go back up again. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of Oct 12

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: EDITOR'S CHOICE! Best of Money Carnival - How Much is a Good Commute Worth? […]