February 18, 2010

Tragedy in Austin, Lessons Learned?

According to his suicide note, Joseph Andrew Stack crashed a small plane into an Austin IRS office today because he was frustrated by a lack of work and an unfair tax system. […]

Help a Reader: Buying a Car

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I moved from NYC to the midwest a few years ago and in my time back, I have leased cars. […]

Seven Rational Things to Do When Financial Panic Hits

I originally included this email in the reader mailbag this morning, but my answer to Susan’s email (below) went on so long that I thought it warranted a post of its own. Yesterday my husband found out he has lost his job. We don’t know what to do. He was making $38,000 a year as an IT specialist. I make about $36,000 a year as a school teacher. […]

How to Account for Lending Club Defaults in Quicken

As a followup to my previous article on tracking Lending Club investments in Quicken, I wanted to share how I account for defaults. If you’ve been reading my updates, then you’ll know that I had a borrower default last fall. […]

Three Products That Rock My World

By Andrea Dickson In a consumer world, I am among the least savvy of consumers. I buy stuff on a whim, often without doing my research, and am frequently disappointed in what I end up buying. But every now and again, I find a product or service that is so incredibly awesome, so life-changingly helpful, that I can't stop telling people about it. […]

Best Deals for Thursday 02/18/2010

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Lemonade: It’s Not A Pink Slip, It’s a Blank Page

The first thing I thought of when I watched Lemonade was – “Wow, I’m surprised no one else has made a movie like this before.” The economy is slowly recovering, job losses are slowing, but we’re living in a world where 10%+ of the people who want to have a job, can’t get one and it was only until today, this morning actually, that I saw an uplifting and powerful movie about how being fired isn’t a […]

How to Save Big Money on Next Year’s Lawn and Garden

By Linsey Knerl This article shares tips from the newest episode of Dealista, our new podcast that'll help you get more for less. Click play to listen, or subscribe via iTunes to take the episode with you! Brrr! It’s still cold outside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t turn your mind to warmer thoughts and begin planning out how you’ll save on next year’s lawn and garden! […]

Thousands of Ways to Make and Save Money

If you've been reading Free Money Finance for more than 15 seconds, you know that my basic philosophy is this: The way to become well off is to make more money, save a good portion of it, and do this over a long period of time. […]

Financial Timing: How Scheduling Important Events Benefits You Financially

By Xin Lu Are you thinking of making a big change in your life such as quitting your job or getting married? Just as timing is crucial in purchasing investments, the moment you choose to make such a life change could have different financial outcomes. […]

Tax Refund: Spend It, Save It, or What?

This article is presented by Kelly Whalen, Consumerism Commentary staff writer who attended Toy Fair this week in New York City.Should you be one of the millions of Americans (nearly 75%) who receives a tax refund this year, you may be making all sorts of plans for your money. Some people will plan to spend it and some will plan to save it. […]

Reader Mailbag: Work, Work, Work

Lots of questions this week dealing with the workplace. Let’s dig in. My work is now offering a Roth 401(k) option in addition to the normal 401(k). We’re down to one income right now so I reduced my contribution to 6% which still gets me the full company match. Raises come out next month so I was thinking of adding a percent or two to my contribution. […]

Free Diapers: How Persistence Got Me Into a Diaper Study

By Maggie Walters Some things sound too good to be true. Try, "Diaper Study: Free Diapers, and Get Paid to Use Them." My overly-analytical (okay, suspicious) mind would question, "What's the catch?" Another mom who had taught me how to do couponing explained to me that she had done this to get free diapers when times were tight in her budget. […]

How to Spend Your Tax Refund Check

Sometime over the month or two (depending on how proactive you are about doing your taxes), you’ll probably be getting a nice fat refund check. Last year, the average tax rebate check was a princely sum at over $2,500. If you’re one of the many millions getting a check, you have a pretty big decision ahead of you. Do you pay down some of your credit card debt or put it in savings? […]

How to Manage Your Financial Vices

This article is by staff writer Adam Baker, whose own blog featured a real life negotiation example in the huge post Negotiation Tips for Beginners. Each of us have specific items or activities for which we are more than willing to pay a premium. […]

Should We Give Locally Before Giving Globally?

The need to give is everywhere. Giving is an important and integral part of personal and family budgets throughout the nation. As American’s we are blessed with an abundance, and with great abundance comes great responsibility. […]

Do Financial Journalists Really Know Anything?

Call me picky, but articles like this rub me the wrong way. In particular, get this quote: For those of you making more than $250,000, I regret to inform you yet again: Yes, you are indeed rich—any way you slice it. Well, not exactly. And it makes me want to read nothing else this guy has to say. Why? […]

Join Our Tweetchat at 4:00 CST For a Chance to Win Prizes

By Lynn Truong Join our Tweetchat today from 4:00 – 4:45 pm CST for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! This week, we're sharing thoughts on buying in bulk and shopping warehouse clubs! We'll be giving away prizes from Turbo Tax. Remember to join us weekly from 4pm - 4:45 pm CST each Thursday for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. […]