April 9, 2010

Best Money Tips: The Perfect Pie Crust

Welcome to Wise Bread’s Best Money Tips roundup. Today, we give you expert tips for making the “perfect” DIY pie crust, how to know if you need gap insurance, and whether an 850 credit score is even possible! Top 5 Articles The Perfect Pie Crust — This is a skill that everyone should master, but sadly, I’m still far off the mark. […]

Tax Freedom Day and Some Homework

Happy Tax Freedom Day! In case you weren’t aware, the average American will spend 99 days working to pay their 2010 tax bill. That makes today, April 9th, Tax Freedom Day. […]

Pay Off Your Student Loans While Carrying A Mortgage

How about this for thinking outside of the box? The following guest post is from Mike @ Green Panda Treehouse. Here’s a little bit more about Mike: “I work in the financial industry specializing in personal finance. I enjoy earning cash in different ways aside from just waiting for my pay check every two weeks. I love to try different things and will be posting true stories about my experiences. […]

12 Surprising Ways to Reuse Aluminum Foil

Ever since the mandatory conversion to digital TV -- the proverbial death knell to rabbit ear television antennas -- I've wondered if aluminum foil sales have plummeted. If you grew up with rabbit ears, you know what I'm talking about. […]

Rebooting Your Life

Henry writes in (I edited a few minor details to help with privacy issues, because I think without edits it might be possible for people to easily figure out who Henry is): Six months ago, I lost my six figure job as a database administrator. A month after that, just before Christmas, my wife left me, taking the kids with her. […]

Lending and Borrowing

The following is an excerpt from Your Money: The Missing Manual, an excellent book written by JD Roth from Get Rich Slowly. Copyright 2010 O'Reilly Media, Inc. All rights reserved. […]

The White House’s Tax Filing Tips

In the past 14 months, we’ve covered many of the ways the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act might affect your household finances, including home buyer tax credits and energy efficiency tax credits.If you still haven’t yet found the time to file your taxes, or if you’re the sort of person who makes it a sort of game to wait until the last possible second (I used to do that, though I can’t expl […]

Family Dinner Night

One of my readers recently wrote to me, telling me about the “family dinner night” they host. Here’s how it works. Once a month, on a set day that everyone knows about (they do it on the second Friday of each month), they have a “family dinner night.” Once you’re invited to this event, you’re always invited. […]

Friday Finance Findings for April 9th

Hopefully those of you who celebrate Easter had a nice holiday last weekend. I’m just glad spring has finally sprung around these parts. But you wouldn’t know it if you lived around here. It was 80 on Monday and it was snowing yesterday. Not cool at all. Thankfully, they said it’s supposed to return to normal this weekend. […]

Flexo’s Investment Portfolio, 1Q 2010

When I reported my net worth earlier this week, RetirementInvestingToday, a Consumerism Commentary reader, mentioned I should be reporting my investment performance as well, as raw changes in balances don’t tell the full story. […]

Your Take: Does a Gold Card Really Mean Anything?

I was watching a Frontline program, The Card Game, which talked about the recently passed CARD Act. It was broadcast in November 2009 but by then the regulations and rules that would take effect in March had already been written in stone. […]

Ask the Readers: Should I Stick With My Adjustable-Rate Mortgage?

In February, Get Rich Slowly reader Abby wrote with questions about her adjustable-rate mortgage (or ARM, for short). She’s had an ARM for seven years now, and the rate is due to reset in 2010. She wants to know what her best course of action is. Abby writes: In Fall 2003, I began my career as a teacher and bought my first house at 23. […]

Are Used Cars Really Worth It?

The following is a guest post from Free Money Finance reader Spencer Mayes. Financial experts everywhere constantly espouse the virtues of buying a late model used car because they’re the best way to avoid the huge hit of depreciation while still being new enough to provide peace of mind. […]

Carnivals for the Week of April 5

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How Many Stocks Do You Need to Be Diversified?

This is a guest post from Philip (a.k.a., The Weakonomist) of Weakonomics. If you like what you see here, please consider subscribing to his RSS feed. According to their latest annual report, Vanguard’s S&P 500 Index Fund holds 503 unique stocks. The S&P 500, of course, has just 500. […]