April 20, 2010

MonaVie: An Ordinary Consumer’s Standpoint

The following guest post is by Lazy Man and Money who not only writes about personal finance but also blogs about MonaVie. Image from the great NatalieDee.com A few weeks ago, I invited SVB and a few other bloggers (Budgets Are Sexy and A Gai Shan Life) to my home for a friendly game of Settlers of Catan. […]

Would You Do This for $100k?

Here's an interesting money-making opportunity. The summary: [Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie] Gossage offered the host of a Dallas country music station $100,000 to change his name to TexasMotorSpeedway.com for one year and get a permanent TMS tattoo. Terry Dorsey, a DJ on 96.3 KSCS, has exactly 24 hours to make the decision. So here's my question: would you take this deal? […]

Our New Car: A 2004 Honda Pilot (Bought Off of Craigslist)

Meet our new automobile, a 2004 Honda Pilot, which we purchased as a replacement for our ailing, rusty 1997 Ford F-150 pickup: We purchased it a few weeks ago, paying cash, while simultaneously selling off our truck. […]

Help a Reader: Selling a House and Renting

Here's a question a reader left on my post titled The Eternal Question: Rent or Buy?: My wife and I currently own a home (have for about 3 years). The market where we live, and particularly in our neighborhood, is currently strong. […]

Ask the Readers: How Do You Watch Your Movies?

How do you watch your movies? I love my Netflix subscription, Roku player, and Amazon Unbox account. I also get a great deal of use out of sites like Fancast and Hulu. […]

How to Close a Sharebuilder Account

As I mentioned in my post about the Sharebuilder five free trades promotion code, I recently sold a small position in IYT in my Sharebuilder account. […]

The Best Ways to Quickly Improve Your Cash Flow

In Seven Steps to Get Out of Debt, step #3 was listed as "look for ways to improve your cash flow." I just listed a few basic thoughts on that post, and I want to add some details for those interested in improving their cash flow. […]

Dealing with Charitable Requests Throughout the Year

Each year, my wife and I give a certain portion of our income to charity. We usually select a few charities to help out at the start of the year and donate a significant amount to that small handful of charities. […]

Turn Your Passion Into A Living

We all want to have a job that we love — something that would get us excited about getting up and going to work in the morning…right? Who doesn’t want that? […]

How Much Money Do I Need to Save For Retirement?

Calculating How Much Money You Need for Retirement Every so often I receive questions from readers. I try to answer them all directly, but occasionally a question comes up that is very broad and is one that more people are thinking about but not asking. […]

Planning Your Dream Wedding on a Budget

Wedding Season Approaching! My in-laws had a wedding last summer that was absolutely beautiful, and it didn’t break the bank. It didn’t happen by accident, though, as it took some planning on their part. […]

Landscaping for Energy Conservation

ShareThisUntil alternate forms of energy become inexpensive and widely available, heating and cooling costs are going to continue eating up a large portion of our monthly budgets. While it may take some time to fully experience the benefits of energy-conservative landscaping, the long term benefits may well be worth it. […]

Is Netflix Streaming a Good Deal?

My wife and I use Netflix’s streaming service as one of the pillars that holds up our cable-free entertainment setup. […]

High Yield IRAs

All throughout tax season, from about mid-February to early-April, I received letters from my banks telling me it that I was running out of time to contribute to an IRA. This happens every year because brokers and banks want your business. They want you to open your IRA with them. […]

Why I No Longer Track Every Penny I Spend

When I struggled with money during the 1990s, I had no clue what I was spending each month. I made my financial decisions based on my checkbook balance: If there were a few bucks left, I’d find ways to spend the money; if my balance was close to zero (as in $10 or $20), I’d turn to my credit cards. Where did this money go? […]

Box of Books #6

The box of books giveaways through my giveaway newsletter have been very popular, so below I'm detailing another set of them that will be up for grabs in May (if you want a chance to win, be sure to sign up for my newsletter here.) For now, here are the books I've received from publishers and a bit about them (from Amazon): Mind over Money: Overcoming the Money Disorders That Threaten Our Finan […]

Going nuts at yard sales and auctions is SO out

Once in a great while we really internalize something about managing money. Auctions and yard sales used to be a weakness of mine.  I’d go stark-raving crazy buying up all of these bargains for (a) things I had an immediate use for, (b) things I didn’t have an immediate use for, but were such a good deal, and (c) things I had no need for, but thought I could resell.  Some of the things in (b) and […]