May 3, 2010

Teach Your Children About Money Management by Playing Shopkeeper

This is a post from Jeff Bogle, one of our first contributing blogger here at StopBuyingCrap. Back in 2008, Jeff left his steady corporate job at Vanguard to be a stay-at-home dad. Jeff writes regularly at Out With The Kids, a daddy blog, and you may also find his work on iVillage, Time Out New York Kids, and Curious Parents Magazine. Surprise! […]

The European Sovereign Debt Crisis and Your Investments

I’m bringing this article to the forefront because of the latest events that are unfolding in Europe. Greece has proceeded with their elections as a first step in determining how to begin managing their economic woes. The political party that supports a bailout narrowly won the vote. […]

Do You Hate Performance Reviews?

Looks like I'm not the only one who hates performance reviews. Fortunately I now work in a small company where performance reviews are basic and simple, but I sometimes have flashbacks from my past lives at big companies. Getting and giving reviews that HAD to be done and HAD to fit into specific, unrealistic boxes was a time drain and generally not productive for anyone. […]

So, What Free Software Do You Use?

On Sunday, I reviewed the worthwhile book Getting Organized in the Google Era by Douglas C. Merrill, during which I mentioned that most of the productivity software I use for my work is free. A few people emailed me and asked about them, including this one (which made me smile) from Dot: As much writing as you do I can’t believe you don’t use lots of expensive software! Good for you! […]

13 Cool Tips for Lower Energy Bills

Don't spend a fortune keeping cool this summer when you don't have to. Here are a few tips to put a chill in your summer energy bill. […]

Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is up for this week. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, 10 Ways to Save on Insurance. I made spot #2 with How to Ask for a Raise. ;-) Enjoy! […]

Caption this Wise Bread Family Photo and Win $50!

Help me caption this photo for a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Certificate! My son Moses loves the chickens. They are very tame. He likes to sit in the middle of them and hang out when they get their afternoon snack. How to Enter: Leave your caption on this My Life Scoop page before Thursday night (11:59 pm PST 05/06/10). […]

Costco New Membership Promotion

If you’ve been waiting for a Costco new member promotion before you join, today is your lucky day because Costco has announced their latest new membership promotion. Between now and June 30th, 2010, you can receive 2 months free when you join Costco. New Executive Members also get a $10 cash card on top of the two extra months. […]

Comcast, Round #3

For those of you new to this story, read these posts (in order) to catch up to the rest of us: We Got Cable TV  Why I LOVE Comcast!!! Comcast Blows It and then Saves It  Comcast Blows It, then Recovers, Again So here's the latest in my Comcast saga. We returned from our Easter vacation on April 6 and found out that Comcast had turned off our HD channels. […]

Series I Savings Bond Rates – May 2010

This is just a quick note to say that the Treasury has posted the new Series I Savings Bond rates. As I noted previously, the variable portion of the rate dropped from 3.06% to 1.54% as a result of lower inflation. At that time, however, the fixed portion of the rate was still unknown. Well… TreasuryDirect updated their website with the new fixed rate within the past hour, and guess what? […]

Reader Mailbag: Starting Over

I had forgotten the rewards and challenges of having a newborn. In some ways, both the challenges and the rewards are amplified by also having a four year old and a two year old at home. My son is 20, and is a straight A student at college but doesn’t feel that he knows what he really wants to do. Everything, academically, comes easy to him. (I know he doesn’t like manual labor. […]

7 Ways My Clunker Is Smarter than a Hybrid

ShareThisI’ve always been slightly amazed how the new car market is so readily embraced. I know it takes all those new car buyers to allow us used-car shoppers the luxury of so much inventory. […]

Poll: How Much Do You Spend on Phone Service?

Most of us can’t do without a phone. It’s a connected world and having a phone in your pocket everywhere you go is just the way it is these days. Unfortunately, connectivity costs money. If you have a phone that does more than make calls there’s a good chance you’re spending more money on added data plans, text messages, and more. […]

The Second-Best Way to Make your Household More Secure

You already know the best way to make your household finances more secure: emergency fund, insurance, diversified investment portfolio, marketable skills. […]

Money, Happiness, and (Extreme) Giving

We’ve previously talked about the relationship between money and happiness (here and here), and we’ve also tackled the issue of “how much is enough.” With those discussions as a backdrop… I recently ran across an interesting article about an Austrian millionaire that’s giving away his entire fortune. He’s selling his homes, cars, the business that made his fortune, etc. […]

Continental Airlines to Merge With United Airlines

Yesterday, the boards of directors for Continental Airlines and United Airlines agreed to merge the two companies, creating the largest airline carrier. The new company will bear the United name and the Continental brand will cease to exist. […]

Low Interest Credit Cards

While I’ve never carried a balance on my credit card before, making sure the card offered a low interest rate was always important to me. While I never intend to carry a credit card balance, I’m also a realist. I recognize that sometimes you can’t control what you can or cannot do. Things get out of your control and during those times it’s important to make sure that you’re prepared. […]

The Savvy Shopper’s Guide to the Farmers’ Market

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. Shopping at a farmers’ market is a great way to eat healthier and support local agriculture, but if you’ve ever been to one, you know that the food isn’t cheap. When you’re used to fairly inexpensive tomatoes from the supermarket, the price of locally-grown, heirloom tomatoes can be a bit of a shock, leading some consumers to wonder what makes the m […]

Secrets to Saving On Mother’s Day Flowers

What's the present mom likes best? One you make yourself! And, as it happens, that's also the kind of mother's day gift that will save you the most! What's the easiest, best and least expensive way to mom's heart? […]