October 18, 2010

Gold ETF Investing Options For Your Money

We take a look at ETF investing in a popular precious metal. Regardless of what goes on in the investment markets, gold is one of those asset classes that investors closely keep track of. Some would argue that gold is one of the oldest investable commodities. […]

Degrees of Want

I received an iPod Touch as a Christmas gift in 2008. Since then, I have used and absued the thing at a level perhaps beyond what Apple ever intended. I’ve used it as a constant pocket notebook. I’ve used it as a podcast and music player every time I go on a walk (usually several times a week). I also use it as a pedometer to help record my exercise. […]

Help a Reader: What to Do with a Townhouse

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: Back in 2006, I purchased a townhouse in central Florida at the peak price point (after encouragement from my parents). […]

PageOnce Review: Mobile Money Management

PageOnce is a personal finance management tool and one of the companies I met at Finovate Fall 2010. I think one of the reasons why I hadn’t heard of them before is because I don’t have a “smart” phone. […]

Now $1 Million is Not Enough to Live On

We've already covered one story of a couple who can't make it on $100,000 a year and another who can't make ends meet on $250,000 a year. Now, here's a family who is struggling to make it on $1 million a year. […]

Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, Firefighters Let House Burn and Pets Die Over $75. Enjoy! […]

5 Things You Need to Know About Credit Scores

ShareThisOver the past few years, consumers have been increasingly aware of the importance of a credit score. If you plan to borrow money (i.e., car loan or mortgage), your credit score is a major factor that determines your ability to get the loan and the interest rate you are eligible for. […]

Reader Mailbag: Cold

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Building website skills 2. Which credit counseling service? 3. Serious mortgage trouble 4. Thermostats, nighttime temperatures, and kids 5. Shady credit union practices 6. Direct stock purchasing 7. Frozen interest rates? 8. […]

Where to Buy Last Minute Sports or Concert Tickets

Our kids are huge football fans, so we’ve occasionally picked up tickets to attend a local NFL game. Since these events are typically sold out, we have to rely on “non-traditional” sources for our tickets. Sure, we could go down to the stadium and try to buy tickets on the street, but that introduces a bit of the unknown. […]

10 Tips For Successfully Negotiating With Creditors

How to Negotiate With Creditors When debt is mounting, stress mounts along with it. Debt can limit your financial stability, drain your bank account and make it impossible to obtain new credit. On top of that, the constant stream of calls and letters can prove to be embarrassing. You may look at your debt situation and feel like there is no way out. That is usually not the case. […]

Simply Good Coffee: The Chemex Coffeemaker

Call me a cynic, but the days are numbered for my electric coffeemaker. How can I be so sure? Well, it's not the first one I've owned, and after three or four years, they all die. […]

Rationalizing an Expense By Changing Your Words

As any marketer knows, words have a power beyond their literal meaning. No one knows this more than political marketers, who create campaigns that usurp specific words and ensure their meaning is replaced with some sort of thought the’d like to embed in the public consciousness. […]

Three Solutions to Expiring Bush Tax Cuts

As you may have heard, the Bush tax cuts are set to expire on December 31st and the executive and legislative branches have been floating ideas on how to best resolve them. […]

Why Now is the Time to Think Long-Term

This is a guest post from Philip Brewer of Wise Bread. Brewer also writes science-fiction and fantasy stories. Previously at GRS, he shared how to live a rich life on a budget. As a saver, I have a personal interest in higher interest rates: I earn more. But as a conservationist and environmentalist, I know that low rates enable a certain kind of long-term thinking. […]

Monday’s Money Deals: Furniture, Office Supplies and Free Photo Albums

This week we find ways to save on office supplies, eating out, and sports gear. And freebies: Halloween stencils and a professionally printed photo album. […]

Roundup: Wedding Season Over?

As this article posts we should be on our way home from Pittsburgh after the last wedding of the 2010 wedding season. We’ve seen a lot of our friends pair up this year, with a few pairs still scheduled for next year, and it’s been a lot of fun celebrating but draining because of all the travel. […]

Why a Less-Selective College May Actually Be an Advantage for a College Student

I have been reading the best book I've ever read on preparing financially for college. The book is Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching off My Parents and I'll be sharing a bit of it over the next several days. […]

Chase Ink Cash Business Card Review: $250 Bonus Cash Back

Having a business credit card can make it convenient to buy office supplies and to book travel, and can help you manage your business with a separate form of tracking for your expenses. […]