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Anyone Have a Good Money-Related Joke?

I'll be speaking to a group of 500 people or so near the end of February. In addition to leaving them with some basics of personal finance, I want to entertain them too (or at least keep them semi-interested in what I have to say.) One way of doing this is to infuse jokes/funny stories/compelling stories into the presentation. I'm not sure where to find these, but I thought you could help. […]

Six Mistakes to Avoid When Converting to a Roth IRA

I'm making a prediction now: one of the most-discussed financial issues of 2010 will be the convert/don't convert decision many people will face regarding moving traditional IRA funds to a new Roth IRA. Why is this will be such a big issue? Because the modified adjusted gross income limits on Roths that have been lifted and a whole new batch of high-earners can now convert. […]

Do You Expect Your Financial Advisors to Practice What They Preach?

About a month ago I received an email from a reader regarding this piece -- a story about a marriage counselor that got into credit card debt and eventually defaulted on it. […]

Open for Guest Posts

If you've ever thought of writing a guest post for Free Money Finance, now's your chance. I will be traveling in early February and am in need of a few guest posts to tide me over. If you're interested, check out my guest post guidelines. […]

The Value of an Elite College

Many people will say that going to an elite college (Harvard, Stanford, etc.) is worth the added cost because: 1. You'll get a "better" education 2. You'll make great contacts (that will help you network and boost your career from graduation day until you retire). […]

Help a Reader: Paying Off Debt with Mutual Funds

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: We recently paid off one of our larger credit cards and have kept a very small amount on it, usually paying it off in full before interest accrues. Last week the company (BOA) sent us a letter to do a balance transfer for 1.99% until Sept. 2010. […]

Win a Free Copy of You Need a Budget!

I am giving away a copy of You Need a Budget! We'll start with a testimony from a YNAB user. Here goes: “Not only has YNAB helped me budget, but the domino effect has been that we are eating out less, eating at home more and, therefore, eating more healthy. It was a totally unexpected bonus to the software and the system!” Good stuff, huh? Here's how the giveaway will work: 1. […]

Where You Live Has a Big Impact on Your Finances

One of my 10 most-hated money saving tips is to move from an expensive city to a less expensive one. Yes, it's likely that you'll make more in a more expensive city, but the numbers show that the increased cost of living far exceeds those gains. […]

Best of Money Carnival Now Available

This week's Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, 10 Steps to Financial Success in 2010.  FYI, I made the carnival with my post titled Revisiting the Value of a College Degree. […]