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10 Things Not to Buy in 2010

Smart Money lists 10 things not to buy in 2010 as follows: DVDs Home telephone service External hard drives Smartphone also-rans Compact digital cameras Newspaper subscriptions CDs New college textbooks Gas-guzzling cars Energy-inefficient homes and appliances Here's my take on each of these: 1. I don't think we've purchased more than a few DVDs in our lifetimes. […]

How to Get a Raise or Promotion

Here's a piece from MSNBC that talks about how to get a raise or promotion in 2010. This article is full of stories that illustrate many of the principles I regularly talk about. Let's start with this one: He also just promoted two employees. “Both guys were often the last ones at the office at night and among the first here in the morning,” Sweeney said. […]

Those Who Give More Become Rich Faster

Here's a final thought from Start Over, Finish Rich: 10 Steps to Get You Back on Track in 2010 by David Bach. […]

Top 10 FMF Topics of 2009

I've already listed my top posts of 2009, and now I thought it would be fun to look at the top ten categories I posted in last year. Here they are in countdown order along with the number of times I posted on them in 2009 (FYI, I had over 1,254 posts last year): #10 -- Spend Less than You Earn (34 posts) - This category is always a favorite of mine. […]

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). […]