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Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of June 15

For weekday updates of what I find to be some of the most interesting personal finance articles on the web, follow me on Twitter. For now, here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week and my posts that were included: Surprise! […]

Reminder: Why You Shouldn't Listen to Me

Based on a few comments I've received recently, people seem to think that I'm a financial "expert" (ugh!) of some sort. Let me remind those people and the rest of you of this post, the fourth post written on this blog and published well over four years ago. […]

Best Ways to Access Your Cash Out of the Country

The following is a guest post from Money Help For Christians. The tickets overseas have been purchased, the destinations established, and the kids are excited.  Now you are forced to watch with horror as the US dollar continues to lose its value compared to most of the major currencies.  While you cannot control the value of the US dollar, you can minimize the damage by finding the best ways to a […]

How to Ask for a Raise When the Pay Freeze Thaws

Here's a US News piece on how to ask for a raise when the pay freeze thaws. It could also be called "how to ask for a raise when the economy recovers", or, simply "how to ask for a raise" (since the principles are rather basic), but you get the idea. They list several suggestions, but here's the one I think is key: Measure your own performance. […]

How to Check Your Retirement Assumptions

The following is a guest post from Monty Hothersall, co-founder of Financial Fate. If you’ve ever projected your financial or retirement planning numbers using an online calculator, you might be surprised how much those results have changed over the past 12 months.  But this probably makes sense given the market’s free fall, right?  Well, not exactly.  Since most of these online calculators use […]

Anyone Use Upromise?

Anyone remember Upromise, the program where you sign up your credit card, shop/eat at participating stores/restaurants or buy certain products, and get a rebate percentage back to be used to pay for college expenses? Here's a summary of how it works: Once you join Upromise®, nearly everything you buy or do can mean more money for college in your Upromise account. […]

Simplicity Can Streamline Your Budget

The following is a guest post from StretchyDollar. Budgeting, in one form or another, is an essential part of financial success. Knowing where your money is coming from and where it is going will help you see the big picture, and keep things in perspective. In the beginning, budgeting is a bit like trying to ride a 2,000-pound bull in a rodeo. […]

Best Advice for Graduates

The Wall Street Journal asked several prominent people about the best and worst financial advice they received—and their guidance for this year’s grads. Here's what each of them said their best advice was for those graduating this year: David Bach, author of the best-selling FinishRich books - Don’t give up if you’re not finding a job. Ask someone for an informational interview. […]

Investment Strategies Part 3: Rebalance Regularly Between Asset Classes and Subcategories

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. The investment metric correlation helps you continually take your gains off the table for safe spending. And it helps you determine what constitutes an asset class and which subcategories to consider for further diversification. […]

Are You Tempted to Spend MORE When Money's Tight?

The following is a guest post from Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil. If you answered yes to the above question (or thought you might be inclined to answer yes, but didn't really want to admit it to yourself) you're not alone. […]