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Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of May 18

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. After that, I have a list of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week and my posts that were included: Squawkfox lists best money advice from bloggers. […]

Bad Economy Impacts Weddings -- Average Cost Now "Only" $20,400

Here's an interesting piece on weddings from Smart Money. It starts with the following facts on wedding costs: This year couples are expected to spend an average of $20,400 on their weddings, down 6.5% from 2008, and a 29% drop from 2007's average of $28,700, according to The Wedding Report, a market research firm. Wow. I guess the poor economy is hitting people a lot harder than I thought. […]

Does Anyone Use the Discover Card?

Now that the American Express Blue Cash card is changing its terms and the Chase Freedom card appears to be doing the same, I'm on the hunt for a new cashback credit card. I think I'll land on the Schwab card, but I have a couple questions for all of you before I take the plunge: Does anyone use the Discover card? […]

What Would You Do If You Were Fired?

With all the people being fired these days, I thought it would be worth it to go through a quick list of what I'd do in case I was fired. […]

Six Interview Tips -- Main One Left Out

Here are the six key steps in interview preparation according to US News: Know the company Research the people Find an insider Know what's coming: Study your résumé Change your point of view I have two comments on this list: 1. The above items are certainly valuable and are steps you should take before any interview. […]

Help a Reader (Me): Buying a New Computer

You all are so good at helping readers who send in their questions that I thought I'd give you a situation of my own and let you give me some advice to consider. Here goes: At home, we currently have an older (2002) desktop in our finished basement. It was our main computer for years and I still use it every couple of weeks or so to update Quicken. […]

Inside Scoop on 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget

A couple days ago I talked about the new Wise Bread book 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget. Today I have even more information on it from a quick email interview I did with one of the authors, Linsey Knerl. Here goes: Can you tell me a bit about 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget? […]

Wired, Wireless, or Both?

Here are the results from a recent CDC study on people's usage of phones (specifically, how many use wireless (cellular) phones only.) The results (most stated, the last computed by me): 20.2% of American homes had only wireless telephones (also known as cellular telephones, cell phones, or mobile phones) during the second half of 2008. 17% of households surveyed relied solely on a land li […]

More Thoughts on How to Have a High Net Worth

Here's an excellent comment left on my post titled How to Have a High Net Worth: When I was just out of school I read a business book (maybe the author was Mackey, can't remember) that recommended that the best way to become a CEO and achieve a high net worth is to always take the job with the highest salary. […]

Help a Reader: Dealing with Real Estate Agents

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I am in the process of looking for a house to purchase. In fact, I found a house I love -- I saw it last week. It was shown by a real estate agent. My boss is a broker, and told me today that he'd be my agent (I've never done this before, I'm 24 years old and can only learn so much so fast, so I gladly accepted the help). […]