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HOW MUCH?! The free stuff you’ll have to pay for, sooner or later.

I flew to New York for business over the weekend. As I looked at the list of $8 pay-per-view movies and $5 snacks available, my mind went back in time to a few years ago, when free

Stick With It (Even Though its Christmas)

"I know I've been eating so well and losing weight, but it's a holiday party and those desserts look excellent...it's just this once." "I said

Get Ready for Christmas: 7 Things You Should Do Today

It can be frustrating to see stores roll out Christmas displays so early, but you can save money and sanity if you start thinking about the holidays now too.

Quiz: Am I Really Ready to Buy a Home?

Buying your first home is a big accomplishment, but it comes with a lot of responsibility. Take our quick quiz to find out if you're ready to take the plunge.

59 Ways To Get A Bright Idea

Looking for a creativity boost? Here are 59 ways to get inspired and generate ideas that can help you gain a fresh perspective, solve a problem, present information, increase profi

Best Money Tips: Eat Well for Less

Today we found some fantastic articles on eating well for less, Black Friday 2012 deals, and making your Christmas budget go farther.

25 Reasons Why It's Good to Know Your Neighbors

When there's something strange in the neighborhood, who ya gonna call? Your neighbors, of course! Discover all the great reasons to know who's next door.

Seven Ways to Get Free Shipping Supplies

Once upon a time I sold a lot of stuff on eBay and Amazon, and I always needed envelopes, boxes, and padding. The costs of these shipping supplies could really add up when you mai

Best Money Tips: Save a Bundle on Flowers

Today we found some fantastic articles on saving on flowers, getting cheap life insurance, and paying off student loans.

Jobless Americans Paying Fees for Unemployment Benefits

It seems crazy, but it's true — by receiving funds on prepaid cards, unemployed citizens are forced to pay fees to access cash when they need it the most.

Money Management Lessons: Not Quite 10 Years to Life

I thank my lucky stars (and the patience of my husband) that it didn’t take me quite 10 years to get a handle on my financial situation. At 29, I’m hardly what you would consider

Things to insure, things not to insure

Insurance is all about spreading the risk. A bunch of people buy insurance against the risk that a few of them will be the ones who get hit with a big bill that they couldn't pay.

Being routinely creative

It might seem like creativity would flourish best in the absence of any constraining routine. In fact, the opposite is true: Having a routine is very useful for protecting your c

Investment Gains Taxes Increase - The Worst Tax Policy Ever?

Yesterday Paul Michael wrote an article comparing the income tax policies of McCain and Obama and suggested that he would vote for Obama because Obama's tax policy would benefit ev

Guest post at Get Rich Slowly

J.D. over at Get Rich Slowly asked me for a guest post on personal finance. What it turned out I wanted to talk about next, though, was productivity--and in particular, my evolvin

Why save during an inflation?

You can always tell when inflation has become ingrained in an economy--you start hearing people say, "Buy now before the price goes up!" I remember hearing that a lot in the late

Watching ads could be your ticket to a fortune.

Unless it’s Superbowl Sunday, most people don’t sit around watching ads (well, I do, it’s part of my job). But what if watching ads was turned into a lottery ticket? That’s the pre

Ally Bank Review: Flexibility and Decent Yields

Ally Bank won't wow you with a multitude of products and services, but it will provide you with the basics at attractive yields and rates.

Women of personal finance spotlight: Donna Freedman from MSN here to answer your questions

For this entire week Donna Freedman from MSN's Smart Spending blog will be answering questions in our forums about personal finance, frugal living, and her writing career. Donna is

4 Sort-of Small Kitchen Gadgets that Equal Big Savings!

Are your kitchen counters cluttered with unused small appliances and dusty “do-it-all” gizmos? Learn how to use these top four appliances to cut meal prep, clean-up time, and a bi