Articles on Personal Finance

How Much Does it Cost Every Time you Get Into Your Car?

I was horrified when I discovered exactly how much it costs me to drive into town for groceries. Do you know exactly how much it costs you?

My Purchase Rang Up Wrong! Could the Law Be on My Side?

Nothing is more irritating that hunting for a bargain, waiting in line, and making that painful purchase -- Nothing except for getting overcharged, that is. While it is all too c

Divining Your Home’s Value, The Quick-and-Dirty Way

It’s the American Nightmare: your neighbor, in an effort to avoid foreclosure, sells his house for thousands less than he paid two years ago, causing your home to plummet in value.

Women of personal finance spotlight: Millionaire Mommy Next Door here to answer your questions

Financial independence is everyone's dream and Jen "The Millionaire Mommy Next Door" has achieved it. Jen went from working a minimum wage job as a college drop-out to financial f

Interview with Silicon Valley Blogger of The Digerati Life

The Silicon Valley Blogger from The Digerati Life recently stopped by our forums to do a great Q&A session with our readers. She gave insightful advice on how to write a personal f

Real Estate Appraisals - Ten things most people just don't understand about them

The homeowner wants to make the sale. The broker wants to make the commission. The lender wants to make the loan. It'd be nice to see all these folks made happy, but first... th

Once Bitten Twice Shy: What is Credit Security Worth to You?

If you have had your identity stolen, you're prepared to bring out the big guns to protect it. Even if you haven't been once bitten, you may be shy. Here are some (arguable but eff

How good writing skills save and earn money

A while ago an article on Wise Bread talked about how complaining via a letter works much more effectively than complaining with phone calls. This made me think about all the othe

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

We Are Our Own Worst Enemy

Today my friend sent me an article titled "We Have Met the Enemy" by Knight Kiplinger, the Editor in Chief of Kiplinger publications. It is a blunt article pointing out that Americ

Women of personal finance spotlight: The Frugal Duchess here to answer your questions

All of us have dreams of publishing a book based on our blogs or life stories. Now you can ask The Frugal Duchess how she was able to land that Holy Grail among writers: A fabulou

A Million Bucks By 30: A Book Review

This digestible escapade from Alan Corey details his journey from fed-up college grad to self-made millionaire. But is it practical advice for you?

Think you can afford more house in the exurbs? Think again.

Many people who live in the far-out suburbs move there because they can buy more house for the money than they can in town. As an example from where I live, a house in Champaign-U

Are $1 homes worth buying?

This week a story from The Detroit News reported that homes are being listed in Detroit for $1. One particular $1 home sold for cash after being on the market for 19 days. The buye

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

The "Pa-Doink" Principle of Personal Savings

"Pa-doink" is the sound you hear when something small and heavy hits water. Think about a child throwing a coin into the fountain at a shopping mall: a toss and a pa-doink later, t

Having a baby? Nine financial considerations for new parents

My friend recently had a baby girl and she told me about the costs for a normal pregnancy and delivery. To say the least I was a bit flabbergasted that over $25000 was charged for

Will Guns Change the Way eBay Auctions Operate?

The more I talk to people about eBay, the more they are annoyed by one simple fact; the auctions are not, well, auctions any more. Auction sniping and the ensuing last-second biddi

Women of personal finance spotlight: The Digerati Life here to answer your questions

For this entire week (8/10 - 8/17), SVB of The Digerati Life will be answering questions in our forum about blogging, personal finance, and entreprenruship! This is part of Wise Br

Do You Love Money or Hate It? Either Way, You're Sick.

Do you love money and all things "green", or does your stomach turn at the very thought of it? Read on to explore and comment on where you fit into the spectrum.