Five Frugal Travel Secrets

Five Frugal Travel Secrets

If you do some digging you can often find some great deals on travel. Packing a meal, getting creative with lodging, and going to where the dollar goes the furthest can all help cut costs and allow you to travel more.

Do You Have a Financial Role Model?

This is pretty neat: I received an invite for a contest for a VIP pass the World Business Forum. The September event in New York includes talks by Tony Blair, Colin Powell, Madeline Albright, Jack Welch, and Muhammad Yunus, and the contest is specifically for accomplished young professionals. The invite got me thinking about role […]

Are Europeans Better- or Worse-off Financially than Americans?

Imagine paying a high tax for owning a gas-guzzling SUV, enjoying six weeks of paid vacation each year, or giving half of your paycheck to the government. In this guest post, Emily Starbuck Gerson, of the blog Taking Charge, describes some of the differences between the personal finances of Americans and Europeans.

Couponing: Do You Clip and Save Coupons?

My parents have always been coupon fiends. I remember Saturday mornings from my childhood, sitting at the kitchen table with my father helping him clip grocery coupons from last Sunday’s newspaper (and sort through envelopes of saved coupons) before heading out to the store. Coupons have their pros and cons—they can save you a bunch, […]

Donating Clothing? Beware For-Profit Drop Boxes

Donating your unused clothing makes a lot of sense; you can help out a charity like Goodwill or the Salvation Army while cleaning out your closet. You’ll even score a small tax deduction. But choose whom you give you clothes to carefully; for-profit companies are now setting up clothing drop boxes and then reselling your […]

Transferring Money: Online Savings Accounts Provide Unique Options

When it comes to high yield savings accounts, interest isn’t everything. On a $10,000 balance, the monthly difference in earnings between a 3.25% APY and 3.30% is $0.50. A more important question is: With this online savings account, how can I move my money?

So, You Wanna Buy a Condo? Five Questions to Ask Before Buying

Sick of renting, but not ready to spend your Saturdays on a lawn mower? Often featuring desirable locations, minimal maintenance, and smaller price tags than single-family homes, it’s no wonder young homebuyers find condos attractive. But living in a condo can present some unique challenges. Ask yourself these questions to make sure a condo living […]

Credit Card Delinquencies Rising: How To Avoid Falling Behind

Credit card and loan delinquencies are on the rise, reports the American Bankers Association. Existing mortgage woes, a shaky job market, and rocketing gas and food prices may be to blame, but falling behind on credit card payments is bad, bad news for all of us. Even those who with spotless payment records may begin […]

Avoid Airline Checked Bag Fees: How to Carry-On On Every Flight

Surprised by new fees to check luggage at the airport? Don’t be. A Boeing 737 burns between 650 and 900 gallons of fuel an hour, so airlines are feeling the pinch of sky-high fuel prices just like the rest of us. That said, we still don’t feel like paying between $15 and $25 per bag—and […]

Tire Shopping: Save Money On Your Car’s New Kicks

Few parts of your car are as important to safety, comfort, and fuel economy as your tires, which should be replaced approximately every 50,000 miles, 5 years, or when they begin to show excessive wear. But with new tires running between $60-$200 each plus installation, replacing four tires can give your wallet a serious whack. […]