Extreme Frugality: What Are Your Most Insanely Frugal Habits?

I’ve never been a fan of “extreme” frugality. Of course, I have been working on (and succeeding at) eating out less, buying things used or on sale whenever possible, and practicing common sense conservation. But I doubt I would ever go through others’ trash, split one roll of 2-ply toilet paper into two rolls, or […]

5 Critical Things to Remember When Buying Your First Home

Thinking about becoming a home owner this year? If so, take a deep breath and prepare yourself financially and mentally for a rewarding, but challenging, experience. Whether you’ll be buying this month or next year, here are five things you really need to know about buying a home. While you’re at it, check out our […]

Is It Smart to Buy a Home in This Recession?

In December I suggested that it was a good time for young professionals to think about buying a home or a car. It was, and still is, very much a buyer’s market. (Assuming, of course, you have the cash and excellent credit available to qualify.) But some disagreed with me, noting that property values will […]

How to Open an FNBO Direct Account, Step by Step

There’s a lot of buzz out there about FNBO Direct, high-yield online savings account from the First National Bank of Omaha. So I have to ask: If you’re not earning one of the best savings rates in the country yet at an account that also offers a free Visa debit card and billpay—why not? To […]

401(k) With Company Match or Roth IRA?

Rivka asks: I’m 25 and switching jobs. My old company didn’t match 401(k) contributions, so I put 6% of my salary into a Roth IRA. My new company, however, matches 100% on the first 3% of my salary that I contribute to their 401(k) and 50% of the next 2%. Should I contribute 5% to […]

Eat Healthy, Cheap

Often times, it seems that healthy food costs a lot more than junk food. But sticking to a budget and living frugally doesn’t have to mean forgoing eating healthfully. After all, what good is health without wealth?