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Essential Personal Finance Books

I'll be the first to admit that browsing the personal finance section at your local Barnes & Noble can be intimidating. There are hundreds of personal finance titles to choose from; it's possible to spend a small fortune trying to learn how to … [Read more...]

Busting the Millionaire Myth

We non-millionaires (last I checked, we're still in the majority), may or may not find the prospect of such wealth alluring. Those of us swayed by the sirens' song of riches may work hard to increase our income, invest wisely, and set a course to get … [Read more...]

Credit Card Alternatives

Credit card companies are raising interest rates on just about everybody these days, fueling many people's passionate disdain for using any credit card for any reason. Once upon a time, there was only one alternative to spending with credit cards: … [Read more...]

Think You Don’t Need Health Insurance? Think Again

The younger we are the more we tend to think that we are invincible and do not need health insurance. Cancer, broken bones, and weird illnesses with names that we can't pronounce are all things that happen to other people and never to us---right? … [Read more...]

Are You an Image Spender?

I am going to venture a guess that one of the leading reasons many of us twentysomethings wind up buried in debt is because we spend above our means not because we have to, but to look good, fit in, and feel richer than we are. Are you an … [Read more...]

A Case for Local Banks and Credit Unions

I have been trying to convince my wife to switch her checking account away from Bank of America; I'm not a fan. Recently, on my post on leading financial iPhone apps, two readers asked why. Although there are pros and cons to banking both with large … [Read more...]

My Credit Card Raised My Interest Rate! Here’s What to Do

Stories of credit card companies raising interest rates on just about everybody---even customers with perfect credit, no debt, and no late payments---continue to roll in. That's because the CARD Act takes effect this winter and will restrict … [Read more...]

Six Things to Know About Your Student Loans

At some point during my freshman year of college, I vaguely remember attending a mandatory 45-minute meeting in the financial aid office and signing some paperwork that had to do with my student loans. And I remember receiving notices about nine … [Read more...]

Student Loan Consolidation

It’s common to graduate with four, eight, or even a dozen student loans from a handful of lenders. Even if most of them are from the same two or three service companies, each loan may have a different interest rate and due date. Talk about i … [Read more...]

$6,500 Home Buyer Tax Credit

Good news for prospective home-buyers: It looks like Congress will extend the $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit that was slated to end this month and add a $6,500 tax credit for those that have already owned a home. The Senate voted 98-0 … [Read more...]