Where To Put Your Money

People ask me this all the time: "Dave, I'm sick of getting a crappy one percent APY on the money in my savings account. How can I earn a better return?" My response is always another question: "What's the money for?" Where you should save or … [Read more...]

Extreme Couponing: Are These People Brilliant or Just Plain Crazy?

I’ve been hearing a lot lately about extreme couponing. The hit reality show on TLC and dismal economy seem to be driving interest in this phenomenon that takes clipping coupons to, well, extremes. (This is not the neatly-organized coupon folder your … [Read more...]

Financial Checkup: How Should Erik Balance Savings Goals with $110k of Student Loans?

Occasionally I answer reader questions and give them a public financial checkup. The lucky reader gets free advice; you get a peek at somebody else's money. If you want to be considered for a future checkup and are willing to share your finances with … [Read more...]

Why So Many People Are House Poor and How You Can Avoid the Same Fate

Wouldn’t it be nice if buying a home were as easy as walking into a store and out with a new smartphone? Unfortunately, it’s hardly so simple. As I'm finding out, getting ready to buy a home requires a ton of preparation (not to mention saving). But a … [Read more...]

How Much Is Your Home Worth?

Millions of you want to know the answer to one seemingly simple question: How much is my home worth? Sadly, in many cases, the only simple answer is "much less than you paid for it." (Go ahead, you can share your story in the comments. This should … [Read more...]

When to Get a Credit Card, When to Use It & When to Cut It Up

Love them or hate them, credit cards are a fact of financial life. They can make tracking spending effortless. Just as easily, they can blur the line between how much money you have and how much you can spend---plunging you into debt. And … [Read more...]