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Some Reading for a New Year: How to Set Financial Goals and Stick to Them


Ready to set some goals for the new year? Studies show that written goals are much more likely to be achieved. There is also a service that will help you put a little cash on the line for some extra motivation!

You’re Not Too Broke to Give to Charity (And 4 Other Reasons to Give)

Lou Carlozo

Think you’re too poor to give to charity? Think again. Making charitable gifts is about attitude, not the amount of your gift.

The Best Financial iPhone Apps


Updated! Popular since we first published this list of some of the best financial iPhone apps in early 2009, we refresh this list periodically to help you keep tabs on at least a few of the best financial apps in the Appstore. -DW Personal Capital Personal Capital is quickly becoming our favorite free desktop and […]

♥ & $: Compulsive Shopping or Retail Therapy? When Enough is Enough


Five of us stood grumbling in a check out line the other day. Our arms were filled with clothing and books and knick knacks soon to be wrapped up and hidden under the Christmas tree. The woman in front of me complained about Christmas shopping. Or rather, she complained about how she kept blowing her […]

Car Dealer Secrets: How To Buy An Extended Car Warranty

The powertrain warranty covers the drivetrain, transmission, and engine.

In my last post I gave you some questions to ask before you say yes to an extended auto warranty. Today we’ll dive deeper and explore how much car warranties cost and, if you do buy, how to choose the best extended warranty for your needs. As a preface, we’re talking here about the extended warranties […]

Can’t Afford that Trip? Think Again: Experts Reveal 10 Tips for Thrifty Travel

Glacier Natl Park

“Travel hacking” is a way of traveling that allows for maximum travel on a minimum budget. Travel blogger Nomadic Matt and travel columnist David Groff step up today to help us hack our travel. Using services that track your rental car price or how to get the most benefit from your credit card airline miles are just a few of the tips that are revealed to us from these two travel writers.

How to Donate Your Money Sensibly


When finances are tight, it can be hard to designate some cash to give away. But even the Grinch-iest and Scrooge-iest among us can be moved to donate during the holiday season. In fact, the Tuesday after Black Friday was recently called “Giving Tuesday” to get everyone in the spirit. Whether you plan to toss […]

DIY or Buy? When It’s Cheaper to Make It Yourself or Buy Off The Shelf


Last year, the Better Business Bureau received 5,558 complaints regarding general contractors, placing the group in the top 30 out of all industries tracked, according to Money Talks News. No wonder home improvement stores are packed to the gills on weekends and everybody is becoming a do-it-yourself-er – no one wants to get ripped off! […]

♥ & $: Get Gift Giving Right


The last time my husband surprised me with a gift was Christmas 2008. I had mentioned how much I loved the leather jacket a girlfriend was wearing and he got it in his head to buy me one just like it. He spent days searching stores, combed the Internet, and even called my friend to […]

New to Credit? Five Ways to Speed up Building a Good Credit Score


Anyone whose tried to get a loan with a weak credit history knows that even an excellent credit score will only get you so far with lenders. That myth your uncle told you about signing up for a credit card, using it once, paying it off and letting your credit history soar is just that […]