How Dwolla Works to Free Online Users From Fees

Electronic payment network Dwolla eliminates fees charged by credit card networks.

In the last few months, I’ve had many a bone to pick with PayPal, which I consider eBay’s monetary equivalent of the Death Star from “Star Wars.” Whenever someone sends me money for an item I sell on eBay, PayPal sees good to take 2.9 percent on the total sale, plus 30 cents per transaction. […]

ETFs: Get to Know Exchange-traded Funds


Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are bundles of securities you buy or sell on a stock market in a single transaction. Learn more about ETFs and how to invest.

Funny Money: A Quest to Find the Best $1 Burger

McDonald's McDouble

Since the dawn of the drive-thru, philosophers have pondered that most trying of propositions — where to go to get the best burger for a buck. There are no easy answers to the quandary, and the solution at which one arrives says as much about the eater itself as it does the burger. What’s important? […]

Best Cash Back Credit Cards


If you’re one of us few and proud who religiously pay your credit card balance off in full each month, you get to benefit from cash credit card rewards — the percentage of your purchases that your card will pay you back as points, miles, or even pennies. (Congrats, I guess.) The joke, of course, […]

Military Money: Understanding Financial Benefits Of Military Service


Members of our armed forces face unique financial challenges during and after their service. At the same time, military members may be eligible for benefits — the Thrift Savings Program (TSP) and VA loans to name two — that civilians are not. To launch new ongoing coverage of military money issues here on Money Under […]

When to Buy a TV: The Best Time to Buy a Flat Screen Might Not Be When You Think

The best time to buy an HDTV may not be when you think.

Every holiday season, I love to whine about the how Black Friday sales gets people to spend more than they should and puts and unhealthy focus on buying stuff you don’t really need, can’t afford, or both. But that all changes in the event I’m actually in the market for an item that goes on […]

Make a Million Before 30: A Young Entrepreneur Shares Five Secrets to Success


Let’s face it: There’s a certain allure to achieving the status of millionaire, especially if you can hit the mark before age 30. The trouble is, no matter how many times we’ve heard it in songs (by rich rock stars, to be sure), money can’t buy happiness. There’s a big difference between making a living […]

Q&A: Should I Invest Money I Need in Two Years?

David Weliver

Q: I just started my first full-time job (this Monday!) and found your blog doing a search trying to make sense of my 401(k) options. I have been so inspired reading all over your blog since then and learning more about investing and saving for retirement. I have a specific question about one of my […]

Funny Money: How to Watch HBO and Showtime for Free

This guy's Game of Thrones may not be free, but HBO's may just be.

I know what you’re thinking when you read the headline. “How could there possibly be an entire article on that topic? Just do what everyone does and download episodes of Girls and Homeland on your roommate’s computer!” Stop right there. Piracy is wrong. Not only can it get your roommate thrown in jail — he […]

How to Find a Great Last-Minute Hotel Deal


When you’re on the road, last minute doesn’t have to mean full-price. It’s a common misconception that you’re going to end up overpaying if you don’t have the chance to book your hotel room in advance. You can actually save money by booking last minute. Here’s how: Check out A booklet available in rest […]