Funny Money: Stuff You Should Never Buy Because You Can Get it For Free

birthday candles

People tend to say and repeat the quote “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” as if it’s something wise and profound. These are people who have never been to Denny’s on their birthday, where there is also a free breakfast and dinner. I’m not sure what world those anti-free lunchers live in, but […]

Compare Airline Fees: What it Really Costs to Fly


Everyone loves finding cheap airfare. But as airlines struggle to stay profitable by moving to a la carte style pricing, the ticket price that looked so low on a booking site may turn out to be the starting point, not your final price. Before you book your next plane ticket, compare airline fees and take […]

Does Somebody Really Live There? Crazy and Amazing Houses in America

Beer Can House

As I was driving from San Diego to Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago, I saw a massive house at the very top of a huge mountain. The house was overlooking the freeway and had no other houses nearby. I wondered who lives there and what it would be like to drive for 15 […]

Funny Money: The Finer Points of Getting Rid of Your Junk for Profit

A garage sale

Since you read awesome personal finance blogs like this one, surely you’re aware of the mystical powers of compound interest. But did you realize that the same principles apply to stuffed animals and squeeze bottles? It’s true. When you’re not looking, unwanted knick-knacks that clutter up your house have a way of multiplying, quite possibly […]

Protect Your Money While Traveling Abroad


You want to protect your money while traveling — especially when you head overseas. There are steps you can take, such as being thoughtful of the type of environment where you will be staying and avoiding having large amounts of cash. Staying safe while traveling should be at the top of your plans.

Rotten Customer Service? The Smart Way to Handle Companies that Waste Your Time


Some interesting commentary appeared on The Huffington Post this past week, and I’m not one to read that online publication expecting anything original. (If Arianna Huffington has earned any journalistic reputation, it’s for borrowing copy from every source on the planet to build her “aggregation nation.”) But Arianna H. said something that I’m really taking […]

Choosing Investments For Your IRA

Opening an IRA is a good step, but you have to choose investments if you want your money to grow.

Don’t let an overwhelming array of choices stop you from saving for retirement. There are simple choices out there such as Betterment or Vanguard’s Total Stock Market Fund. Still don’t feel confident, you can always call for help from your brokerage firm’s customer service.

13 Beautiful Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Under $25


Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12, 2013. Don’t have a Mother’s Day gift for mom? Don’t worry, there’s still time. Every year it can be a struggle to find an affordable gift your mom will still love for Mother’s Day. But we’ve got you covered — on a budget, and with shipping days to spare. […]

Toshl Review: A Beautifully Simple Manual Budgeting App


A reader recently let me know about Toshl, a budgeting app available online and for iPhone and Android (thanks, Rachel!) In a sentence, Toshl is a manual budgeting and spend-tracking app with a beautiful design and intuitive user experience. As far as no-strings-attached budgeting and spend tracking, Toshl might be the best I’ve seen yet. […]

Funny Money: Trashy Ways to Save on Your Garbage Costs

garbage bag

When you spend money on trash disposal, you’re throwing your money out with the garbage. The wastefulness of garbage bins filled with bags of discarded refuse would make our caveman ancestors — who would make use of every part of the mammoths they killed — yell at us. “Oooga booga blaarg!” they would sternly lecture, […]