10 Personal Productivity & Personal Finance Techniques

In the past two weeks, several people have written me asking how I manage to get my finances in order, work full time, maintain this

When Should Other Values Trump Sound Personal Finance Decisions?

After the recent discussion of stay at home parenting and the stellar response that it received, it became clear that the question about whether to

02.28.07

Five Minute Finances #5: Get Started on Setting Up Your 401(k)

Five Minute Finances is a series of tips on how you can save significant money or reorganize your financial life in just five minutes. These

The $100 Question – And What It Means

If you found a $100 bill floating around, what would you do with it? It’s a question I’ve been asking a lot of people lately,

America’s Cheapest Family: Chapters 6 – 10

I have a soft spot for books on frugality, so when I spotted America’s Cheapest Family on the new releases shelf at my local bookstore,

02.27.07

“I’m Too Tired To Cook” – At-Home Dining Solutions For The Overworked Family

Many of my readers have reported to me that they enjoy my postings on cooking and they see how it can save some serious cash,

02.27.07

Renting Versus Buying: Are There Situations Where Renting Clearly Wins?

Recently, several readers have contacted me arguing quite forcefully that renting gets a bad reputation and that in many cases renting is actually a better

USPS Announces The “Forever” Stamp: Is It Worth Your $0.39?

Yesterday, the United States Postal Service announced the introduction of a “forever” postage stamp. Here’s how it works: whenever you buy a first class postage

America’s Cheapest Family: Chapters 1 – 5

I have a soft spot for books on frugality, so when I spotted America’s Cheapest Family on the new releases shelf at my local bookstore,

How To Invest In Stocks For Beginners

After digging myself out of a financial meltdown, I realized I needed to start investing for the long term in order to secure a good

02.26.07

A Beginner’s Guide To Kitchen Equipment

Several of my readers are diving headfirst into learning how to cook at home because of the huge financial savings, but getting started in the

02.26.07

Five Minute Finances #4: Get A New High-Yield Savings Account

Five Minute Finances is a series of tips on how you can save significant money or reorganize your financial life in just five minutes. These

Inflation: What Is It And Why Should I Care?

Inflation is one of those topics that crops up time and time again on the news, and it’s one of those topics that makes my

America’s Cheapest Family: Overview

I have a soft spot for books on frugality, so when I spotted America’s Cheapest Family on the new releases shelf at my local bookstore,

Ten Books That Changed My Life #5: Invisible Man

Invisible Man Ralph Ellison Changed my life in January 2000 Who knows but that, on the lower frequencies, I speak for you? When I was

02.25.07

Frugal Living: 10 Ways To Save Money This Week

I’ve written a ton about frugality on this site and how much money it can really save you, but many of these suggestions seem like

The Biggest Risk Of All: You

Whenever I make calculations on this site, I usually involve some calculation in which a person contributes some dollars a month each month to savings

02.25.07

Why I Keep Cash Under My Mattress

It’s true. After all the financial advice I give out on this site, I keep a decent amount of cash “under my mattress” (actually, it’s

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