As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a big fan of Yahoo! Finance. There’s always plenty of great, free stuff there to read on all sorts of finance topics. I particularly enjoy reading the columnists on the site, because many of them have distinctive and interesting voices. On the other hand, some of them just rehash the same thought week after week. The columnists pretty clearly fall into two separate groups: ones who write well and contribute interesting ideas with each column …

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One of the greatest money savers is cooking at home. You can often prepare tasty, simple foods at home very easily and quickly and with minimal cost; I regularly make meals that take less than ten minutes of preparation time, feed the whole family, and cost only a dollar or two. Disclaimer: One of my greatest passions (besides personal finance, of course) is cooking. Please, don’t encourage me to start a cooking blog, too, because I just might do it …

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#18: Credit Scores

December 6 2006
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This is part of a series in which we re-evaluate Money Magazine’s “25 Rules To Grow Rich By”. One “rule” will be re-evaluated each weekday until the series concludes; you can keep tabs on the action at the 25 Rules index. Rule #18: The best way to improve your credit score is to pay bills on time and to borrow no more than 30% of your available credit. In the United States, the most common type of credit score is …

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This week, The Simple Dollar is conducting a detailed review of radio host Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover. This book is basically a printed distillation of Dave’s “financial preacher man” style on his radio show. Is there serious meat to be found here, or is it a bunch a fluff around a few small ideas? Let’s find out. The second portion of The Total Money Makeover, which includes chapters six through eight, is the building of a financial foundation …

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Quite often, bloggers sit around crafting posts without considering the wider community around them. We write and write and write, but we get into a routine and forget to seek out interesting new links outside of our own blogs. We check Technorati to see if people are linking to us, but we forget the importance of linking out to others and connecting to the wider world. Blogging is being in a conversation, and insular blogging is like being in a …

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Last Friday, The Simple Dollar was lucky enough to have a post receive a front page posting on digg, an extremely popular tech link aggregation site (here’s the actual digg post itself, currently at 2,051 diggs). Subsequently, it spent a day as the most popular link on del.icio.us (a social bookmarking site) and then it appeared on the front page of Lifehacker, an extremely popular blog focusing on personal productivity. Needless to say, as a nearly anonymous site, the attention …

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Many of us find ourselves filling the weekend with minor, aimless activities such as watching football or a movie. Instead, you can fill the weekend with a fun activity that could teach you a new skill and save (or even make) a little money. Even better, most of these activities are appropriate for an entire family to work on together for at least an afternoon. Consider it not only an investment in your wallet, but also a potential investment in …

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With Christmas approaching, my wife and I once again were faced with the difficulty of buying a cadre of Christmas gifts for my nieces and nephews. We often have particular trouble with one of my nephews, who is a middle child. He generally says that he doesn’t want anything for Christmas and, when forced, he asks his older sister what she wants for Christmas and repeats that. After some abysmal gifts in the past few years (things he didn’t like, …

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As a parent of a young boy, I’m very concerned about the best educational path for him. As we sock money away for his college fund, I’ve been considering the concept of private school for him in the back of my mind. I recently stumbled across an article entitled Private School vs. College Savings: Which is the Better Investment For Your Kids?: Okay, I admit it somewhat sheepishly, I send my kids to private school. It’s easy to justify since …

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#17: Credit Cards

December 5 2006

This is part of a series in which we re-evaluate Money Magazine’s “25 Rules To Grow Rich By”. One “rule” will be re-evaluated each weekday until the series concludes; you can keep tabs on the action at the 25 Rules index. What Kind of Credit Card Should I Own? Rule #17: The best credit card is a no-fee rewards credit card that you pay in full every month. But if you carry a balance, high interest rates will wipe out …

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