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Thinking About Investing? Start Here First

This is a question that pops up over and over again, both in reader questions to me and in questions I see on countless personal finance forums.

Using the HARP Program to Refinance an Underwater Mortgage

Just a few weeks ago, reader Sarah wrote in for advice on how to handle her underwater mortgage. Like many people who bought homes at the pe…

Building Your Own Monthly Net Worth Calculator Using A Spreadsheet

Upon request from a reader, and building upon my February net worth calculations and my recent postings on building your own mortgage calculator,…

10 Simple Ways to Beat Impulse Buying

About once a month as a Friday “bonus” post, I’m featuring an original article written by one of my favorite bloggers. This gue…

Money Merge Accounts: Are They A Good Deal For Home Borrowers?

Yesterday, a reader wrote to me and asked about money merge accounts and whether or not they are a good deal for homebuyers. Of course, this mean…

The Decline of the U.S. Has Already Begun

Richard Lachmann’s book manages to connect status and national choices — making us realize that some failures aren’t far from home. All good thin…

Cashing Out 401(k) To Pay Off Credit Card Debt?

A reader writes in with an interesting scenario: I’m 28 years old and I have two 401(k) accounts, both with about $30,000 in them. At the s…

Should You Pay Off Debt or Invest Your Money? Here’s What You Should Think About

Let’s say you come into a small windfall of money or find yourself with a higher income. If you have extra money coming in, what should you do wi…

A Portfolio of Credit Cards for Specific Purchases?

Jenelle wrote in recently and described her way of using credit cards: Unlike your advice to minimize your credit cards, I actually have eight op…

Everything You Ever Really Needed to Know About Personal Finance on the Back of Five Business Cards

A few days ago, I had lunch with an individual who is considering hiring me to give a multi-hour seminar to a business convention on personal fin…