Teaching Your Kids About Money

Recently, I took my son, Gavin, to the CoinStar machine to turn the random coins he’s been getting into cash. Added to the last two years of birthday money, his total was right around $150. As he stared at that money (and lamented the fact that now all he had was paper instead of a […]

Published or Updated: July 5, 2014

PF Buzz and a Free Ebook

Two of my personal finance blogging friends have recently introduced a new site and Ebook that are absolutely worth checking out. The first is a new site called Personal Finance Buzz, or PF Buzz for short. The second is an Ebook called the College Grad Money Guide. PF Buzz PF Buzz was created by a […]

Published or Updated: August 2, 2011

What is Phishing–A Real Life Example

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I recently received a phishing email intended to trick me into divulging confidential banking information. As a follow up to my LifeLock Review, I thought I’d share the email with you. If you’re not familiar with phishing emails or how to detect them, I’ll cover that in a moment. But first, here’s an image of […]

Published or Updated: July 5, 2014

10 Fun and Frugal Father’s Day Gifts

With Father’s Day fast approaching, finding a memorable gift that doesn’t break the bank can be a chore. To make things easy for you, what follows are a list of Father’s Day gifts that range in cost from zero to about $25. And for those fathers reading this article, you’ll be happy to know that […]

Published or Updated: March 23, 2012

American Eagle Silver Coins–A fun way to invest in precious metals

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My grandmother was a coin collector. I can remember rummaging through a large jar of coins she kept in a cabinet looking for wheat pennies. She had hundreds of them. And she had a silver dollar from the 1800s. I remember thinking, “Wow, this is older than granny.” Fast forward to today and you’ll find […]

Published or Updated: July 12, 2014

Target Retirement Funds

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This article reviews Fidelity’s Freedom Funds and Vanguard’s Target Retirement Funds. These funds represent an easy way to diversify your investments in a single mutual fund.

Published or Updated: August 10, 2013

LifeLock–A Review

LifeLock is an identity theft prevention service available online. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America, victimizing over 10 million people a year and costing billions of dollars. Given the rise in identity theft crimes over the past ten years, I thought a review of LifeLock was in order. First we’ll […]

Published or Updated: June 20, 2014

Best Websites for Getting Organized and Staying Focused

As my wife can attest, I have a touch of Attention Deficit Disorder. Hey look, something shiny. Where was I? Anyway, this month’s edition of ADDitude Magazine lists several great sites to help you focus and stay organized. Staying organized is particularly important for sound money management. Have you ever forgotten to pay a bill […]

Published or Updated: February 14, 2013

The Best Money Management Tips, Tools and Resources (April 2008)

Welcome to the Best of April 2008. Here you’ll find the best articles, posts, tools, resources and news about money, finance and investing from the past month. News & Analysis Subprime Mortgage Squeeze Causing Rise in Foreclosures A New York Times’ article described the impact the subprime mortgage crisis is having on foreclosures in some […]

Published or Updated: June 12, 2013