Mutual Fund Investing That Costs Nothing, Nada, Zip (Free!)

What do Home Depot, Anheuser Busch, and Carmax have in common? Here’s a hint: Bank of America, American Express, and General Electric have the same thing in common. The answer is they are all investments by a “mutual fund” that does not charge you a load fee or annual expenses. You’ve no doubt heard of […]

Published or Updated: March 15, 2013

97 New Ways to Save Money (from DR Readers)

Several years ago I wrote an article about 51 painless money saving tips. It was a simple enough article with a bunch of ideas on how to save some money without making huge sacrifices. The response was stupendous. There have been countless comments to the article, and the article has been viewed by more than […]

Published or Updated: August 23, 2014

How to Avoid the Infuriating Cost of Disorganization

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Note: This post comes from my darling wife, Mrs. Dough. A few years ago, I was in charge of filing the insurance claims for our family. Somehow, slowly, DR took over. This was probably because he had the forms at his office and they would occasionally change and one day he offered to take my […]

Published or Updated: April 9, 2014

How to Pick a Lucrative Online Money Making Topic

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Two readers recently contacted me with two separate but related comments about how I make money online. The first came in the form of an e-mail: Hello, I really like your tutorial on how to make money blogging except I am sort of confused. Can I make a site or host a domain about any […]

Published or Updated: February 12, 2013

Carnival of Financial Goals–Election Day 2008 Edition

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Welcome to the November 4, 2008 edition of carnival of financial goals. As you head to the polls today, you probably cannot help thinking that our country could use some financial goals. You know, things like (1) let’s slow down on the borrowing just a bit; (2) don’t spend more than you make; and (3) […]

Published or Updated: April 21, 2014

Remembering A Good Soul–Dean Barnett (1967-2008)

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I lost a good friend yesterday. Dean Barnett was just 41 when he died of complications from Cystic Fibrosis. Dean and I first met in 1989 at Boston University School of Law. We were both incarcerated in Section B, which included contracts with the distinguished and extremely tough Professor Clark Byse. Dean and I helped […]

Published or Updated: April 16, 2014

How to Profit from a Stock Market Crash

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According to Standard and Poor’s, the S&P 500 is down 40.29% for the year. And just in case you thought that was a typo, I’ll repeat myself: the S&P 500 is down forty point twenty-nine percent so far in 2008. Ouch! Now here is something that is far more important. How you handle your stock […]

Published or Updated: March 22, 2012

Credit Cardholder’s Bill of Rights Act of 2008 – What it means for you

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While the $700 billion bailout and presidential elections have dominated the news, the House of Representatives passed a major piece of credit card reform legislation. The Credit Cardholder’s Bill of Rights Act of 2008 passed the House on September 23, 2008 by a vote of 312 to 112 (with 9 members not voting). While the […]

Published or Updated: March 22, 2012

How to Survive (and Thrive) in a Recession

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Make no mistake about it, a recession is here. While we do not know how long or painful it will be, we do know that it has the potential to be the worst financial crisis any of us have ever lived through. The stock market has lost more than 20% in the last 10 trading […]

Published or Updated: February 14, 2013