Wicked Cool Debt Reduction Calculator (and it’s free!)

This week I stumbled upon a really useful (and free) debt reduction calculator. It’s built using Excel, and it can be used with either Excel or Open Office (a free suite of office software). I’ve been using it all week, trying to figure out when we’ll be debt free. I can personally vouch for the […]

Should You Stop Saving for Retirement to Pay Off Debt?

Last week I published an article called Dave Ramsey Unleashed. I learned long ago that any post about Dave Ramsey will receive a passionate response from readers. Those that follow his financial teachings do so with “gazelle like intensity,” as Dave would say. One response that I received in both comments and email is that […]

Lies, Damn Lies, and Personal Finance

A co-worker recently sent me an article written by Helaine Olen entitled, The End of Personal Finance–Decades of advice turn out to be so much garbage. Published on Slate’s The Big Money site, the article received kudos from an unlikely source, BoingBoing.net, in a guest post written by Douglas Rushkoff, author of Life, Inc. due […]

Guess What Balance Transfer Credit Cards Are ‘Up To’

In the past, some of the key terms for 0% balance transfer credit cards have been the balance transfer fee and the duration of the no interest rate introductory period. Recently, however, a new and important term has crept into balance transfer offers. The term is “up to.” While it may seem innocent enough, the […]

Zecco Online Stock Trading for Free

Zecco Trading is the online discount broker best known for giving away 10 free trades each month. But low cost is not the only thing Zecco offers. Zecco also offers powerful investing tools, a community for like-minded investors to share their portfolios and investing tips, and great customer service. We’ll cover all of these features, […]

Why Suze Orman SHOULD be in Bonds, and You Should NOT

Suze Orman has been getting her share of criticism lately. Liz Weston has pummeled Suze for advising folks to make minimum payments on credit cards while building up an emergency fund. And now Orman is taking heat for investing her portfolio in bonds, while advising others to invest in stocks. For example, in what is […]