DR 059: Should You Rent a Home or Buy One?

Is renting or buying a home better? How do you determine which is right for you? Is there a basic rule of thumb you can use to make this decision? A reader named Joe recently wrote in asking if it’s better for him to rent or buy. This is a timely question, and it’s one […]


DR 058: 6 Reasons Gold is a Terrible Investment

A reader named Aaron sent me an email recently asking about gold and silver. He wanted to know if they should be a part of a diversified portfolio. He writes: Hi, Rob. I enjoy reading your tips, and I’ve put a lot of them in place for our retirement savings. My question is: what is […]


Reader Tip: Pay Your Credit Card Bills Before They’re Due

Some folks have trouble paying their credit cards on time. Paying them early seems completely out of the question. Yet we got this great money tip from a reader named Steve who does just that: I have a money tip for credit cards. Let me know what you think. About six months ago, I started […]


How To Get Your REAL Credit Score – The One That Lenders See

A reader recently wrote in asking about credit scores. She wanted to understand why the credit score she received from the credit bureaus was different than the score used by her bank. Here’s her question: Q: I enjoy reading your blog. I have one question regarding the credit scores. I checked my credit scores with […]


DR 057: 9 Things to Know About the myRA

In the most recent State of the Union Address, President Obama unveiled the myRA – My Retirement Account. Another retirement savings option? Yes. In addition to 401k, 403b, IRA, Roth IRA and a host of other types of retirement accounts, later this year we can add the myRA to the list. In this article we’ll […]


7 Ways to Budget Like a Zen Master

How can you budget like a Zen master without tracking every dime you spend? How do you budget for those oddball expenses that pop up from time to time? As someone who goes in budgeting spurts, I’ve learned the hard way how to make our budget work. Recently, this has been at the forefront of […]