ING Direct Launches MONEY Debit Card for Teens and Parents

One of the online banks that always seem to change (for the better) with the times is ING Direct. Year in and year out, customers rave about the functionality and customer service they receive from ING Direct and their Online Savings, Electric Orange Checking and Orange CD accounts continue to offer competitive interest rates. Update: […]


The True Cost of a Car Over Its Lifetime

Car shoppers are normally all about getting the best deal: the smallest amount of money down, the most flexible lease terms and lowest finance charges. What some car buyers fail to calculate is not only the up-front costs associated with buying a car, but the costs to maintain a car over its lifetime, i.e., the […]


Don’t be a Victim of Identity Theft

More and more people are becoming victims of identity theft and there appears to be no limit to the efforts a person will take to steal someone’s personal information. Sure there are plenty of ID theft prevention companies out there and your bank and credit card company have all approached you with their own program […]


Warren Buffett Controls the Stock Universe

Earlier this month, I wrote about how I finally got around to opening my very own OptionsHouse IRA.  What I didn’t tell you was that I took my initial $5,000 and invested it solely in one company.  Bank of America (BOA) was down nearly 40% for the year, more than 60% from it’s 52-week high […]


Kids With Jobs = Kids With Futures

One of the most important things my parents taught me when I was young, was self reliance.  At the time, I hated them for it because I thought having a job before I was in college was stupid.  Anything I wanted should be provided for by them and rather than earn money on my own, […]


When Does Frugality Turn Into Cheapness?

Imagine you’re walking down an abandoned street with no-one in sight.  Enjoying the beautiful and peaceful day, you spot a penny on the ground.  Would you bend down, pick up the penny and put it in your pocket?  What if that penny was a nickel, a dime, a quarter … and so on, all the […]