A Review of Mint.com – Online Budget Tool

I‘ve been a long time user of Mint.com. If you’re not familiar with Mint, it is a free online personal budgeting tool that allows you to see your whole financial life in one place.  Whether it’s checking, savings, credit cards, PayPal, investments, retirement accounts or many other personal finance accounts, Mint.com is your one stop […]

Published or Updated: December 6, 2013

Yodlee Review – Online Budget Tool

A lesson I learned early in life was not to judge a book by it’s cover.  Yodlee is an excellent online budget tool that is certainly more serious than it sounds. In fact, you might already have used it because in addition to Yodlee MoneyCenter being a free online budgeting tool, Yodlee was the software […]

Published or Updated: March 14, 2013

The Myth of ‘Good’ Debt vs ‘Bad’ Debt

You’ve probably heard of ‘good’ debt and ‘bad’ debt. Good debt is when we borrow to buy something that generally goes up in value, like a home. Bad debt is when we borrow for anything else, like a car, a boat, a meal, a dress, a cruise, a wedding and so on. Many teach that […]

Published or Updated: April 27, 2015

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 […]

Published or Updated: October 20, 2011

Dave Ramsey Unleashed: How to Apply Ramsey’s ‘Baby Steps’ to Grown Up Finances

Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps to financial peace have become a popular way to get control of finances. In case you’re not familiar with the Dave Ramsey approach to money, here are the 7 Baby Steps: $1,000 to start an Emergency Fund Pay off all debt using the Debt Snowball 3 to 6 months of expenses […]

Published or Updated: February 14, 2013

Is Budgeting Keeping You Poor?

It was the budget, with the spreadsheet, in the library–That’s who killed your finances. The dictionary defines a budget as “an estimate, often itemized, of expected income and expense for a given period in the future.” Budgeting, the quintessential money management tool, should identify where we spend our money so that we can make better […]

Published or Updated: June 2, 2015

Beware of Bank Overdraft Protection Fees

Bank overdraft protection programs, at first glance, seem like a great safety net to have in place. Should you overdraw your checking account, an overdraft protection plan can kick in to cover the shortage. And because the bank cleared the check, you avoid insufficient funds fees that can hit $35 and the embarrassment and headaches […]

Published or Updated: September 26, 2014

9 Tips to Declutter Your Finances

Lately I’ve become overwhelmed with clutter. Everything from my office to my home to my finances is filled with unnecessary stuff. And all this stuff creates stress and reduces efficiency. Just the other day my wife and I spent one hour searching for two bills that, as we eventually learned, were at the bottom of […]

Published or Updated: September 20, 2014

Google’s Tip Jar–Vote for Your Favorite Money Saving Tip

Goolge just recently launched what it calls the Tip Jar. The Google Tip Jar is a collection of money saving tips that are ranked by the web community. You can submit your own tips and vote for your favorites. This past December, before Tip Jar was launched, I received an email from a product manager […]

Published or Updated: December 8, 2011

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