25 Personal Finance Resources Every College Grad Should Read

Graduates

Photo: fotobydave So you just graduated from college, and you have no idea where to start when it comes to managing your personal finances. Or maybe you’re fairly good at budgeting, but you need to know about investing. Either way, this list of resources will more than cover all your financial questions, from budgeting basics […]

Published or Updated: May 6, 2013

How Much Money Can You Save Working from Home?

Photo: atconc Kate Lister, co-author of “Undress for Success: The Naked Truth About Making Money at Home” and researcher for the Telework Research Network, says that about 40 percent of American employees hold jobs that could easily be done from home. The Telework Research Network also says that at least 79 percent of American workers […]

Published or Updated: April 17, 2013

Cellphone Plans: To go prepaid or postpaid?

Cell Phone

Photo: JonJon2k8 Cell phone carriers could learn a thing or two from Hick’s Law. Named after British psychologist William Edmund Hick, it posits that the more choices you’re given, the longer it will take you to choose. Verizon Wireless, meet Dr. Hicks. The options offered to you when buying a cell phone and choosing a […]

Published or Updated: April 16, 2013

Why You Should Save Money

Saving Money

Photo: Tax Credits I charge both of my children rent to live in our home. Even our daughter, who’s a senior in high school, pays rent. But it’s probably not what you think. I “charge” them rent by requiring them to save 50% of the gross income they make from their jobs. It’s still their […]

Published or Updated: April 21, 2014

12 Financial Rules of Thumb You Should Ignore

personal finance guidelines

First, your return to shore was not part of our negotiations nor our agreement so I must do nothing. And secondly, you must be a pirate for the pirate’s code to apply and you’re not. And thirdly, the code is more what you’d call “guidelines” than actual rules. Welcome aboard the Black Pearl, Miss Turner.–Captain […]

Published or Updated: February 12, 2013

A 12-Month Plan to Revitalize Your Finances

Financial Goals

With a little planning and effort, these 12 financial goals can help make 2013 a success. Photo: gordonflood.com With the start of a new year, it seems appropriate to think about how we can make 2013 a financial success. But rather than making some New Year’s Resolution about getting out of debt that we won’t […]

Published or Updated: April 21, 2014

How to Give Financial Advice as a Gift at the Holidays

With the holidays approaching, it seems we’re all in a mad dash to our favorite retailers. Between figuring out what to buy for those on our list, to buying the gifts, and then wrapping them, there’s no time to enjoy the holidays. And on top of that, how many gifts will we buy that end […]

Published or Updated: December 12, 2012

10 Personal Finance Myths Busted

Hell, there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something–Thomas Edison If you spend any time reading about personal finance, you’ve no doubt encountered a ton of rules. Whether it’s that credit cards are evil or that school loans are ‘good’ debt, these rules all have their place. A problem arises, however, if […]

Published or Updated: October 28, 2012

5 Things I Did In My 20’s That Made Me Rich In My 40’s

My wife and I just sent our first child off to college, and we’ll send our second to college next year. Through all the things that go with this time of life, I’ve been very focused on teaching my children sound money management principles. And the process made me realize just how much the decisions […]

Published or Updated: September 10, 2012