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,, 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How ‘Three Cups of Tea’ Can Change Your Life . . . Forever

A good friend recently recommended a book called Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time. He assured me the book was well worth reading. From the cover and title of the book, I wasn’t so sure, but on his recommendation, I read it. Devoured […]