Ask Stacy: What Does the Debt Ceiling Deal Do to My Money?
Ask Stacy: What Does the Debt Ceiling Deal Do to My Money?
on August 1, 2011

Now that a debt deal is looking likely, let’s take a look at what it does – and more importantly, what it means to your family’s finances. One thing’s for sure: The stakes are high.

Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web
Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web
on July 30, 2011

A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the web. This week: working with the dead, drinking basil, frugal foods that taste good, things you shouldn’t tell your kids, and retiring to places you probably never thought about.

GOP Refuses Tax Hikes for Oil Companies – Exxon Makes $10 Billion in 3 Months
GOP Refuses Tax Hikes for Oil Companies – Exxon Makes $10 Billion in 3 Months
on July 29, 2011

Thanks to the deadlock on the debt ceiling debate, one of the most profitable companies in the world is getting richer as the rest of us get poorer. It didn’t have to be this way.

How to Contact Your Congress and President
How to Contact Your Congress and President
on July 26, 2011

In his speech on Monday, the president asked us to make our voices heard on the debt ceiling debate by contacting our elected officials. If you don’t know how – or even who they are – here’s what to do.

Ask Stacy: Ordering Flowers Online Can Cost You Hundreds
Ask Stacy: Ordering Flowers Online Can Cost You Hundreds
on July 26, 2011

Even when you’re paying attention, it’s hard to avoid getting squeezed by a scam. But when you’re not paying attention, you become a duck in a barrel. Here’s what can happen when you mix online flowers with unexamined credit card statements.

Follow the Debt Ceiling Debate
Follow the Debt Ceiling Debate
on July 25, 2011

If you’re not the type to follow what’s happening in Washington, make the debate over raising the debt ceiling an exception. If Congress doesn’t act soon, the consequences will be dire.

Quick – Buy a Plane Ticket!
Quick – Buy a Plane Ticket!
on July 23, 2011

Thanks to the inability of Congress to do even the simplest things, the FAA is now partially shut down and unable to collect federal taxes on tickets. Booking before the politicians get their act together could save 20 percent: unless your airline of choice chooses to pocket the money for itself.

Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web
Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web
on July 23, 2011

A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the web. This week: plastic surgery for your career, cleaning your cleaning machines, arsenic in your apple juice, and whether you overpaid for college.

Ask Stacy: Should I Refinance My Home?
Ask Stacy: Should I Refinance My Home?
on July 19, 2011

Every homeowner’s been there: Should I refinance or not? While both the math and paperwork seem complicated, the decision is often fairly straightforward.

Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web
Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web
on July 16, 2011

A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the web. This week: money movies, famous farmers markets, vacation budget pitfalls, rolling over 401(k)s, and billionaires who give back.

Ask Stacy: Best Credit Card for Gas Rebates?
Ask Stacy: Best Credit Card for Gas Rebates?
on July 12, 2011

When a family has a mom, dad, and two sons who all drive, guess what they want in a credit card? A rewards program that pays at the pump.

Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web
Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web
on July 9, 2011

A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the web. This week: Why rich people shoplift more than poor people.

Insurance Companies Holding Out? Regulators Investigate
Insurance Companies Holding Out? Regulators Investigate
on July 6, 2011

States are investigating whether insurance companies are doing enough to find out if life insurance policyholders have died and to pay the beneficiaries.

Ask Stacy: Is This Company Legit?
Ask Stacy: Is This Company Legit?
on July 5, 2011

This reader is looking for a home and has come across ads from a company that promises to provide her with a rent-to-own home. Should she bite? The steps I took to find out will come in handy when it’s time to check out any company.

Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web
Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web
on July 2, 2011

A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the web. This week: a scorpion bite nets free miles.

6 Steps to Your Personal Independence Day
6 Steps to Your Personal Independence Day
on June 30, 2011

As our nation’s independence day approaches, maybe you should be thinking of your own. Are you getting closer to financial freedom? If not, here are some tips that will take you there.

Swipe Fees: Banks Win, Stores Lose
Swipe Fees: Banks Win, Stores Lose
on June 29, 2011

The banks were expecting bad news today as the Federal Reserve stood poised to radically reduce the fees they collect for processing debit cards. But what they got instead was proof that massive lobbying pays off.

Walmart Rolls Back Gas Prices 10 Cents a Gallon
Walmart Rolls Back Gas Prices 10 Cents a Gallon
on June 29, 2011

If you live in one of 18 states, for the next 3 months you’ll probably find the cheapest gas in town at Wal-Mart.

New Patent Law: Patently Unfair?
New Patent Law: Patently Unfair?
on June 28, 2011

Changing the way patents are handed out could result in a more efficient, faster, and less expensive process: something that could create jobs and enhance America’s global competitiveness. Too bad it might crush the little guy.

Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web
Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web
on June 25, 2011

A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the web. This week: the one tip that matters most, nine questions for condo buyers, five ways to clean up, don’t wash your meat, and live below your means.

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