Investors Take Warning: Storm Clouds Gathering
Investors Take Warning: Storm Clouds Gathering

on June 10, 2011

Since the market lows of March 2009, the stock market has been all blue skies and sunshine. Now the storm clouds are starting to gather. Is the party over?

How Should You Set up Your Business?
How Should You Set up Your Business?

on June 10, 2011

Ask a small-business person why they’re forming a corporation, and you’re likely to get a vague answer like “for tax purposes.” Wrong answer. If you’re an entrepreneur, here’s what you need to know when it comes to setting up your next business.

Senate Votes Today to Delay “Swipe Fee” Reform
Senate Votes Today to Delay “Swipe Fee” Reform

on June 8, 2011

A law is supposed to go into effect next month that would radically reduce the fees retailers pay banks when you use a debit card, costing the banks billions. But will it happen – and more to the point, should you care?

Ask Stacy: Am I Responsible For My Ex’s Debts?
Ask Stacy: Am I Responsible For My Ex’s Debts?

on June 7, 2011

The spouse who ran up the bill fails to pay them, and the other gets hammered by debt collectors and a plunging credit score. If you get divorced, are you still responsible for your ex’s debts?

Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web
Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

on June 4, 2011

A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the web. This week: why extreme couponing isn’t extremely good, why saving money is like performing magic, what to do with $100,000, how to make money from other people’s property, and a craptastic customer service list.

Ask Stacy: Bad Marks Are Multiplying on My Credit Report!

on May 31, 2011

Sometimes one credit history blemish shows up as two on your credit history. Why do identical amounts show up twice?

Outdoor Jobs to Tackle Now – And Ways to Save While Doing Them
Outdoor Jobs to Tackle Now – And Ways to Save While Doing Them

on May 30, 2011

While most folks are spring-cleaning the inside of their house, I’m spring-fixing the outside – and saving a ton of money.

Your Comments: Electric Cars, Charities, Rental Car Rip-offs
Your Comments: Electric Cars, Charities, Rental Car Rip-offs

on May 30, 2011

Money Talks is a two-way street: We welcome your comments, suggestions, stories, and advice. Here are a few comments on some of the articles we published last week.

Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web
Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

on May 28, 2011

A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the web. This week: consumption smoothing, bankruptcy emerging, the worst scamming, the best thrifting, and DIY house building.

Car Rentals Rip-offs: 6 Things to Watch For
Car Rentals Rip-offs: 6 Things to Watch For

on May 26, 2011

I’ve been doing stories about saving money and avoiding rip-offs for more than 20 years, so you’d think I’d never fall into some stupid fee trap. I wish.

Ask Stacy: Can I Have Bad Marks Removed From My Credit History?
Ask Stacy: Can I Have Bad Marks Removed From My Credit History?

on May 24, 2011

You probably know that you’ll improve your credit history and raise your credit score by paying your bills on time. But you did you know that you can sometimes have negative marks removed just by asking?

When You Donate to Charity, Are You Donating to a Bank Too?
When You Donate to Charity, Are You Donating to a Bank Too?

on May 23, 2011

The growing use of online charitable giving is a boon to nonprofits. But there’s an unintended beneficiary of this cyber generosity: The banks processing all those credit card transactions are raking in millions.

Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web
Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

on May 21, 2011

A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the web. This week: Glitter on your genitalia, wedding hair styles, why early is profitable, a personal tale of bank fees, and why coffee is awesome.

New Poll: 47 Percent of Americans Don’t Get It
New Poll: 47 Percent of Americans Don’t Get It

on May 18, 2011

In a recent Gallup poll, 47 percent of Americans wanted their congressional representatives to vote against raising the debt ceiling – only 19 percent were for it. What are they thinking?

Ask Stacy: How Do I Know If This Timeshare Company is Legit?
Ask Stacy: How Do I Know If This Timeshare Company is Legit?

on May 17, 2011

Whether it’s a timeshare company or any other kind, use this 3-step process to investigate before you hand over that hard-earned cash.

Airlines Should Take a Lesson From Hotels
Airlines Should Take a Lesson From Hotels

on May 17, 2011

As I was flying from JFK to Fort Lauderdale yesterday, I learned two things. One: it’s possible to be relaxed and comfortable while flying. Two: some airlines will go out of their way to make sure you’re not.

Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web
Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

on May 14, 2011

A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the web. This week: Free movies – in the theater – big lessons for small businesses, many recipes for one vital condiment, how NOT to pay a bill collector, and how to find a real estate agent.

The Week in Review: Funny Money Stories
The Week in Review: Funny Money Stories

on May 14, 2011

Here are some interesting and amusing developments from the past week that aren’t exactly news, but might make you smile.

Ask Stacy: How Do I Protect Myself From My Future Husband’s Bad Credit?
Ask Stacy: How Do I Protect Myself From My Future Husband’s Bad Credit?

on May 10, 2011

Shelita has perfect credit and prides herself on being responsible. Her soon-to-be husband’s story is a bit different. Should she call off the wedding?

Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web
Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

on May 7, 2011

A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the web. This week: fabric on your walls, splurging without guilt, wearing all your clothes, secrets of composting, and how to be a caring carpooler.

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