Tips for Hosting a Dinner Party

Hosting a dinner party is a great way to spend time with family and friends. It gives you a chance to relax over a good meal and catch up with everyone, and doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. With that in mind, I’ve asked friends to help me out as I try […]

Ally Bank Review: New Name, Same Great Bank

A few weeks ago, we received a letter saying that GMAC Bank had been re-branded as Ally Bank. We actually opened a GMAC account last fall (more on this below), so I was quite interested when I heard this news. If you’re in a rush, and just want the executive summary, here it is: Ally […]

Weekly Roundup – Top Ten Edition

A few months back, I was invited to do a “Guest Top Ten” list for, but I lost track of the e-mail and forgot to do it. Fast forward to last week when the e-mail resurfaced… Intrigued by the opportunity, I decided that it would be a great chance to give a shout out […]

The Financial Snapshot

This is a guest post by J. Money of Budgets are Sexy. If you like what you see here, please consider subscribing to his RSS feed. The financial snapshot. It’s a new trend, baby! Okay, maybe not… At least not yet… But if it were, I guarantee that people would be in a MUCH better […]

Save Money (and Water!) With a Rain Barrel

Installing a rain barrel is an excellent way to reduce runoff, keep storm water out of the municipal system, and save money. Pure rain collected from your rooftop has relatively few contaminants, and is perfect for a variety of outdoor uses. The idea of harnessing rainwater has intrigued me for years now, but I’ve never […]

Lending Club Portfolio Fully Funded

This is a just a quick note to say that my Lending Club portfolio is now fully funded. I have twenty $25 notes in my “Low Risk” portfolio with an average rate of 9.85%, and twenty $25 loans in my “High Risk” portfolio with an average rate of 15.16%. Since these loans didn’t all fund […]

How to Pay Off Your Mortgage Early

Should you payoff your mortgage early? I asked that question a couple of weeks ago, and the majority of respondents said “yes.” With that in mind, I thought I’d put together a list of strategies for doing just that… Refinance your mortgage to a shorter term If you refinance your mortgage to a shorter term, […]

Planning a Family Vacation Without Breaking the Bank

Taking a summer vacation can be a great way to get away and spend some time together as a family. In some cases, however, vacations end up draining savings accounts and causing more stress then they relieve. The good news is that it doesn’t have expensive to go on a great vacation. I’ve listed below […]

Hurricane Preparation and Survival Tips

This morning I wrote about the high cost of hurricane insurance. Since today is the first day of hurricane season, I thought I’d follow that up with a list of tips from the National Hurricane Center on preparing for and surviving a hurricane. While some of these tips are hurricane specific, others make good sense […]

Hurricane Insurance: Do You Need It? Are You Covered Already?

The 2009 hurricane season officially starts today. As such, I thought I’d talk a bit about hurricane insurance. Unfortunately, according to recent reports, hurricane insurance rates are on the rise. Beyond increased premiums, issuers have been increasing deductibles and, in some cases, dropping policy holders in high risk areas. These changes have been driven by […]