The Ultimate Guide to Making Money

Announcing the Save $1000 in 30 Days Challenge

You’ll notice that I haven’t written a lot about frugality on this site. That’s because Americans suck at frugality. We spend more than we make. We’re terrible at deferring our immediate wants and investing for the long term. We go into debt. And we blame everyone but ourselves. Remember, fundamentally, there are two ways to have ...

My favorite books on personal finance, psychology, and negotiation

I keep getting emails asking about my favorite books, and besides writing a few book reviews, I finally got around to adding my favorite books to my online bookstore. So, here are my favorite books on personal finance, psychology, and negotiation (plus a few bonus categories): The I Will Teach You To Be Rich Amazon store. If you have other ...

Get your credit card’s annual fee waived

A reader named Becky emailed me yesterday: Just wanted to say thanks for inspiring me to get my $95 annual credit card fee waived tonight. I remembered reading one of your previous entries about asking your bank (or credit card company) nicely for these types of things. I just got an AMEX and I asked if they'd waive my fee ...

17-minute interview about credit unions, money, and the economic crisis

Last week, I recorded an interview about credit unions, money, and the economic crisis with George Hofheimer at the Filene Research Institute, which studies consumer finance and credit unions. George and I met when I spoke to credit union executives a couple of years ago. Here's the interview in streaming MP3 form, plus a transcript below. RSS readers: Can't see ...

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The Money Diaries: The Slightly Lovedrunk, Bar Hopping New Yorker

Today is another post in the Money Diaries series, which is based off New York Magazine's Sex Diaries. We've collected stories from real people about their spending habits over seven days, anonymized them, and posted them here. Today's post is by a 28-year old woman who's keeping an eye on her account balance while living up the nightlife in New ...

Behind the Curtain: How Silicon Valley companies are handling the downturn

Silicon Valley is buzzing with recent activity from several notable investors, who've told their portfolio companies to batten down the hatches for an impending recession that will be extremely challenging. For example, Sequoia, one of the premiere venture capital firms out here, held an emergency meeting with its portfolio CEOs last week. Below is the extraordinary presentation they made. And ...