2006 Makeover, Step #1: Get your accounts in order

Last week I wrote an article about getting your finances organized for 2006: I'm going to kick some personal-finance ass--yours. Today we're going to start 2006 off by getting your money organized. Here's the deal: We'll begin step-by-step, starting with your spending (where are you spending money?), getting your accounts straightened out (are you paying fees?), and getting ready to ...

I am going to kick some personal-finance ass–yours

Welcome to 2006. This year is the one where I'm going to help you take control of your personal finances and start investing for the future. This is in contrast to most people, who have no clue where they are spending money, what investing really is, or why it's important. Think of me as your drill sergeant, only a frail, ...

Cheap versus frugal

Everybody knows a cheap person, and probably hates them. But I think we often mislabel frugal people cheap. These are just my opinions, but here's what I think differentiates the two: Cheap people care about the cost of something. Frugal people care about the value of something. Cheap people try to get the lowest price on everything. Frugal people try ...

Personal finance isn’t hard — in 99 words

Personal finance isn't that hard. If you have been procrastinating on starting to manage your money and to invest, today I am going to break it down in fewer than 100 words. With no punctuation or capitalization. (Just for fun.) yes it's so scary that you have this big looming worry of money but the truth is you dont have ...

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An email from my friend Samira

She wrote me this today: Why is "to be" rich not "to become" rich? -samira I was in a hurry, so I just jotted this down quickly. But I think this covers all the bases about the name, right? because it's already long enough and "become" is less catchy, don't you think? and there I will teach you not only ...

The Carnival of Personal Finance is here!

I'm happy to host the Carnival of Personal Finance this week. To remind you, this is where we collect the best of personal-finance articles from around the Internet (read more about it here). Check out all the great articles below by bloggers, journalists, and others! Thanks to everyone for submitting entries. Phil Town is totally write about our unhealthy obsession ...