BOO! Your financial horror stories

As a dude in my 20s, Halloween is my favorite holiday for obvious reasons. Your favorite blogger and New York Times best-selling author, Ramit Sethi A few days ago, in preparation for this magnificent day, I asked the people on my Insider’s List to send me their financial horror stories. Here are some of the best: *     *     *     *     * “How do I ...

How to improve your credit score

Here’s something that you’ll almost never see on a financial TV show: Consider 2 people... One has great credit The other has poor credit In their 30s, they decide to buy houses of similar prices. How much do you think they pay? Simply by virtue of having different credit scores, the person with poor credit will pay over $...

Upcoming: My favorite checking, savings and credit card accounts

I'll make this quick. I was watching Oprah one day, because I am basically a middle-aged woman, and realized that she does something fascinating. She recommends SPECIFIC SOLUTIONS to her audience's problems. Compare this to most "experts," who hate naming specific products because they're afraid of being seen as biased. (Or, worse, they won't use their platform to promote products ...

7 lies we tell ourselves about money

See the 7 lies below -- plus a holiday gift at the bottom. 1. "I want to make passive income" I love when people say this because you can tell they have no idea what they're talking about. It's kind of like trying to identify people with bad taste: Just go to the local Hometown Buffett. They're all there. I ...

My Free Insider's Kit will show you how to earn more money

What I’m reading: Automation, big savings, saving on rent

"Making decisions is energy-consuming. Subjects who use their willpower to eat healthy radishes instead of the available and sumptuous chocolates are less likely to persist in solving unsolvable puzzles. Subjects who are told to suppress emotional reactions to a movie are less able to solve solvable anagrams. We have a limited amount of decision-making power to allocate on a moment ...

Roundup of my favorite recent posts

If you're coming here from today's AP story, or you've been reading a long time, here are some of my favorite recent posts that you may have missed: How I'm saving $25,000 in 2009. What to do when you make major purchases, keeping account information in one place, negotiating down service providers (cable, cellphone) once per year, working on ...