Homebuyer Tax Credit Extension in the Works

In case you haven’t heard, the House of Representatives voted yesterday to extend the homebuyer tax credit by three months, but only in a limited fashion. More specifically, they’re looking to extend the deadline for closing on your new home if you went under contract before the April 30th deadline. If, on the other hand, […]


Why You Should Fire Your Financial Advisor

This is a guest post from Financial Uproar. If you like what you see here, please consider subscribing to his RSS feed or following him on Twitter. As a DIY investor, I have a strong dislike of financial advisors – perhaps too strong. As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing that an advisor can do […]


Buying the Best New (or Used) Car for You

Buying a car definitely takes a good bit of time and effort. It’s a big purchase and, if you’re like us, you want to get the most bang for your buck. Both of our cars are still running pretty well, but we know that they won’t last forever, so we’ve been thinking ahead. At some […]


How to Add Linked Accounts to ING Direct

As I noted when I wrote about closing our HSBC Advance saving account, I’ve been trying to streamline our finances. As a part of this process, I’ve also decided to interlink our remaining accounts more effectively. As has been the case for years, the “hub” of our online banking system is ING Direct, so today […]


Death and (No) Taxes: The 2010 Estate Tax Loophole

In the United States, the estate tax is a tax imposed on the transfer of assets from a deceased individual to their heirs. It’s worth noting here that the estate tax does not generally apply to assets left to a spouse or a charitable organization, but it does apply to assets transferred to children, grandchildren, […]


Citi Dividend Platinum Adopts Rotating Reward Categories

Editor’s Note: This offer expired and is no longer available. Guess what? Since I’m such a “valued cardmember, ” Citi recently wrote to say that they’ve decided to “enhance” the rewards program associated with my Citi® Dividend Platinum Select® Visa® Card. Unfortunately, the enhancements described in such missives almost always end up being changes for […]


Summer Travel Plans

I don’t know about you guys, but we’re headed out of town for a glorious week of relaxation. In fact, by the time you read this, we’ll have nearly reached our destination. As we do nearly every summer, we’re traveling by car, and we’ll wind up covering close to 3, 000 miles by the time […]


Pick and Process Your Own Fruit to Save Money

It’s that time of year again folks! It’s harvest season for pick your own strawberries here in Michigan, and blueberry season isn’t far behind. Wouldn’t you rather pick local, organically grown berries for a fraction of the cost of store bought berries from who-knows-where? Good, me too. First, go to PickYourOwn.org to find local, organic […]


Credit Card Rental Car Insurance Policies

I’ve written in the past about the hidden costs of renting a car, and Laura touched on one of these – rental car insurance – yesterday. Today I want to follow that up by taking a closer look at credit card rental car insurance policies. Believe it or not, all major credit card issuers provide […]


Best and Worst Airlines for Redeeming Frequent Flyer Miles

The most recent issue of Money Magazine highlighted an interesting study on the availability of reward flights on five major airlines. The study looked at 6160 web booking inquiries for 20 routes between a sample pair of cities. In other words, it wasn’t exhaustive an exhaustive study, but it should still give a pretty accurate […]