Amex Extends $25 Small Business Promo

Guess what? Amex has extended the deadline on their “Small Business Saturday” $25 credit promotion. It was originally set up to be a one day event (11/27 only) and limited to the first 100k cardmembers that signed up. Now it will run until 12/31, and is open to the first 300k who sign up. Briefly, […]


Dollar Cost Averaging vs. Value Averaging

No one wants to lose money, especially money that they’ve worked hard to earn and save. At the same time, just about everyone is trying to increase their portfolio’s value and make as much money as they can. Some people subscribe to investment newsletters to learn the ‘secrets’ of investing, while others are constantly on […]


Online Shopping Gone Horribly Wrong

Over the weekend, I ran across a fascinating – and somewhat disturbing – account of a new approach to e-commerce. You can read the full article from the NY Times. I’ll just summarize it briefly here, and then talk a bit about what you can do to protect yourself from this sort of thing. The […]


Small Business Saturday

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a new shopping holiday nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s called “Small Business Saturday, ” and it’s the brainchild of American Express OPEN – the small business unit of Amex. Beyond simply encouraging you to go out at shop at small, locally-owned businesses, Amex is offering you […]


How to Get Your Spouse Involved in Managing Your Finances

If you’re the one managing the finances, tracking the expenses and mapping out your family’s financial plan, you deserve a lot of credit. But I’m sure there are times when you wish your spouse was more involved. First, because it takes time to steer the money ship and it’s only fair to share that burden. […]


Happy Thanksgiving!

To all of our readers in (or from) the United States… Happy Thanksgiving! I’m not sure about you, but my day will be spent going on a hike with the kids, watching football, and eating a wonderful dinner. Speaking of which… Did you know that a typical Thanksgiving dinner weighs in at a hefty 1500 […]


The Price of Happiness

How much money does it take to be happy? That question was the focus of a recent survey by Princeton economist Angus Deaton and psychologist Daniel Kahneman. What they found flies in the face of the notion that money can’t buy happiness. Sort of. In their study, Deaton and Kahneman found that, as people earn […]


Do You Need Mortgage Protection Insurance?

Have you ever thought about buying mortgage protection insurance? Do you even know what it is? My husband and I first heard about mortgage protection life insurance from our mortgage company. They’ve been sending out little sales pitches along with our mortgage statements. I’m usually skeptical about programs and accounts advertised by banks, but on […]


Making Your Initial Mutual Fund Investment

388 309 A reader named Mark recently wrote in with an investing quandary… He’s identified two possible funds to serve as the basis of his long-term investing, and he’s wondering how to get started. His top choice (let’s call it Fund #1) has a minimum investment of $10k, whereas his second choice (Fund #2) has […]


Strategies for Breaking Through Credit Reward Tiers

As the end of the year draws near, I’ve been looking at my credit card and wondering if I’ll make it through the $25k spending tier to get annual bonus of 10k Miles. My account closes on December 15th and, if I make it, I’ll get bumped up to the next frequent flyer level. This […]