After a long weekend like last weekend, it is always hard to get back to the grind, and this week was no different. Combine the unpleasantness of returning from a short vacation with dealing with dozens of people who are upset about their investment performance last quarter and it is enough to give anyone a headache.
That being said, I’m really looking forward to a relaxing weekend. Maybe get a round of golf in on Saturday, and of course, use our new grill to cook up something good. Anything to get away from thinking about the stock market or economy for a few days!
Save Money on Air Conditioning Costs – Earlier this week I put together a few tips on how to save money on air conditioning costs this summer.
EverBank Offers Better Rates: 4.76% Intro APY – Are you looking for better banking rates? The Sun has found a hidden gem that provides an introductory rate of nearly 5%, which is great compared to many banks out there.
How To Buy Wine – I know how to buy wine. You go to the store, grab a bottle, and pay for it. But if you’re looking to save money without sacrificing quality, Jim has found a video to help.
10 Step Plan for Debt Elimination – Madison helps a reader establish a 10 step plan to help pay off some credit card debt. This strategy can be used for many people, so it is worth a read.
Does America Need to Wake Up Financially? – Lazy Man points out a story similar to ones I have in the past where people talk about the sacrifices they need to make in the face of high gas and food prices. I think you all know how I feel about this.
Learn to Think Bigger – Have you set out to accomplish some goals? If so, you need to look past the goals and think even bigger. Brip Blap shares some thoughts on this subject.
SmartMoney’s Top Online Broker for 2008 – So, who’s the top online broker for 2008? I’ll give you a hint: I use TD Ameritrade, and it wasn’t them. They came in at a respectable number 4. Nickel highlights the entire SmartMoney list. I have heard a lot of good things about TradeKing.com, so it may be worth a try.
Blockbuster Total Access: Free Trial Plus Cashback Promotion – If you don’t use a service like Netflix or Blockbuster Total Access and like to watch movies, I highly recommend it. To make it even better, Blockbuster has a free trial that pays you!
Risk Management via Insurance: Critical Illness Insurance – Critical illness insurance may be a good way to protect yourself and your family if the unfortunate happens. This is a very detailed overview of this otherwise unknown type of policy.
WaMu Free Checking: The High 3.3% APY May Be Worth A Look -Speaking of bank deals, SVB has uncovered a free checking account with a 3.3% APY. That is pretty high for a checking account, so it might be worth a look.
Bills-In-A-Box: The Stress-Free System For Organizing Your Finances: Introduction (Step 1 of 5) – NCN is doing a five part series that shows you how to get your bills in order with a simple box. This is the first step, but step 2 has already been posted as well. Certainly worth a look if you feel disorganized.
Are there any good options in vehicular transportation? – Gas prices have you thinking about alternative transportation? Find out if there are any good options out there.
Five Ways to Reduce College Costs -If you think inflation is bad, wait until you check out college tuition. Many universities, state and private are increasing at nearly double digit rates. Free Money Finance has some ways you can reduce those college costs.
Impostor Syndrome and the Career Coward Books – Do you feel that you have impostor syndrome? Mrs. Micah has found a series of books that might be able to help.
Want a Better Financial Future? Consider Moving – Moving can be a difficult thing to do, but sometimes it is the best thing for you and your family. Depending on the situation, it could lead to a better financial future.
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About the Author: Jeremy Vohwinkle is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor® and spent a few years working as a financial planner. Today, he helps people make the most of their money by writing about personal finance here and elsewhere on the web. Jeremy is also Coach at Adaptu and a regular contributor for other publications such as Intuit, and American Express. Be sure to follow Jeremy on Twitter or Google+.