TGIF, and this Friday is better than most. Today is a holiday for myself and the stock market, and considering how things have been going, it is a welcome break. Even better, is having a day off when we’re kicking off March Madness. Nothing like a day full of college hoops to keep someone busy.
If you missed it earlier this week, don’t forget to enter the TaxCut 1 GB Flash Drive giveaway. Entries will be accepted until Saturday night, so you still have time to enter. You also might want to check out the new Personal Finance section at a new site called Alltop. It aggregates some of the best personal finance sites and makes it easy to glance over to find interesting articles.
10 Warning Signs You Have Too Much Debt - Catching your debt problem before it gets too severe can save a lot of money and stress. If you think you may have too much debt, stop putting it off and see if any of these 10 warning signs apply to you.
Upromise Rewards: Free Money – I’ve always known about Upromise, but I’ve never taken the time to look into it in much detail. But My Dollar Plan has earned nearly $300 without doing much of anything. I like when I can make money without a lot of effort.
Rent Instead of Buy, and I Mean Anything! – Renting isn’t just for real estate any more. You can rent anything from baby toys to pets. SVB takes a look at some of the things you can rent and make money off of.
Beware of the Laundry Detergent Cap – This is a good tip, and it can become costly if you just fill the cup without thinking about it. Rarely do you need a full cup to get full cleaning power, so experiment with lower amounts.
Why be Rich? - You don’t need a lot of money to be rich, although having money can help you achieve other activities that assist you in becoming rich in other areas of your life. Why do you want to be rich?
Did You Buy Visa? – If you haven’t heard, Visa went through with the largest IPO in history this week. Since the opening price of around $60, it is up a little over 7% in just two days. I don’t make stock predictions or recommendations, but this is one I wish I would have bought just for a short-term fun trade.
Save Hundreds of Dollars by Flossing – Do you hate the dentist? I do. As unplesant as it may seem, a little bit of prevention can go a long way in saving pain and even money.
Reminder for Your Bills That Aren’t on Auto-Pay – Automatic bill payment is great. You can schedule bills, and they effortlessly get paid on time. But make sure you don’t forget about those bills that you can’t put on auto-pay.
Rich Dad’s Increase Your Financial IQ Book Review – I’ll spare everyone my feelings about Bob, but here is a fair and balanced review of the book worth checking out if you’re considering something new to read.
Hack Your Credit Score – That’s right. Thanks to peer-to-peer lending, there may be some tools you can use to help increase, or hack your credit score legitimately. Lazy Man breaks it all down.
Managing Your Money is Easier Said Than Done – Isn’t this the truth. It is easy to read books, blogs, and watch tv shows that provide a lot of financial advice, but when it comes to putting this advice into action, it can be very hard.
The Solo 401k Has a Lot of Benefits – Ciaran has been covering retirement plans for the self-employed lately, and the latest installment is regarding solo 401k plans. If you’re self-employed, you should certainly check this out.
Are You Selling Your Credit Score? – You may not even realize it, but some common actions may actually be no different than selling your credit score. Those store card discounts and freebies may add up and cost you a few points on your score.
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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+.