Does your yard look like this? Ours does, and I don’t think I can see a single blade of grass. It is a carpet of leaves. So, it looks like a long weekend of raking, mulching, and burning. I love living in the middle of nowhere, but the spring and fall requires a lot of cleanup. So, I’m going to take care of the leaves this weekend, but hopefully you can enjoy some of the great articles from the past week.
Saving for a Down Payment on a House – With lenders tightening standards, it has become more important than ever to come up with a down payment on a new house. Not only is it important in order to get a good loan, but it is just a smart money decision.
Can you Maintain a Work Life Balance While Carrying a Pager? – I don’t think so. It is bad enough having a laptop with the ability to check email at home, but being available 24/7 via pager or Blackberry is out of the question. I work to live, not live to work.
Loans to Handle With Care – On the topic of home loans again, here are some loans to handle with care, or avoid completely. What ever happened to the tried and true 30-year fixed mortgage with a reasonable down payment?
Illustrated Cash Flow for Dummies – Here is an interesting illustration to show various cash flow situations. Which image best reflects your cash flow?
Your Secret Credit Scores – There’s more to your credit score than a FICO number. I did not know about these secret credit scores, so it is very helpful to know that they are out there.
6 Piggy Banks That Can Help Teach Kids About Money – Teaching kids about money is ultimately up to the parents, so here are six great tools that can help make learning about money fun for kids.
Free Printable Grocery Store Price Book -Here is a downloadable grocery store price book that you can use to help you track items on sale. I only ever shop at one store and only buy sale items anyway, but this can certainly help those of you with shopping options.
3 Reasons Why I Ignore Housing Market Experts – Housing experts, stock experts, economy experts, it doesn’t matter. Most of the experts can only make a guess as good as you could. Do yourself a favor and become educated yourself so that you don’t have to listen to so-called experts.
How to Have a Successful Budget Meeting With Your Spouse – Money is a common cause for problems in a relationship. Learn how to have a successful budget meeting with your spouse and keep arguments at a minimum.
Beware of Citibank’s Retroactive Late Fee – How would you feel if your credit card company suddenly applied a late fee to your account to make up for something that happened in 2005? Yeah, I’d be pissed too.
Dividend Beyond the Border – Passive income is great, and while there are a lot of dividend paying options out there, many people overlook international dividend plays. With the shaky U.S. market, having some dividends coming in from overseas might be a good idea.
Should I Invest Immediately After a Dip in the Stock Market? – If you’re investing for the long haul, buying stocks on sale is a great thing to do. Even so, if you already have an automatic investing plan in place, it might not be worth the headaches of trying to time your purchases and just stick with the plan.
Dispelling the Do Not Call List Rumors – While the do not call list is great, don’t be fooled into believing all of the rumors floating around out there about it.
Your 2007 Holiday Shopping Survival Guide – The holidays are rapidly approaching and it can be a stressful time for everyone. Here is your 2007 holiday shopping survival guide.
In Defense of Home Ownership – With the bad press regarding the housing market lately, there has been more people talking about how great it is to rent. Clearly there are times to rent, but there are still some benefits to owning a home provided you own one for the right reasons.
Kiddie Tax Loophole to Soon Disappear – Beginning January 1, 2008, children under 24 will owe taxes on unearned income at their parents’ higher tax rates. Find out how this might affect you or your children.
50 Frugal Christmas Ideas – Here are 50 frugal Christmas ideas. There are a lot of great items on this list that can help you save some money this holiday season.
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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+.