Fall is rapidly approaching, and we’re getting a good taste of it this week. Temperatures are not expected to make it past 60 during the day and drop in the 40s overnight in the coming days. This doesn’t bode well for us since we don’t have any propane in our tank to run our furnace. I was hoping to be able to put off the refill until October in anticipation of slightly lower prices, but that may not happen. Earlier this year I wrote about choosing when to buy propane in order to save money, and thanks to mother nature we may not have a choice. They are calling for a warm up next week, so hopefully we can prolong the purchase a few more weeks.
Should You Take a 401(k) Loan? – Generally speaking, no. I wrote a piece outlining the true costs associated with taking a loan from your 401(k) and it may be more costly than you think.
Beware of the ‘Don’t Miss Out’ Sales Tactic – There are a ton of tricks to the trade when it comes to selling, and placing a sense of urgency in people is one of them. Ben explains how to identify and avoid this sales technique so that you can make a better buying decision.
Using IRA Funds to Pay Off Student Loans – A reader over at Five Cent Nickel asks whether this is possible, and/or advisable. Read on to find out the answer.
Which Homes Are Holding Up in Value? – With all of this talk about the real estate market it is interesting to note what type of housing is holding up the best.
Why the Fed Interest Rate Affects the Market – You have to love how the market reacts not only to action by the Fed, but just the talk and assumptions surrounding what the Fed says.
Get Rich by Thinking Small – The small things really do add up. The Lazy man talks about how thinking small can lead to wealth over the long run.
When to Say Goodbye to Your Old Car – We know that buying a new car can be a big waste of money, but hanging on to your old car could end up costing you as well.
Analyze Mutual Fund Costs – This goes along well with what I wrote about earlier in using the Morningstar mutual fund comparison tool, but this focuses on costs with owning a fund.
7 Prudent Things to Do With Small Windfalls – Who doesn’t like a windfall? Well, if you are lucky enough to receive an unexpected sum of money, here are a few ideas that can really pay off.
How to Create a Budget if You Have Irregular Income – No steady income? No problem. NCN outlines how you can create a solid budget even if your income constantly changes.
Who’s Responsible for Lead in Toys? – It is a bit more complicated than you may first think.
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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+.