No More Sweaty Palms

Statistically, U.S. taxpayers have a very low chance of being audited by the IRS. According to MSN personal finance columnist

Debit Cards and Motorcycles Just Aren’t Safe

For decades I’ve pleaded with you to not use debit cards because they are not safe. And for years I

Secret Insider Savings Info

I enjoy discovering secret information—stuff most people don’t know about. And I love spreading the word. Here’s an example: My

Cheaper Alternative to Super Washing Soda

I’m sure you’ve noticed by now that last minute congressional decisions in 2012 resulted in a 2 percent cut in

Is Angie’s List Worth Paying For?

You’ve seen the ads, received emails and perhaps even visited the website, but do you know who Angie is and

Get a Tax Break with Your Used Clothing

If you itemize your tax return you are in a perfect position to pick up some extra dough.

You do

Don’t Rely on Unit Price Alone to Get the Best Deal

As prices continue to climb while incomes continue to lag, there’s one thing we know how to do—it’s comparison shop,


A Risk-Free, High-Yield, Guaranteed Investment

Now and then someone asks me for this kind of investment advice: How can I get started investing in stocks


Medical Care on Aisle Five

Over the past few years, I’ve read about retail health clinics being the wave of the future. It wasn’t until

The Joys of Original Blue Dawn

Take a look under the sink where you keep your cleaning products. See a bottle of Original blue

The Season of Returns

The sweater didn’t fit right, the color was all wrong and you already have a singing bass on a plaque.

Pay Ahead or Pay Down? It Can Be Confusing

Recently we refinanced our mortgage. The transaction closed in August with the first payment due in October. Rather than take


A Family Night of Stargazing

If things are so hectic in your household that you can’t remember the last time you took time out for


Bargains by the Month

Okay, I’ll say a word and you respond with the first thing that pops into your head:

Me: January



Let Someone Else Plan Dinner Tonight

If the question “What’s for dinner?” ever fills you with a sense of dread, do what I did— let someone

Drought Stressed Corn

5 Ways to Drought-Proof Your Grocery Bill

The Summer of 2012 is sure to go down in history as having produced one of the most severe droughts

Family Dinner

Family Dinners: A Presidential Proclamation!

Good food, great conversations and loads of laughs—that’s what family dinners are made of.

If busy schedules are making it

Customer Service Halls of Fame and Shame

If there isn’t a Customer Service Hall of Fame, there needs to be. And a Hall of Shame to go

The Value of an Honest Review

I am a huge fan of the Internet, for thousands of reasons. And right up there at the top: Reviews.

Three Reasons Why I Cook with Sunshine

Years ago, I got a letter in the mail along with a mechanical drawing so detailed it made me want