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RecycleBank: A Rewards Program For Recycling

We are surrounded by rewards programs. I have a club card to shop at the Safeway grocery store, where I can buy some soda with "Coke Rewards" points, and I can also earn United frequent flier miles based on my total purchase amount. Finally, I pay … [Read the rest]

Frugal Recession Links: Food, Travel, and Healthcare

Here are some more potentially money-saving links: Walgreens Offers Free Limited Healthcare For Unemployed The Take Care Recovery Plan is an offer for free healthcare services at Walgreens Take Care Clinics throughout the remainder of 2009 for … [Read the rest]

Zecco April Fools’ Day: Million Dollar Account Balances

I didn't hear of any exceptional April Fools' Day jokes this year, but this one caught my eye. Many customers of Zecco Trading logged into their brokerage account yesterday to be greeted with a slightly higher buying power than before... on the order … [Read the rest]

New PineCone Research Sign-up Link (Paid Surveys)

PineCone Research remains one of the better paying and reliable survey companies, with a payout of $3 for each 15-20 minute survey. The hardest part is getting accepted, as they only accept applications intermittently. Here is an updated … [Read the rest]

Places To Open A Foreign Bank Account To Store Gold

After my post about the Permanent Portfolio which included physical gold, a reader asked me where he could open up a foreign bank account to store gold. Well, in the Appendix of the book Fail-Safe Investing, the author did list specific banks that … [Read the rest]

Internal vs. External Frugality: Different Ways of Saving

So I am trying to kick off one of my planned 2009 projects, which is to methodically go through each major expense area and explore ways to save money there. I started out last week with on housing costs (here and here), and still have a few ideas … [Read the rest]

SEC Says Millennium Bank Was Indeed a Ponzi Scheme

Well, it was about time. The SEC released a press release yesterday stating that they have frozen the assets of the offshore Millennium Bank and its parent, United Trust of Switzerland S.A. If you don't recall, Millennium Bank offered … [Read the rest]

Save Money on Housing: Move To a Lower Cost-of-Living Location… Like Austin, Texas?

As you may know, I own a house in an expensive area of the country. I love my house, and I love where I live, but I also admit that I occasionally daydream about moving somewhere with a lower cost of living. In my experience, many people … [Read the rest]

Save on Housing Costs: Renegotiate Your Rent With Landlord

If you are are a renter in this market, you may be able to lower your monthly housing costs with a little research and courage. Mary Pilon of the WSJ Wallet Blog recently showed how she reduced her rent by 11% by writing a convincing letter to her … [Read the rest]

INGCompareMe: How Do YOU Compare With Others Financially?

Here's another comparison site to waste some Friday afternoon time on - INGCompareMe.com. From their press release - "INGCompareMe makes it possible for anyone to see where they stand in relation to others on a wide range of saving, spending, … [Read the rest]

Brightscope: How Does Your Company’s 401k Plan Compare?

Even though most people I know are too scared to even look at their 401(k) statements right now, have you ever thought about how well your company's plan stacks up to other similar companies? The problem is that 401(k) plans lack transparency. … [Read the rest]

$750B From Federal Reserve = Mortgage Rates Dropping To Historic Lows Again?

The market news from yesterday was that the Federal Reserve announced that it would buy $300 billion of long-term Treasury bonds, along with an addition $750 billion in mortgage-backed securities. My mortgage broker sent out a corresponding e-mail … [Read the rest]



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