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Surviving the 2009 Recession

It’s fun to live in times like these when you can open up your browser and read articles with titles like Why the Jobs Report Is So Ominous. It really brightens up the day and puts a spring in one’s step...

By Christopher Schonberger on 12/15/08

Can You Fix Bad Credit?

There are few things as annoying as suffering the consequences for doing something you didn’t know was wrong, or something you sort of did know was wrong but happened during reckless, irresponsible phase that totally has nothing to do with the person you are now. But that, as devil’s advocates like to tell us, is life. And it’s particularly relevant when it comes to credit....

By Keshav Singh on 12/11/08

Black Friday: To Shop or Not to Shop?

The hour draws nigh for “Black Friday," the post-Thanksgiving free-for-all where everyone celebrates the previous day’s gluttony by going on a huge holiday season shopping spree. If you want to snag the best deals, you’ve got to combine patience with a take-no-prisoners attitude—be prepared for traffics, crowds, and split-second spending decisions....

By Christopher Schonberger on 11/26/08

Setting Up an Under-$5 Fund

One time I was staying with a high school friend in his college dorm room and I noticed that there were coins scattered all over the floor. When I asked him why his carpet was covered with change, he replied nonchalantly, "The trash can was full." ...

By Christopher Schonberger on 11/24/08

'Tis the Season to Bear Coupons

This past weekend, I headed to Macy's to pick up a new pillow. I spent an hour looking for the perfect one, and as I was waiting in line getting ready to check out, I noticed that everyone in front of me, right before completing their transaction, whipped out a shiny new coupon from their wallet, slapped it down next to the register, and BAM: 20% OFF!...

By Dan Marley on 11/21/08

Understanding Your FICO Score

What the hell is FICO?!...

By Sarah Collins on 11/19/08

Watch Those Rising Bank Fees

Banks are one of the major players in and causes of today's credit crisis. And they're literally bleeding cash. So, it's no surprise that they're trying to make up for it. Unfortunately, you're the one that may be penalized. ...

By Stuart Schultz on 11/18/08

What Is Crunchonomics?

No, it's not a money-saving diet where you only eat Cap'n Crunch. Instead, Crunchonomics is a landing page that The Wall Street Journal has created to collect past and present articles that can help people through these tough economic times....

By Dan Marley on 11/11/08

Save $1,000 in 30 Days

Considering the credit crunch, recession, and crazy-volatile stock market, it's no surprise that money--particularly saving it--is on people's minds....

By Stuart Schultz on 11/06/08

Let Free Stuff Ring on Election Day

Barack Obama thinks you should take Election Day off, and I couldn’t agree more. Somehow America still celebrates “Columbus Day,” which has about as much to do with freedom as Guantanamo Bay, yet we can’t even give our citizens the opportunity to exercise their most basic right to vote. ...

By Christopher Schonberger on 11/03/08
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