Saving money by picking up the phone

As I was perusing my Mint account the other day, I noticed that for the first time ever I had incurred a fee from my amazing bank, Charles Schwab. What? Didn’t they read my post about how much I adore their fee-free services? It turns out that I had deposited a check that bounced. Now, this is…

A Freelancer’s Money Management Techniques

Guest post by my talented friend Becky, who very bravely started her own business a few years ago. Becky is even more knowledgeable about personal finance than I am (can you believe it?!) and she knows about managing a small business- something I know nothing about. Thanks, Becks! You can follow Becky at @thebeckyhamm, if…

How to open a Roth IRA

My good friend Kimberlyn and I were talking about personal finance at a party (what else? I am a really fun party guest). Kimberlyn told me that when she was in college she had a professor who told everyone they should open up a Roth IRA immediately. Kimberlyn’s amazing response? I couldn’t even afford crackers,…

My Love Affair with my Checking Account

Let me tell you a story. One weekend, I went to an Earth day festival. A national bank had set up a booth to try to get new customers. I started chatting with the man at the booth, and he tried to pitch me his bank. I told him I will never change banks, because…