How to Get the Most Out of $500

So you just won $500! Your first thought might be a shopping spree or a weekend get-away. But hold on, there are ways to stretch that $500 which can really pay off in the long run. Save it for retirement: If you can wait a couple of decades to spend that $500, then it may be worth much more! If you put $500 into a Roth IRA account at age 30, then by the time you retire at age 65, it could reach Read more ...

Save More of the Green That Matters

“Many an opportunity is lost because a man is out looking for four-leaf clovers.” -Anonymous. This weekend, you’ll be seeing a lot of green—in the form of four-leaf clovers, leprechauns and the arch in the middle of the rainbow. But the most popular green? Dollar bills. Now’s a great time to talk about the green that really matters and ask yourself, “What am I doing to save more Read more ...

Top 25 Most Frugal Cities of 2012

Greater Atlanta residents certainly know how to stretch a dollar, as the Georgia capital retained the number one ranking on the ‘Most Frugal U.S. Cities’ list for the fourth straight year, according to the 2012 Coupons.com Savings Index1. Orlando took the number two position, with Tampa, Nashville and Charlotte rounding out the top five. “305 billion coupons were distributed in the U.S. in Read more ...

Be Your Own Barista

How to Save Money on Your Coffee Drinks Is your morning routine costing you more than $1,000 a year? If you stop at the local coffee shop every morning, it just might be. No need to give up your favorite caffeinated beverages, however—you can save money by skipping the coffee shop and making your own java. The trick is making is just as delicious as the baristas do. Here aresome tips: How Read more ...

Four Easy Ways to Make Money on the Side

If you know where to look, you can make more than a penny for your thoughts. In an effort to better understand consumer behavior, several companies pay people for their opinions on everything from chocolate to computers to restaurants. I call it “moonlighting money” and it’s a great way to earn a few extra bucks without a lot of effort.  Here are four ways to make money. Focus groups. Read more ...

Finance Series – How to Cut Costs

Monthly expenses fit into one of two categories—fixed (mortgage, car payment) vs. flexible (food, cell phone plan). The bank’s not likely to flex on your house payment, but you can control how much you spend in other areas, like utilities and groceries. That’s where you can trim some fat and cut costs.   Try these ideas to amp up your money-saving mojo. Plan your menu. Look at your Read more ...