Archive for June, 2009

Dave Ramsey sale

Are you ready to live like no one else, so later, you can live like no one else? Ready for beans and rice, rice and beans? Ready to be gazelle-intense about getting out of debt?
Those are some of the favorite phrases of get-out-of-debt guru Dave Ramsey of syndicated radio and Fox Business News fame. If […]

Twitter posts

So, I’m just getting used to this Tweeting stuff — publishing short blurbs on You can follow me on Twitter at: spendingsmart.
Here’s a sampling of recent postings:
Ditch those store loyalty cards and still get the discounts you want. Here’s how: minutes ago from TweetDeck     
RT @FMFblog: 15 web apps for managing […]

Barnes & Noble code

If you were going to order books from Barnes & Noble soon anyway — maybe your child’s summer reading list? — might as well use the above link and use the code: D3A7V3V to get 20 percent off the most expensive item (not the entire purchase). Offer good 6/19 to 6/22.
Full disclosure: If you use […]

Tweeting now

I run across dozens of great spending tips every day. But sometimes they’re relatively minor or not worth an entire blog posting. So from now on, I’ll be tweeting those tips at
Follow me on Twitter at: spendingsmart

Quicken discounts; MS Money R.I.P.

Now that Microsoft is discontinuing its MS Money personal finance software, Quicken is seizing the opportunity by offering discounts. See the Quicken blog for details. In part:

All customers, including those impacted by the discontinuation of MS Money, are eligible for the following discounts:
•   $20 off on Quicken Deluxe, now $39.99
•   $30 […]

Book review: The 1-2-3 Money Plan

Trent Hamm at The Simple Dollar, a fantastic personal finance blog, wrote a review of my new book “The 1-2-3 Money Plan: The Three Most Important Steps to Saving and Spending Smart.” I found the review fair and insightful.
Find that review here.
But don’t only read the review. Stick around on The Simple Dollar blog site […]

SmartMoney for $5

SmartMoney is on sale for $5 for a year subscription at
I’m not advocating this as the only or best magazine for learning about money, but it’s a good one, and with this deal, it’s cheap. Just skip over the articles about picking individual stocks, which is a sucker’s game.
Granted, personal finance reading is part […]

Spending talk

If you want to hear about how to make razor blades last three times longer, along with about a billion other spending tips, listen to the AOL WalletPop podcast available here. It features yours truly talking for a half-hour straight about my best spending tips to help you save money.
For those in the Lehigh Valley, […]

Acura and W Hotels

The problem with a lot of special deals is that you don’t know you’re entitled to them. This often happens with credit cards, which offer a variety of fringe benefits that customers rarely use. They include purchase protection, extended warranties, additional rental car insurance and a host of other goodies. AAA and AARP are two […]

Mattress money

Mattresses might not only be a safe place to stash your cash, they can also cost a pretty penny.
Sunday’s Spending Smart column highlighted some myths about buying a mattress, including the dubious coil-count specification.
Here’s some more info that didn’t fit in the column:

Proprietary coils? Mattress makers often tout secret technology in their springs, or coils. […]