Holiday gift idea: The Internet Book of Life on sale!

Internet Book of LifeFrom now through January 7, better living through the Internet can be yours at 33% off! Plus free shipping in the continental U.S. Order a copy for you and one for your mom. The Internet Book of Life makes a great holiday gift. Just apply the promo code  ITIFW12 when you check out.

The Internet Book of Life: Use the Web to Grow Richer, Smarter, Healthier, and Happier


Find information about tax-free 529 plans at

Savingforcollege.comIt has been said that a college degree has become necessary for success in adult life. But with tuition costs soaring and governments cutting funding for state schools, how are you going to pay for it? offers free state-by-state information about 529 plans, the tax-free way to invest toward your child’s college costs. Download their Family Guide to College Savings for some tuition tackling tactics.

Change banks…safely

How to change banksIs the new $5 per month debit card fee at Bank of America sending you into a rage? How about Citibank’s $15 per month fee on checking accounts that fall below a $6,000 balance? It may be time to switch to a small local bank or a credit union. The trick is to make the move in careful steps. The Consumers Union offers tips for a smooth transition.

J. D. Roth teaches us how to Get Rich Slowly

Get Rich SlowlyLots of folks are writing on the Web about how to wrestle with personal finances. Turn to these blogs and newsletters for advice about how to invest, save money, and eliminate debt. In 2004, Portland, Ore.’s  J. D. Roth had $35,000 of consumer debt. No longer! Follow Roth’s blog Get Rich Slowly for tips to do as he did: Eliminate debt and establish a positive cash flow.

The Mashup Mom helps us save money.

Mashup MomHooray for Rachel Singer Gordon! She used to be a librarian but now she devotes her finding skills to helping cash-strapped families. Through her blog, the author of Point, Click, and Save: Mashup Mom’s Guide to Saving and Making Money Online (2010) connects to print coupons, digital coupons (for downloading), and giveaways. Sign up to have her deal alerts delivered to your inbox or Twitter feed. Read her thoughts on how to make money by working from home. Gordon makes saving look fun! offers deals on excess inventory

Overstock.comUtah-based Overstock sells excess quantities of everything from appliances to tiny beads for jewelry making. As they only charge $2.95 for shipping, I have found that best deals from Overstock are their area rugs. Large, heavy area rugs: fairly high quality, a good price, and delivered right to your door for three bucks. Overstock also specializes in luxury bedding for cheap! I bought a thick foam mattress-topper from them, too. The site also offers auctions on items in bulk and automobiles. Shop on the go by downloading the free Overstock app to your Android or iPhone. []  Or, punch in their regular Web address on your mobile browser. The site comes to you automatically configured for the smart phone screen.