The 2009 Personal Finance “How to” Roundup

Welcome to the latest edition of “How to” Personal Finance Roundup. As you can tell from the list, this is a massive roundup. Don’t worry though. You don’t have to read all the entries now. I’d suggest you bookmark (click on the Share this icon at the bottom of the post for saving options) this post so that you can come back later.

I was so busy putting this post together that I left out my own posts. I’ll be adding them shortly.

Enjoy! Oh, and please tell your friends (if you find this helpful).


1. How To Prepare For Car Breakdown And Deal With Roadside Emergencies

2. How To Buy A Car (Without Getting Screwed)

3. How To Buy a Used Car (without sipping lemonade)

4. How to Find a Good Auto Mechanic

5. How to Improve Your Gas Mileage (and How Not To)

6. Hack Your MPG: How to Improve Gas Mileage by 15%

7. How to Save Money on Gas

8. How To Get Help After Your Car Warranty Has Expired.

9. How to Find a Mechanic You Can Trust


1. How To Close a Bank Account in 7 Steps

2. How To Open a CD Ladder at ING Direct

3. How to Create ING Direct Subaccounts


1. How to Create a Workable Budget

2. How to Bring “Shock and Awe” to Your Monthly Bills

3. How To Create A Budget

4. How to Do Your First Budget

5. How To Set Up Your First Successful Budget – Part I (Understanding and Research)

6. How To Set Up Your First Successful Budget – Part II (Organizing and Setup)

7. How To Set Up Your First Successful Budget – Part III (Tracking and Review)

8. How To Save Money ? The 1,001 List Of Money Saving Tips And Ideas

9. How To Earn More Money

10. How to Save on Paint for Home and Craft Projects

11. How to Set Up Google Calendar to Help Pay Your Bills on Time

12. How to Resist the Urge to Splurge

13. How To Turn Your Spending Report into a Budget

14. How To Understand and Overcome the Sunk-Cost Fallacy

15. How To Live Like a Grad Student

16. How To Talk About Money Before Marriage

17. How To Spend Less When Dining Out

18. How To Be a Great Host on a Tight Budget

19. How to Manage Money in Your Marriage

20. How to Handle Irregular Paychecks

21. How To Budget

22. How To Compare Mortgage Refinance Offers

23. How To Become a Coupon Ninja in 15 Minutes A Week

24. How To Save Money Buying Wine

25. How to Save Money on Groceries – 45 Ways to Reduce Your Grocery Bill

26. How to Plan a Wedding Without Breaking Your Budget

27. How to Haggle

28. How to Haggle: More Tips on Haggling

29. How to Save Money on Prescription Drugs

30. How to Avoid ATM Fees

31. How to Order Checks Without Getting Ripped Off

32. How To Get Your Monthly Electric Bill Below $25.

33. Drastically Reduce Your Expenses Starting Today.

34. How To Save Energy & Money In Your Kitchen.

35. How to Make a Budget

BUYING A HOME (and mortgage-related stuff)…

1. How To Find The Best Mortgage Rate

2. How To Save on Moving Expenses

3. How to Pay Off Your Mortgage Early

4. How to Decide When to Refinance Your Mortgage

5. How to Find the Best Mortgage Rates

6. How to Sell a House in a Down Market

7. How to Write a Mortgage Gift Letter


1. How to Find a Job on Twitter

2. How To Ask For A Pay Raise

3. How To Set Minimum Freelance Prices

4. How to Make the Most of a College Degree

5. How to Market Yourself Into a Job

6. How to Keep Your Job – Rule 1 Edition

7. How To Deal With Job Rejection

8. How to Write a Resume (that gets job interviews)

9. How to Select an MBA Program: Introduction to a Series

10. How to apply to and MBA Program

11. How to Write a Resignation Letter

12. How to Resign on Good Terms

13. How to Dress for an Interview

14. How to Evaluate a Job Offer

15. How to Do a Phone Interview

16. When and How to Tell Your Boss You are Pregnant


1. How To Transfer Credit Card Balances

2. How To Get Your Free FICO Credit Score Online

3. How To Improve Your FICO Credit Score

4. How to Check Your Credit Report

5. How To Practice Delayed Gratification

6. How To Avoid The Debt Trap With Your First Credit Card

7. How To Get A Free FICO Credit Score

8. How To Pick the Best Credit Card

9. How To Review Your Equifax Credit Report

10. How To Build Your Credit History with Tradelines

11. How To Properly Loan Money to Family, Friends

12. How To Stop Credit Card Offers

13. How To Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rates

14. How To Max Out Credit Card Rewards

15. How To Start A Credit History

16. How To Fight Debt Collectors

17. How to Get Out of Debt

18. How to Fix Errors on Your Credit Report

19. How to Profit from 0% Balance Transfer Credit Card Offers

20. How and Why to Freeze Your Credit

21. How To Fix Your Credit Report After Identity Theft

22. How to Understand Credit Card Offers

23. How to improve your credit score

24. How to Handle Late Credit Card Payments

25. How to Avoid Credit Card Fees

26. How to Save Money on ATM Fees

27. How to Avoid Payday Loans

28. How to do a 0% Balance Transfer

29. How to Improve your Credit Score

30. How Two-Cycle Billing Works

DEBT (and getting out of debt)…

1. How to Get Out of Debt

2. How To Eliminate Credit Card Debt On Your Own

3. How To Stay Out of Debt

4. How To Prepare for Hospital Expenses

5. How To Use a Student Loan Deferment Period Wisely

6. How to Prioritize Your Debts for Payoff

7. How To Complete College With No Debt

8. How I Paid Off My $17,000 Student Loan in 6 Months

9. How We Paid Down our Debt and Saved Money At the Same Time

10. How To Avoid Bankruptcy

11. How to Compute the Remaining Balance on a Loan (pardon the formatting issues with this post)


1. How To Name a Trust as a Beneficiary

2. Stretch That IRA – An Example

3. Stretch That IRA


2. How to Do a Financial Checkup

3. How To Get A Free Financial Checkup

4. How To Calculate Your Net Worth

5. How To Set SMART Financial Goals

6. How To Set Joint Financial Goals With Your Partner

7. How to be a Money Strategist to Reach Your Financial Goals

8. How To Open a Roth IRA for the First Time

9. How To Set Up a CD Ladder

10. How To Care {Not Worry} About Your Finances

11. How To Save Money Like a Madman

12. How to Simplify a Financial Life

13. How to do a Background Check on Your Financial Advisor

16. How To File A Complainst Against Your Broker

15. How Long To Keep Your Financial Statements

16. How to Calculate the Time Value of Money

17. How to Create an Asset Allocation Plan

18. How to Meet Future Goals

19. How to Create a Cash Flow Statement

20. Analyzing Your Financial Statements with Ratios


1. How To Value Your Clothing Donation

2. How to Turn Down Charity Telemarketers and Find Legitimate Charities


1. How To Be Thankful When Life Is Tough

2. How To Deal With A Job Loss

3. How To Save Your Home From Foreclosure

4. How To Handle a Pay Cut (Financially Speaking)

5. How To Find Cash Fast When Unemployed

6. How to Deal With a Drastic Decrease in Income

7. How to Prepare for a Layoff

8. How To Prepare For a Layoff

9. How To Pepare For an Emergency and/or Storm


1. How to Find Affordable Health Insurance Online


1. How To Build Your Own Desk

2. How To Paint a Room for Less

3. How To Buy a Flat Screen TV

4. How To Build Your Own Bookshelf

5. How to Prepare for a Power Outage – Without a Generator

6. How to Get Rid of Ants Safely and Without an Exterminator


1. How To Create A Strong Password You Can Remember

2. How to Recognize a Scam

3. How to Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

4. How to Protect Your Privacy in Three Easy Steps

5. How to Prevent Identity Theft and E-mail Scams

6. How to Avoid Identity Theft

7. How to Avoid Credit Card and ATM Scams

8. How To Avoid Counterfeit Goods

9. How to Detect and Avoid IRS Tax Scams

10. How To Avoid Investment Fraud


1. How To Buy Life Insurance Without Getting Screwed

2. How to Save Money on Life Insurance

3. How to Save Money on Car Insurance

4. How to Save Money on Health Insurance

5. How to Save Money on Your Homeowner’s Insurance Rates

6. How to Lower Your Car Insurance Rates

7. How To Prepare For Next Medical Exam For Life Insurance

8. How To Use Your Emergency Fund to Save on Insurance Premiums


1. How to Buy Partial Shares of Berkshire Hathaway with ShareBuilder

2. How to Avoid a Mutual Fund’s Minimum Investment

3. How To Pick Your First Mutual Fund

4. How to Re-Enter the Market as a Conservative Investor

5. How to Probe for Signs of a Market Bottom

6. How to Start a Money Making Blog

7. How to Evaluate a Mutual Fund in 60 Seconds Flat

8. How To Easily Evaluate your Asset Allocation with Morningstar Instant X Ray Tool

9. How to Start an Investment Club

10. How to Prioritize Your Retirement Accounts

11. How to Make Money in the Stock Market

12. How to Make Money in the Stock Market (Revisited)

13. How to Make Money in the Stock Market, Re-Revisited

14. How to Build a CD Ladder

15. How To Build and Maintain CD Ladders

16. How to be Sure Your Money is FDIC Insured

17. How to Manage Your Asset Allocation With Multiple Accounts

18. How to Evaluate Online Brokers

19. How to Invest

20. How to Trade Stocks

21. How To Invest in Your 40’s to 50’s

22. How To Be Listed on the Dow Jones Industrial Average

23. How the Dow Jones Industrial Average is Calculated

24. How to Calculate Your Personal Rate of Return

25. How to Compute Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR)

26. How to Calculate Tax-Equivalent Yield

27. How ‘Total Returns’ Are Calculated

28. How to Calculate the Expected Return on a Portfolio

29. How to Insert Refreshable Stock Quotes into Excel


1. How To Budget for a New Baby

2. How to Make a Baby Registry

3. How To open a 529 college savings plan for your children

4. How to Introduce the Concept of Credit to Your Kids

5. How to Teach Children to Save Money

6. How to Introduce Money to Preschoolers

7. How To Be a Stay At Home Mom

8. How To Prepare Financially for Your First Child

9. College Funding Math – Part 1

10. College Funding Math – Part 2

11. College Funding Math – Part 3

12. College Funding Math – Part 4


1. How to Get a Payday Loan (if you must)

2. How to Return an Item

3. How to Watch TV for Free

4. How to Save Gas and Time With Google Maps

5. How to get the Best Cell Phone Service for the Deaf

6. How to Get a Free Education in Economics

7. How to End Over-the-Top Gift Exchanges

8. How to Write a Goodwill Letter

9. How to Get Rid of Semi-Used Gift Cards

10. How to Make an Accumulation a Collection

11. How to Find Rotated Die Errors

12. How to Comparison Shop on eBay

13. How to Bid Intelligently at an Auction

14. How to Calculate Melt Value

15. How To Earn Money With CashCrate

16. How to Sell Your Stuff on eBay

17. How to Sue Wal-Mart

18. How to Be a Gold-Digger

19. How to Save Money on Airline Tickets

20. How to Get the Best Deal with Priceline

21. How to Cancel Your Cell Phone Contract Without Paying Early Termination Fees

22. How To Turn Your Office Green

23. How To Be Approved On Suze Orman

24. How To Buy Property at an Auction


1. How To Set Up a Limited Liability Company (LLC)

2. How To Improve Your Productivity When Working From Home

3. How to Start a Blog for Profit of Fun

4. How to Start a Blog – What to Write About

5. How to Choose a Domain Name for Your Blog

6. How to Scare a Loved One – Start a Business


1. How to Handle Marriage and Money Talks

2. How to Respond if a Family Member Asks for a Loan


1. How To Fix Mistakenly Forgetting your Required Minimum Distribution

2. How to Take a Loss on an IRA

3. How to Track Your Roth IRA Contributions… and Why You Need To!

4. How to Make Early Roth IRA Withdrawals

5. How to Make Your Retirement Money Last

6. How To Stretch an IRA For Your Beneficiaries

7. How To Tap Your 401k Without Penalty


1. How to Deduct Mileage on Your Personal Car

2. How to Request an Income Tax Filing Extension

3. How to Calculate Tax Equivalent Yield

4. How to Decide if Travelling to a Sales Tax Holiday is Worthwhile

5. How to Get an Employer Identification Number (EIN)

6. How to Claim the First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit

7. How to File a Federal Tax Extension

8. How to File Your Federal Taxes For Free

9. How to Claim a Dependent on Your Tax Return

10. How To Survive an Audit For Small Business

11. How To Save On Property Tax

12. How to Determine How Long You Should Keep Bank, Financial, and Tax Statements


1. How to Become a Millionaire

2. How to Become a Millionaire – Tips on Getting Rich from the World’s Richest Man

3. How to Become a Millionaire – The Simple Truth

4. How to Become A Millionaire

5. How to Become a Millionaire – Invest Your Money

6. How to Get Rich

7. How to Determine if You Are “Wealthy”

26 thoughts on “The 2009 Personal Finance “How to” Roundup”

  1. Not much to say here beyond the obvious. Brands have built-in audience awareness. You don’t need to educate them, or advertise as heavily. Each studio has an enormous number of properties it already owns. Make some into TV series.

  2. Wow this is a huge list, no way I can read all of those in one night. I’ll bookmark to read some a day. Don’t know how I missed this post until now. Great job.

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