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Just for Christmas: It’s a (not so) Wonderful Mortgage

I know fans of the holiday classic, "It's A Wonderful Life," are all bitterly disappointed that plans for a sequel have been viciously quashed. We were all hoping for an update on how the Baileys of Bedford Falls have navigated the Red Scare, … [Read More...]

Book reviews are in — they like me! They really like me!

My new book from Penguin/Portfolio has gotten three very good reviews in the publishing trades. And no, these weren't all written by my mother. The reviews include: Publishers Weekly: Said the book’s advice and approach is better than Suze … [Read More...]

Recipes from “The $1,000 Challenge” (a work in progress)

I promised readers of my spectacularly well-reviewed book, “The $1,000 Challenge: How One Family Slashed Its Budget Without Moving Under a Bridge or Living on Government Cheese,” that I’d post the recipes I mentioned in the book, especially from … [Read More...]

I’m a winner — Funny Money takes humor writing prize

Once again, Funny Money has been selected as one of the best humor columns in the country by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. For a personal finance writer, this is something like being the world's tallest midget, since I don't get a lot … [Read More...]


Lottery, inheritance or miracle: What to do with a windfall

By Brian J. O’Connor So what do you do, like the Oceans 16 lottery winners, you suddenly come into a big clump of cash?   Try nothing. Then a little more nothing. And then, a few very smart somethings. “Don’t make any big financial decisions for at least six months and maybe even a year, […]