Studs Terkel’s Working

A couple of weeks ago, I shared an instructional video from 1948 called You and Your Work. This film painted an ideal (and idealized) view of the workplace and the worker’s role in it. But we all know work isn’t really like that, right? Yes it’s important to work hard, and yes it’s important to maintain a positive attitude, but jobs and careers are complicated. […]

Teaser: The 2011 Get Rich Slowly Video Contest is Coming!

Can you feel it in the air? It’s almost time for the second annual Get Rich Slowly video contest! Last year, to celebrate this site’s fourth anniversary, we invited readers to submit short videos sharing financial tips and success stories. […]

Simple Thank You Gifts For A Host

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of hosting Mr Credit Card from I found out that he was not only a fanatic about credit cards, but that he was interesting and knowledgeable in so many other areas (especially on the topic of advanced investing). Since I put him up for a few [...]Simple Thank You Gifts For A Host […]

A Collection of Free Kindle Resources

Dinner With My Family is taking a one week hiatus due to a cavalcade of visiting family and an inability to get good pictures of a meal. Tune in next week for the series’ return. On Monday, Sarah gave me a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift – a Kindle. […]

My Business Bank Accounts: Checking and Savings

The economic environment is still not great for savers. Those who were smart or financially stable enough to have emergency funds and other savings accounts have been rewarded with low interest rates for the past few years. Take a look at these historical interest rates to see how low we’ve come. […]

Friday Finance Findings for February 18th

I don’t know where this past week went, but it’s Friday already. Not that it’s a bad thing, but when you don’t get all of your work done it is a bit of a bummer. It’s mostly been a lot of behind the scenes work on the site. We’ve moved to a far better server, URL structure was changed, better performance tweaks put into place. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 1, Posts 57-60

Here we go with the first round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. […]

Is a College Degree a Piece of Paper … or Something More?

So often, when I see advice regarding a college education, people speak of a college degree as some sort of magic ticket that will raise your income level. “A college degree is worth $500,000 more income over a person’s lifetime” or something to that effect is constantly touted. This idea often pops up in the questions I get from readers. […]

5 Household Fixes You Should Stop Paying Others For

Spring is right around the corner, and with it comes the season for cleaning, fixing, and repairing things around the house. […]

Adventures in Retail Tedium

I usually try to avoid shopping retail for a long list of reasons. The prices offend me, the crowds annoy me, the selection overwhelms me, and often the quality disappoints me. A few days ago, however, I was forced by chance and time constraints to venture inside a large retail clothing chain — and that’s when the fun began. […]

Best Money Tips: Be a Tourist in Your Own Town

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some amazing articles on how to be a tourist in your own town, things worth haggling over, and surviving an apartment sale. Top 5 Articles Budget Travel: How to Be a Tourist In Your Own Town — To be a tourist in your city, sign up for a tour! […]

The Upside of Mass Layoffs

Getting fired sucks; there’s no getting around that. But when you’re fired along with a bunch of other people at once, it’s a different story. In corporate speak, they’re called reorganizations. We call them bloodbaths. Typically there are some high-level things in play when a mass layoff goes down. […]

Your Take: How Will You File Your Taxes?

When it comes to preparing and filing your taxes, there are a variety of options. You can prepare your taxes electronically with software like TurboTax and efile for a few dollars. You can prepare you taxes on paper, double check with software like TurboTax, and then mail in your return (for those keeping track at home, this basically means you prepare your taxes twice). […]

Get a Free Flight With the All-New Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card from Chase

Speaking of frequent flyer credit cards… While looking at the new Southwest Airlines frequent flyer program, I ran across the All-New Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus® Credit Card from Chase. I’ve been digging around for info on Southwest because they’re expanding into our market in the near future, and I’m looking forward to having access to their flights again. […]

Redbox vs. iTunes vs. Netflix vs. Blockbuster

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. Sometimes I think that Netflix was the best thing to ever happen to me (er, besides my wonderful husband, of course). You see, when I was a Blockbuster customer, I was notoriously bad about racking up late fees. I would flat-out forget I even had a movie to return. […]

Here’s why auto-pay isn’t quite set and forget

Paying bills by mailing out checks was common when I was growing up (1970s and 1980s), but no longer.  Now, most companies have the option to accept payment by credit card or ACH debit (and if they don’t, you wonder what’s wrong with them).  Not only that, but you can make arrangements with the companies to have them bill you, and collect from you, automatically. Automating the paying of bills has […]

Do You Have an Embarrassing Work Story?

The Today Show highlights some embarrassing work stories as follows: “I called my boss ‘my love’ by complete accident.” "While speaking at a business event, I fell off the stage." "I sent an offer letter to the wrong candidate." "I said something inappropriate about my boss and found out he was standing right behind me." “I went into the ladies’ bathroom by mistake.” (We’r […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of Feb 14

Let's start off with a reminder: FMF is on Facebook. I post pieces there that usually aren't on FMF. It's a great way to connect and get some extra money advice/news if you're on Facebook quite often. Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week and my posts that were included: EDITOR'S CHOICE! […]

401K Contribution Limits For 2011 & 2010

I thought I’d go over some of the contribution limits for the 401(k). This is one aspect of the tax code that hasn’t changed over the past few years, but let’s take a closer look anyway. It’s always good to review some of the rules behind tax efficient investing for retirement. We can expect any [...]401K Contribution Limits For 2011 & 2010 […]

Review: The Money Book For Freelancers

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at It took me a long time to get through The Money Book for Freelancers, Part-Timers, and the Self-Employed. That’s not usually high praise for a book, but in this case I mean it to be. It took me a long time to read because it was so darn useful. […]