High Deductible Health Plans and Major Medical Bills

I spent yesterday at the hospital. Don’t worry, it sounds a lot worse than it was… Our oldest son had to have his tonsils and adenoids removed, so my wife and I were camped out in the outpatient surgical center for the better part of the day. In the end, everything went smoothly, and he’s on the road to recovery. But this isn’t a parenting or medical website. This is a financial website. […]

The Wealth of Auctioneers

Dr. Thomas Stanley (author of The Millionaire Next Door) recently noted that auctioneers are 10 times more likely to be millionaires than the average American. Why is this? Two factors -- high income and low expenses. Here's how Dr. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Youth Activities Edition

Sometimes, I wonder what the line is between an appropriate amount of youth activities and too many activities is. My older children have tumbling/gymnastics one night a week, ice skating one night a week, soccer two nights a week when the weather is appropriate, and they both want to join tae kwon do which is one or two nights a week. What’s too much? I don’t think there is an answer. […]

She Spends Less Than She Earns: Zooey Deschanel

It’s not often that a young, female star of music, movie, and television can avoid financial scrutiny. Tales of financial woe tend to be much juicier, anyway. It’s not difficult to remember the Britney Spears train wreck. She couldn’t handle earning more than $700,000 a month. At least her antics kept her in the news. I’ve been recently enamored with Zooey Deschanel. […]

14 Tasty and Cheap Meals for One

I’ve always loved to cook, but when I was single it was chore. I mean, what’s the point of spending all that time in the kitchen cooking — then cleaning — if you’re the only person who’s going to enjoy the meal?  That was a poor philosophy to have, mostly because I didn’t put any effort into thinking of delicious dishes to prepare. […]

Credit Card Churning: Making the Most of Bonus Offers

What if you could earn hundreds of thousands of frequent flier miles without ever leaving the ground? It is possible. In fact, I have earned most of my miles this way by using a practice called credit card churning. This technique is considered somewhat controversial and is definitely not for everyone. […]

Best Money Tips: Financial Tips for Families

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on financial tips for families, how to negotiate rent in your current apartment, and tips for packing work lunches. Top 5 Articles Financial Tips for Families This Year — This year, make sure you take into consideration both retirement and college savings. […]

11 Cool Uses for a Tablet Computer

Tablets have taken the world by storm, and it seems like everybody wants one. And why wouldn’t they? They’re sleek, they're cool, and you can take them anywhere. It’s a great way to carry around your music, pictures, and videos. But other than that, how else are you going to use a tablet? Are you really going to drop $200–$500 for just another screen to stare at between commercial breaks? […]

Living on $50,000

Last month MSNBC did a series on "the median" -- what it takes to live on the median income of $50,000 a year in America. They started with this piece that makes a stunning discovery -- that making $50,000 in one part of the country isn't the same as making $50,000 in other parts of the country (can you read the sarcasm in that last sentence? […]

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Wants Payday Loan Feedback

While the mainstream financial industry has faced a dizzying array of government and quasi-government regulations through most of the last one hundred years, non-bank financial products have, for the most part, evaded regulations. Catering to lower-income communities, payday loan storefronts and check cashing establishments have managed to justify their business models. […]

Reader Profile: TB

The following is the latest post in my "Reader Profiles" series. Each post in this series details the financial situation and challenges of an FMF reader. […]

Use the Short Cycle (23/365)

Our dishwasher has an abundance of cycles and options. With just a few buttons, we can choose a light cycle, a normal cycle, a heavy cycle, a steam cycle, and a few other options that, frankly, I’ve never even tried out. […]

Are Brand Named Batteries Worth It?

Yes. Rhett Allain of Wired did an extensive study of three battery brands (Energizer, Duracell, and a dollar store variety) and concluded that the brand named batteries are worth the added cost. Brand named contain more energy, disperse that energy better, and cost, on a joule per dollar basis, less than the dollar store variety. The differences between the brand name (Energizer vs. […]

Kids & Money: Is It Too Easy for Kids to Purchase Apps?

We have a lot of cool gadgets around our homes. Many of these gadgets offer the chance to easily purchase apps, games and more. As a result, you might find that your children can quickly make purchases without your knowledge — simply using the devices found around your home. It’s important that you monitor your accounts, and pay attention to what is on your devices. […]

The Four Dimensions of a Perfect MBA Applicant, Part 2

The following is an excerpt from Your MBA Game Plan, Third Edition: Proven Strategies for Getting Into the Top Business Schools, © 2012 Omari Bouknight and Scott Shrum. It is reprinted with permission of the publisher, Career Press, Pompton Plains, NJ.  800-227-3371.  All rights reserved. […]

Buy Airfare Six Weeks in Advance

Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC), a company that processes airline transactions for travel agents and consumers, has analyzed 144 million transactions for domestic flights in 2011 to better understand airlines’ pricing schemes. The study found the lowest fares were available six weeks in advance of the departure date. […]

Five Money Saving Habits You’ll Want to Learn This Year

When it comes to saving money, there’s no better time to get back on track than the New Year. For some miraculous reason, January gives people hope and inspires them to change their ways. That’s why New Year’s resolutions are so comical. In retrospect, everyone wishes that they had done something different the previous year. […]

Telling Your Story

I think that instinct, that storytelling instinct, rescued me most of my life. – Armistead Maupin Image courtesy of PhotoSteve. As many of you know, I’m spending a lot of my spare time lately working on a pair of novels. It’s been a challenging experience – but an enjoyable one. For me, one of the biggest parts of writing fiction is understanding who the characters are. […]