Save Money On Your Wedding: Control Your Wedding Costs & Budget

When a friend of mine got married some time ago, he gave me some details about how much it cost him to cover a 200 guest wedding. His number came up to between $22,000 and $23,000. This gave me a chance to compare weddings in the Bay Area during the 00′s vs the 90′s, when [...]Save Money On Your Wedding: Control Your Wedding Costs & Budget Copyright 2011 All rights reserved. […]

Final Notice: 2012 GRS Video Contest Ends Sunday!

If you’re planning to enter the 2012 GRS video contest, you’d better get to work. The contest ends this Sunday night (April 15th) at one second before midnight. This may be the year to enter, too. Because there have only been seventeen entries so far, you have great odds of picking up one of the three $500 prizes. […]

Donate to Goodwill (or Your Thrift Store of Choice) (103/365)

You’ve sold items from your clutter individually. You’ve sold some more in bulk. You’ve hosted a yard sale. After all this, you still have some items. […]

Roundup: Caine’s Arcade & Other Gems

I loved this video about Caine’s Arcade – a 9 year old made a cardboard arcade and it’s a fun little documentary about it: Caine’s Arcade from Nirvan Mullick on Vimeo. Some other gems from this week: Myscha Theriault from Wise Bread shares 20 Great Once-A-Month Cooking Recipes, which includes some great recipes you can make and freeze for later. Jeremy at GenXFinance shares a few ways to save o […]

What Happens if You Contributed Too Much to an IRA?

A reader named Jim recently wrote in asking how to handle an excess contribution to a traditional IRA. Upon receiving his e-mail I ran a quick search of the archives and was surprised to discover that I hadn’t covered this topic in the past. With the filing deadline almost upon us, I decided it was high time to rectify the situation. For starters, let’s define our terms. […]

Snippets of Frugality

I get emails and comments and tweets from people all the time who seem almost disturbed by the idea that I incorporate frugality into my life. The implication behind those comments is that my life must be incredibly austere and boring in order to pull off all of these things. Here’s the truth: the things about my life that I write about on The Simple Dollar are snippets of reality. […]

Ask the Readers: Which Credit Cards Do You Use?

Though I steer clear of writing about credit cards at Get Rich Slowly, I use them all the time. I used to be an anti-credit card zealot. […]

Your Take: You vs. What Average American Buys

Last week, NRP’s Planet Money took a look at What America Buys and put together a graphic illustrating how much the Average American spends in each category of their budget. […]

The 5 Best Credit Cards for Dining Out

At first glance, dining out would seem be the opposite of frugality, as it is easy to spend enough in one meal at a restaurant as you could buying a week’s worth of groceries. Yet frugal people like me have been able to turn this equation on its head by using every trick in the book. […]

Got a Personal Finance Tip or Story? Enter Get Rich Slowly's Contest!

Our friends over at Get Rich Slowly are running a video contest where readers can share their personal finance tips and success stories for a chance to win $500. The deadline is fast approaching — all entries must by in before the 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time this Sunday, April 15. […]

Best Money Tips: Getting Better Deals at Thrift Stores

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on getting better deals at thrift stores, sources of non-taxable income, and optimixing credit card rewards. Top 5 Articles Top 10 Tips to Getting Better Deals at Thrift Stores — Want to get better deals at thrift stores? Sign up for their mailing lists or a store card. […]

How to Save Money on Patio Furniture

If you are anything like me, you tend to live outside during the warm summer months. Due to my affinity for sunshine and summer breezes, it is important to me that my patio becomes an extension of my living room during the summertime. […]

Reader Profile: JV

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. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of Apr 9

Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: Sweating the Big Stuff says not to wait in asking for a raise. EDITOR'S CHOICE! Totally Money Blog Carnival Money Wise Pastor has IRS help for pastors. 101 Centavos builds a raised garden bed. Sustainable Personal Finance offers retirement saving advice. […]

Buffett: Buying Houses Better Than Buying Stocks

On CNBC a few weeks ago, Warren Buffett told the television-viewing audience, among other things, that he would purchase a couple hundred thousand single-family homes right now, if it were practical to do so. That seems like a ringing endorsement of buying residential real estate for its value as an investment. […]

Have a Yard Sale (102/365)

You’ve gone through your clutter. You’ve sold off a lot of valuable individual items that you don’t want any more. You’ve also eliminated some of your collections by selling them off in bulk. But you’re still left with a giant pile of stuff. What do you do with the remaining miscellany? Have a yard sale, of course. Putting together a yard sale really isn’t that hard. […]

Get Your Name and Numbers Right

The following excerpt is reprinted with permission from Resume 101: A Student and Recent-Grad Guide to Crafting Resumes and Cover Letters that Land Jobs. Copyright © 2012 by Quentin J. Schultze, PhD. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, Berkeley, CA. […]

Ten Low or No Cost Weekend Activities

Want to have a great weekend in Disney World? Even for us Florida residents, we shell out $76.50 per day per park. The price goes up for each day and each park you add and that doesn’t include food. […]

Make eggshell seedling pots to sprout your garden for less

I’d like to plant a seed in your wallet. All green thumbs (and a few green fingers) know that sprouting seedlings instead of buying store-grown plants saves you nearly 90% on your gardening costs. But how do you sprout peas, squash, and tasty tomatoes when there’s still a chill outside? Easy peasy, people. […]

Best Cash Back Credit Cards for April 2012

One of the ways that you can maximize your finances is to make use of cash back credit cards. These are credit cards that provide you with the ability to earn cash back on your purchases. Hundreds of these cash back cards exist, and many of them stop at providing you with 1% cash back on all your purchases. […]