Is the Home Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction a Good Deal?

Interest payments on home mortgages have long been tax deductible in the United States. In fact, prior to the Tax Reform Act of 1986, interest on all personal loans was tax deductible. […]

Medical Discount Plan vs. Health Insurance

The rising cost of health care and the increase in health insurance premiums have many turning to more unorthodox methods of accessing affordable health care services. One of the rising trends has been toward medical discount plans. […]

Poverty Rates Up: How to Avoid Poverty

According to the 2010 Census data, the poverty rate for Americans is up to 15.1 percent, matching the rate from 1993. 46.2 million people are living below the poverty line, a level delineated by earning less than $22,314 a year for a family of four or $11,139 a year for an individual. 22 percent of children under the age of 18 are living in poverty. […]

The Pros and Cons of Car Dealership Service Departments

Moneyland has an interesting piece detailing just how much people get ripped off on maintenance expenses at their car dealerships. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Old Friends Edition

In everyone’s life, friendships blossom and then other friendships fade into the background. You move. Your interests change. Your time availability changes. […]

Is a Home Warranty Worth It?

After walking our dog Tobey this morning, I walked by a home for sale that advertised a free one year home warranty. It turns out that a lot of homes are offering this as a way to differentiate themselves from other homes. […]

Hostels For Adults: Spend Travel Money Where it Counts

This post is from new staff writer Sarah Gilbert. When I was 23, I stayed at my first (and last) Ritz Carlton, in Palo Alto. […]

Feelin’ Flakey: 7 Delicious Corn Flake Ideas

They say that everything comes back into fashion, and corn flakes are no exception. The Kellogg's iconic rooster-print box had a permanent spot in my childhood kitchen. Having recently re-discovered corn flake versatility, a box now sits on top of our refrigerator. Of course, Kellogg's is not the only corn flake manufacturer — there are now several knock-off brands. […]

Your Guide to Frugal Reality TV

There’s no shortage of reality television on the airwaves — but which of your guilty pleasures can help you save money? This comprehensive guide to frugal reality TV will identify which shows you should be watching, on what networks you can find them, and the days and times you can learn how to spend wiser from the comfort of your couch. Extreme Couponing This runaway hit follows regular people wh […]

Best Money Tips: Teaching Kids How to Donate Money

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on teaching kids how to donate money, cutting the cost of college tuition, and why you need to carry cash. Top 5 Articles Teaching Kids How To Donate Money — Teach your kids how to donate money by letting them pick what charity they want to donate to. […]

6 Signs That a Winning Notification Email Is a Fake

I’ve written about my hobby of entering sweepstakes before, and like any worthwhile endeavor, there is always a downside. One of these, unfortunately, is the massive amounts of new email you will receive as you sign up for newsletters and give out your contact info for prize notification. […]

Five Things You Buy and Never Use

Yahoo lists five things you buy and never use as follows: Exercise Equipment Swimming Pools Wine Cellars Outdoor Kitchens Espresso Makers Here's where I net out on these: Exercise equipment -- I have some small things like pull-up bars, a medicine ball, etc. that I use sparingly. […]

Review of Living the Savvy Life by Melissa Tosetti and Kevin Gibbons

The authors were kind enough to get a complimentary copy of Living the Savvy Life into my hands a while back.  Subtitled “The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Smart Spending and Rich Living,” Melissa Tosetti and Kevin Gibbons have a lot to say in this 219-page book.  The book’s primary audience is indeed as advertised in the subtitle, but there is still good advice for both genders in the book. Personal fin […]

One Month At The New Adventure

I have been at my new job for a little over a month now – and I’m loving it.  As I mentioned in my last post, I am working with a group of very dedicated folks, starting a new church in our area.  I have been extremely busy – getting to know everyone at the new church, figuring out how to best allocate our resources, and working hard to share our message with the community. Today, I took (most) of […]

Lottery Addictions, Gambling Habits & Other Big Money Mistakes

The lady watched her husband open the safe in the bedroom and memorized the code (true story). She then proceeded to open the safe once he had left for work, and took the valuable ring he had given her for their anniversary. […]

Start a Salary Negotiation With a Ridiculous Request

There’s some evidence that the first number mentioned in salary negotiations serves as an anchor. As an employee, you can influence the employer’s final salary by asking for a high number up front. That high number, you may know, is out of the employer’s range, but by asking for a somewhat reasonable high number, you’re making an impression that continues to influence the following discussion. […]

Why Leaving My Job in Finance Was the Best Decision Ever

This is a guest post from Sean Ogle, a former portfolio analyst who is now pursuing his goals of starting a business and seeing the world. Ogle writes about travel and entrepreneurship at Location 180. He also helps people build small businesses they can run from anywhere on earth at Location Rebel. This is my third guest post at Get Rich Slowly. […]

Determining the Size of Your Emergency Fund

One common question I get from readers relates to the size of their emergency fund. Simply put, how big should it be? How much cash should they have saved in their savings account for those unexpected events life deals you? Before we even get started, it’s important to note that there are a lot of different theories and ideas about how big an emergency fund should be. […]

Help a Reader: Where to Get an Energy Audit

FMF here again, asking for some wise counsel from the Free Money Finance community. You all have been so helpful to me in the past and now I have another issue I want to present for your feedback.As most of you know, I live in Michigan. Other than Antarctica, the Arctic Circle, Siberia, and Canada, Michigan is the coldest place on earth. Ok, so I exaggerate a bit. […]

What to Know about Subleasing Office Space

Link: ShareThisIf you are looking for office space but don’t want to make a long-term, costly commitment, subleasing space may be a good solution. […]