Saving Money on Five Dollar Gas and Other Concerns

With gas prices on the rise once again, it’s hard to predict how much the added expense will affect the average family. Experts seem to think that consumer confidence is up despite the fluctuation which leaves me feeling a bit skeptical. If the average person is ready to accept $4 a gallon gas, what happens when the price at the pump gets to be $5 a gallon or higher? […]

Kids & Money: When to Start Saving for Your Child’s College Education

One of the questions that many anxious parents ask themselves is this: When should I start saving for my child’s college education? The answer, as it is for so many questions related to saving, is, “as soon as possible.” It’s never too early to begin saving for your child’s college education. […]

Reader Profile: JK

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. […]

Barclaycard Ring MasterCard Sets Its Features Through Crowdsourcing

Barclaycard, a credit card issuer that primarily furnishes branded credit cards, like the Best Western Credit Card and the Carnival Credit Card, is experimenting with a new business model with a brand new card called Barclaycard Ring. […]

A Frugal Man’s Thought Process when Considering a Tempting New Purchase

I don’t play video games that much at this point in my life because, frankly, I don’t have very much time for them. I perhaps play for four or five hours a week. Usually, it’s when the children are about to nap or drifting off to sleep, and I play so I can be within earshot of them. […]

Prepare to Get Sick

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes the Frugal Cool blog for MSN Money, and writes about frugality and intentional living at Surviving And Thriving. On Valentine’s Day, when other people were exchanging chocolates, flowers and maybe even body fluids, I was undergoing the Attack of the Choleliths. That’s “gallstones,” for those lucky enough never to have had them. […]

2012 Consumer Reports Best Discount Brokers

Another year, another Consumer Reports list (unfortunately, you’ll need a subscription to read it) of the best discount brokers. It’s always fun to see this ratings just to see the different brokers jockey for positioning on these lists. […]

Ask the Readers: Have You Filed Your Taxes Yet?

Tax season is upon us again! The joys of getting confused by tax code and sending your money off to the IRS tends to make this time of year not so fun for everyone. The filing deadline this year is April 17th since April 15th is a Sunday and April 16th is Emancipation Day in the District of Columbia.  Have you filed your taxes yet? Did you (or will you) use a tax professional to do your taxes? […]

Cheap Ways to Add Big Flavor to Your Food

Seasoning your supper with only salt and pepper when you’re craving a kick just won’t cut it. But there are ways to add lots of flavor to your food with spending a bundle. To get the mouth party started, here are a few inexpensive ideas to turn your meals up a notch. […]

I’ll Finish This Post Tomorrow: 10 Ways to Stop Procrastinating

“Procrastination is a powerful copilot when it comes to unpleasant duties.” – Randy Wayne White Why do we procrastinate? Well, as mentioned in the quote above, the task in question may be unpleasant. Maybe you are dreading making an appointment to have that aching tooth checked. […]

7 Deadly Energy Sinners: The Energy Hogs Hiding in Your Home

A good number of Baby Boomers can recall conversations with their grandparents about a time before electricity, or when an "icebox" was literally a container that housed a block of ice that kept food inside cool. But my, how times have changed. We have gizmos and gadgets that didn't even exist a decade ago, and we consume energy at an alarming rate. […]

9 Ways I Saved Money Between Jobs

Economizing doesn’t necessarily mean missing out on life. Here's how I trimmed expenses without cutting into my lifestyle. […]

Help a Reader: Switching Careers

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I am currently enrolled in a top 10 part-time MBA program and will be graduating in about a year. I decided to go part-time so that I could pay for the degree without taking on any debt and allow my employer to pay for a portion of my tuition. […]

Lower Your Car Insurance Rates! How To Cut Insurance Premiums In Half

How can we cut our auto insurance premiums in half? Here are a few tips to lower your car insurance rates. Even if you already have insurance coverage, it’s still always a good idea to review your car insurance needs and compare rates from time to time, as even a cursory check of quotes from [...]Lower Your Car Insurance Rates! […]

PNC Bank Checking $100 Promotion

One of the first bank accounts I had, after the credit union I joined because my parents had an account there, was at a PNC Bank in Pittsburgh, PA. PNC Bank traces it’s roots back to Pittsburgh, as it’s the product of a merger in 1983 between Pittsburgh National Corporation and Provident National Corporation, both of which can use PNC as an acronym! […]

Best Money Tips: Cheap Ways to Keep Fit and Stay Healthy

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on cheap ways to keep fit and stay healthy, tips for taxpayer newbies, and discounts hidden in plain sight. Top 5 Articles Cheap Ways To Keep Fit And Stay Healthy — Keep yourself healthy by washing your hands often and sleeping earlier. […]

Making the Most of Your Chase Freedom Rewards

There once was a time when you could exchange $200 worth of Chase Freedom rewards for a $250 check. This 25% bonus was a very nice perk, but it has long since disappeared. That’s the bad news. […]

Encourage Art Skills with an End Roll of Newspaper (71/365)

Two or three times a week, our dining room table turns into a giant art project. We cover the table with paper, crayons, markers, safety scissors, glue, watercolor paints, and other items and our children get down to the important business of creating something. One time, it might be paper snowflakes. […]

Did You Get a Bonus Last Year?

Now that 2011 is completely over and businesses/organizations all across the country have had the chance to close their books on the year (assuming that their fiscal years match the calendar year), I wanted to ask you all: Did you get a bonus from work for your efforts last year? And if so, what did you do with it? I received a bonus and did two things with it: 1. […]

How to Save When Gas Hits $5 a Gallon

Oil has been quietly creeping up in the early months of 2012 and if 2008 is any indication, as oil goes up, spending in other areas goes down and that’s not good for the economy. […]