How Investing Drives Us Crazy: Lessons From a Trade

Investing can be incredibly frustrating, even when you're doing things "by the book." I'm going to walk you through a recent trade I made using real money, pointing out all the things I did well. Unfortunately, even though I did everything "right," I still lost money on this trade. Let's take a look at what happened. […]

Best Money Tips: Save Money With Your New Dog

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on saving money with your new dog, how to fix errors on your credit report, and saving money by doing it yourself. Top 5 Articles Six Ways to Save Money With Your New Dog — Want to save money on your new dog? Keep his or her toys simple and avoid the kennel. […]

Reader Profile: MM

The following is the latest post on my new "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 Sept 26

Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: The Family CEO wonders where their debt came from. Smart Family Finance asks if you're ready to be a financial advisor. Stock Market Basics tells how to make some wise investments. FrugalDad wonders if Bank of America is in trouble. BripBlap says to just start. […]

See you at the Financial Blogger Conference

To my blogging colleagues: Very much looking forward to meeting you there in person — many of you for the first time. […]

5 Key Social Media Findings That Affect Your Business

Link: ShareThisThe Nielsen group recently came out with a fantastic report on social media usage in 2011, and the findings were a bit surprising. Sure, there were a few no-brainers like “U.S. […]

5 Ways You May Be Wasting Money in Your Business

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A Budget Is Only What You Make of It

Jenny writes in with an interesting question that was originally in this morning’s mailbag, but my answer became long enough that I decided to make it into its own post: I went through all of the budget exercises in the financial guidebook and created a budget for myself. The only problem is that when I was done and I tried to follow it, it felt really restrictive. […]

Bank of America to Add New Bank Fees

Many news outlets have been reporting that Bank of America will be instituting new fees to those with low account balances and it comes as no surprise. They are just the latest to announce tests in which account holders in certain states would be seeing these new fees. Wells Fargo has done this, Chase has done this, and many more will follow. […]

Five Ways Your Job Costs You Money

MSN Money lists five ways your job costs you money as follows: 1. Commuting costs2. Child care3. Clothes4. Food5. Charity pleas Of course there are costs associated with working. But in most cases, you end up making way more than you spend. […]

4 Money Saving Home Maintenance Tips Anyone Can Do

There are some expenses that are fun. We spend money and we get something in return that we can play with. Other expenses are boring and tedious. We spend thousands of dollars on insurance every year in the hopes that it will be money that we never again see. As we get older, an increasing amount of expenses feel that way and many of these expenditures will come from our home. […]

Non-Traditional Ways To Retire: Retirement Scenarios To Consider

The following is a guest post from Neal Frankle. Neal is a Certified Financial Planner in Los Angeles and also owns Wealth Pilgrim — a personal finance blog. Is it possible that you might be saving too much for retirement? Actually yes. […]

Citi Bonus Cash Back Categories for Fall 2011

As a followup to my recent post about the Chase Freedom bonus reward categories for Fall 2011, here’s some info about the newest bonus categories for the Citi Platinum Select card… As you’re no doubt aware, many reward credit cards have switched to a model where they offer a base level of 1% rewards plus bonus rewards in rotating categories. […]

Assessing Your IRS Audit Risk

It’s an ever-present threat to Americans and one that has been compared to the ultimate stressors in life, such as a death in the family, divorce or job loss. As a taxpayer, it’s always a lingering question in the back of my mind. […]

Bank of America Museums on Us Program

I haven’t mentioned this in quite a while but Bank of America has a great Museums on Us program in which account holders, credit or debit, can get free access to 150 museums on the first weekend of every month this year. […]

Help a Reader: Dealing with Two Homes

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: My wife and I got married last fall and we both were fortunate/unfortunate to be homeowners.  I'm 32 and my wife is 28 and while we both bought homes before we met which were perfect for our situations, obviously things have changed.  Like so many, our homes are both valued at less than our mortgages.  We've since moved into my home which is a […]

Reader Mailbag: School Lunch

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Saving for multiple housing goals 2. Children sharing bedrooms 3. Staying positive in volatile markets 4. Early childhoold illnesses 5. Board games as gifts 6. Student loan payoffs or savings? 7. […]

The Jersey Shore Film and Television Tax Credit

New Jersey has been gaining a worldwide reputation thanks to the plethora of newer television programs featuring the state. It may have started with The Sopranos, but Jersey Shore, Jerseylicious, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, and Jersey Couture have continued. The state government has been providing a tax credit encouraging filmmakers to bring their production to the Garden State. […]

Money Leaks: Buying Brand Name Instead of Generic

The easiest way to save a little money while getting almost the exact same thing is to buy a generic version of a brand name product. Whether it’s cereal or prescription drugs, the generic version is almost always cheaper and usually a close enough product that you wouldn’t be able to tell in a blind test. […]

The Spectacle of Financial Difficulty

This post is from new staff writer Sarah Gilbert. Both my husband and I have spent some periods of unemployment over the past decade, and we have become intimately familiar with financial humiliation. […]