5 Money Lessons Learned from ‘Saving Penny’

Learning life’s financial lessons can be a tough battle. No one likes drowning in credit card debt, buying too much (or not enough) insurance, or putting money into the wrong investment. Watching someone else struggle is a bit easier. […]

$100 Checking Account Signup Bonuses

If you’re in the market for a new checking account, I’ve listed below four recent signup bonuses that I’ve run across. In each case, I’ve included a summary of the offer details. Full details are available by clicking through to the application pages. […]

What Does It Mean to Be Rich?

If you wander by the personal finance section at your local bookstore, one of the first things you’ll notice is that a lot of books use the word “Rich” in the title. Rich Dad, Poor Dad. How to Get Rich. Smart Couples Finish Rich. I Will Teach You to Be Rich. Heck, one of the most popular personal finance blogs out there is named Get Rich Slowly. Rich. […]

Low Cost Medical Clinics That Can Help Boost Your Health

Times are tough. Health care costs are steep and getting a good deal on a doctor’s appointment can seem like a faraway dream. Sure, the new reform is floating around out there, but it will take some time to execute it and see how it all works out. […]

Friday Finance Findings for April 30th

This weekend I was hoping to be firing up my new smoker for the first time and smoking some baby back ribs. Unfortunately, my plans have been foiled. I purchased a Weber Smokey Mountain late last week along with a few other things and because of the size of the smoker it had to be shipped separately. I figured no problem. […]

The 1-Cent Cell Phone Protector, and Other Hacks.

When you're forking out several hundred dollars for a cell phone, the thought of spending even more money to keep it scratch-free seems a no-brainer. But I'm cheap. And I don't like spending a few bucks on a piece of clear tape when, well, a free piece of clear tape will do. […]

Ally Bank No Penalty CD

Certificates of deposit often offer higher interest rates than savings accounts and money market accounts because the banks expect customers to keep their money locked away in CDs for a predetermined period of time. […]

Your Take: Would You Accept Cellphone Payments?

There was an article in the New York Times yesterday about a bunch of new startups offering cell phone payment systems. They talked about PayPal, Intuit, VeriFone, and Square and how each of their systems let you collect payments, whether from friends or customers, through systems integrated with your cell phone. For businesses, this is great. […]

Money and Relationships: A Matter of Control?

Last week I gave a talk at Powell’s bookstore here in Portland. During the question-and-answers session, one woman posed an interesting question. (I’ve forgotten her name, so let’s call her Kim to make things easy.) Kim has been aggressively paying down her debt, and is pleased with her progress. However, her boyfriend thinks she’s doing it wrong. […]

Reset Your Investment Cost Basis With Charitable Donations

Today, I want to share a tip that will help you avoid future taxes on the taxable portion of your investment portfolio. […]

Americans Falling Short Managing Their Finances

Smart Spending details several facts that appear to say many Americans are not that great when it comes to following sound, basic, financial habits. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of April 26

For weekday updates of what I find to be some of the most interesting personal finance articles on the web, follow me on Twitter. Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week and my posts that were included: EDITOR'S CHOICE! Money Hacks Carnival - How to Get a Career Award EDITOR'S CHOICE! […]

Book Review: Spent: Memoirs of a Shopping Addict

Avis Cardella is a former model and a freelance fashion writer who had a serious shopping addiction. In Spent: Memoirs of Shopping Addict (affiliate link), she writes about her struggles with acquiring more and more stuff without fulfillment for two decades. […]

Oil Spill Disaster & The Costs of the Pursuit of Profit

So what’s the emergency plan for this disaster? This is really frightening. On the heels of Earth Day, I’m greeted — no shocked — by the latest environmental disaster (an oil rig exploded and continues to spill oil off the Louisiana coast) transpiring somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico. I take the conservative’s stand in most respects, but not when it comes to environmental concerns. […]

The Richest Fictional Characters

Here's a fun diversion for a Thursday -- Forbes' list of the richest fictional characters. Their top 10: No. 1 Carlisle Cullen, Net Worth: $34.1 billionNo. 2 Scrooge McDuck, Net Worth: $33.5 billionNo. 3 Richie Rich, Net Worth: $11.5 billionNo. 4 Tony Stark, Net Worth: $8.8 billionNo. 5 Jed Clampett, Net Worth: $7.2 billionNo. 6 Adrian "Ozymandias" Veidt, Net Worth: $7 billionNo. […]

Your 2010 Budget Revisited

Link:  http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/money/article/your-2010-budget-revisite... ShareThisIf you follow good business practices, then late in 2009 you made a budget for 2010. […]

The Zen State of Slog Work

The people that succeed at any job are the people who get the job done effectively, even if the work happens to be incredibly boring. At one of my (many) college jobs, I would spend hours upon hours sifting dirt. […]

New Chase $100 Checking Account Bonus

If you’ve been thinking about opening a checking account at Chase, then they’ve announced a new checking account promotion that is perfect for you. How about $100 to open a checking account with at least $100 in new money to Chase, 5+ debit card transactions in 60 days (or a direct deposit), and keep that account open for 6 months. […]

9 Tips to Save on Appliance Purchases

The "Cash for Appliance Clunkers" program is the latest way to save on new, energy efficient appliances, but it's certainly not the only way. Whether you're planning to take advantage of your state's program or it's already over, check out these appliance-shopping tips. […]

Eight Great Frugal Date Ideas

The following is a guest post by Ashley Jacobs from Green Sherpa. The pressure associated with trying to impress someone and make sure they have a great time can take the fun out of planning a date.  Coming up with a great date idea is difficult enough.  Add to it the fact that you want to be frugal while making the date awesome makes it even more difficult.  So how do you make sure you and you […]