Two Pet Peeves I Have with Vanguard

As most of you know, I'm an index fund investor. And my company of choice for investing is Vanguard. Overall, I like the company, its philosophy, and its low-cost investments, but I do have a couple pet peeves with it as follows: Their website stinks. I've used it for many years now and I still can't figure out how to navigate through it much of the time. […]

When Will I Get My Tax Refund?

Every year around this time I get inundated with questions from people wondering when they’ll receive their tax refund. If you’ve been wondering about this, then be sure to check out the “Where’s My Refund?” tool on the IRS website*. To use the tool, you’ll need your Social Security number, your filing status, and the whole dollar amount of your expected refund. […]

Government Shutdowns, Late Paychecks, and Real Motivation

People who work for the federal government are concerned today. A shutdown of the federal government due to the lack of functional ability within the Congress might result in delayed paychecks for many government workers. […]

How to Avoid Frugal Fatigue

The recent recession has encouraged many of us to improve our financial habits — including cutting back on spending. Frugality has allowed many to regain financial footing. […]

Personal Finance Insights from HGTV

At the end of February our family traveled two hours from home for my son's annual basketball tournament (which required an overnight stay). After I had my fill of 10 to 16-year-old boys in the hotel's pool, the lobby, and everywhere I turned, I went back to our room and flipped on the television. Somehow I ended up on the Home and Garden channel (HGTV) watching a show called House Hunters. […]

Reader Mailbag: Audio

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. First investments 2. Credit question 3. Yoga teacher training 4. Credit counseling agencies 5. Taxes and inflation 6. Amazon and library synergy 7. Student loan repayment options 8. What’s real poverty? 9. […]

Ten Ways to Pay for College Without Going Into Debt

College is one of the best investments you can make – if it’s done right. If you or someone you support is getting ready to go to college, I have great news. You can go to college and graduate without being saddled with huge debts when it’s over. The following advice is mainly going to help those with limited resources. […]

The Saver’s Dilemma

At Consumerism Commentary, I’ve been writing about putting money into high-yield savings accounts for as long as this website has been around. Just as people started getting the message, banks pulled the rug out from under their customers. […]

Five Gas Saving Myths

With global turmoil continuing to threaten higher gas prices — especially with the summer driving season just around the corner — it is little surprise that many people are looking for ways to save money on gas. Indeed, as gas moves toward the $4.00 per gallon level that many think is inevitable, increasing fuel economy becomes even more important. […]

Financial Security for Unmarried Couples

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and raising children at Money is one of the biggest issues couples fight about. It’s also one of the most important areas for clear communication. […]

5 Affordable, Eco-Friendly Easter Ideas

Looking for ways to celebrate an eco-friendly Easter this year? Easter ideas are a dime a dozen. It’s finding ones that won’t wreak havoc on the environment that’s the problem. […]

Best Money Tips: Improve Your Conversation Skills

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on ways to improve your conversation skills, how a shutdown can hurt you, and 5 tax rip-offs. Top 5 Articles 7 Ways to Improve Your Conversation Skills — Improve your conversation skills by noticing details. […]

Making Progress: The Missing Link Between Management and Employees

I'm always looking for what motivates people to do good work, because I think that it can make us all happier in the workplace. A recent Harvard Business Review worker-motivation survey came up with some great insights. The study asked 600 managers from varying industries what they thought motivated their workers the most. […]

Reader Profile: LotharBot

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. […]

Save thousands on dental care just by brushing your teeth correctly

Most everyone knows that regular brushing and flossing helps to prevent cavities and more expensive restorations.  Ounce of prevention and all that.  There are so many benefits to having a healthy set of teeth that it’s difficult to argue against brushing. But here’s a different question.  Do you know how to brush your teeth correctly?  Doing this routine the right way could mean the difference be […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 4/7, 12pm Pacific for Chance to Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: How to keep track of your money. April is Financial Literacy Month! […]

Credit Sesame Sweepstakes: Win A $250 Cash Prize For Referrals

I’d like to share a few announcements about Credit Sesame, which offers a free credit management tool for those who want to get a good hard look at their debt and credit. They are based here in the SF Bay Area, so I keep pretty close tabs on them and have had the privilege of [...]Credit Sesame Sweepstakes: Win A $250 Cash Prize For Referrals […]

Personal Finance and the Idea of Freedom

“Financial freedom” is a concept that’s constantly bandied about among personal finance writers and presenters. I think it’s mostly used because it sounds good: freedom implies some sort of escape from oppression, and applying that sentiment to personal finance creates a picture of a future where you’re not beholden to creditors or lenders or your boss. What does it really mean, though? […]

Multiple Accounts: An Essential Wealth Management Tool

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. To build real wealth, you need specific wealth management tools. One of these is opening the right accounts and using them correctly. […]

Do You Know About Bargaineering Bucks?

Every so often I like to remind new visitors and commenters that we have a pretty sweet rewards system here at Bargaineering, this is one of those reminders. I call them Bargaineering Bucks and they’re worth absolutely nothing in terms of real money but they can be used to bid on items in the Bargaineering Bucks auction store. You can register here to start earning bucks today. […]