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. […]

Beware Tax Scams

As tax season continues, you are likely to find at least one tax scam. Indeed, tax scams are common this time of year, since many unscrupulous types are looking for ways to make a quick buck. […]

Discover More Card Review

Twenty years ago, Discover was considered the joke of the credit card world. Discover cards weren’t accepted anywhere, and people who owned a Discover card were sometimes embarrassed to take it out of their wallets. […]

The Ever-Present "Weakness" Question

There are basically two answers to the perennial "what's your greatest weakness?" interview question: 1. You state a "weakness" that's really a strength (or something employers would like to hear). In other words, you really don't admit to a weakness. Examples: "I'm too driven and always want to deliver great results no matter what the project is." "I work too much. […]

April is National Financial Literacy Month

Did you know that April is National Financial Literacy Month? That’s right, there’s a whole month dedicated to increasing financial literacy. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Netflix Edition

Earlier this week, I made an offhand reference to the fact that my wife and I have watched several entire sci-fi series on Netflix streaming at a roughly three-episodes-a-week pace. Several readers wrote in and asked for what series we had watched, so I thought I’d give you a brief rundown of the series we’ve watched while being Netflix streaming subscribers. […]

Thoughts on Tipping – Pardon the Rant

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a good rant, so here goes… We’re currently on vacation and we went out for lunch yesterday. When the bill came, they had a handy little tipping guide at the bottom of the receipt. […]

Working With a Financial Adviser: Selecting the Right Planner

This is a series on finding, selecting, and working with financial advisers or planners. Recently, I evaluated the types of financial professionals and described the various professional certifications to help readers start on the right track. […]

5 Ways to Stimulate the Economy with Your Tax Refund

Normally, it’s not that exciting when you’re average… unless you’re talking about tax refunds. The average tax refund this year will probably settle in at over three thousand bucks. […]

All About Asset Location: How to Make the Most of Your Accounts

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He also has a newly reinvigorated blog, and you can have your day interrupted once or twice by his Twittering. Robert contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. […]

Negotiating 101: The 5 Buyers You Meet In Hell

If negotiating is a dying art, then proper negotiating is dead and buried. As an avid eBayer, Craigslist seller, and yard sale aficionado, I have many opportunities to negotiate and be negotiated with. I’ve seen it all. […]

5 Tried-and-True Strategies for Saving When Your Income Isn't Consistent

If you’re a freelancer or a contractor, then you know that work seems to come in “feast or famine” cycles. One week, you have more to do every day than 24 hours could possibly hold. The next, you’re twiddling your thumbs. Unfortunately, living with this cycle means that your income isn’t consistent, either. […]

Best Money Tips: Outsmart Your Bank

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to outsmart your bank, common interview questions, and top 10 tax audit red flags. Top 5 Articles 12 New Ways To Outsmart Your Bank — Outsmart your bank by not chasing new offers they put out for new customers. […]

Are the Joneses Keeping You Broke?

This is a guest post from Mike Collins of Saving Money Today. I've written about keeping up with the Joneses myself in Why Do We Try to Keep Up with the Joneses? and Thou Shalt Not Keep Up with the Joneses. […]

Spare Change: Cockeyed Edition

Last week, I wrote about the dismal odds you face when trying to play the lottery. That article included a lottery simulator built by the GRS technical elves, a widget inspired by the lottery simulator over at Cockeyed. I’ve mentioned Cockeyed several times over the years. It’s awesome. Cockeyed is the home of Rob Cockerham and his crazy projects and pranks. […]

“Banking” Meals

One of the biggest challenges I’ve come across since changing my diet has been the struggle to always have ingredients on hand for meals I can eat. […]

Happy Birthday to FMF!!!!

Well, it was six years ago today that I started Free Money Finance with a simple post that detailed what this site is about (followed the next day with why the site exists -- I guess I was already lacking for inspiration on day #2! […]

How to Track Gold and Silver Bullion in Quicken

Despite the convenience of Mint.com for tracking personal finances, it’s not flexible and in-depth for my needs. I’ve stuck with Quicken as a desktop program for many years. It’s unlikely I’ll move my data to the “cloud” until Mint.com or a similar service provides all the functions included in Quicken. Even the desktop version of Quicken isn’t as complete as I’d like. […]

How To Fight High Credit Card Interest Rates

Credit card interest rates are rising. Okay, let me rephrase that — they’ve been rising and are continuing the upward trend. The annual credit card survey conducted by Consumer Action has revealed that the average interest rate on credit cards has gone up 2 percent in the past 12 months. Nowadays, consumers are paying an [...]How To Fight High Credit Card Interest Rates […]

Free Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Cone Day: April 12th

Mark your calendars because Ben and Jerry’s free cone day for 2011 is next Tuesday, April 12th this year. Procrastinators slaving away on their tax returns can take a much needed break and stop by their local Ben & Jerry’s for a free cone. As for those of you who didn’t wait until the last few moments to file, you’re welcome to just take a break from life and enjoy a free scoop. […]