How to Organize Your Pantry and Save Cash

The cost of groceries is increasing, and many consumers are on the hunt for better, more efficient ways to save and cut down on their monthly food expenses. […]

What Easter Island Can Teach Us About Money

“A fool and his money are soon parted.” That was a favorite quote of my late grandfather, who, by all accounts, was not a terribly genial man (although he loved timeless, biting quotes). We probably all know at least a few people who struggle to manage their money. […]

Best Money Tips: Family Activities for Winter

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on family activities for winter, earning travel rewards without a credit card, and how to start an emergency fund. Top 5 Articles Fun and Frugal Family Activities for Winter — This winter, have movie marathons with your family. […]

The Best Credit Card Perks Beyond Points and Miles

In the battle to win over new credit card applicants, banks have consistently escalated their offers of points and miles. In 2011, we saw multiple issuers that gave away 50,000, 75,000, and even 100,000 miles, just for a receiving a new card and meeting the minimum spending requirements. […]

Top 10 Free Money Finance Excerpts of 2011

I run quite a few book excerpts here at Free Money Finance. I like them because they are basically well-written guest posts. I work with authors and/or publishers to select pieces I think FMF readers will like, share what they have to say, and then you all decide whether or not you want to buy the book or pick it up at the library. […]

My two cents on Suze Orman and her prepaid card

Suze Orman needed to upgrade her leather jacket to a flak jacket tonight in a personal finance scrap match with personal finance bloggers over her new self-branded prepaid debit card.  The Approved Card is her own personally-branded prepaid debit card with what appears to be a decent package of tools and features.  The downsides, as pointed out by PT Money, are a $36/year minimum fee and a less-th […]

Reduce Debt and Save Money on Groceries

With so many of us focusing on improving our finances in 2012 – I thought it might be beneficial to link to a few of my favorite personal finance-related resources: Free Printable Grocery Store Price Book - I created this printable price book to track fluctuations in the prices of grocery store items.  Download the price book and print several pages.  You can track prices for multiple stores and m […]

Investing in Plastic Surgery to Increase Income

Last summer I asked if you'd be willing to get plastic surgery to improve your career. Well, on my post titled Being Beautiful Can Earn You a Fortune one reader linked to a story where a woman did just that. In fact, she got several surgeries to improve various parts of her face and body -- and she reaped a financial windfall. […]

Ally Bank Still Offering 0.25% Certificate of Deposit Loyalty Bonus

I had a 11-month No Penalty certificate of deposit maturing this month and was pleased to learn that Ally Bank was still offering a 0.25% interest rate loyalty bonus if you renew the CD. When you renew, you can change the maturity of the CD and even increase or reduce how much you are saving. […]

Restaurant Tricks That Make You Spend More

Casinos, grocery stores, and shopping malls are no longer the consumer outlets that are trying to use psychology to make consumers stay longer and buy more merchandise. […]

10 Rare Coins Worth Millions

It’s rare that your collectibles will bring in thousands of dollars, much less millions. However, there are some items that, due to their rarity and/or history, are valued at several millions of dollars. […]

Good Debt and Bad Debt

Misuse of credit can destroy a family’s financial life. A household can crumble under the weight of debt, whether it has increased from a poor house-purchasing decision, a drastic change in the real estate market, a shopping addiction, an unexpected medical bill, or the lack of preparedness for an emergency. […]

Make Your Own Cheap Shampoo, Conditioner, and Toothpaste

In an attempt to reduce costs in 2012, I am adopting a Do-It-Yourself mentality.  One of the areas of my spending that can be virtually eliminated is in the Personal Hygiene category.  Using recipes found in the book, Making It: Radical Home EC for a Post-Consumer World by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen, I plan on buying ingredients in bulk and making my own shampoo, conditioner, and toothpaste. It […]

Reader Profile: JJ

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. […]

Finances, Opportunity, and the Path of a Little Girl

“I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth.” – Susan B. Anthony Today, I’m going to talk about my daughter. In many regards, she’s a pretty typical four year old girl – at least judging by her peers. She likes to play dress-up – in fact, we have a dress-up tub in our basement just for her. […]

Choosing a Career Path By Chasing Hot Jobs

A recent article in Fortune Magazine predicts that one of the hottest jobs ten years from now will be data scientist. If this prediction is true, parents of teenagers in their first year of high school and their parents might consider encouraging their kids to develop the skills necessary to be in high demand by the time they earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees. […]

Frugality Advice from Millionaires

This is a guest post from Jaime Tardy of Eventual Millionaire. After paying off $70,000 and quitting a six-figure job, Jaime became a business coach. She also interviews millionaires every week for tips and advice. […]

2012 Hybrid & Electric Car Tax Credit Update

Many many years ago in a Congress far far away a law was passed that offered tax credits for the purchase of hybrid cards and light trucks. The law was the Energy Act of 2005, the Congress was the 109th, and President Bush was the one who signed it. […]

Ask the Readers: Do You Use Business Cards? (Special $100 Giveaway)

Business cards are one of the most important networking tools. Professionals, job seekers, freelancers, and even students have used business cards to advance their careers. Whether you hand them out to clients or prospective employers, a tasteful business card provides people with a great first impression.  Do you use business cards? If yes, how do you use them? […]