Ten Pieces of Inspiration #43

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. […]

How to Live Well on $40,000 a Year

Yahoo tells us how to live well on $40,000 a year. It's an interview with author Danny Kofke who tells how his (and any) family can do well on a $40k annual income: This took long-term planning. Raising a family of four on my teacher's salary would be next to impossible if we had a huge mortgage and a lot of debt. Before we had children, my wife, Tracy, was a teacher, too. […]

A moment of clarity from a cranky bank representative

The Alexa Toolbar has some interesting headlines come across it.  It draws on Reddit fairly often.  The submitter for this article now has about 1600 net votes from describing their experience calling up a representative at a bank to contest their new monthly service fee. It’s clear that the representative could use some education in the making friends and influencing people department, but what i […]

Dinner With My Family #36: Wisconsin Farmhouse Chowder

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. As we slip deeper and deeper into fall, our family is starting to eat more cold weather food – thicker soups and chowders and so on. […]

4 Things to Consider Before Hiring Household Help

Hiring someone to walk our dogs felt a little weird. But our hectic schedules and dwindling free time made it a health necessity for our Australian shepherds. We were lucky enough to find a great guy on the next block via our neighborhood Facebook group. The dogs get exercise. Tommy the Dog Walker gets paid. […]

My Pumpkin Lady’s Secret to Business Success

This weekend I went shopping at the local farmers market. We weren't looking for anything in particular, just browsing for what looked good. While browsing, we noticed a giant posterboard sign titled "Award Winning Recipe." There were several delicious-looking pictures of stuffed pumpkins followed by an "easy" recipe. […]

Best Money Tips: Low-Budget Ways to Celebrate Halloween

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on low budget ways to celebrate Halloween, getting thousands of dollars of free flights, and coupon strategies. Top 5 Articles 6 Low-Budget Ways to Celebrate Halloween — This Halloween, save money and head to your local movie theater. […]

4 Ways the Internet Is Hurting Your Finances

Consumers can find a lot of places to put the blame for an ongoing bad financial situation, but not all are brave enough to point the finger at themselves. While the Internet does have the resources to help you fill in some blanks on money management, it can also be part of the reason you are not handling your finances as efficiently as you should be. […]

Credit Card Surcharges or Checkout Fees

I’m currently on the road and just had an opportunity to dine out at a fantastic local breakfast spot. After placing my order and being told my total, I whipped out my Chase Freedom card, at which point I was informed of a $0.40 charge for using a credit card. I was annoyed, but I was in a hurry and wanted to conserve my cash, so I had them go ahead and run my card. […]

Little Moments

Each day is filled with little moments. Playing “catch” with a soccer ball with my son in the back yard in the cool fall air, both of us bundled up and kicking a ball back and forth. Smelling freshly-made scrambled eggs with tarragon and salt and pepper on top. Listening to a thought-provoking program on the radio. Going on a long mid-afternoon walk in the park and admiring the fall colors. Having […]

CitiBusiness World Card Offering $100 Bonus

Some small business owners find that they can more easily organize their accounting if they have a credit card dedicated to business purchases. For business owners who haven’t established credit in the business’s name, credit card issuers generally rely on the owner’s credit history. So even without a business credit history, it’s possible to be approved. […]

Your Take: Anger At Banker Pay

When Goldman Sachs announced it would set aside $10 billion for staff pay this year, CNN Money went to the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators and asked them what they thought. It was equal to $292,000 per employee, which is a drop of $78,000 from last year. The responses were what you’d expect – everyone was upset. […]

Seven Years of Fiscal Responsibility

It’s mid-September as I write this, and I’ve been spending the past few days scrambling to prepare for my trip to Peru. I’ve been packing, of course, but I’ve also been editing reader stories and writing blog posts for my absence. While bustling around, I stumbled across an old document. I’ve shared this before, but it’s been a while. […]

Reader Profile: SK

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. […]

Carnivals for the Week of Oct 17

Here are some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: Carnival of Wealth Carnival of Personal Finance Cavalcade of Risk Enjoy!P.S. Carnival Hosts -- If my post is in your carnival in a given week, please send me the URL to the carnival and I will include it in my weekly roundup. […]

How much can you get for your gold jewelry?

You may have heard of cash-for-gold businesses — turn your gold into cash.  The procedure for getting cash for your gold at these kinds of places goes like this: Request an envelope. Drop your gold jewelry in the envelope and mail it to them. They send you a check. Easy peasy, right? It is. […]

Causes of Stress: Rating The Most Stressful Financial Events

The whole subject of finance is one of the most common causes of disagreement and discord in a family, and I’m sure there has never been a home that hasn’t been touched by stress at one point or another due to money. […]

Some Thoughts on Handling Life’s Crossroads

Every so often, we’re met with a situation in our lives that represents a seriously life alteration. If we go one way, our whole life is going to go down a different path than if we chose the other option. These can take a lot of forms. The choice to marry someone. The choice to divorce someone. The choice to change career paths. The choice to sign a long-term contract. […]

And Yet Another Recommendation for the Lowly Thank-You Note

We've discussed whether or not a person should write thank-you notes after interviews a few times here at FMF (for background, see The Most Overlooked Step in the Job-Hunting Process, An HR Professional Recommends Thank You Notes, and Great Thoughts on Thank You Notes). Now US News weighs in on the subject listing "skipping the thank-you note" as one of five ways NOT to get the job you want. […]