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. […]

Lessons from a Retirement Millionaire

I really like it when major magazines do Q&A’s with regular people, like when Kiplinger talked with Dane Lacey, a 49 year old radiologist from San Diego. It’s somewhat deceptive though as a radiologist is hardly a job that any regular person can get into. It’s a specialty that involves using imaging to treat patients and something you need plenty of schooling to do properly. […]

Being a Referee Could Provide a Great Side Income

As many of you know, my son and I make some extra money as soccer referees (for specifics, see How to Make Money as a Soccer Referee and How Much I Made This Spring Refereeing Soccer.) It's not much money for me (I pretty much break even after expenses) but for him it's a solid source of income -- $400 or so per "season" (one in the spring and one in the fall) -- that allows him to earn more than […]

Leisure Time, Not Idle Time

As I’ve mentioned before, I was able to create, launch, and build up The Simple Dollar during my leisure time in the evenings after work over a two year period. […]

Last Minute IRA Tax Deduction

With just under two weeks before the tax filing deadline you probably think your 2010 tax picture is set in stone. For some of you that may be the case, but for many more there may still be some money on the table ready for the taking. It’s all about the IRA contributions. One of the benefits of IRAs is that you have up until the tax filing deadline to make prior year contributions. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, The 2011 Winners

Well, we had another successful year of Free Money Finance March Money Madness. Here's a wrap-up of the winners and where the winnings go: CHAMPION Dirty Car Dealership Tactics won $500 donated to Charity Water.  RUNNER-UP How I Make Money Blogging won $300 donated to PugHearts. SEMI-FINALISTS Debt Reduction Strategy Guide won $100 donated to Charity Water. […]

Increase Your Credit Score

Somewhere along the line, American consumer society has progressed to the point where access to debt is almost essential to living a middle class life. If owning a house is the modern American dream, most Americans wouldn’t be able to achieve this without the help of the finance industry. As a result, our finances rely on credit scores. […]

How to Avoid a Tax Audit

No likes the idea of going through a tax audit. Indeed, many of us get downright nervous about being audited. There is no way to completely avoid an audit; some IRS audits are performed randomly. You never when your number will come up. […]

Establish Your Financial Priorities (Worksheet Inside!)

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. Quick — can you list your top financial priorities? My top priorities (aside from basic living expenses) are building a house and travel. […]

Ask the Readers: Desktop or Laptop?

Editor's Note: Congratulations to CgK, @ldelangel, and Steve Sforza for winning this week's contest! Computers have become a huge part of our day to day lives.  I personally am a huge fan of laptops and cannot imagine life without my laptop. […]