Carnival of Passive Investing

Welcome to the Carnival of Passive Investing. As you might imagine, this carnival is a weekly collection of money-related stories around the idea of passive investing. And this week, I'm the host! If you're new to Free Money Finance, you may want to check out a few posts to get a feel of the site. Here's a list of my best posts from last year. […]

Picking Up Free Items in Public, Hoarding Ketchup: Thievery or Frugality?

I’d like to talk about an interesting habit that some people have. Pilferers can’t resist the lure of grabbing a few extra sugar packets or plastic forks from fast food restaurants. I have a relative with this habit. […]

Is Following Your Passion a Luxury?

The concept of turning your passion into a vocation, making a living doing something you love, easily generates two opposing viewpoints. I wouldn’t say I’ve had a privileged upbringing, but it depends on the perspective. I had the freedom to explore a variety to activities to help nurture my mind, soul and body. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Making Your Own Clothes

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. […]

10 Ways to Grow Professionally

US News lists 10 ways to grow professionally as follows: 1. Take a class. 2. Teach yourself a skill.3. Volunteer. 4. Master an online tool. 5. Seek out people who are on the career path you aspire to. 6. Shadow a colleague. 7. Find a mentor. 8. Read.9. Attend a conference. 10. […]

5 Bad Habits that Cost Us at the Bank

Remember when banks were happy to hold on to your money for you? The process was simple and oddly satisfying. You would get your paycheck (There was no automatic deposit) which you would take to the bank on certain days of the month. […]

How to Keep Your Spending Habits Secret from Companies

Not too long ago, I wrote a post about retail rewards and privacy. In today’s world, all sorts of people are collecting data about what you are doing. […]

Worksheet: Track your customer service calls to save money

Brrrring! Hello, customer service agent? Did you hear my complaint? And more importantly — howyagonnafixit? [Now I'm on hold. The sound of muzak is tickling my eardrums -- probably Smooth Operator, by Sade.] You know the drill. Your phone, cable, or internet provider dropped the ball and now you’re stuck on the line trying to get the costly problem fixed. […]

Vanguard Adds Same-Day Trading for Bank Transfers

It’s no secret that I love Vanguard. In fact, with the exception of two employer-related retirement accounts that are held at Fidelity, we do all of our investing at Vanguard. […]

Two Big-Bonus Credit Cards

As you know, I prefer cash back credit cards. I keep a list of what I consider to be the best cash back credit cards for readers to check out at their convenience. I have also detailed what exact cards I use and how I use them.However, I also know that different people have different spending patterns, goals, preferences, etc. […]

The Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, Rising Tuition Fees – The Next Bubble? Enjoy! […]

Reader Mailbag: Parenting

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. Life insurance question 2. Where do I begin? 3. Paying bills with reward cards 4. Waiting for an internship 5. Settling credit card debt 6. Ignoring debt 7. Podcast basics 8. Turning your life around 9. […]

Bank of America Will Pay Whistleblower $930,000

Bank of America can’t catch a break. A whistleblower, Eileen Foster, brought fraud at Countrywide Financial Corp. to the attention of Countrywide’s Employee Relations Department shortly after Bank of America acquired the company. […]

Does Automatic Dividend Reinvestment Make Sense?

I’ve been a fan of dividend stocks for a few years now, ever since the Great Stock Market Sale of 2008 (I picked up a few more in the Less Volatile Sale of Mid-2011). With my longer time horizons and my hardy stomach for volatile stock prices, I found it easy to be patient and purchase shares in solid companies with good earnings and a dividend policy that was consistent and not overreaching. […]

How Did My Phone Bill Get So High?!? Why You Should Pay Attention to Your Bills

This is a guest-post from Tim Ellis, author of Seattle Bubble, a blog and forum dedicated to real-estate market conditions in the Seattle area. Tim is a long-time GRS reader. Previously on GRS, Tim has written about renting vs. […]

9 Ways to Earn Extra Cash When Money Is Tight

Even though I’m self-employed full-time, I’m always looking for new and exciting ways to make more money. Earlier this year, I wrote a Wise Bread post on websites that can help you earn extra cash. […]

Stupid Reasons Why People Make More Money

Life just isn’t fair. That’s not just my opinion; you just have to look around you to see who’s doing well and who isn’t. Sometimes you scratch your head and wonder “how is that guy running this place?” or “why isn’t she in charge of this project, she’s awesome?” The fact is, it’s not just our education and work experience that defines our ability to make money. […]

Best Money Tips: Work Out Without a Gym Membership

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on exercising without a gym membership, booking holiday travel, and how to stick with a budget. Top 5 Articles 13 Ways to Exercise & Work Out without a Gym Membership — Get a great workout without a gym membership by playing with your kids or pets. […]

Bear Markets Explained

Residents of the financial world have a way of creating terms for particular market trends that sound relatively inconspicuous to the average layman, even though in reality those trends signify a time for concern. A good example of this is the bear market. This is not a place where you would go to get a good discount on a few Theodore Roosevelts ("teddies"). […]

Financial Strategy #2: Social Security

The book Your Stronger Financial Future: The Eight Essential Strategies for Making Profitable Investments lists eight misconceptions, truths, and strategies to help readers deal with a variety of major financial issues. I'll be highlighting these in several posts and giving you my thoughts on them.Today we'll look at strategy #2 which deals with Social Security. […]