How to Avoid Moving Scams

Moving is awful. More than 40 million moves occur each year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Paying someone to handle most of the heavy lifting can be a great way to ease stress and tension. (See also: The ABCs of DIY Moving) But it can also create a fiscal nightmare for consumers who aren't careful. […]

Best Money Tips: Turn Old Movies and Games into Cash

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on turning old movies and games into cash, debt reduction plans, and avoiding ATM fees. Top 5 Articles Turn Old Movies and Games into Cash — Get cash for your old movies and games by trading them in on Amazon. […]

Five Home Insurance Red Flags and How to Avoid Them

This is a guest post from Lisa White. During a recent wind storm, a friend was awakened during the night by a loud banging sound. Moments later, her neighbor called, saying that he had big pieces of her home’s siding on his front lawn. […]

Lower Expenses by Moving to a Rural Town

We've discussed the fact that some cities are quite expensive several times here at FMF, but we've never done the opposite -- look at rural areas and see what they offer in terms of cost. Well, in listing four benefits of retirement in a rural community, US News lists benefit #1 as follows: Low cost of living. Food is slightly more expensive in the local grocery stores. […]

Today’s Givaway: $100, $200, or More!

It’s another weekday in May, so it’s time for another giveaway. This month is Giveaway May at Consumerism Commentary, and it’s been quite a ride. The purpose of this is to thank Consumerism Commentary readers, new and old, and expose readers to some of the great partners that have lined up. Today I’m happy to be working with Evan from My Journey to Millions. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 5/26, 12pm Pacific for Chance to Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Charity on a budget. How do you give back to your favorite causes? Do you donate labor, funds, or your expertise? […]

Spare Change: RV Parking Edition

As many of you know, former GRS staff writer Adam Baker — aka the Babe Ruth of blogging — has spent the last few months on a cross-country RV tour. Adam and Courtney and three-year-old Milli have been living in a 31-foot gas-guzzler sponsored by Adaptu, a new online money-management tool. Note: Have I mentioned Adaptu before? I can’t remember. It’s like Mint, but with a larger social component. […]

It Adds On To Your Career

If I were to go sell my Honda Pilot right now for a new vehicle, I might drive in a bit more comfort, I suppose. However, that $25,000 invested would have to come from somewhere. I can think of several gadgets that might be fun to have around the house, but they would cost thousands of dollars. […]

How to Track Your Accomplishments

One of the major keys to growing your career is being able to track and communicate your past work accomplishments. […]

ING Direct Offers Read Only PIN Access for Aggregators

I’ve long been a customer and fan of ING Direct. They were one of the first online banks that offered a high yield savings rate worth worth talking about and they coupled it with the most functional website I’d ever seen. They set the standard for online banking. […]

AIG IPO: Opportunity Missed or Crisis Averted?

A few days ago, I received an email from E-TRADE that my brokerage account there qualified me to participate in AIG’s latest public offering. The government is beginning to sell its stake in the company, and this would be a unique opportunity to purchase stock not usually available to most people. […]

What is Inflation? And Why Should You Care?

One of the topics that we have heard a lot about as the economy lurches slowly toward recovery is inflation. But what is inflation? We hear about all sorts of incarnations of inflation, from core inflation to stagflation. […]

How to Get the Most from Cash Back Credit Cards

A couple days ago I told you why I like and use cash back credit cards. Today I'd like to follow that post with my thoughts on when you shouldn't use credit cards and give you a few tips for making the most of your cash back credit card rewards.Before we get into making the most of your cards, let's list the three major times when you shouldn't use credit cards. […]

Inflation and the Billion Prices Project

When it comes to planning for your financial future, inflation is a huge issue. In fact, given the historic annual inflation rate of 3.75% a million dollars today will be worth just over $190k in 50 years. Moreover, using that historic rate along with the rule of 72, we can further conclude that prices will double every 19.2 years. CPI vs. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: No Perfect Diet Edition

The more you evaluate the ins and outs of particular diets, the more you discover that there is no “perfect” diet. No matter what “rules” you apply to your eating, there is always a study or two contradicting it. The only thing I’ve seen that seems to be universally agreed upon is portion control. […]

Discover Motiva Card Review

Most credit cards offered to consumers today are built the same way. Provide a mediocre interest rate with a 1% cash back rewards program and a couple of perks and you have 99% of the market covered. The challenge lately has been finding a credit card offer that goes beyond “state of the art” and offers something innovative. […]

Kiplinger Tackles Coupled Finances

In the June 2011 issue of Kiplinger’s magazine, Lisa Gerstner tackles the subject how to blend your finances, a subject that I’ve discussed a few times (and one you have probably weighed in on) in the past because of how important it is. The key message in the article is that communication is the most important thing. […]

A Penny Saved is a Penny Spurned? What to Do with Pockets Full of Change

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes a personal finance column for MSN Money. She also writes about frugality, intentional living, and life in general at her own blog, Surviving And Thriving. I regularly empty the change from my wallet. Pennies, nickels and dimes go into a pink piggy bank. Quarters go into “Mr. […]

What Can You Buy for $1 These Days?

Back in 1930, the humble dollar could get you a decent table lamp, a quality bathrobe, or roughly six gallons of regular gas. But these days, it’s hard to find anything that costs $1 or less. […]

Are Music Lessons Worth It? Hidden Benefits May Tip the Scale

We have our 7-year-old enrolled in piano lessons. He's been at it for a little over a year now. There were various reasons for starting him off, but he's taken a liking to it, and I can envision him sticking with it for several years. […]