4 Ways to Get Free Shipping with Your Online Purchases

One of the reasons that many people hold back from making online purchases is the cost of shipping. What’s the point of saving $5 on a purchase when shipping will cost you $7? The good news, though, is that free shipping is becoming easier to come by. Indeed, I rarely pay for shipping anymore. If you want free shipping on your online orders, here are 4 strategies you can follow: 1. […]

Picking Up Money (Followup)

So… Shortly after I posted about the guy whose girlfriend shamed him into leaving a dollar on the ground, Lifehacker picked up the story and ran a poll asking their readers the following: What’s the least amount of money you pick up off the ground? As of right now, there are a little over 9k votes, and guess what? Just over 30% of respondents would stop to pick up a penny, but roughly 51% wouldn’t […]

We're Giving Away $600 for the Holidays!

Happy Holidays! Ready to Play? Want to win some money? Now that the holidays are fast approaching, we wanted to give a couple gifts to you, our loyal readers. […]

Reader Mailbag: Popcorn, Old Movies, and a Warm Blanket

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. Using Roth to buy house 2. Children and educational tools 3. Is a charity legit? 4. Preparing for higher taxes 5. Shaving expenses 6. Inexpensive board game gifts 7. Investments used for debt repayment 8. […]

Can You Profit Buying Dividend Stocks Before Payouts?

Costco, one of my favorite companies (and one I am invested in), announced that it would be paying out a special dividend that would total more than $3 billion based on the number of shares outstanding. […]

Why We Take on Credit Card Debt

Why do some people rack up huge credit card debts while others are able to handle their credit responsibly? This is a question that puzzles everyone from psychologists to marketers to your Aunt Sheila, who wants to know why her sons are in such trouble with debt while you and your siblings are doing quite well, thank you very much. While the specific mechanisms behind what makes some people more d […]

Wise Bread Gift Guide: Gifts That Save Money

It shouldn't be a surprise that here at Wise Bread, we like gifts that do things — gifts that are useful. Gifts that fill a need. Gifts that might be indulgent, but not wholly unnecessary. And we especially love gifts that can do even more — that can keep help people save money. With that in mind, here's our guide to 25 great gifts that keep more cash in your giftee's wallet. […]

Best Money Tips: Ways to Save on Shoes

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on ways to save on shoes, things not to buy during the holidays, and ways to give gifts that matter. Top 5 Articles 13 Ways to Save on Shoes — To save on shoes, use coupons and buy classic styles. [Money Talks News] 12 Things Not to Buy During the Holidays — This holiday season, don't buy laptops or bicycles. […]

Preventing freezer burnout

My husband and I get along well with few disagreements. That’s why it was a surprise to both of us when something came between us a couple of weeks ago and, of all things, it was our freezer. And things got downright frosty for a few hours. I had a long list of things to get done when I got home from work – and cleaning out our stand-alone chest freezer wasn’t one of them. […]

10 Frugal-but-Classy Appetizers

Appetizers are one of those things that are so essential for successful entertaining, but can often eat up a big chunk of your entertaining budget. There are few things that make a party as fun as sipping wine and nibbling on a choice morsel while you wander about the room catching up with friends. […]

Overbooked Flights and (Reverse) Auctioning Your Airline Seat

Airlines have long asked for volunteers to give up their seats when a flight is overbooked. But when checking in for a flight recently, I was greeted with a new twist… This was for a flight on Delta and, as I was going through the online check-in process, I was greeted with a screen soliciting bids from potential volunteers. […]

Active Investing Success is Rare

Many regular FMF readers are familiar with Old Limey, a regular, popular commenter here. Through his comments we know that he is a retired engineer who took his relatively modest retirement savings, invested it during the dot com boom, and turned it into a multi-million dollar portfolio. […]

Stay Away from Tourist Traps (343/365)

In 2004, I had the professional opportunity to travel to Mexico multiple times in a short span. On those trips, I had a few chances to visit some of the sights of rural Mexico. One of the stops that really sticks in my mind is the opportunity to climb up a small Aztec pyramid at Teotihuacan. […]

What Seems Simple Rarely Is Simple

I enjoy watching cooking shows – you know, the ones where they actually focus on presenting a recipe and show off some of the techniques used in preparing that recipe. My favorite cooking show host is Julia Child, by a fair margin. There’s something I’ve always found really comforting about her – I don’t quite know what it is. […]

The Giver Gains

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. For the rest of the year I'm going to be highlighting verses relating to the poor on Sundays as a reminder of why I'm doing my $25k Red Kettle Challenge. […]

Reader Stories: Why giving up $100,000 a year was the right choice

Steve Chou writes about entrepreneurship and how to start an online store over at MyWifeQuitHerJob.com. In addition, he and his wife run an online store selling wedding handkerchiefs and wedding linens at BumblebeeLinens.com. This story is part of our Reader Stories series. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success or failure. […]

Save money when you cut the cheese

Food is usually a substantial part of a household’s budget.  Fortunately, there’s also lots of opportunity for saving money on food. The big budget-killer is usually dining out, so reducing the eating out to a minimum is low-hanging fruit.  Beyond that, it’s a matter of spending time to get good deals on food and preparing meals. Preparing food means, among other things, foregoing individually-pac […]

Consider All Forms of Transportation, Including Train and Bus (342/365)

A few months ago, I took a trip to Indianapolis. The first leg of the trip – a flight from Des Moines to Chicago – was uneventful, but it was the second leg that got interesting. I was scheduled to fly from Chicago to Indianapolis, but my flight was cancelled, as was the subsequent flight. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #103

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 Millionaires Became Wealthy

Time recently highlighted a survey of multi-millionaires asking them how they became wealthy. The results: 27% are entrepreneurs 15% are corporate executives 7% are managers 6% are investors 6% are doctors and dentists A few other key notes: 75% of wealthy entrepreneurs and business owners attribute their success to prudent risk taking. […]