Your Take: Flying vs. Driving Your Next Trip

One of the common dilemmas we face is whether we want to drive or fly whenever we go home for the holidays. We’ve done both, experienced the headaches of both, and my opinion is that flying is “better.” But is it? […]

Ask the Readers: How Much Do You Spend on Food?

Five years ago, I posted the first-ever “Ask the Readers” question here at Get Rich Slowly. “How much do you spend on food?” I asked in a short post (the likes of which one never sees around here anymore). […]

How to Visit Museums for Free

Whether you’re into art or archeology, spacecrafts or handicrafts, there’s a museum for you — and you may be able to visit a museum that interests you for free. […]

Getting Whole-Grain Nutrition

Among the key recommendations in the USDA's latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans is eating more whole grains and fewer refined grains. According to the guidelines, Americans should consume six ounces of grains each day (about six slices of bread), at least half of which should be from whole grains like whole-wheat bread, oatmeal, and brown rice. […]

How to Complain About Your Credit Card

Have you ever been wronged by a credit card issuer? Did you wish you could complain to someone other than the customer service line? […]

Best Money Tips: The Rules of Re-Gifting

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on the rules of re-gifting, ways to find cheap paperback books, and how to avoid credit card problems while traveling. Top 5 Articles The Rules of Re-Gifting — Only regift when the parties involved do not know each other. […]

Saving Green by Growing Your Own Vegetables

Money doesn't grow on trees, but you can save a lot of it by growing your own veggies. Here's a quick overview on how to garden even if you don't have a green thumb. […]

Reader Profile: TL

The following is the latest post on my new "Reader Profiles" series. Each post in this series details the financial situation and challenges of an FMF reader. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of July 25

Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: Festival of Frugality Totally Money Blog Carnival Carnival of Wealth Get Out of Debt exposes some debt relief providers. Frugal Confessions likes to hack up finances. The College Investor says income diversity is a necessity. Enjoy!P.S. […]

Shoehorning family vacations in? Don’t

My wife, daughter, and mother-in-law have been traveling around Wyoming for a week.  The stated purpose of the trip was to do some research for a sequel to her first historical fiction, but my daughter sure is learning a lot out there having a good time, too.  They’ve been to Yellowstone National Park and a number of forts.  For the rest of the trip, they’ll be hitting parts of Colorado. Me?  I’m […]

Location Independent Lifestyle & The Pros and Cons of Blogging

Once in a while, we have to go on break in order to recharge. When you work for someone else, you’re usually given 2 weeks a year to spend as you wish. Your vacation time is scheduled and also limited. […]

Starting with a Blank Slate

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. Lois on Facebook wants to know about starting from scratch. “After two years of living just on basic needs in order to get rid of 60k in credit card debt – yea! […]

Your Credit Card Probably Has Several More Perks than You Know Of and Use

Forbes lists ten credit card perks you may not know as follows: 1. Car Rental Loss/Damage Insurance2. Extended Warranties3. Purchase Protection4. Security from Unauthorized Purchases5. Travel Accident Insurance6. Trip Cancellation Insurance7. Lost Luggage Insurance8. Travel Emergency Assistance9. Emergency Assistance10. […]

Financial Tips for Before You Buy a House

Buying a home can be a stressful and expensive experience.  Home hunting, closing a deal, and moving in can take a lot out of you.  When we were first thinking of buying a house, I started to make lists of things we would need to pay attention to.  I knew we were going to need a mortgage and that homes come with extra expenses as well.  Here are a few financial tips to keep in mind before you buy […]

Sizzling Summer Credit Card Promotions

Yes, the economy has a long way to go yet. However, one of the signs that things are picking up a little bit is the fact that my mailbox is starting to see more credit card offers. And, while I might be a little bit tempted to get a new card, I want to make sure it’s got the best possible bonus for me. […]

Kudos to Discount Tire

A few weeks ago, our next-door neighbors had their roof re-shingled. A day later, I had two roofing nails in one tire of my Highlander (after only 14,000 miles of wear.) Who knows if the two events were related, but it seems like an awfully strange coincidence that they happened so close together. […]

Saving Tips For New Parents: Get Ready For Baby!

Julius, from the TV show Everybody Hates Chris, has the ability to instantly calculate how much anything is costing him, from 11 cents of tape to how much electricity his three kids are wasting. […]

Reader Mailbag: Handwritten Letters

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. Rent or sell first home? 2. Keep investments or pay debt? 3. Prayer and money 4. Couple facing financial crossroads 5. Falling into money 6. Audio personal finance advice 7. Preparing for possible medical emergency 8. […]

Pay Down Debt or Build an Emergency Fund?

Although I’m not a financial professional and I don’t normally give advice, I’m relatively comfortable offering some opinions when it comes to strategy. A reader presented this question to me recently. I’m open to answering questions as long as the answers don’t involve giving stock picks or legal advice. […]

Spotify: The Future of Music Is Here — and You’ll Pay Less for It

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and raising children at Childwild.com. Europe’s hit music-listening service has finally launched in the United States. Spotify is here, and it’s already changed the way I listen to music. J.D. […]