Ten Pieces of Inspiration #46

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. This past week, my oldest two children and I spent some time looking at public domain photos of different points in American history for an art project. Some of them really inspired me, so this week’s entry has quite a few of them. 1. […]

American Express’s Small Business Saturday

I’ve avoided writing about Black Friday this year. In the community I follow, promoting the day after Thanksgiving for shopping has gotten completely out of hand. I wrote an article for PC World a few years ago, The Insider’s Guide to Black Friday Bargains, where the tips are still relevant for today’s shoppers. […]

Help a Reader: Vacationing in Italy

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I am going on vacation with my husband to Italy.  I have a few questions I thought your readers could be helpful with. 1. What is best way to exchange money abroad?  My credit card(chase freedom), has a foreign fee they tag on to using abroad, so i would like to save that for emergency only. […]

Credit Cards with Big Bonuses

I'm going to change the way I highlight big-money credit card bonuses from here on out. In the past, I've notified you all of credit cards that have big bonuses on a one-by-one basis as they came up. But this leads to a lot of posts on bonus credit cards which junks up the site IMO. In addition, when the card goes off bonus I need to track down the post and change it, which is a hassle. […]

Wearing Things Out

Dinner with My Family is taking a one week hiatus this week. On the shelf in my office sits a well-worn copy of the board game Settlers of Catan. By well-worn, I mean well-worn. Fraying edges. Ink starting to wear off of the cards. A few home-brewed replacement pieces. A bit of moisture damage causing some warped pieces. The game has moved with me at least four times. […]

Ally Bank Offers Remote Check Deposit

Last summer I mentioned that ING Direct was about to roll out the ability for customers to deposit checks electronically. Unfortunately, that still hasn’t happened. […]

The Entrepreneurial Trend: Personality Traits

I’m an accidental entrepreneur. I never quite fit in with big hierarchical systems, like public education (as a teacher) and corporations. Getting things done, particularly accomplishing various things the way I wanted to accomplish them, has always been a struggle for me in these structures. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Restaurant Discounts

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. […]

$300 Gift Card Bonus from the Citi Forward Card

Citibank has launched a new version of their Citi Forward Card with a credit card bonus worth mentioning. The new card offers cardholders the opportunity to earn 30,000 bonus ThankYou points, redeemable for $300 in gift cards. This is a big boost over the typical offer for this card, 10,000 points. […]

Skip a Bill Payment for the Holidays? No Thanks

Have you ever wished you could take a holiday from paying your bills? Well, be careful what you wish for. A colleague recent forwarded “Holiday Skip-A-Month” certificate from their credit union. The accompanying letter reads: Another year has passed and the holidays are approaching quickly. […]

Your Take: Ever Taken a Megabus or Bolt Bus?

I was reading a short little piece on $1 Megabus tickets when I thought back to my experience with one of these buses. I forget the name of the company (it was neither Megabus or Bolt Bus) but I purchased a $20 ticket from Baltimore to New York City to visit my parents when, before leaving Baltimore, the bus broke down. […]

Ask the Readers: How Much Money Do You Need Before You Have Kids?

For the most part, this site reflects my values and my experiences. That’s natural. One of the first rules of writing is to “write what you know”. […]

6 Awesome Credit Card Tricks That Will Save You Money

Can you manage your credit cards as deftly as high stakes Vegas dealers handle their playing cards? You can learn how. Credit cards are important financial instruments, but you can also look at them as kind of a game. […]

10 Ways to Update Your Winter Wardrobe on the Cheap

It's already time to pull the sweaters and mittens out of storage, and it's also the perfect opportunity to clean out the closets and update your winter wardrobe. Male or female, thrifty or lavish, everyone inevitably gets tired of wearing the same old coat and hat every year. You don't have to spend a fortune to expand your winter selection. […]

Best Money Tips: Earn More Money at Work

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on earning more money at work, financially preparing for the holidays, and home repairs. Top 5 Articles 7 Extra Ways to Earn Money at Work — Want to earn extra money at work? Try to take advantage of employee referral bonuses. […]

Double-Duty Protection: Multipurpose iPad 2 Cases

Gadgets and their accessories are expensive — that's why it’s in your best interest to take care of them as best you can. In the world of iPad 2, there are lots of cases to choose from, but many of them don’t do anything more than keep the device safe from falls. To get the most out of your iPad 2 case and the fee you forked over for it, consider a product that serves more than one purpose. […]

Reader Profile: TA

The following is the latest post in my "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 Nov 7

Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: Christian Personal Finance lists five things NOT to buy in November. Sustainable Personal Finance discusses the "new" latte factor. Couple Money tells how to make money as a tutor. 20's Finances got four movie tickets for $9. […]

5 Ways To Restructure Your Life To Afford Retirement

Retirement is expensive — really expensive. According to the “Rule of 25″, you will need roughly $300,000 in retirement savings for every $1,000 per month you spend during retirement ($1,000 * 12 months * 25 = $300,000). […]

Pay for Holiday Presents with Credit Card Reward Bonuses

Moneyland says that consumers are using their credit card rewards cash in mainly three ways this year: to pay down balances on the cards, to save, and to pay for holiday presents. The details: More customers are redeeming rewards this quarter. […]