Reader Profile: JM

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. […]

How to Get Paid While Watching TV: Your New Part-Time Job

If you think back to your childhood, you may remember a parent telling you that watching TV was a one-way ticket to the land of the couch potatoes. In your parents’ eyes, watching cartoons was always second to things like going outside to play, doing your homework, or—worse—doing your chores. […]


When I was about ten years old, I dreamed of being a major league baseball pitcher. I got a book on pitching as well as some instructional videos for my birthday and I spent most of a summer learning how to properly throw a baseball. That fall, I went back to school with my classmates. […]

The Rich and the Rest of Us

Dr. Cornel West is a Princeton University professor and author. Tavis Smiley is a television and radio talk show host and author as well. The two have known each other for a long time, and last year they toured the country to hear from citizens and talk about the issue of poverty in America. […]

Finding Room for the Spontaneous

This post is by staff writer Tim Sullivan. This past Friday, I got an e-mail from my uncle letting me know the Sox were here in Seattle. Since leaving Chicago, it’s rare that I get to see my hometown sluggers, and it’s not an opportunity I would want to miss. […]

Fun Facts about the $1000 Bill

I’m a sucker for trivia and one of the most educational (and fun) posts I wrote was the fun facts about the $500 bill, a bill that was no longer used after 1969 in an effort to combat organized crime. […]

Ask the Readers: Do You Prefer Getting Gift Cards or Cash?

Whenever the holidays or your birthday comes around, inevitably you will receive either gift cards or cash. Some people love getting gift cards to use at their favorite store or restaurant. However, others would prefer to take the cash and run! Do you prefer getting gift cards or cash? Why? […]

Grocery Shopping and the 4-Minute Mile: How to Challenge Yourself

When I teach workshops about cutting the grocery budget, I always start with one basic tip — create a set weekly (or monthly) grocery budget, and stick to it. […]

Guide to Better Style: The Curated Closet

The older I get, the simpler and more refined I try to make my personal style. As a result, I’ve started to view my wardrobe as a collection to be curated instead of a just a closet to be stuffed. I’ve slowly begun to weed out clothes that don’t work, finally give up on looks that just don’t suit me, and gravitate toward timeless pieces and true classics. […]

Best Money Tips: Ways Your Bicycle Could Help You Earn Extra Income

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on ways your bicycle could help you earn extra income, nailing a job interview, and dealing with spousal debt. Top 5 Articles 4 Ways Your Bicycle Could Help You Earn Extra Income — Earn extra income using your bike by becoming a tour leader. […]

Stay Off the Frugal Path to Disaster

Frugality is a great tool. But if your approach to frugality is to pare away everything non-essential, you're setting yourself up for failure. […]

Financial Rules that Work and Don't Work

If you read a handful of books (or read a few money sites or listen to a few financial radio shows) by today’s popular financial gurus, and you will begin to notice the same advice being given over and over again. The advice is designed for the masses and meant to offer general guidelines that work for most people. […]

Unsubscribe from Catalogs (113/365)

I’m a pretty tall guy with a particularly long torso. That means, unfortunately, I can’t walk into most clothing stores and find things that fit me well. A few years ago, I needed a new suit for a particular occasion and I needed it pretty quickly. So, I went to a chain store that caters to tall men and found a suit that fit me really well. […]

Active versus Passive Fund Management

The following is excerpted with permission of the publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. from The Indomitable Investor: Why a Few Succeed in the Stock Market When Everyone Else Fails by Steven M. Sears. Copyright (c) 2012 by Steven M. Sears.  The discipline of constantly questioning how your money is managed applies to all areas of your financial life. […]

Money Basics: Investing

April is National Financial Literacy Month in the United States. This brings attention to the lack of a financial education young people receive in this country, both from their parents and from the education system. I disagree with most people about how to solve this issue. […]

Dollar Cost Averaging vs. Lump Sum Investment

You’ve probably heard of dollar cost averaging. I do it down here in Florida when the ocean water starts to cool down in the fall. I start with just my toes in the water and over the course of ten minutes, I’m in up to my head. It doesn’t change anything about my situation other than my comfort level. […]

When Should You File an Amended Return?

Tax Day is past. You’ve filed your tax return with the IRS. You are either awaiting a refund, or you have dutifully mailed off the check for what you owe in taxes. However, you realize that you are missing something. You forgot to add some paperwork, and you are entitled to a bigger refund, or you don’t owe as much money. Maybe you forgot to report some income, or you made a mistake. […]

How Long are Undeposited Checks Good?

Just over a year ago, my wife wrote a small check for an end-of-the-year school function of some sort. The check was made out to the school, but it was collected by another mom. […]

Some Side Hustles to Ramp up Your Retirement Savings

The following is a guest post from Steve at Money Infant. Steve has embraced an early retirement and pays for it with side hustles developed over the past 5 years as well as by living a frugal lifestyle. Early semi retirement has enabled him to move his family to Thailand where they are all enjoying a new culture and way of life. […]

More Women Than Men Value Career Success

A new survey by the Pew Research Center shows women have surpassed men in placing value on career advancement. Among 18 to 34-year-olds, 66 percent of women consider being successful in a high-paying career or job is one of the most important things or very important, compared to 59 percent of men. […]