10 Great Ways to Use Duct Tape

Everyone knows that duct tape is very useful for fixing things (and it has some wacky applications), but I bet you didn’t know these 10 great ways to use it! (See also: Top 10 Unusual Uses for Duct Tape) 1. Splinter Remover Instead of breaking out the tweezers and ripping your finger open, remove splinters by placing a piece of duct tape over the splinter. […]

Pay Off Your Mortgage With 401(k) Funds?

Earlier this week, I ran across an article about a new piece of legislation being promoted by two Georgia Congressmen who want to allow people to pull money out of their retirement accounts to pay down their mortgages. Dubbed the Hardship Outlays to Protect Mortgage Equity (HOME) Act of 2011, the legislation would allow homeowners to withdraw up to $50k or half of the account value, whichever is s […]

Best Money Tips: Avoiding the Flu

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on avoiding the flu, ways to save at the grocery store, and things to do when you're laid off. Top 5 Articles 12 Tips for Avoiding the Flu (without a flu shot) — This flu season, avoid the flu without getting a shot by avoiding public restrooms as much as possible. […]

How to Handle Flight Delays Like a Pro

As much as we all love to hate them, flight delays are just a natural part of the travel experience. With them comes the inevitable need to reschedule a variety of other travel reservations, resulting in a domino of extra phone calls, down time, and overdue meals. Here are four survival strategies for handling flight delays like an experienced travel veteran. […]

Reader Profile: Megan

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 Oct 24

Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: Carnival of Personal Finance  My Dollar Plan covers innocent spouses. Money Smart Life lists a checklist for quitting your job. The Digerati Life tells some rags-to-riches stories. The Sun’s Financial Diary discusses a Social Security increase. […]

The Changing Value of Hard Work

I received a very thought-provoking email from Elizabeth recently: I think you’re spot on about hard work, and it’s too often overlooked. But I also think about the changing value of hard work, too. Is hard work worth less now than it used to be? The amount of work we ‘have’ to do to get by or do well is always fascinating to me. […]

Making Retirement Work

We've noted that most Americans are not prepared for retirement (a couple times) and that most are in bad financial shape overall. Given these, many people will be looking for creative ways to make retirement a reality. CNN Money offers some tips to making retirement work in a slide show. […]

States That Don’t Allow Credit Card Surcharges

When I wrote last week about credit card surcharges, I noted that ten states have actually passed laws against such fees. […]

Everbank Offers $60 Cash Bonus

Bank of America sparked a bit of an outrage (ha!) when they announced a new $5 monthly fee for debit card users and Everbank counters with sixty bucks in bonus cash if you open a Yield Pledge Checking Account before November 30th. […]

Obama’s Student Loan Plan

By executive order, President Obama has made a few minor changes to the student loan industry designed to help students and former students with unmanageable student loan debt. Anyone who began their undergraduate studies in 2006 probably did so with the reasonable assumption that they’d have a job after graduation. […]

How to Blow $1.2 Billion

It's been awhile since we detailed rich people who couldn't control their spending and lost a fortune, so this piece is a good catch up. It lists ten star athletes who excelled at losing millions. In all, these ten lost over $1.2 billion. Yikes!!!!It's a pretty sad read -- full of over-spending, bad business decisions, bad personal decisions, shady managers and partners, and the like. […]

Reader Mailbag: Project Planning

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. Buy or sell townhouse? 2. Collection agency debt 3. Figuring out priorities 4. Tithing 5. Thrift store receipts 6. Repossession question 7. Steve Jobs biography 8. Rent versus buy 9. FSA question 10. […]

The Great Cost of Halloween Chocolate

This post is from staff writer Sarah Gilbert. Halloween is a big expense for many Americans, with national average estimates for 2011 topping $70 per person for costumes, decorations, and candy, up about $6 from last year to over $6.8 billion nationally. […]

EverBank Checking Account Offering $60 Cash Limited Time Bonus

As I’ve pointed out recently, banking customers have grown accustomed to the concept of free checking. Thanks to profits in the banking industry from a variety of sources, banks could justify offering checking account services, including debit cards, without charging any fees. […]

Money Leaks: Cell Phone Overtime Charges

Cell phones and cell phone service are already pricey but nothing compares to how much extra you’ll pay if you go over your plan’s minutes. A typical 450 minute plan from Verizon will cost you $39.99 before any taxes and fees. Use a single minute over 450 and expect to pay 45 cents a minute. A 250 text message plan will cost you $5 with each extra message at ten cents a pop. […]

23 Fantastic Uses for Apples

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, think of what you can do with a bushel. From apple desserts and ciders to potpourri and candles, here are 23 things you can do and make with apples this fall. (See also: Curing Warts, Removing Splinters, and 19 Other Bizarre Uses for Banana Peels) 1. Carved Apple Candle Holders What a festive way to add mood lighting to your home! […]

Dye Your Own Hair Without a Beauty Disaster

Since the recession began, more and more Americans are trying home hair coloring for the first time. Even those who don't give up their professional colorist altogether are stretching the time between visits with at-home touch-ups, said Stacey Jones, a color expert who helped develop Sally Beauty Supply's house brand. Using chemicals at home — and trying to match the results of trained, experience […]

Why Reverse Mortgages Are Not a Retirement Option

Everyone has seen how housing prices have taken a nosedive in most markets across America since the start of the 2008 recession. Almost $3 trillion worth of equity has disappeared, and homes are now worth significantly less than what their owners paid for them. […]

Best Money Tips: Financial Advice for My Future Kids

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on financial advice for kids, steps to take when filing for bankruptcy, and how to deal with debt collection agencies. Top 5 Articles Financial Advice for My Future Kids — When teaching your kids about finance, be sure to teach them to make saving money a habit. […]