10 Tips You Are Dating a Gold Digger

Here's an interesting post that lists 10 times you might be dating a gold digger as follows: Pricey gifts are the only kinds that please her. She’s inquiring about your financial status as if she is a lender. Her looks get her perks and she practically abuses the privilege. She has a high standard of living and refuses to compromise it. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of Dec 6

Let's start off with a reminder: FMF is on Facebook. Every weekday I post a couple pieces that usually aren't on FMF. It's a great way to connect and get some extra money advice/news if you're on Facebook quite often. Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week and my posts that were included: EDITOR'S CHOICE! […]

HubPages Launches Money Grows On Hubs Writing Contest

HubPages.com has launched a new writing contest called “Money Grows On Hubs”. Write about money and personal finance and get a chance to win some cool prizes in 2011! It’s December and we’re all pretty busy. But there’s also a whirlwind of activity going on in the personal finance front that I wanted to give you a jumpstart on. […]

Spare Change: World Domination Edition

As the days turn dark and cold, 2010 is winding its way to a close and 2011 is fast approaching. It’s been a great year for me, but I’m looking forward to more progress in the months ahead. One exciting project on the horizon is Chris Guillebeau’s World Domination Summit, which is just 177 days away. […]

What to Keep in a Safe-Deposit Box

The November issue of Consumer Reports says that you should keep the following in a safe-deposit box: Wills and other estate planning documents (with copies to your executor, attorney, and physician (for health-care proxy) or anyone making decisions on your behalf.) Life insurance policies Vehicle titles Savings bonds Birth and death certificates Marriage licenses […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Bank Some Meals

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 9. Bank some meals. A lot of times, after a long day of working and child care, I really don’t feel like I have the energy to cook a great meal from scratch. […]

When a Money-Saving Item Ends Up Costing You

I have a friend who is pretty frugal (he rivals even me in this category -- maybe even better/worse than I am depending on your perspective.) He does a good amount of driving for work (which he gets reimbursed for.) A couple years ago, he purchased a diesel-engine car so he'd get great mileage and save a ton (for himself) on business trips (he still received the same per mile allowance he got when […]

What My Recent Tooth Extraction Taught Me About Money

If you’ve never had a tooth extracted before, shut your eyes and imagine it. After pulling and pushing on one of your pearly whites, an otherwise very kind person sticks pliers inside your face. […]

Reader Mailbag: Computer Failure

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. When should we refinance? 2. What is rich? 3. Is debt snowballing still valid? 4. Precious metals investing 5. Retiring rapidly 6. Roth IRA ineligibility 7. Uneven estates 8. Where would I live? 9. […]

Best Money Tips: How To Win Sweepstakes

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup! Today, we share tips to help you bag your next contest or sweepstakes, to-do's to keep your family and home safe over the holidays, and instructions for making a super-secret book safe. Top 5 Articles How to win contests and sweepstakes — It isn't all luck. […]

5 Homemade Christmas Wreath Ideas with Style

‘Tis the season to deck the doors as well as the halls, but store-bought wreaths aren’t exactly the most frugal way to go. The trouble is, a fair number of the homemade Christmas wreath ideas available online are...well, tacky. […]

5 Reasons to Ignore the January Effect

It's that time of year where the stock-market myth about the January Effect rears its ugly head, so it's also time to point out why investors shouldn't alter their existing investment strategies to try to chase returns that are no more likely to materialize than if they did nothing at all. The concept of the January Effect is that stock pri […]

Life After Salary: Structure and Motivation

Time management has never been my strength. I like working at my own pace, and the certain working structures, like deadlines, tend to annoy me rather than motivate me. It’s no wonder I’m excited about leaving a job with a typical standardized nine-to-five schedule. […]

Want a Job? Attractiveness Matters

True or false: Employers are more likely to call attractive candidates than plain candidates. The answer, according to a study by Bradley J. Ruffle and Ze’ev Shtudiner of job applicants in Europe and Israel, is true… if you are male. If you’re female, it’s better to be plain! […]

5 Ways to Impress Your Kids for Less This Holiday Season

When it comes to holiday gifts, you don't have to blow your budget to wow your children. Here's some proven advice. […]

How to Save A Third on Your Winter Food Bill

Let's talk turkey: shopping for generic groceries this holiday season could save you a third off your food bill. […]

Finding My Spending Identity

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. Do you have a Spending Identity? You do, whether you know it or not. It’s as real as the data on your driver’s license, but if you’re like most people, you’ve probably never given it much thought. […]

The One Great Thing an MBA Does for You

The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business lists the following as "the single benefit of business schools (getting an MBA)": The one significant benefit that business schools do provide is better access to Fortune 50 recruiters, consulting firms, and investment banks via on-campus recruiting and alumni networks. […]

The Business of Blogging & Bootstrapping An Online Venture

As you already know, I’m in the business of developing online content, also known as content publishing (and specifically, blogging). I’d like to cover a little ground on this topic today, sort of like a checkpoint for myself, at the end of the year. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on 12/9, 4:00pm CST for a Chance to Win Prizes

Link for teaser title:  http://www.wisebread.com/join-our-tweetchat-at-400-cdt-for-a-chance-to-win-prize... twitter_bigger.png Welcome to the Wise Bread weekly tweet chat! This week's topic: How to be a good neighbor. Do you love or even know your neighbors? […]