Buy and Hold Investing Works

The tech boom of the late 1990s and very early 2000s made day trading a household term. Before the days of cheap stock trades and even cheaper real-time information, buy and hold was the norm. […]

The Next Step: Preparing for Change

For years, I wallowed in debt. I had no fiscal discipline. I used credit to buy what I wanted, when I wanted. My money skills were abysmal, and my life was in financial ruin. In 2004, I decided to turn things around. I started teaching myself about personal finance. I attacked my debt with vigor. I learned about saving and investing and frugality and thrift. […]

25 Frugal Food Changes You Can Make Today

We've all heard about the rapidly rising cost of food lately. From corn to soy to dairy, our wallets are getting hit harder than usual during those weekly trips to the grocery store. So what's a dedicated frugalista to do to avoid busting her budget during these tough economic times? Why, I'm so glad you asked! […]

10 Exercises to Do at Work That Don't Make You Look Silly

Many of us work long days at desks, even though we know it's not the best thing for our health. A sedentary lifestyle makes us obese. And heck, I have trouble just focusing if I don't get up and move around every now and then. This is why I've always loved the idea of exercises you can do at work. Exercise is a great thing to do for your body and mind! […]

Best Money Tips: Simplify Your Summer Finances

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on ways to simplify your summer finances, ways to earn extra cash, and fundamentals of financial success. Top 5 Articles 6 Ways to Simplify Your Summer Finances — Simplify your summer finances by registering for an easy to use budgeting system. […]

iBank as a Quicken Replacement?

Over the weekend I spent some time migrating my 14+ years of Quicken data from Quicken 2007 to iBank, which was at the top of my list of Quicken alternatives. […]

How to Buy a Desktop Computer

So you're in the market for a new computer? What’s it going to be? Mac or Windows? Blu-ray or regular DVD? Touch-screen monitor or standard mouse? With technology advancing so quickly and new features coming so fast, it’s becoming harder and harder to know what to buy. […]

Big Bonus Credit Card Offer Extended

As I noted in How You Can Make Over $600 for Very Little Effort, I'm not a big fan of points-based credit cards. IMO, they are usually difficult to manage and not the greatest return on your effort. But through the comments and emails that followed that post I've discovered that many cards allow their points to be converted into cash back -- something I do like. […]

Comparing Google Finance vs Yahoo! Finance Features

You won’t have to look far to find various free stock and financial tools that are available at your fingertips. You can find them by just scouring the web. For instance, there are various brokers offering free investment education, as well as stock research sites like Morningstar which can give you free access to market [...]Comparing Google Finance vs Yahoo! […]

Review: Difficult Conversations

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. One of the most frequent issues that I’m asked about is how exactly to start a conversation about a delicate money topic with family members or friends. […]

10 To-Dos A Virtual Assistant Can Get Done

Link: ShareThisAs small business owners, we struggle with the balancing act between life and work. We long for free time but feel our work is never done. […]

Podcast 116: Meet a Thousandaire

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Kevin McKee, a personal finance blogger who uses humor to educate young people at Flexo and Bryan talk to Kevin about the costly mistakes that forced him to learn how to manage his money, whether student loans are good debt or bad debt, and why he makes music videos and movie parodies to explain finances. Consumerism Commenta […]

Preserving the Value of Food

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. […]

Reader Story: The Product of Frugal Parents

This guest post from Simon Cunningham is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. […]

The Bible on Working

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. The following is an excerpt from The Root of Riches.Work gives meaning to life. […]

Does Frugality Beat Inflation?

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. On Facebook, Rebecca requested a post on “ways to live more frugally, and ‘beat’ inflation. ie: garden, raise own animals? […]

Enjoy little financial loopholes before you cause their closure

Squirrelers is a clever guy.  Instead of settling for a free lunch at a local lunch joint every seven visits, he’s cut that down in half.  With the “buy six, get the seventh free” deal, the shop gives a starter stamp when they hand out the card.  So, practically, it’s actually buy five, get the sixth free.  Now what he’s found out is that the employees haven’t recognized him yet, and every time he […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #27

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. 1. Cooking with my youngest child Lately, when we’ve been working on making meals, our youngest son has insisted on being put in his high chair and pulled as close to the counter as possible. […]

The 15-Minute Rule

The following is an excerpt, reprinted with permission of the publisher from The Essential Phone Interview Handbook. © 2011 Paul J. Bailo. Published by Career Press, Pompton Plains, NJ. All rights reserved.We have all heard of the five-minute rule when someone screams “Time!” before leaving their position in a family-friendly football game. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of July 4

Just a note to let you know that I recently posted lists of the Best Cash Back Credit Cards and the Best Credit Card Deals and Bonuses. Check them out if interested.Now here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: Festival of Frugality Carnival of Personal Finance BripBlap sells on ebay. […]