Did You Get a Bonus Last Year?

Now that 2011 is completely over and businesses/organizations all across the country have had the chance to close their books on the year (assuming that their fiscal years match the calendar year), I wanted to ask you all: Did you get a bonus from work for your efforts last year? And if so, what did you do with it? I received a bonus and did two things with it: 1. […]

How to Save When Gas Hits $5 a Gallon

Oil has been quietly creeping up in the early months of 2012 and if 2008 is any indication, as oil goes up, spending in other areas goes down and that’s not good for the economy. […]

IRS Warns: “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams to Watch Out For

Wherever there is money involved, chances are a scam isn’t that far behind. The more money there is available, the bigger and grander the scams. So it should come as no surprised that at a time, tax time, when people are focused on money and the complicated nature of our taxes, scams make their biggest splash. […]

Intuit Patches Quicken 2007 for Mac

If you’re a Quicken for Mac user, I have some welcome news for you… After a long wait, Intuit has finally released an update of Quicken for Mac 2007 that will run on OS X 10.7 (Lion). But before you get too excited… Keep in mind that this isn’t so much an update as it is a bug fix — with the bug being the complete inability to run on Lion. […]

Reader Profile: DV

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. […]

The Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, Why We Seek Security Versus Freedom. Enjoy! […]

Reader Mailbag: Basic Manners

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. Bills in collection 2. First steps toward reading 3. Freelance work and being assertive 4. Network marketing thoughts 5. Bedtime reading 6. Finances, style, and a relationship 7. Premarital money to-dos 8. […]

Should the Government Ban Banks’ Payday Loans?

When we think of predatory lending practices, the first thought that often comes to mind is the payday loan industry, catering to people barely, if at all, living paycheck to paycheck. Payday loans service communities with an aversion or without a need for or trust of the mainstream financial industry. […]

The Case of the Martini: Is Instant Gratification Financially Responsible?

Few people would deny that we've become (perhaps degenerated into) an instant-gratification society. If you click a button on your computer and don't get an instant response, you click it ten more times in frustration. Waiting in line is excruciating. Waiting for anything is excruciating. […]

10 Cheap and Delicious Marinades

You don’t need a degree in culinary education to cook a decent meal. Sure, you should know a few basics, but the rest you can learn through trial and error and the Internet. Like, for instance, how to give meat more flavor or how to tenderize an otherwise tough, cheap cut of meat. […]

How to Get a Great Credit Score

In the dozen or so years of being a financial adult, I’ve never spent much time “working” on my credit score. Neither has my wife. […]

Consumer Reports Auto Issue: Best and Worst Cars for 2012

If it’s March, it must be time to talk about cars. The annual auto issue of Consumer Reports landed in my mailbox this week, and I spent some time skimming the pages. I’m not nearly as interested in car info as I used to be, but I know that many folks are in the market for a new car, and I think Consumer Reports is a great source for info. […]

Best Money Tips: Activities for Toddlers on a Budget

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on activities for toddlers on a budget, saving on tax preparation fees, and expensive decisions that can haunt you for life. Top 5 Articles 5 Fun Activities for Toddlers on a Budget — Have fun with your toddler without breaking the bank by making a toilet paper trail. […]

What to Stock in Your Freezer Before Baby Arrives

I have less than two weeks before my baby girl is due, so things are really coming down to the wire. Most of the preparations for the baby are done — the nursery is decorated, the newborn clothes are washed, the diapers are stashed, and my hospital checklist is taped to the front door. Now, I have the luxury of time to stock up on a supply of food for after the baby arrives. […]

The War Against the Rich, Part 1

The following is excerpted with permission of the publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. from Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics by Ziad K. Abdelnour with Wesley A. Whittaker. Copyright (c) 2012 by Ziad K. Abdelnour. […]

Is ten cents for two bucks’ worth of silver a bargain?

A friend has been bit by the coin collecting bug.  Like another couple of people I know, he’s withdrawn substantial amounts of coins from the bank and searches them for treasures, like older coins, errors, and coins with precious metals.  To date he’s already found a number of silver dimes and half dollars (around ten I think).  That’s more than I’ve run across with my searching, so good on him. W […]

Participate in Babysitting Exchanges Instead of Hiring a Babysitter (70/365)

Within walking distance of our home lives another couple that’s about our age. They have two children, both of which are in the age range of our own children, and the older ones have become friends due to interacting at the same preschool. Over time, we’ve developed something of a babysitting exchange with them. […]

Podcast 151: ValueMyStuff, Double the Difference

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Bryan J Busch talks with Patrick van der Voorst, founder of ValueMyStuff, and Tom Dziubek speaks with Ralph Pinto from Chase about their participation in the Drive to End Hunger campaign. Consumerism Commentary Podcast ValueMyStuff / Chase Double the Difference: S06E21 / 178 and 168 jQuery(document).ready(fun […]

FMF March Money Madness, Round 2, Posts 5-8

Here's the second round of FMF March Money Madness (to follow all the action click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. […]


One of the basic guidelines that I try to live my life by is the Golden Rule. It’s a simple statement that pops up in almost every world religion and many significant works of philosophy. Simply put, treat others as you would like to be treated. All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye so to them; for this is the law and the prophets. […]