A Minor Mistake: Shopping While Hungry

I often write that I still make financial mistakes, but it occurs to me that I don’t share them here as much as I once did. After April’s story earlier this week about the cost of healthy food, now seems like a good time to share a mistake I made on Tuesday. Generally, I work out in the morning. I get up at 5:15 and am at the gym for the 6:30 Crossfit class. On Tuesday, however, I slept late. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #38

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. […]

Financial Strategy #1: Planning for Retirement

The book Your Stronger Financial Future: The Eight Essential Strategies for Making Profitable Investments lists eight misconceptions, truths, and strategies to help readers deal with a variety of major financial issues. I'll be highlighting these in several posts and giving you my thoughts on them.Today we'll look at strategy #1 which deals with planning for retirement. […]

Betterment Review: Establish An Automatic ETF Portfolio, Get $25

What can be better than setting up an automatic, diversified ETF portfolio? Building a simple ETF portfolio PLUS receiving $25 in your account! Move over online brokers, there’s a great service in town called Betterment. […]

Spreading Out Your Grocery Shopping

Dinner with My Family is on a one week hiatus (which is party explained below). It will return next week. Over the last month, Sarah and I have been experimenting with a longer period between grocery store trips. Prior to this month, we had almost always done a weekly grocery store visit, usually on Saturday but occasionally on Sunday or Monday. […]

PEX Visa Prepaid Card for Business Review

I’ve written quite a bit about credit and debit cards over the last few years, with reviews many of the popular credit card offers available to consumers and small businesses. Most of these offers require a good, very good, or excellent credit history. […]

Chase Freedom Reward Categories for Fall 2011 – Plus a $200 Bonus

As we head into fall, it’s time for Chase Freedom cardholders to sign up for the next round of bonus reward categories. This time around, they’re offering 5% cash back from Oct 1 through Dec 31 on dining, department stores, movie theaters, and charitable organizations. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Canning Fruits and Vegetables

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. […]

Earn More Money: Online Surveys

This is the fourth article in a series about finding methods of earning incremental income. Some people have a desire to earn more money without the available time to learn a new skill or start a new business. […]

Operation Twist: Even Lower Rates Ahead?

The economy stinks. You and I know it, and the Federal Reserve knows it, too. That’s why they announced Operation Twist earlier this week. Operation Twist? What’s that, you say? […]

Your Take: Buffett Tax

Earlier this week, President Obama floated the idea of a Buffett Tax. While there were little details on the actual implementation, the idea was that high income earners like Warren Beffett would not pay less than your average middle class family. Despite the lack of details, pundits complained or lauded the idea because that’s what pundits do. […]

Ask the Readers: How Would You Sell a Collection?

I am a collector. I always have been. When I was a boy, my parents gave me one closet in the trailer house to have as my very own. They called it the “rat’s nest” because I’d fill it up with all the sorts of things a boy might collect: bugs and twigs and baseball cards and comic books, among other things. As an adult, I’ve remained a collector. It’s both a joy and curse. […]

6 Reasons Why Used Is Better

This isn’t a case of sour grapes; I really do prefer to buy used whenever possible. Maybe it’s the result of being raised by frugal parents, maybe it’s a too-intimate understanding of arbitrary retail markup and the subsequent depreciation, or maybe it just makes the most sense in a world that produces too much new stuff and throws away too much old stuff. […]

I Pay for Things You Get for Free

Can this be a post from the same Paul Michael who insists you should never pay full retail price for anything? The same blogger who preaches about finding deals, hunting for bargains, and taking the time to compare prices when you shop? Well, yes it is. And my latest tip for saving money is to spend some of it on something that you usually find for free! […]

Best Money Tips: How Not to Spend Money

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on how not to spend money, extra money ideas for college students, and "free" things that aren't so free. Top 5 Articles How Not To Spend Money — Avoid spending money by not signing a mobile phone contract. […]

Reader Profile: Rose

The following is the latest post on my new "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 Sept 19

Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: Money is the Root covers the importance of cash management. Krant Cents lists 20 interview questions to ask employers. One Cent at a Time says spending money on self improvement is an investment. The Penny Hoarder lists five weird ways to make money recycling. […]

So you want to buy gold but don’t own any. When?

A friend and I got to chatting about investments over lunch recently. After lamenting about the stock market, 401(k)s, and so forth, we talked a bit about precious metals. Like most people whom I’ve talked with about this subject — including myself, I suppose — we wish that we would have bought more $300 gold and $5 silver. […]

Spare Change: Time to Travel Edition

I was disappointed when I had to cancel my planned trip to England last month. I’d been looking forward to hiking across the country, and to visiting several GRS readers. It worked out for the best, though: I’ve managed to tackle some projects here at home, and have had time to help Mom get situated in her new living environment. Now, though, it’s time to travel. […]

How to Save for Multiple Goals at the Same Time

Shannon writes in with a great question: I’m trying to figure out how exactly I should save for several goals that I have. Here are the things I want to save for: 1. A BlendTec blender – $300 2. A complete refinishing of the downstairs bathroom – $3,000 3. A vacation to Germany next summer – $5,000 4. A car replacement – $12,000 5. A house down payment – $25,000 How do I prioritize these things? […]