Roundup: Mega Millions Worth $540 Million

The Mega Millions drawing scheduled for tonight at 11 PM has a record breaking prize – $540 million (update: $640 million!), $389 million if you choose the lump sum over the annuity. The tickets are just a buck and you pick six numbers. Of the first five, you pick from a number between 1 and 56; for the sixth you choose from between 1 and 46. Match all six, win the entire prize. […]

Are You Playing the Mega-Millions Lottery?

In case you haven’t heard, the Mega-Millions jackpot has topped $540M. Yes, you could win just over a half billion dollars (before taxes of course) for the low, low price of one dollar. So… Are you going to buy a ticket? If you’re not interested in paying for the privilege of playing the lottery, you can check out this lottery simulator from GetRichSlowly, instead. […]

Frugality and the Street Vendor

A few days ago, I ran across some older videos that I made during some of the work-related trips I took early in the last decade. […]

MasterCard & Visa Warn Banks of Processor Breach

It seems like a while since we’ve had a massive credit card breach but the MasterCard and Visa are warning banks that there was a “massive” breach at a US based credit card processor, first reported by Brian Krebs. The breach occurred between Jan 21 and Feb 25 of this year and full Track 1 and Track 2 were taken. […]

Your Take: On the Healthcare Law

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments over the healthcare law over the course of three days. It’s been the subject of debate all over the news and it’s something that even my lovely wife has asked me about. This Your Take is going to be exceptionally long, I hope you read most of it and I really hope you share your thoughts. […]

Getting Emotional About Money

This is a guest post from Danielle LaPorte author of the forthcoming book, The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide for Creating Success on Your Own Terms. This material appears in the book in a slightly different format. The value you place on money is hugely driven by emotion. Behind every dollar you spend, there’s an emotion attached to it. […]

Are Groupon Getaways a Good Idea?

I just returned from a mini-vacay, compliments of a voucher I bought on a daily deal site similar to Groupon. I’ll admit to having let at least one of their local deals expire after purchase, so I was determined to get the biggest bang for my buck on the hotel deal. […]

Get Help With Your Underwater Bank of America Mortgage

In February 2012, the major lenders in the United States struck a deal with the government to avoid prosecution for improper processing of foreclosures. In order to reduce its share of penalties, Bank of America has revealed recently that it is willing to forgive the principal of many mortgages so that the borrowers will no longer be underwater. […]

Best Money Tips: Spring Cleaning Tips

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on spring cleaning tips, financial lessons from The Hunger Games, and commonly missed tax deductions. Top 5 Articles Spring Cleaning Tips: Finding Items for Sale to Earn Money — When spring cleaning your home, put items you want to get rid of into donation, yard sales, and online sales piles. […]

US Airways Promotion: How to Save on International Flights

Right now there is an opportunity at US Airways to save money on an international trip. Through April 15, 2012, if you buy up to 50,000 US Airways Dividend miles, US Airways and Points.com will double your miles. Thus, 50,000 miles becomes 100,000 miles. (See also: 6 Ways My Family Scores Free Travel With Credit Cards) How Much Does It Cost? Each mile typically costs 3.5 cents each. […]

Reader Profile: AB

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 Mar 26

As a reminder, FMF is on Facebook and Twitter. Join me there if you frequent those sites.Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: One Cent at a Time has statistics on impulse buying. Frugal Confessions discusses disposable clothing. Lazy Man and Money is raising awareness of the Roth IRA. […]

ETrade Online Brokerage Account: Top Broker Review

The first online stock broker I came to know happens to be ETrade, and this was way back in the 1990′s. So I’m a bit more familiar with this company than I am with other brokers, only because ETrade has been around longer and is certainly considered as one of the most recognizable. […]

Discover Card Birthday Month Bonus

Check it out… Discover Card is running a promotion where they’ll double your cash back during your birth month. Unfortunately, the offer only applies to $500 in purchases, and it doesn’t apply to 5% bonus purchases, so it’s actually only worth $5 in bonus cash. But hey, it takes about 10 seconds to sign up, so if you have a Discover Card you might as well do it. Hat tip: Bargaineering.com […]

Why You Should Consider Becoming a Landlord

My job is requiring me to move to a new town. So, my wife and I are faced with what seems to recently be the newest typical American family dilemma. What should we do with the home that we bought almost four years ago? […]

Focus on Quality Brands That Hold Up Over Time (88/365)

Almost every article of clothing you buy has a little brand label on it somewhere, whether stitched into the lining or on a little tag or elsewhere. This little piece of information lets you know what company is responsible for making this clothing item. I consider it a pretty useful piece of information when buying many of my items. Why? […]

The Real Best Places to Retire

US News lists what they call the "real" best places to retire as follows: Stay home. Move near your children. Follow your friends. Move back home. They note that while "where to retire" articles often tout sunny and warm places or locations that are better on your budget, those pieces leave out the human factor. […]

How to Help Your Child Buy a Home

If you believe the financial news media, getting a mortgage is a lot easier than it was just one year ago and not only that, it’s cheap. With rates aroundso low, it’s the best buyers’ market this country has seen in decades. […]

FMF March Money Madness, Round 3, Posts 9-12

Here we go with the third round of Free Money Finance 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. […]

Business or Hobby? How the IRS Views Your Money-Making Venture

These days, there is a lot being said about side hustles. If you are looking for a little extra cash, you could try to make money from your hobby, or even start a side business. When tax time rolls around, though, it’s important to understand how the IRS views you. […]