The Things I’m Thankful For

Like a lot of you, for me the upcoming week is filled with meals shared with family and friends. Over a seven day stretch, we’re eating at least five planned meals with people we don’t get to see too often. In all that bustle is a reminder of the people we were, the people we are, and the people we might someday become. […]

Biblical Contentment

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. The members of the Christian Financial Alliance recently attempted to define "biblical contentment". Here was my response: “[It is] being at peace with who you are. […]

Reader Story: The 30-Day No-Restuarant Challenge

This guest post from Michelle is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. This seems like a natural follow-up to Friday’s reader question about when to start a family. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. […]

Boredom Is Our Enemy

The other day, a friend of mine put up a Facebook update stating that she was incredibly bored. I wrote back and suggested that she come visit me, as I have more than enough things to do. I’ve come to believe that boredom is the enemy of a vibrant, enjoyable, and values-based life. […]

Free Wedding Budget Planner Spreadsheet

I give in! Brides and grooms around the planet have asked me for a wedding budget planning tool thinger for years. Since I just got married, I’m now in a place where I can share a simple spreadsheet that works for planning a wedding on budget. So yes, I’m saying I DO to a wedding budget download and sharing it with you, for free. Group hug. There are two parts to the Wedding Budget Planner. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #47

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. Emerson on the core of things If you’ve been reading these inspiration columns for a while, you know that I hold the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson in high esteem. […]

The Dangers of Life Insurance Policy Loans

The following is an excerpt from The Questions and Answers on Life Insurance Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Simple Answers for Your Complex Questions. Policy loans can be a useful short-term option when immediate cash is needed, but they are not the long-term solution so widely proclaimed. […]

Dinner With My Family #37: Ratatouille Pot Pie

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. Our garden is producing a few last-minute things – well, mostly onions at this point. […]

Make Me Give Away $5k (Or More!)

Just reminding everyone that my $5k Red Kettle Challenge is still going on. As of this posting, we're over $4,000. It sure would be great if we hit $5k by Monday. If we do, I'll come up with more money to match. ;-) If you'd like to donate, you can do so by going here. Thanks to all of you who have given so far and those of you who will in the future! […]

Single Mothers & Finance: How Do Single Parents Cope Financially?

Single parenting is a tough road to trek, especially for mothers. In the 1970s, three million households were run by single mothers. In 2003, there were 10 million single mothers raising children on their own. Besides taking over all the everyday personal issues, single mothers also have to make ends meet financially. […]

Credit Card Surcharges vs. Cash Discounts

Have you ever noticed that certain businesses offer a discount for paying with cash vs. credit? This practice is particularly common at gas stations, though you’ll sometimes see it at other businesses, as well. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Wedding Favors

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. […]

Construction Revolutionized My Finances

This is a guest article by Jon the Saver, a personal finance blogger at Free Money Wisdom. His mission is to spread financial wisdom and help people get their financial lives under control. In his down time he loves a mean game of Scrabble and spending quality time with his fiancee. I’m probably the only personal financial blogger who works in the construction industry. […]

Your Take: Congressional Insider Trading

They say, sunlight is the best disinfectant. For years, I’d read about how members of Congress were exempt from your typical insider trading rules. If a company insider were to make trades on private insider information, and they were caught, there would be serious consequences. They’d have to pay restitution and, most likely, receive probation or jail time. […]

5 Best Cash Back Credit Cards

Many people prefer cash back rewards to other credit card perks such as frequent flyer miles. Cash has the advantage of being simple to understand and universally accepted. […]

All About Black Friday

Whether you're a dedicated deal-hunting warrior or you try to avoid the crowds entirely, around this time of year, it's hard to not hear about the shopping frenzy known as Black Friday. From some history on the event to how to handle it and more, read on! […]

15 Ultra-Quick Homemade Desserts

Quick! Company’s here, and somehow you forgot to plan for dessert. At times like these, you need some ultra-quick homemade desserts that make you look good and are a cinch to pull together. And when I say ultra-quick, I mean ultra-quick, as in, dump three things in a bowl and call it good. When I'm pulling together a quick dessert, I like to use fresh fruit. […]

Best Money Tips: Black Friday Shopping Tips

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on Black Friday shopping tips, holiday gifts for under $25, and including your spouse in financial planning. Top 5 Articles Black Friday Shopping Tips — To gear up for Black Friday, remember to create a shopping schedule. […]

Ask the Readers: Black Friday Shopping Secrets?

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, the holiday shopping season is about to move into high gear. In the past, I’ve consciously steered clear of holiday shopping, and especially of Black Friday. I’m not fond of the frenzied zeal with which Americans spend their money at this time of the year. For more than a decade, I’ve elected to observe Buy Nothing Day. […]

Five Ways to Give Gifts People Want

Anyone else out there get frustrated trying to find holiday gifts for someone who "has everything" or "doesn't want anything"? Me too. So you end up buying something that's probably not a great gift -- but you hope that it's at least "good". Ugh.So what do you do about it? Here are some suggestions: 1. Ask for lists. […]