50+ Ways to Have Free Outdoor Fun

There are lots of ways to have free outdoor fun. "Naturally," being outside can be all about exploring nature — taking a rigorous hike in a national park, for example — but there are loads of things that you can do outside that involve neither hugging trees nor sweating. (See also: 47 Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Weekend) Relax and Contemplate Gaze at the sky, looking at the stars. […]

Stupid Money

I’m currently engrossed in Peter Elkind’s entertaining 2010 book Rough Justice: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer. […]

Where to Find the Cheapest Shipping Rates

Whether you are shipping items for a small business, sending out your manuscript to multiple publishers, or simply mailing a gift, you don't want to get burned on the shipping costs. Doing a little extra research to find the cheapest shipping rates could save you a lot of money. […]

Best Money Tips: Ways to Make Saving Fun

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to make saving fun, offbeat ways to make money, and online job search techniques to avoid. Top 5 Articles 5 Ways to Make Saving Fun — Make saving fun by looking for rewards. [Credit Sesame] A Few Offbeat Ways to Make Money — Want to make extra money? Consider participating in clinical studies. […]

10 Ways Not to Get a Job

US News lists 10 ways to annoy a hiring manager, but I think it's more like a list of 10 ways not to get a job. Their list: 1. Ignore application instructions. 2. Call to “schedule an interview.” 3. Be difficult to schedule a conversation with. 4. Follow up repeatedly. 5. Arrive late for your interview.6. Arrive overly early for your interview.7. Be unprepared for your interview. 8. […]

Pet Insurance Considerations & Cost Comparison

There are a few annoyances that you have to put up with if you live in a pet loving suburb or community. It just goes with the territory. For instance, I was taken aback by one blogger’s lamentation over the fact that her neighbors’ dogs have taken a liking to her lawn, and not in [...]Pet Insurance Considerations & Cost Comparison Copyright 2011 TheDigeratiLife.com All rights reserved. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Coupon Clipping

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. […]

Reader Profile: AR

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. […]

$1.2 Trillion in Secret Fed Loans

We know about TARP, the program that used taxpayer money to lend to the biggest Wall Street banks tin an effort to prevent the collapse of the financial industry. The Federal Reserve loaned more money to Wall Street, however, in secret. The details are only coming out now thanks to the Freedom of Information Act and an act of Congress. […]

Finances in 55: Start Getting Ready for Christmas

It seems like it might be a little overkill: Start getting ready for Christmas already? However, for many of us, Christmas is a very expensive time of year. There are gifts to buy, the house to decorate, people to entertain, and many of us even spend more on festive food and drink for ourselves during the Christmas season. […]

Taxing Wall Street Transactions

We pay a sales tax on most products we buy, so why isn’t there a tax when you buy stocks and bonds? In the United Kingdom, a tax on stock purchases raises four billion pounds annually. It’s hard to estimate how much revenue a tax on financial transactions would generate in the United States, but it’s an idea that could put a dent in the deficit. […]

Now's the Time for Givers to Get the Chase Freedom Card

As most of you know, I own and use the Chase Freedom credit card as one card in my current credit card strategy. And, I believe, for most people it's the top cash back credit card out there today. That's why I put it in first place on my list of the best cash back credit cards. […]

The Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, Learn to Negotiate Better Prices. Enjoy! […]

Offbeat Ways to Make Money

We’ve all heard people’s claims that they were able to get rich quick by employing one program or the next. These money making schemes typically involve some sort of enrollment fee and usually involve watching videos or listening audio recordings. Rather than invest all that time and money into learning how to get rich, why not try a few of these offbeat gigs on for size? […]

Reader Mailbag: Painting Figures

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. Following other blogs 2. Unrealized losses and 401(k) rollovers 3. Multiple rewards cards 4. Spouses and frugality 5. Inheritance and financial aid 6. Handling a non-paying roommate 7. Cost-effectiveness of Gamefly 8. […]

Universal Life Insurance

Every once in a while, I receive financial questions from readers. I am not a financial adviser, so I usually suggest those needing significant assistance with their financial decisions to seek the advice of a professional. However, I don’t mind answering general questions that might be helpful for a wider audience. If you have any questions, contact me. […]

Don’t Save for Retirement

It’s been a while but the Devil’s Advocate posts have returned and they’re going to return in a very big way – I’m going to argue why you shouldn’t save for retirement. If there are a few tenets in personal finances, saving for retirement is up there with having an emergency fund and spending within your means. […]

How to Learn a Foreign Language Without Spending a Cent

Last week at Far Away Places (my new travel blog), I shared some tips on how to learn Spanish fast. The short version: Hire a tutor. But what if you can’t afford a tutor? What if you don’t want to spend money but still want to learn a language? In this guest post from Benny Lewis, the Irish polyglot, he shares tips on how to learn a language on the cheap. […]

25 Things to Throw Out Today

There's a great quote from Fight Club, one of my favorite movies. It comes from Tyler Durden, Brad Pitt's character, and it's prophetic — "The things you own end up owning you." After watching several seasons of Hoarders, that's got to be one of the most truthful statements ever to come out of a movie. Now, we all have a little hoarder inside each of us. […]

8 Simple Ways to Make Your Refrigerator More Efficient

My friend Fabulous Frank is always coming up with neat ideas and inventions; one of his best designs boasts a refrigerator with a glass door on it. […]