Ask the Readers: Do You Buy or Pack Your Lunch?

Editor's Note: Congratulations to Bryan, Garon, and Jennifer W for winning this week's contest! If you don't work from home, chances are you eat at least one meal a day outside the comfort of your home. When it comes to lunch, some people prefer to save money by bringing their lunch to work. Others opt to eat out when lunch hour rolls around. Do you buy or pack your lunch? […]

It Was on Sale…Now How Do I Cook It?

One of my favorite ways to save money on groceries is to shop based on what’s on sale in the meat and produce section. Although this requires a little more creativity, I find that I end up buying a wide variety of healthy foods for cheap. […]

How a 5-Minute Email Saved Me $140

Occasionally I like to share a customer service story with you. I’ve had run-ins with several big corporations in the past, including Comcast, Walmart, and Hobby Lobby. This time, Best Buy and I almost came to blows. But thanks to a stellar customer service experience and some wonderful Best But employees, it became a story with a happy ending. […]

Being Retired? That’s So Tired

The American paradigm for decades was that you worked for an employer your entire life. […]

Best Money Tips: How to Save Money on a Car

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on how to save money on a car, reasons why you need a financial advisor, and how to save on your electric bill. Top 5 Articles How to Save Money on a Car — To save money on a car, never negotiate based on monthly payments. […]

My New Credit Card Strategy

Since it looks like the FIA Services 2% card is dead meat in a couple months and I've been testing an alternative plan to my old credit card strategy anyway, I thought I'd share my results and detail my new credit card plans. Here's what I'll be doing to earn the most possible cash back rewards: 1. I've changed my main card to the American Express Blue Cash Preferred card. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Making Your Own Soda

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. […]

How to Retire Early from a Couple That's Done It

In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Yep, at 38. They have been enjoying their unusual lifestyle for the past 21 years, traveling the world and enjoying their free time in a manner most people simply dream about. The good news for you? […]

Finances in 55: Automating Your Finances

One of the ways you can streamline your finances is to automate them so that you don’t have to worry about paying bills and transferring money into your savings account. Many people enjoy having their finances on automatic, since it means fewer things to worry about. […]

Bank of America Cutting More Jobs

After Bank of America investors have endured a year of suffering, Bank of America employees will start to feel the company’s troubles. […]

How to Grocery Shop for Five on $100 a Week

This post was brought to you by T-Mobile. America's Largest 4G Network -- Now faster than ever. Click here for more details. People are sometimes shocked to hear that I spend only $100 a week on groceries for a family of five. I've even been accused of not telling the whole truth. Confession: Five mouths for $100 is not the whole equation. […]

How to Streamline Your Morning Routine

Save Time With These Tips It’s time to send the kids back to school and with that in mind, there has to be a better way to get out the door in the morning. Missing keys and misplaced permission slips can put a damper on your day and make it difficult for you to get to work on time. […]

Reader Profile: LL

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. […]

The Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, How to Get a Deal on Group Hotel Reservations. Enjoy! […]

Reader Mailbag: Child Independence

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. When to start retirement fund? 2. First house decision 3. Shopping for health insurance 4. Driving school 5. I’m overextended – what now? 6. Making money via social media 7. Working during grad school 8. […]

Tax Loss Harvesting, 31 Days Later

Just over a month ago, we were dealing with wild stock market swings in the wake of the debt ceiling debacle, and market indices had fallen to levels where many of us were carrying paper losses. I thus suggested that it might be a good time to harvest some losses for tax purposes. Harvesting our losses I’m not sure about you, but I followed through and harvested a significant chunk of losses. […]

Earn More Money: Teaching and Tutoring

This is the third article in a series about methods of supplementing income with spare-time projects. I typically focus on the big changes people can make that result in earning significantly more money, but this series focuses on incremental income. […]

How Much Do We Owe Others? (And When Should We Walk Away?)

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes a personal finance column for MSN Money, and writes about frugality and intentional living at Surviving And Thriving. Last January I loaned money to a friend who was in financial crisis: Her vehicle was about to be repossessed. […]

The Recession Glossary

The recent economic uncertainties have given rise to an array of new financial terms. Certainly you have heard of terms such as staycation and bailout over the last few years; some of these terms have become so common that they are now included in major dictionaries. Below are 15 of the top recession terms; feel free to add yours in the comments section. […]