American Express Small Business Saturday 2011

Small Business Saturday, the easiest way to “make” $25, is back for it’s second year. Smack in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday was American Express’s promotion in which you could get a $25 statement credit if you spent at least that much at a “small business” that day. […]

20 Household Uses for Pantyhose

Have extra pantyhose or stockings lying around your closet? If you’re anything like my fiancée, you have at least 30 pairs of unworn nylon stockings clogging up your drawer. Here are 20 great ways to use them around the house. (See also: 17 Ways to Use Old Newspaper) 1. Remove Nail Polish Cut your pantyhose into small strips and substitute for cotton balls. 2. […]

12 Cheap First Date Ideas

My husband and I celebrate our third wedding anniversary this week, and it’s had me reminiscing about all the fun dates we’ve been on together through the years. […]

Stamp Prices: The 2012 Increase

In yet another attempt to stanch the flow of red ink, the US Postal Service plans to increase first class stamp prices from $0.44 to $0.45 on January 22nd, 2012. […]

Snow Patrol: Winter Driving Safety Kit Must-Haves

I grew up in the Midwest, where winter preparedness is something between a religion and a science. Midwest winters are a combination of unpredictability, brutal temperatures, and roads paved with black ice. Having the proper winter gear for our cars isn’t just about avoiding inconvenience; it’s about survival, and there are a few essentials we think every driver should have. […]

Two Ways You Could Be Sabotaging Your Retirement

US News lists five ways you could be sabotaging your retirement but I want to share and comment on just two of them. Here's the first: Not negotiating better pay during the hiring process. In this economy, it's easy to be grateful for even having a job. But you are definitely short changing yourself if you don't negotiate for higher pay once an employer presents a job offer. […]

Best Money Tips: Save when Having a New Baby

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on how to save when having a new baby, saving cash with your credit card, and how to be a better investor. Top 5 Articles How to Save when Having a New Baby — Save money when having a new baby by buying a car seat that faces both forwards and backwards. […]

Reader Profile: Mr AtoZ

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. […]

Two Free Flights on Southwest Airlines (Over $800 Value)

As you know, I prefer cash back credit cards. I keep a list of what I consider to be the best cash back credit cards for readers to check out at their convenience. I have also detailed what exact cards I use and how I use them.However, I also know that different people have different spending patterns, goals, preferences, etc. […]

Why I Love My Amex Delta Platinum Card

I’ve sung the praises of my Amex Delta Platinum Card in the past, but today I woke up to an e-mail that made me fall in love with it all over again. As I noted in my post about credit card rental car insurance, I’ll be traveling later this week. Well, guess what? That’s right… I just got upgraded to first class for a cross-country flight. Woohoo! […]

Kids & Money: Frugal Halloween Costumes

I have a confession to make. I buy my son’s Halloween costume each year (one of those costs of raising children that I choose to pay). In fact, we just found a $20 costume for him on eBay. However, I know it’s possible to create your own costumes on the cheap. In fact, my mom still has the costume box that contains all sorts of elements that can be used for creating great Halloween costumes. […]

The Best Financial Advice I’ve Ever Received

People frequently ask me to share the best piece of financial advice I’ve ever received. Most recently, this was a common theme at the Financial Blogger Conference in Chicago. One company in attendance,, filmed and edited a video of various personal finance bloggers sharing their best piece of financial advice. […]

Investing Made Easy With Betterment – Plus a $25 Bonus

Do you know what prevents most people from getting started with investing? The fear of choosing the wrong investment. This fear delays the decision to get started for weeks, months, and often even years. […]

Three Paths to $1 Million

MSN Money lists three paths to $1 million as follows: Consider these three ways to retire with $1 million:1. You invest $2,700 per year for 60 years, assuming an annual return of 5%.2. You invest $14,500 per year for 30 years, assuming an annual return of 5%.3. […]

Pet Insurance Pros and Cons

There’s no doubt that our furry friends can be costly. Even if your pet has no initial health problems, with age, Fido will undoubtedly run into medical issues at some point. When the end is near, long-time pet owners know just how costly pet healthcare can be. If you have a pet, chances are you’ve debated whether or not to buy pet insurance. […]

Some Thoughts on Magazine Subscriptions

Kelly writes in: Do you subscribe to any magazines? Why? Do you find enough value in them to be worth the cost? This was originally a question in Thursday’s reader mailbag, but the answer became long enough that I felt it deserved a post of its own. Sarah and I get several different magazines in the mail. […]

What I Learned as a Financial Planner

The following is a guest post from Neal Frankle, a Certified Financial Planner in Los Angeles who owns the financial blog Wealth Pilgrim. […]

Improve Productivity by Avoiding Time Wasters

Regardless of your occupation, there is probably an incentive that comes with working longer or harder. Higher commission, quarterly bonuses, or the promise of a promotion are some of the ways that companies motivate their employees to be a better value to the business. Those who are self –employed know that working hard isn’t an option but instead a requirement. […]

Ask the Readers: Do You Use Online Banking?

Technology makes it possible to do almost everything online. From ordering groceries to buying books to paying your bills, you can rely on the Internet for almost anything. While most people have switched over to online banking, there are still people out there who opt to continue getting bank statements in the mail. Do you use online banking? […]