Best Money Tips: Ways to Save on Shoes

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on ways to save on shoes, things not to buy during the holidays, and ways to give gifts that matter. Top 5 Articles 13 Ways to Save on Shoes — To save on shoes, use coupons and buy classic styles. [Money Talks News] 12 Things Not to Buy During the Holidays — This holiday season, don't buy laptops or bicycles. […]

Preventing freezer burnout

My husband and I get along well with few disagreements. That’s why it was a surprise to both of us when something came between us a couple of weeks ago and, of all things, it was our freezer. And things got downright frosty for a few hours. I had a long list of things to get done when I got home from work – and cleaning out our stand-alone chest freezer wasn’t one of them. […]

10 Frugal-but-Classy Appetizers

Appetizers are one of those things that are so essential for successful entertaining, but can often eat up a big chunk of your entertaining budget. There are few things that make a party as fun as sipping wine and nibbling on a choice morsel while you wander about the room catching up with friends. […]

Overbooked Flights and (Reverse) Auctioning Your Airline Seat

Airlines have long asked for volunteers to give up their seats when a flight is overbooked. But when checking in for a flight recently, I was greeted with a new twist… This was for a flight on Delta and, as I was going through the online check-in process, I was greeted with a screen soliciting bids from potential volunteers. […]

Active Investing Success is Rare

Many regular FMF readers are familiar with Old Limey, a regular, popular commenter here. Through his comments we know that he is a retired engineer who took his relatively modest retirement savings, invested it during the dot com boom, and turned it into a multi-million dollar portfolio. […]

Stay Away from Tourist Traps (343/365)

In 2004, I had the professional opportunity to travel to Mexico multiple times in a short span. On those trips, I had a few chances to visit some of the sights of rural Mexico. One of the stops that really sticks in my mind is the opportunity to climb up a small Aztec pyramid at Teotihuacan. […]

What Seems Simple Rarely Is Simple

I enjoy watching cooking shows – you know, the ones where they actually focus on presenting a recipe and show off some of the techniques used in preparing that recipe. My favorite cooking show host is Julia Child, by a fair margin. There’s something I’ve always found really comforting about her – I don’t quite know what it is. […]

The Giver Gains

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. For the rest of the year I'm going to be highlighting verses relating to the poor on Sundays as a reminder of why I'm doing my $25k Red Kettle Challenge. […]

Reader Stories: Why giving up $100,000 a year was the right choice

Steve Chou writes about entrepreneurship and how to start an online store over at In addition, he and his wife run an online store selling wedding handkerchiefs and wedding linens at This story is part of our Reader Stories series. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success or failure. […]

Save money when you cut the cheese

Food is usually a substantial part of a household’s budget.  Fortunately, there’s also lots of opportunity for saving money on food. The big budget-killer is usually dining out, so reducing the eating out to a minimum is low-hanging fruit.  Beyond that, it’s a matter of spending time to get good deals on food and preparing meals. Preparing food means, among other things, foregoing individually-pac […]

Consider All Forms of Transportation, Including Train and Bus (342/365)

A few months ago, I took a trip to Indianapolis. The first leg of the trip – a flight from Des Moines to Chicago – was uneventful, but it was the second leg that got interesting. I was scheduled to fly from Chicago to Indianapolis, but my flight was cancelled, as was the subsequent flight. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #103

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. […]

How Millionaires Became Wealthy

Time recently highlighted a survey of multi-millionaires asking them how they became wealthy. The results: 27% are entrepreneurs 15% are corporate executives 7% are managers 6% are investors 6% are doctors and dentists A few other key notes: 75% of wealthy entrepreneurs and business owners attribute their success to prudent risk taking. […]

Consider Camping (341/365)

When Sarah and I visited the Pacific Northwest for our first anniversary, we didn’t stay in a hotel for most of the vacation. We camped, using borrowed camping equipment, first on Mount Rainier and then in Olympia National Forest. When we went on our first vacation after having our first child, we didn’t stay in a hotel for any of the vacation. […]

Confirmation Bias and You

Let’s say you’re worried that your finances aren’t being organized effectively. You’re not really sure what’s wrong, but you have a gut feeling about it. You decide to go to a financial advisor, who tells you that, indeed, your finances are in a bad place. […]

Your Take: $250,000 vs. $500,000 vs. What Is Rich?

Here’s an interesting question that popped up in my head as a result of Warren Buffett’s op-ed last week – should the bar for “high income” be at $250,000, $500,000, or some higher value? Should the bar be at a dollar amount relative to median income or should it be a calculated based on how many taxpayers it would capture? In 2008, 4.3 million tax returns had an AGI above $200,000. […]

Capital One No Hassle Cash Rewards Card

It was Saturday morning and we were packing for an upcoming trip to Iceland — we were leaving on Tuesday, just three days later. While packing the credit cards (we normally only bring two credit cards and one debit card when traveling internationally) I realized that one of our Capital One cards had expired. I panicked. Then I called Capital One. […]

How to Have a Perfect No-Spend Weekend!

We all want to be to make getting out of debt a bigger priority in our lives, but what do you do if you’re not quite ready to make the full commitment (especially around the holidays) or if you’re not quite sure you’ll be able to handle it? The perfect solution is a No-Spend Weekend! You’ll reap the benefits of cutting-back without the time commitment. […]

Ask the Readers: Do you lend money to friends?

“What’s a little money between friends?” That common question has wrecked more than a few friendships. Reader Alexa (who blogs at Single Moms Income) is in that situation now. She recently sent us a story and a question. Here’s her tale. I moved back home near the end of July where I immediately reconnected with one of my old friends — we’ll call him J — whom I hadn’t seen in several years. […]

Best Money Tips: Ways to Save Money for a House

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on ways to save money for a house, steps to take before a job interview, and how to protect your stuff. Top 5 Articles 5 Ways to Save Money for a House — Consolidating your debts can help you save money for a house. […]