6 Ways to Win Free Stuff from Blog Giveaways

Some of you may recall that I used be a hardcore sweeper. My past winnings included everything from trips to cash to a private movie screening. In the years since I wrote that article, the landscape of prize promotions has changed drastically. […]

The Art of the Audacious Goal

I want to run for mayor of a large city. I want to publish a series of fantasy novels that appear in every bookstore in the country. I want to pay off the $300,000 in debt that I owe. I want to start a restaurant chain. I want to visit 100 countries by the time I’m 40. I’m a fan of overly audacious goals. […]

Win a Free Copy of H&R Block's At Home Premium Federal Tax Product!

I am giving away a copy of H&R Block's At Home Premium Federal Tax product! Here's how the giveaway will work: 1. All you need to do to enter is to leave any comment on this post. Be sure to leave your email address (no one else will be able to see it) when you leave the comment. 2. Within a few days, I'll select the winner at random and announce the winner on this post. 3. […]

Should a Second Marriage Be Celebrated (and Paid for) Like the First?

We recently had occasion to be in a wedding — a second wedding for the bride and groom. While I'm all about celebrating the union between two individuals, I couldn't help but question whether we really had to celebrate it with the same gusto that we did just a few years prior for this individual's first wedding. […]

Choosing Your Path to Prosperity

Let's imagine for a second that there is a contest going on where you can earn a cool $1,000,000 for finding a coin lying on the floor somewhere in a dark room. […]

The Best Prepaid Debit Cards, February 2011

Prepaid debit cards have always been a controversial topic, particularly the cards that carry insanely high fees just for making everyday purchases. Later last year, the Kardashian prepaid card was announced, followed by bad press due to its predatory fees and lack of customer benefits. That card was cancelled soon after it was announced. […]

Five Surprise Bonuses in 2011 – Make the Most of Them!

This is a guest post from Darwin of Darwin’s Money. If you like what you see here, please consider subscribing to his RSS feed. As the economy struggles to recover, 2011 promises to provide opportunistic consumers and businesses with plenty of surprise bonuses. You just need to be ready to take advantage of them! […]

25 Toughest Interview Questions of 2010

MoneyTalksNews lists the 25 toughest interview questions of 2010. IMO, these should be the 25 strangest interview questions of 2010. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of Jan 17

Let's start off with a reminder: FMF is on Facebook. Every weekday I post a couple pieces that usually aren't on FMF. […]

Average American Family’s Finances: In Shambles? (Infographic)

How do you feel about your personal financial situation? In our case, we are going with the flow. Our financial strategy has always been to try to adjust to the current environment whenever possible. My spouse and I were long term corporate hounds and it served us well to try to climb the career ladder while investing our savings in the stock market and even in real estate for a while. […]

How Much Is Your Smart Phone Data Plan Really Costing You?

The following is a guest post from Jacob at My Personal Finance Journey. Recently, I took a trip to the lovely land of Verizon Wireless. I embarked on this journey due to the fact that my family's chocolate lab, Portia, had chewed up my cell phone the day before, after it accidentally fell out of my pocket. […]

The Fundamental Ingredients for Financial Success

In today’s reader mailbag, a reader asked me if the questions I get for the mailbag make me depressed because, frankly, many of the stories I hear from readers represent a grim financial story. I told him, quite honestly, that most of the questions actually make me happy. They fill me with hope. […]

Be a Dividend Millionaire by Paul Rubillo

Be a Dividend Millionaire by Paul Rubillo is not just a book about dividend investing – there are a million of those. […]

Scottrade Review: A Discount Online Broker With Local Offices

Scottrade Offers Cheap Stock Trades and Local Branches Choosing an online broker can be a daunting task. There are literally dozens of companies to choose from and fee structures to examine. Not only that, but choosing the wrong brokerage could end up costing you if you don’t carefully read the fine print and see what you’re getting into. […]

Compute Your Net Worth Once a Year

The following is a guest post from Marotta Asset Management. I actually compute my net worth monthly as part of the two main financial measures I track. I'll be sharing an update of my net worth later this month. […]

Get Out There! The Power of Vulnerability

Guess what? I’m not perfect. I get scared. I worry about my future. I want people to like me. I am afraid of loving somebody who doesn’t love me back. And I can’t stand the idea of people talking behind my back or accusing me of things I haven’t done. These are a few of my vulnerabilities, out there for the world to see. […]

Beyond Debt-Free: Getting By in the New Economy

For most Americans, the pinnacle of financial independence centers on some vague notion of living debt-free. This debt-free life comes either through amazing feats of financial discipline during our working years, or as a final hard-won reward in retirement. […]

Reader Mailbag: Travel

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. Infant car seats 2. Roth and 403(b) questions 3. Paying off mortgage early 4. Managing a pay increase 5. Bonds owned by the deceased 6. Using bonuses 7. Depression and the reader mailbag 8. […]