Questions To Ask Before You Invest

Questions to ask before you invest or buy stocks, and why it’s like shopping for a printer. A guest post courtesy of Mr. Moneybags. For one reason or another, I recently found myself in desperate need of a new printer. So, off I went into the treacherous realm that they commonly refer to as Staples. [...]Questions To Ask Before You Invest Copyright 2011 All rights reserved. […]

How Online Classes Can Really Save You Time and Money

We’re a society obsessed solutions that save the most money, as we should be. Thrift is no small attribute. We also like things quick and easy. For these reasons, online classes appeal to many people. But this is because online degrees are often advertised as cheap and immediate solutions to what’s perceived by many people to be an expensive, time-consuming process. […]

How to Control Your Taxes

Over the weekend, there was an article on the homepage of CNN that teased an opinion piece by Lou Zickar on “What taxpayers want.” The teaser said that “In every budget, there is only one item over which a family has no control: what they pay in taxes.” That’s wrong. You and I don’t have total control (who ever has total control of anything in their budget?) but there are plenty of levers we can p […]

Dissatisfied Customer? Make an Effective Complaint

This post is from staff writer April Dykman, who recently wrote about how pineapple pops can prevent heatstroke. I’ve often heard that there are two kinds of customers, those who will complain and those who won’t. The ones who complain are better for a company because they’re more likely to stick around if the company can successfully resolve their issue. […]

Ask the Readers: Would You Donate to the Government?

The United States is currently over $14 trillion dollars in debt. After the recent debt-ceiling crisis, almost everyone became painfully aware of how in trouble the United States is financially. But is the severity of the situation enough to cause Americans to pull together to try to alleviate the debt issue by donating to the Bureau of Public Debt? Would you donate to the government? […]

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 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. […]