The Statute of Limitations on Regret

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes the Frugal Cool blog for MSN Money, and writes about frugality and intentional living at Surviving And Thriving. Recently I read a blog post so glum I wondered how I might do a well-being check on its anonymous author. […]

Ask the Readers: Do You Go to Concerts?

Almost everyone has been to at least one concert in their lives. Some people go to concerts regularly to see their favorite artists or bands. However, the price of tickets deters others from attending concerts on a regular basis. Do you go to concerts? How often do you go? How do you save on tickets? […]

25 Tasty and Affordable Salad Dressing Recipes

Many people start eating more salads immediately after switching to a plant-based diet. Perhaps it’s because greens are one of the more popular cheap weight loss foods, or because before they complete their research and find out otherwise, people assume salad is the only side dish that will be available to them. Whatever the reason, salad consumption typically goes up. […]

Create Your Own Raise

If you're one of the many who hasn't gotten a raise since 2007, perhaps you need to create your own raise. (See also: Replacing a Crappy Job) It's a simple concept — cutting your expenses by a few percent is effectively the same as boosting your income by a few percent. In fact, it's better, because you'd have to pay taxes on any extra income, while reducing your spending is tax-free. […]

Best Money Tips: Save BIG on Traveling This Summer

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on saving big on traveling this summer, making the most of unused gift cards, and how recent grads can land jobs. Top 5 Articles A Simple Way to Save BIG on Traveling This Summer — Save big on traveling this summer by packing light and buying less when you are out and about. […]

The Straight Talk on Working From Home

If you don’t work from home, I’ve got some bad news — it doesn’t involve sleeping in every day, then rolling out of bed to do some work in your PJs. I work from home. Actually, I’m at home, working, right now. No PJs, though. And I’m up at the same time I was when I worked in an office. […]

The 52 Best Money Saving Tips

There are hundreds of money saving tips available these days (at the time of this writing, I have 752 different money saving posts in the FMF archives). The sheer number of ideas can be so overwhelming that many people just give up and do nothing. […]

American Express Promo Codes for Fee-Free Gift Cards

If you’re looking for an easy way to max out any of the recent credit card signup offers that I’ve posted about then I suggest that you check out American Express gift cards. In reality, just about any gift card will do for time-shifting purchases into the promo window, but store gift cards can be rather limiting. […]

Turn Down Your Water Heater (155/365)

Try this simple hot water experiment. Right now, go turn on the hot water in your shower. Turn the hot water as high as it will go with no cold water at all. Give it some time so that the water reaches maximum heat. Now, stick your hand into the water flow. […]

How to Get Organic Fruits Cheaply–Go Directly to the Farm

More and more people are becoming interested in eating locally grown, organic produce.  The problem can be affording such food.  While it is better for you and the environment, the price tag is not better for your wallet.  Rather than shopping at your local organic store or shopping the overpriced organic section in your local grocery store, consider working directly with a local organic farmer. L […]

Reader Profile: TN

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. […]

Is Upromise a Scam?

There are a lot of programs out there, and you might be worried about which programs are legitimate, and which really will help you earn rewards and save money. One of the more popular programs out there is Upromise, acquired by Sallie Mae in August of 2006. Upromise is a program designed to help you save up for college. […]

Beware of flawed packaging that pilfers your product

Pucker up your lips and kiss that lip gloss goodbye. That’s precisely what I thought after reaching for my CoverGirl NatureLuxe Gloss Balm to moisten my mouth. The hell? After fully extending my lip balm, the costly stuff was still trapped deep inside the packaging! […]

Are 401k Plans Too Risky For Retirement?

The 401k gets a bad reputation, especially when the markets and economy are on the rocks. We read countless stories about 60-somethings on the cusp of retirement who lost half their nest egg and need to continue working, and we hear about how people aren’t putting enough money into the plans to be able to afford the retirement they planned on. […]

Use Your Emergency Fund When You Quit

Last week, I offered eight questions you should consider before quitting your job, and one of those questions pertained to the preparedness of your emergency fund. A reader, Qixx, pointed out that the decision to quit your job is not an emergency, and shouldn’t warrant dipping into cash set aside for true emergencies. […]

Reader Mailbag: Yard Sale Searching

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. Handling a large gift 2. Free toothbrushes 3. Internet banking and future loans 4. Pieces of inspiration 5. Medical billing problems 6. Getting value from panini press 7. Toilet paper: quality or price? 8. […]

College Savings Tips: Interview with Gary Hoover

One of the big personal finance topics of the last year has been the skyrocketing cost of higher education. It’s a big topic because we’re talking enormous sums of money. […]

Financial Education for Fifth Graders

I’ve finally overcome my fear of speaking in public (though speaking in front of 1000 people at next month’s World Domination Summit may bring that fear back) and have actually found that I enjoy talking to various groups about money. […]

Why I Like Big Banks

With the mortgage crisis, housing bubble, bailouts, and record bank profits (and losses), big banks have made people really, really angry. Lots of folks are ditching their major banking institutions for credit unions. But not me. (See also: Credit Unions vs. Banks: What's the Difference?) I love my big bank. Here's why. Convenience Big banks have branches and ATMs everywhere. […]

Actually Get Things Done: Creating a Reasonable To-Do List

It’s far too easy to wind up with a to-do list that seems to go on forever. Just as you finish one task, you think of three more that need to get done. […]