Best Money Tips: Dress Your Kids For Less

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on how to dress your kids for less, planning for holiday travel, and becoming a millionaire. Top 5 Articles Top 10 Budget-Friendly Ways to Dress Your Kids for Less — Want to dress your kids for less? Consider hosting a clothing swap. […]

Five Decisions that Help Determine Whether You'll Be Rich or Poor

MSN Money lists five decisions that determine whether you'll be rich or poor as follows: 1. Marriage2. Home ownership3. College education4. Self-employment5. Choosing to save Here's my take on these: 1. Married people tend to accumulate higher net worths. But if they divorce, then finances can be devastated. The key is to marry smartly, like I did. ;-)2. […]

What I learned about personal finance bloggers from FINCON11

I arrived home safely from the Financial Blogger Conference about 2 AM today. Phil of PTMoney and friends did a superb job putting everything together.  All aspects were very well organized and very professional: the social events, the programs, the takeaways, everything.  First class from start to finish.  Amazing work Phil! There was lots of great content in the scheduled presentations, of cours […]

Share Your Favorite FinCon Moments and Win $100!

We just came back from the amazing Financial Blogger’s Conference hosted by Philip of PT Money. We had the pleasure of meeting over 270 bloggers, authors, and financial professionals. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Making Your Own Cooking Stock

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: Soners

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. […]

How to Handle Meeting Hundreds of Colleagues

My experience with the first Financial Blogger Conference This past weekend has been a whirlwind. On Friday, for the first time I took advantage of using accrued frequent flyer miles to upgrade to first class on Continental. I will write more on that experience later. […]

Does a Stock Market Downturn Signal a Recession?

If you believe everything that the media says, you would think that when the stock market has a bad day, week or month, the economy is on a downward trajectory to disaster. […]

Ditching Your Debit Card

As a followup to Friday’s post about Bank of America’s new debit card fees, I wanted to share something that I learned over the weekend… According to a BofA rep, you can convert your debit card back into a plain old ATM card if you want. […]

Holiday Saving Tips: How to Grow Your Christmas Nest Egg

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and raising children at Autumn is here and the leaves are just starting to turn. Believe it or not, that means it’s time to start thinking about the holiday season. Holiday expenses can pile up quickly. […]

How to Change Banks

With the unwelcome news that many of the nation’s biggest banks will soon be charging fees for debit cards usage — on top of lots of other fees — you may be thinking of switching banks. Ugh. What a chore. […]

How I Got Started Freelancing

Jim made an interesting request of me not to long ago: Write about how I got started with freelancing. As you may or may not know, I am a freelance writer and professional blogger. I provide content for a number of financial blogs, and I write a column for my local newspaper, as well as write for a physics web site. […]

Can You Still Make Money With Credit Card Arbitrage?

Arbitrage is not a new concept: whenever you buy an item and sell it quickly for a profit, you’re participating in some form of arbitrage. For example, let’s say you owned an antique shop. You might spend Saturday mornings on the yard sale circuit, looking for antiques that you could sell in your shop. […]

Five Things You Need to Make Your Home Office More Efficient

I’ve done it!  I’m finally living my dream of working from home full-time.  I have a regular gig that pays the bill and am eternally grateful for having some really cool clients that trust me and can vouch for my work ethic.  With that being said, I have to be really organized to be efficient.  With no real “boss” to answer to, I have to be the one who is accountable for meeting deadlines, followi […]

The Wide Array of Gift Cards Available

Since I posted My New Credit Card Strategy, I've been asked if there really are that many gift cards available to get 6% cash back. After all, can I really charge thousands of dollars on gift cards over the course of the year? Judge for yourself. […]

The Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, Are You Seriously Committed To Saving, Or Still Committed To The Short-Term? Enjoy! […]

Reader Mailbag: Scheduling Events

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. Student loan payoff or Roth? 2. Should we refinance? 3. Discrimination and temp rights 4. In college and in debt 5. Exhaustion 6. Debt and disability 7. Multi-level marketing 8. Fixing an iPod battery 9. CSA question 10. […]

Personal Balance Sheet, September 2011 ($342,242, -7.1%)

Each month, I publish a financial report to help me track the progress along my path to gain financial independence. This is a long-standing tradition at Consumerism Commentary, with relatively significant updates going all the way back to July 2003. I have made some changes over the years in how these numbers, including the net worth bottom line, are calculated. […]

Can You Save Too Much For Retirement?

Life is often about balance. It’s about balancing the instant gratification of today against future rewards. It’s about enjoying life now versus saving enough for later so that your life can be just as enjoyable after you retire. It’s very difficult to know where that line is because it’s difficult to predict the future. Will taxes go up? How much will inflation be? […]

A Meeting of Minds: Financial Blogger Conference 2011

I spent the weekend in Chicago, meeting and talking with 279 other financial bloggers. After years of saying we should all get together, we finally did (thanks to the hard work of Phil Taylor from PT Money). For three days, we talked about writing, marketing, and monetization. […]