The Lack of American Generosity (in Numbers)

Money Magazine shared the average deductions for charitable giving by adjusted gross income in its December issue. […]

Start an Automatic Appliance Replacement Fund (28/365)

Just a few days ago, Connie wrote in: It’s been a real challenge turning our financial situation around. […]

Podcast 145: Protecting Individual Finances in a Marriage

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek talks to Jenny Kerr, founder of The Jenny Pincher. Jenny talks with Tom about how married women can better prepare themselves financially for a divorce. […]

Review: The Money Saving Mom’s Budget

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. I’ve had the blog Money Saving Mom bookmarked for years. In fact, it’s been a permanent mainstay on the list of 25 blogs I recommend that appears on every page of The Simple Dollar. […]

Are Christians Poor Tippers?

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Here's an uncomfortable piece from Daily Finance that says Christians are poor tippers. It talks about Christians who go to restaurants and then use a fake $10 bill tract to spread their faith, instead of leaving a tip. […]

Reader Story: The Money Fix

This guest post from Christine is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. This reader story is a little unusual. It’s the product of Daily Worth’s “The Money Fix”. […]

Invest in a Deep Freezer (27/365)

One of the most critical appliances in our home when I was growing up was our chest deep freezer. We kept it in the attached garage, just a few steps out of the garage door that opened onto the kitchen. […]

Automating Savings on an Irregular Income

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. One of the tenets of personal finance is to pay yourself first. And one of the most sure-fire ways to make sure you do that is to automate your savings: setup your checking account to make an automatic deposit to your saving accounts. Automation has been incredibly effective for me. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #57

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 to Decide Which Tax Preparation Method is Best for You

Here's a comment a reader recently left on my post titled Why I Use a CPA to Do My Taxes. It addresses the topic of how to decide which tax preparation method -- CPA, mass market firm, or do-it-yourself -- is best for you. His thoughts: If you really want to know which tax preparation mode is best for YOU, do all three ... […]

Want To Be Your Own Boss? Steps To Take Before Going Solo

Be proactive before you make the switch to full time entrepreneurship. It’s a statement often dished out and applied to people who attempt to do something they’re not very good at, a statement made to discourage those who are seeking out an alternative career path: “don’t quit your day job”. In the entrepreneurial world, this [...]Want To Be Your Own Boss? […]

Attention Financial Bloggers: Free Promotion for Your Top Posts in the FMF March Money Madness Tournament

Yes, it's that time of year again -- Free Money Finance March Money Madness is upon us!For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, it's our annual "tournament" of the best personal finance articles of the past year. They face each other in an NCAA-style bracket system, FMF readers vote for the winner, and at the end of it all, the best post is left standing. […]

Does the IRS Accept Scanned Documents?

I’ve spent a good bit of time digitizing paperwork over the past couple of years. […]

The Role of Money in Choosing a Relationship

Do people have any kind of control over whom they fall in love with? Perhaps Cupid’s arrow strikes randomly, and there is no choice but to obey the heart — or chemicals in the brain — or sexual urges. […]

Saving For a Down Payment on a House

The shakeup in the housing market over the past several years has brought the need and advantages of a down payment when buying a new home back into focus. In a traditional mortgage, the home buyer was required to provide a 20% down payment at the time of closing. This trend shifted during the housing boom and often allowed buyers to purchase a new home with little or no money down. […]

What’s Next After Debt Freedom?

Thanks to Forest Wander for the picture. Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end – Seneca As I write this, Sarah and I are completely debt free. We have no mortgage. We have no car loans. We have no student loans. We have no credit card balances. We have no consumer loans of any other type. […]

Your Take: Hard Work or Connections?

The WSJ Wealth Report blog talked about a Pew Research Center study that attempted to find the origins of the conflict between rich and poor, which has been playing out in the headlines lately. […]

5 Best Gas Rewards Credit Cards

Gas prices are again approaching (or exceeding) $4.00 a gallon. It's really cramping our summer road trip plans. But using the best gas rewards credit cards listed below, you can save a bundle this summer as gas prices climb ever higher. How to Pick the Best Gas Card First, you want to consider the savings you will realize from each card. […]

A Beginner's Guide to Homemade Bread

I’d venture to say there are very few people who can resist fresh, homemade bread; when I pull a loaf out of the oven, a crowd inevitably forms around it, and we wait for it to cool so we can slather it with butter while it’s still warm. A fresh loaf of bread seems a bit miraculous when you make it yourself, as you watch a few simple ingredients rise into a golden dome under the oven light. […]