Make Sure You Really Want to Jailbreak Your iPhone

If you heard about it at all, you heard right: it’s no longer illegal to jailbreak your iPhone. That means you can install any app you want on it, regardless of whether it exists in the official App Store. But according to Apple, this will void your warranty, so proceed with caution.I’d recommend looking through what I think is the repository of apps newly available to the jailbroken. […]

Calculate Your Monthly Freedom Day

Every year, the Tax Foundation points to a day in April and proclaims it Tax Freedom Day. It’s the day after which you have effectively earned enough to cover your tax liabilities for the year. For 2010, that day was April 9th. In 2009, it was April 8th. The idea is that, based on what you are projected to owe in taxes, every hour you work until that day goes towards funding that liability. […]

Stopping Shopping Momentum

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Shopping momentum is the bane of many budgets. […]

Car Insurance: Dealing With an Accident

Last week while driving home, my husband and I got into a car accident. We were stopped at a red light behind another car. […]

Who Do You Share Your Financial Status With?

Here's a good reason not to go blabbing about your financial success to strangers (or those you know superficially in this case): A Cicero beauty salon owner who discussed her wealth in front of customers was kidnapped by a jealous client, police say. […]

Swagbucks back to school promotion

Tonight my wife and daughter were coloring with some of the Prismacolor art pencils that we had gotten really cheaply thanks to about $40 worth of Amazon gift certificates we had won through If you haven’t yet signed up for, then you can snag a little bit more if you sign up through August 15th, 2010 before midnight PDT. […]

How To Monitor Your Credit For Free

The only person I know who isn’t interested in their credit is someone who doesn’t want to buy a house or car, doesn’t have any credit cards, and has no worries about identity theft. However, if you’re well over the age of eighteen and use a credit card, then you may have a fairly sizable [...]How To Monitor Your Credit For Free Copyright 2011 All rights reserved. […]

Should I Buy Life Insurance for My Children?

This is a question I hear all the time from readers who are parents – and it’s a question that comes up in our own household as well. Should our children have life insurance policies? I’ve done a lot of research and soul-searching on this topic. What follows are the conclusions I’ve come to on the issue. […]

Invest in All Six Asset Classes

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. Investors are challenged these days to know where to put their money. Everyone wants to know which asset class will perform the best and help them meet their retirement goals. We use six different asset classes: three for stability and three for appreciation. […]

Ten Ways to Greenify Your Home Right Now

When you look at the U.S. Green Building Council’s checklist for what makes a Green Home, you see a lot of things you can’t change after you’ve bought a home. Location? Can’t really move your house very easily, now can you? Size? Sorry, that’s pretty much set for us. And building design? […]

More on the Value of College

We've discussed the pros and cons of going to college several times here at Free Money Finance including the following: Is Going to College a Bad Financial Move for Many People? […]

7 Great Coupon Resources

Saving Money With Coupons is Easy if You Know Where to Look Let’s face it.  We could all stand to have a little more money in the bank.  Grocery shopping, although necessary, can be a big budget buster.  Without careful planning, a trip to pick up “essentials” can wind up costing a small fortune.  Rather than continue down a destructive path of spending, many people turn to coupon […]

Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, How Do You Find Objective Financial Advisers? Enjoy!  […]

Reader Mailbag: When Do I Write Mailbags?

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. Netflix for family bonding 2. Guilt over income 3. Dishwasher versus hand washing 4. Cancelling a new card 5. Pushy parents and hotel rooms 6. Trust money for college 7. Getting “wants” under control 8. Used deep freezers 9. […]

Financial IQ Test: How Healthy is Your Life Insurance Plan?

What kind of life insurance policy do you have (if you have one at all)? Do you understand the terms? Are you getting the most bang for your insurance buck? How did you select the amount of insurance you have? How did you choose your insurance company and structure the policy? […]

Life After Debt: What's Next?

You've done it. You've worked hard, scrimped, saved, and paid off all your debt. Congratulate yourself as you have now joined an elite club of folks who have finally seen the light AND did something about it. But now that you can turn the page on that goal, what's next? Are you going to Disneyland or getting yourself a treat? […]

How to Prepare for Losing Your Job

One of the most traumatic financial disasters you can face, and millions of Americans have in the last two years, is losing your job. The key to bouncing back on your feet is to prepare for it ahead of time. […]

Degrees With Low Salaries: How to Beat the Odds

Eleven years ago or so I began my career with my bachelor’s degree in hand. Once I stabilized a little, I had a job with one of the top organizations in the world. […]

Who’s Spying on (and Profiting from) Your Browsing Habits?

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. One of the fastest-growing businesses on the Web is tracking data about your Internet use — everything from comments you leave on websites to health information and financial status — and selling it to companies that want to target ads to specific customer profiles. […]