Skip the Holiday Hype: 10 Non-Shopping Activities

By Frugal Duchess Forget the holiday hype and just have fun. Here are 10 frugal activities that don’t involve shopping and could save money. 1. Get more rest. Sleep is a good investment. With more rest, I work smarter, think clearer and save more. Costly financial errors develop when I become a sleep-deprived, whirlwind of nervous energy. […]

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Stretch Out a Small Space

By Sasha A. Rae You’ve finally found the space of your dreams, only it’s not as spacious as it ought to be and now you don’t know how you’re going to fit all your goodies into the digs. In fact, the more you look at your space, the more you wonder how you even imagined you could fit everything into it, including yourself. Have no fear. […]

Review: Making the Most of Your Money Now by Jane Bryant Quinn

Author Jane Bryan Quinn took her massive personal finance book published in 1997 and revised and updated the information to create Making the Most of Your Money Now: The Classic Bestseller Completely Revised for the New Economy, which will be released on December 29, 2009. […]

Investing without Goals Is Like Golfing without a Putter…

… you might make some general progress, but when you finally come close to the target, it will be very difficult for you to hit that shot. Time and time again, people write to me and ask questions about how they should be investing their money. […]

Way to Save #152: Dump Disposable Diapers

Washing your own diapers can save you a couple of hundred dollars in a year and your landfill will be happier too! […]

36 Green Gift Wrapping Ideas

By Myscha Theriault Trying to maintain eco boundaries in the middle of winter holiday chaos? It can be tough, particularly with all of those ribbons and bows tempting us at every turn. If your tastes lean more towards silk and satin than burlap and tin foil, here are thirty-six green gift wrapping ideas to get you started. These ideas were all included for various reasons. […]

How to Remove Unauthorized Hard Inquiries

Reader Christine recently left a comment on the What is a good credit score? post in which she asked how she could get unauthorized hard inquiries removed. For her particular case, it’s likely that she agreed to the hard inquiries when she “clicked on a link on some website that I do not even remember now and got phone calls from about 5 lenders. […]

Ask the Readers: Do You Buy Christmas Gifts For Your Spouse?

This article is by staff writer Adam Baker. Baker recently listed the Top 10 Money Movies of the Decade. At this point, I hope you’ve done most of your Christmas shopping (and/or making). Only the brave or the foolish have yet to form a holiday shopping plan of attack. […]

Flexible Spending Account – Spend It Before You Lose It

If you don’t spend the balance of you Flexible Spending Account before the ball drops in Times Square, you forfeit the excess and burn up your savings. Don’t squander your FSA! […]

Great Thoughts on Thank You Notes

Here are what I consider to be some great thoughts on post-interview thank you notes from the Personal Branding Blog: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’ve never hired a candidate who didn’t send a thank you note after our interview. As a hiring manager, it’s just one simple way to compare my top candidates. […]

Last Minute Gift Ideas: Books about Money, Honey!

Deck the halls with savvy savings, fa la la la la, la la la la financial books! ‘Tis the season for spending smartly, giving gifts generously, and thinking a little bit about the budget. Yes, the budget. Sigh. Buying a smart book is a pretty inexpensive gift though, and there’s still lots of time to hit the bookstores or to order online. […]

Best Christmas Presents

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management.  Many people spend more during the holiday season than they can afford. Guilt or shame drives them to put too many big-ticket items under the tree. But the satisfaction is both short-lived and shortsighted. Understanding the economics of gift giving may help you decide when and what to buy for Christmas. […]

15 Uses for Incredibly Inexpensive White Vinegar

One of the best bargains in your local grocery store is plain old white vinegar. You can get a 32 ounce jug of it (half a gallon) for about $1.50 and it has a multitude of uses beyond the edible ones (like pickles and salad dressings). Here are fifteen uses for white vinegar, most of which I use myself. Toilet cleaner Got a toilet bowl that’s difficult to clean? […]

Moose Tracks for the Holidays?

As many of you know, Moose Tracks ice cream has been a sponsor of Free Money Finance from day one. And since you're likely a week or so away from some sort of feasting, I thought I'd suggest you consider some for your upcoming holiday celebration. Or perhaps to ring in the new year! […]

Is YMax magicJack a Scam?

In a recent issue of the Retirement Millionaire, a retirement newsletter I’ve been checking out, they mentioned some frugal VOIP option I hadn’t heard of before. MagicJack is a USB based device that lets you make phone calls using your PC’s internet connection for $19.95 a year, or $1.66 a month. […]

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: 5 More Ways to Screw Your Credit Card Company

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. In this article, we’ll look at 5 legal ways to get your way with your credit card companies, the 5 grammatical errors that make you look dumb, and 5 ways texting can make your life easier. (Do we have a thing for lists of five? […]

Four Things I Like About Quicken

I've mentioned several times that I use Quicken to manage my personal finances and have done so for years. […]

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How to Live a Rich Life Without Spending a Fortune in Today’s Economy

Does the present state of the economy have you hoping for a better future?  Have you considered how detrimental it would be to your lifestyle if you were to lose your job today?  Is there anything left in your budget to cut back on or are you stretched so thin that you are not sure how you will buy groceries in the upcoming weeks?  Are you hoping for better luck financially next year? You don’t ne […]