About twelve years ago, I had a job as a computer lab monitor at the college I attended. The job was easy. All I had to do was go to that room during designated hours, sit at a particular desk, and answer user questions, along with a few other minor tasks such as reloading printer paper and changing print cartridges. […]

Does Homeowners Insurance Pay for Removal of Fallen Trees?

While Hurricane Irene wasn’t nearly as bad as many pundits predicted, it still caused a good bit of damage. […]

Reader Profile: JJ

The following is the latest post on my new "Reader Profiles" series. Each post in this series details the financial situation and challenges of an FMF reader. […]

Kids & Money: Using Visuals to Teach Your Children

One of the reasons that teaching children about money is so difficult is due to the often abstract nature of money. Few of us use cash anymore, s it can be even more difficult to teach kids lessons about money. There are things you can do, though, to help your child grasp financial concepts. The use of visuals can be one of the best ways to help your child gain an understanding of money. […]

Five Traits of the Very Wealthy

Yahoo lists five traits of the very wealthy. I've listed them below along with my comments on each: The very wealthy have a plan. Most very wealthy people have a team of advisers and an investing strategy in place that should work even when the worst imaginary case becomes real. […]

How to Get Free Redbox Rentals

A Few Different Ways to Get Free Redbox Rentals Who doesn’t love a free movie rental from time to time? I do and that’s what makes Redbox so enticing. Not only do I see a kiosk when I pass by the supermarket, drug store or neighborhood McDonald’s (there are 27,000 Redbox locations nationwide), the selection of titles to choose from usually appeal to every member of my family. […]

A Different Way of Thinking about Your Debts

If you take out a $200,000 loan for 30 years at 4.5% interest, how much in debt are you? Some might argue that you’re only $200,000 in debt. […]

How to Qualify for a Mortgage Without a Steady Paycheck

It’s been almost nine months since I had a regular paycheck. Last year around this time, I was starting to make my plans for leaving my day job. One of my concerns was the possibility of qualifying for a mortgage with only self-employment income. Banks are still tight with their lending. Although mortgage rates are historically low, you have to be a special borrower to qualify. […]

Get the Most Mileage from Frequent Flier Rewards

This post is from staff writer April Dykman, who thinks a pan of paella is probably the next best thing to being in Spain. Four years ago, I became a member of a frequent flier program. I’d just returned from my first trip to Europe, and I had been bitten by the travel bug. […]

Ask the Readers: Are You Prepared for a Natural Disaster?

With the recent earthquake and hurricane on the east coast, disaster preparedness is a topic on the minds of many people. Many people have a plan in place to follow should disaster strike. However, some people have no plan to follow if they are faced with a natural disaster. Are you prepared for a natural disaster?  Do you have an emergency fund? What about an evacuation plan? […]

5 Ways to Snag Budget-Friendly Business Clothes

Because law school is the academic equivalent to Thunderdome, my fiance recently interviewed for summer internships. Summer 2012 internships. Those interviews spurred a foraging expedition through our closet for the perfect interview outfit. She found what she needed, but we agreed that it was probably time to beef up our business collections. […]

Great Vegan Grill Recipes

The final days of summer are upon us — and you know what that means. It’ll soon be too cold for comfort to cook outdoors, so we need to grill while the grillin’ is good. There are plenty of posts out there that focus on BBQ staples like chicken, ribs, and fish, but what about the vegans? Don’t they deserve flame-broiled freshness just like the rest of us? Of course they do. […]

Best Money Tips: Tips For Better Sleep

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on tips for better sleep, ways to simplify your finances, and education alternatives that will help boost your career. Top 5 Articles 5 Tips For Better Sleep — Get better sleep by sticking to a sleep schedule. […]

How to Find Free, Sticky Money

You know those coin-counting change machines in your local supermarket? I make money from them. […]

5 Tips To Track The Property Values In Any Neighborhood

As we’ve seen in the recent past, a downturn in the real estate market can have repercussions in other aspects of our lives, from employment to consumer spending and beyond. One way to determine if your area’s improving is to compare your local real estate market to the national real estate market. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Dishwasher Detergent

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. […]

Renting a Potential Option for Retirement

MSN Money suggests that renting may be a better option when/if you decide to downsize during retirement. They list the main trade-offs between renting and buying as follows: Do you like tending your own home, including gardening, lawn work and home maintenance? […]

Should You Stop Saving and Investing When Paying Off Debt?

The concept of multitasking, for a person, is a myth. When someone says they are multitasking, they are quick task shifting. We can move our attention quickly from one task to the next, and shift back again, but it’s practically impossible to focus on two different things at the same time. To excel at anything requires undivided attention. […]