Principles Reinforced By Favorite Television Show – Holmes On Homes

I love Holmes on Homes.  If you haven’t seen the show, you really should check it out.  Originally produced for Canadian television, episodes now air on HGTV.  The show stars general contractor and renovation specialist Mike Holmes and his crew of workers. Holmes on Homes features families who have had unsatisfactory work done to their homes.  Mike and his crew come in, assess the situation – and […]

Watch All The Documentary Movies You Can Handle, Free Online - And Yes, It's Legal.

By Paul Michael My favorite genre of movies these days is the documentary. I seek them out like some bizarre addict, soaking up 90 minute chunks of knowledge and feeling good knowing that my time in front of the TV (or computer) has at least taught me something. I get many of these films from the library, free. But that does involve a wait and traveling to and from the library. […]

Save Then Buy vs. Buy Now, Pay Later

Today I want to suggest a New Year’s resolution that is guaranteed to improve your bottom line. It’s a simple concept really… Do not purchase a good or service until you have saved the money to pay for it. Period. So why is this so hard for us to grasp, adopt, and live by? It’s not complicated, it’s not unreasonable, and it makes perfect sense. So what’s the deal? […]

Are You Tracking the Key Financial Measures?

Are you tracking the key financial measures in your life? Or maybe you're wondering what the key financial measures even are. Either way, you'll want to check out my guest post titled Are You Tracking Your Budget, Cash Flow, and Net Worth? today over at Dumb Little Man. […]

Silas Marner and You

Yesterday, I had a conversation with a Simple Dollar reader named Kip, who brought up the classic novel Silas Marner by George Eliot (if you’d like to read it, here’s the entire text, or if you’d just like a summary, here are the Sparknotes). […]

Contributing to a Roth Versus Paying Down Debt

By Philip Brewer This post was prompted by a reader question, but it's an issue that many people face — we see versions of it all the time in the forums. So, I thought I'd walk through what I think is the best way to approach any problem of this sort. […]

SmartyPig Review

Not too long ago, when SmartyPig first debuted, I complained about how high SmartyPig’s fees were. I wasn’t the only one and shortly thereafter, they dropped many of those fees and restructured their program a bit. I think it’s a testament to their openness to feedback and willingness to adapt to their customer’s needs. So what exactly is SmartyPig? […]

Stacy Johnson on Miami television

Stacy appeared on NBC6 in Miami to talk about “Life or Debt: 2010″. Watch the interview on South Florida Today. Be on the lookout for Stacy appearing on a television or radio station near you. Would you like to invite him to speak? Contact us here. Read more ...Subscribe to our newsletterLike this article? […]

How To Stick With Your 2010 Resolutions

This article is presented by Kelly Whalen, Consumerism Commentary staff writer.It’s the time of year when everyone is talking about their New Year’s resolutions or goals for the year. […]

The Best Time to Buy Almost Everything

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. My mom has a sixth sense when it comes to bargain hunting. […]

FMF Charities Supported in 2009

As many of you know, I give away all the proceeds from Free Money Finance to charity each year. Everything from every sponsor, every affiliate, every sale, every everything. Every single penny goes to charity. With this year's donations, we're now past $200,000 given since this blog started. […]

Start The New Year Right! Win Prizes, Plan For 2010

This new year promises to be an interesting one for us as we dream up more goals and ideas for our work and home lives. For instance, we’re planning to take our first big international vacation as a family by this summer, to visit relatives in Asia. We may stop by a few countries while we’re at it. […]

Top 10 Free Money Finance Posts of 2009

Last year I listed what I thought were my best posts of 2008. I'm continuing that tradition now with what I feel were my top 10 posts of 2009 (listed in countdown order) out of the over 1,100 posts here last year: #10 - How to Make Money as a Soccer Referee - I love sharing unusual ideas for making money, I love telling personal stories, and I love soccer. […]

Money Crashers $5,800 Giveaway With Special $500 Wise Bread Prize

By Will Chen Happy New Year Wise Bread readers! To celebrate 2010, Money Crashers, Wise Bread, and virtually the whole personal finance blogosphere have teamed up for a giant giveaway! We're talking about $5,800+ in total prizes including $1,635 in cash, $855 in gift cards, 2 Amazon Kindles, a bunch of Apple iPod mp3 players, and a whole library of popular finance books/software.  There will be o […]

Trimming the Average Budget: Pensions and Social Security

This is part of an ongoing series about how to trim the budget of the average American. As this series focuses on such broad-based tips, some will work for you and some will not. […]

Are Americans Ready to Ditch the Dollar Bill?

This article is by staff writer Adam Baker. Baker is a founding member of, a new multi-author blog focusing on personal finance, entrepreneurship, and life design for people in their 20’s and 30’s. Americans have been fairly resistant to the introduction of a coin form of our dollar currency. […]

Start the Decade Off Right: Invest For the Future

With new technology becoming available to consumers every day, like 3-D high-definition televisions, it certainly feels like I’m living in the future. How did we all survive without such marvels as wireless internet, video games that react to movement, GPS, text messaging, and video on demand? […]

4 Eco-Tips For A Wonderful New Year

As the New Year kicks off to a start many of us are taking the opportunity to take stock, examine and make changes. For many this can be somewhat of a painful process. […]

You Need A Budget – Success Story From NCN Reader James – YNAB

No Credit Needed reader, James, uses the You Need A Budget budgeting system to manage his household finances.  He recently sent me an awesome email and I’m happy to share it with you: I don’t believe that I have ever taken the opportunity to thank you for mentioning YNAB on your blog. […]