Best Return on Investment for Bachelor’s Degrees

Since a college degree is the baseline for most middle-class jobs for people not yet old enough to have equivalent experience, and getting that experience in the first place would be difficult without a college degree, it always surprises me that people question the value of getting a college degree at all. […]

Your Take: Have You Cut Back On Spending?

When the economic crisis hit, a lot of people cut back on their discretionary spending. Whether it was to bolster their emergency fund or just a gut reaction to a pretty ugly time, it was a sign that America’s hunger for credit and debt wasn’t insatiable. […]

Five Years of Get Rich Slowly

Five years ago today, I started a new blog. Inspired by the success of a popular post at my personal site, I sat down to create what I thought would be the first personal-finance blog on the internet. I was wrong, of course; there were plenty of similar blogs before mine. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. In the Beginning… In April 2006, I was still deep in debt. […]

7 Ways to Improve the Life of Your Lawn Mower

When I first got married, I couldn't have told you the difference between a carburetor and an air filter. That's one of the things I love most about marriage, actually — how educational it is. My husband is a small-engine mechanic with multiple certifications and shop manager at the family business, Arco Lawn Equipment. […]

Healthy Gums: How to Prevent and Treat Gum Disease

Gum disease (or periodontal disease) is when the tissue surrounding our teeth is damaged by plaque and tartar build up. In advanced stages, the gums become so deteriorated that tooth loss may occur. Gum disease is caused by naturally occurring bacteria in our mouths. […]

Best Money Tips: Money Reasons to Get Married

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on money reasons to get married, stock trading rules, and ways to be more productive at work. Top 5 Articles Five Money Reasons to Get Married — Getting married means you get to combine your household bills, which can save you money. […]

6 Myths About Using Credit Cards for the Sign-Up Bonuses

Not surprisingly, people have very different opinions about signing up for a credit card just to get the bonus dollars or points, and then canceling the card before being assessed the annual fee. The common points for and against are: It’s a waste of time and damages your credit score: On the one hand, some folks tend to think that the t […]

The Five Worst Pieces of Financial Advice

MSN Money lists the five worst pieces of financial advice as follows: 1. Pay off your debt before saving for retirement.2. Don't borrow for an education.3. Pay off your mortgage as fast as you can.4. Buy a home as an investment.5. Make an emergency fund your financial priority. My take on these: 1. Grow your career/income as much as you can and control your spending. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of April 11

Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week and my posts that were included: EDITOR'S CHOICE! […]

Win Free Online Tax Prep from TurboTax!

According to TurboTax, 27% of taxpayers wait until the last two weeks of tax season to file their returns. All I have to say to those people is "Tsk, tsk." ;-) But sometimes procrastination has its rewards. This is one of those times. TurboTax has given me three codes good for free federal and state tax preparation and e-file with TurboTax Premier Online 2010. […]

Spare Change: Contest Deadline Extended Edition

You know, sometimes I’m an idiot. When I scheduled this year’s Get Rich Slowly video contest, I basically just copied all of the parameters from last year. That makes sense, right? […]

Who’s to Blame for My Failures?

This morning, I sat at the keyboard in our basement, practicing a certain part of a song on the piano that I’d been working on for a while. I had attempted to play it during my last piano lesson, but my attempt at it had completely fallen flat and I was disappointed in myself. […]

An Easy Way to Save Over $1,000 a Year

The March issue of Kiplinger's contained the following suggestion with a list of money saving tips: Brown bag it. According to research by Harris Interactive, 45% of U.S. adults packed their lunches last fall. No wonder: A 12-inch turkey-breast-and-ham sub with chips and a drink runs about $8 at Subway. […]

How’s Your Financial Health? How To Become Financially Fit and Happy

Take care of your financial health and become financially fit and happy with these tips. Personal finance is a lot about common sense, and this article will reflect that. We put together some basic tips for the younger crowd that should serve as solid reminders for a healthy financial life. I’ve stuck to these guidelines [...]How’s Your Financial Health? […]

How to File Your Taxes for Free

The federal government can only operate with the help of the millions of individuals who earn income in this country and dutifully pay taxes. You would think that, in order to ensure a smooth revenue stream of considerable size, the IRS would make filing taxes as easy and painless as possible. […]

8 Ways to Survive the April 18th Tax Deadline

Brought to you by TurboTax Federal Free Edition — Free to prepare, Free to print, Free to efile. Tax day is almost here! The last day to file your taxes is April 18th (Monday). […]

How Much Money Should I Save?

A client came in today and he asked me an important question. We were doing some retirement planning and he asked me about the rule of thumb for saving. Andy and his wife Rachael are both 46 years old. They have two children, ages 7 and 4. They don’t have to worry about getting out of debt. They don’t believe in credit card balances. […]

Reader Profile: KH

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. […]

Reader Mailbag: Amazon’s Deal of the Day

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. Bank errors and credit cards 2. DirecTV contract 3. Pay taxes or shore up? 4. Next steps 5. Rental income as retirement strategy? 6. Iowa weather 7. High rate checking account 8. Sweating the small stuff 9. […]

British Airways Visa Signature® Card Free International Flight

It’s never completely safe to sign up for a credit card due only to its initial bonus. Many cards entice customers by offering a decent cash back bonus, then turn around and charge a high annual fee with a ridiculous interest rate. Before you know it, you’re saddled with thousands of dollars of debt, merchandise you never needed, and no way to pay it off. […]