How to Thrive Before, During, and After Job Fairs

I remember my first job fair very well. During my senior year of college, I entered the large room with a folder full of resumés and a map of where in the room each employer was located. As I looked at the map, I realized two things: I had no idea what any of these companies did, and I had absolutely no plan. […]

May 10: Win a Free Kindle With Wi-Fi

All this month is Giveaway May at Consumerism Commentary. Every day, I’ll be choosing one winner randomly for a prize. Each day there is a small challenge in order to qualify for the giveaway, and today is no exception. Today I have a Kindle With Wi-Fi from to give away. This is the version that does not contain ads or sponsored messages for the screensaver. […]

Best Money Tips: Ways to Use Leftovers

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to use up leftovers, myths that cost you money, and savvy career tips inspired by Oprah. Top 5 Articles 15 Tips to Use Up Leftovers — Make sure your leftovers don't go to waste by putting them away as soon as possible after a meal. […]

Book Review: The Ultimate Tech Guide for Travelers

It’s no small job to manage technology while traveling; you face challenges like choosing the best machine for your needs, backing up your data, staying connected, and finding the best (free) software to keep it all running smoothly. I’ve been traveling for four years now, and in that time I’ve cycled through numerous different computers, g […]

Costco Debate: Is College Worth It?

Does anyone read the Costco Connection -- the free magazine the retailer mails to members and offers free in its stores? I always pick one up whenever I'm in the store (I'm in a group plan at work and the main account holder, the company, gets mailed a magazine). I usually find an article or two that I like as well as get to find out about some new products available at Costco. […]

Attending The Finovate Spring 2011 Conference

This is one event we’ve been looking forward to all year because it always promises to be a blast. I haven’t personally attended one such event yet (it’s held yearly), but my buddy Lazy Man and Money has, so he has had a chance to cover it quite thoroughly in years past. I’m talking about [...]Attending The Finovate Spring 2011 Conference Copyright 2011 […]

10 Lessons I’ve Learned As A Small Business Owner

Nothing could be more liberating and rewarding than owning your own business. The ability to work from home (or wherever you please), the chance to spend more time with family and friends, to make your own schedule, and to control how much you earn is appealing to many. […]

How to Deposit a Foreign Check

Have you ever dealt with a foreign check? Until about two weeks ago, I had never received one. But then it happened… I opened my mailbox to fund a check from the United Kingdom for some consulting work that I had done. It was payable to me, but it was in pounds sterling (GBP) as opposed the usual dollar-denominated checks that I deal with. […]

Revisiting the Three Questions That Will Transform Your Life

Three and a half years ago (has it really been that long?), I wrote a post on the three money questions that will transform your life. […]

Help a Reader: What to do with $15k

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: Background: 26, married, no kids Both wife and husband work full-time The wife manages all finances with husband having a general idea of what is going on. Only debt is our 30-year mortgage (5% I/R) on house for $240k. […]

The Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, Karate Guess So.Enjoy! […]

Compounding Interest Is Powerful, Not Magic

Compounding interest is great and I love it when personal finance experts point to it as one of the reasons why you should start saving and investing early. What I don’t love is when experts make it seem like some sort of magical spell. Compounding isn’t a complicated idea, but it could use some more explaining, and it’s also not perfect. […]

Finances in 55 Seconds: Spot Check Financial Accounts

One of the ways you can keep on top of your finances, and help you catch identity fraud a little bit faster, is to do a spot check of your your financial accounts. This is about more than checking your account statement once a month. […]

Dollar-Cost Averaging Vs. Lump Sum Investing

It’s widely popular in the financial media to encourage the strategy of dollar-cost averaging (DCA) when investing. It’s a simple strategy that calls for investing the same dollar amount at regular intervals. […]

How to Predict Savings Bond Rates

In response to last Monday’s post about the Treasury confirming the May 2011 rate for Series I Savings Bonds, a reader named Ginger asked about how I was able to figure out the rates in the first place. […]

The Best and Worst States to Make a Living

Here's a list from CBS Moneywatch of the best and worst states to make a living. They define "making a living" as what you have left of your income after taxes and other fixed expenses. So they looked at average salaries, tax levels, unemployment rates, and average costs and came up with these ten as the best states in which to make a living: 1. Illinois2. Washington (state)3. Texas4. […]

Free Moose Tracks Ice Cream

If you live in or near Detroit, Michigan and love free ice cream, you'll be interested in this announcement. Tomorrow, May 10, Moose Tracks ice cream (the major sponsor here at Free Money Finance, in case you didn't know), will be offering free Moose Tracks scoops in downtown Detroit. […]

Reader Mailbag: Dreams

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. Cross country move 2. Building credit without cards 3. Quick repayment and credit scores 4. Income generation in retirement 5. 401(k) manipulation 6. What’s your day like? 7. Fix it up or not? 8. Emergency fund vs. […]

Second Week of Giveaways: Two $50 Amazon Gift Cards

Today starts the second week of giveaways at Consumerism Commentary. This month is Giveaway May, and I have at least $50 to give away to readers every weekday this month. Today’s giveaway partner is Wealth Informatics. Suba, the owner of Wealth Informatics, is offering a $50 Gift Card to match my $50 Gift Card, for a total of $100 to the winner. […]

Ebates Review

There is more to maximizing cash back than just using the right rewards credit cards. Many card issuers also offer marketplaces or online shopping portals where, if you use your appropriately branded credit card, you can earn 1% to 7% cash back or more. […]