H&R Block's At Home Premium Federal Tax Product Review #2

In January I selected several readers to receive free copies of various income tax software programs. In exchange, they agreed to use the software to do their taxes and write an unbiased review. The summary below was written by FMF reader TB and contains his thoughts about H&R Block's At Home Premium Federal product. […]

Is This Moving You Towards Your Goals?

Whenever I consider whether or not I should be doing something, I ask myself a very simple question. Is this moving me towards my goals? The outcome of that question casts a strong light on the activity at hand. Sometimes, it’s a positive light and it encourages me to move forward. […]

Personal Balance Sheet, February 2011 ($620,556, +6.3%)

My life without salary is continuing to move myself forward financially. Even considering overall income, I earned more in January than I’ve earned in any month prior to that point. February, though I’m waiting for some final details, was a very good month in terms of income, but still about average when compared to the past few months. […]

Will Mac OS X Lion Kill Quicken 2007?

It’s no secret that I love Quicken. While it’s not perfect, it’s what I’ve come to depend on since I first started tracking our finances in January 1997. As such, I’ve accumulated a treasure trove of personal financial data, and I can’t stand the thought of losing it. It’s also no secret that I’m a diehard Mac user, which means that I’ve been stuck with Quicken 2007 for quite some time. […]

Some Americans Plan Fun for Tax Refund

The National Retail Federal did a survey recently that asked Americans what they were going to do with their tax refund this year. 13.2% said they would be buying a big ticket item like a new television or some furniture, up from 12.5% last year. 11.9% plan on taking a vacation, which is more than the 10% who planned on taking a vacation with it last year. […]

Secrets of a Former Credit Card Thief

Here's a scary piece from Yahoo titled Secrets of a Former Credit Card Thief. I'll share some highlights from this interview with a convicted credit card and ID thief/expert. Let's start with this one: I always recommend against [debit cards]. With debit cards, it's your real money in your bank account you're playing with. […]

TradeKing Review: $4.95 Stock Trades and Bonuses

TradeKing is One of the Top Discount Brokers for Good Reason When it comes to choosing a broker, you have plenty of choices. With those choices come a variety of pricing structures, fees, trading platforms, and features. Choices are good, and the competition drives innovation and pricing, so as investors we are rewarded. I think that’s why TradeKing has done so well over the past few years. […]

Reader Mailbag: Communication

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. Converting to Roth IRA 2. Going part time 3. Short sell our home? 4. Going back to school 5. Pushy in-laws 6. Healthy but tasty lunches 7. Which debt to repay first? 8. Should we refinance? 9. Underwater loan 10. […]

17 Uses for Stale Bread

Stale bread is a given in most households; even the best-intentioned foodies will occasionally find themselves staring down a rapidly drying loaf of white bread with no idea how to cope. Throwing away food isn't just a waste of money — it's a downright shame. […]

Best Zero Percent Balance Transfers (Updated March 2011)

If you thought the offers from last month were juicy, this month is going to surprise you as some issuers are really pulling out all the stops. I’ve been watching balance transfer offers for years and it’s been quite some time since someone offered a $100 in cashback as part of a new account promotion and tied it to a card with a 0% balance transfer or 0% purchases offer. […]

8 Ways to Save Big on Appliances

I've had the dubious distinction of saving some big bucks on multiple types of appliances this year. […]

Best Money Tips: Tips for a Successful Yard Sale

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on how to have a successful yard sale, uses for plastic grocery bags, and making money online doing simple tasks. Top 5 Articles Turning Trash Into Cash: 5 Tips For a Successful Yard Sale — Make your yard sale a success by promoting it before it happens. […]

7 Steps to Market Your Extra Space as a Vacation Rental

When my husband and I purchased our Manhattan condo, it was important for us to buy a two-bedroom. Not only does the spare room encourage friends and family to visit more often — they don’t have to spring for an expensive hotel — but it also has become an extra source of income because, when it’s vacant, we rent it out to tourists who are s […]

Developing Systems That Work

In my fantasy life, I’m an organized guy. In the real world, that’s just not the case. I do my best to stay on top of things — I make lists, use a calendar, ask Kris for help — but there always seems to be something slipping through the cracks. Before we left for Africa, for example, I hid my wallet. I always do this when we go on a long trip. […]

Adjusting to an Increase in Income

We recently received some good news from my husband’s employer. Starting this month, he’ll be getting a raise of a few hundred dollars per month. Of course, whenever we experience a change in income or expenses, we sit down and create plan for the change. […]

Why You Should Ignore Stock Recommendations from "Experts"

Jane Bryant Quinn does a masterful job of explaining why you should ignore stock recommendations from "experts". Her basic argument (with support from several sources): stockbrokers, fund managers, analysts, and the like are poor stock pickers, consistently doing very poorly versus the market over the long-run. […]

Cheap ways to satisfy those food and drink cravings at work

Food and drinks out of vending machines are sold at ridiculous mark-ups, but sometimes that extra bit of concentration that a snack or a soda is what’s needed to get through the mid-afternoon slump — that time when the brain is screaming “nap” and the stomach is yelling “feed me.”  Unfortunately, the cooking facilities at work are rarely extensive enough to make anything really good (and besides, […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 3/3, 12pm Pacific for Chance to Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Be a tourist in your own town. You don't have to leave home to enjoy spring break. […]

Spare Change: Tweetchat Today! Edition

Wow. No matter how much I try to prepare, coming back from a long vacation is always a lot of work. It’s very difficult, for instance, to sort through hundreds of e-mail messages to find the ones that are most important. Meanwhile, there’s a blog that needs to be written! […]

CompleteTax Review #4

In January I selected several readers to receive free copies of various income tax software programs. In exchange, they agreed to use the software to do their taxes and write an unbiased review. The summary below was written by FMF reader Lynn and contains her thoughts about CompleteTax’s Premium MVP product. […]