Homemade Gift Series #2: Homemade Soap

Let’s just start this one off with two big, giant warnings! Warning #1 Making soap at home can be very fun and rewarding, and if done right, it can be an inexpensive way to make gifts. But it can also be very dangerous if proper precautions aren’t taken. […]

The Incredible Value of the Local Library (A Visual Tour)

As I’ve said before many (many) times, the local public library is the single biggest entertainment value available to you. Unlimited books, DVDs, CDs, audio books, civic groups, films, presentations, live performances, and countless other opportunities are available at your public library, either in your own town or in the nearest significantly-sized town. The best part? […]

Beware the Small Print of High Interest Savings Accounts

How many times have you seen ads for savings accounts that have touted superb interest rates?  And how many times have you looked into the offer only to discover that it isn’t quite what it seemed to be initially? I’m not saying there are no good deals out there to be found.  For instance, a savings product like the HSBC Advance Online Savi […]

Ask Stacy: Is All That Glitters Golden?

This week we have some questions about whether to invest in gold, grills or dishwashers. […]

Your Take: Is Your Recession Over?

The National Bureau of Economic Research issued a report earlier this week in which they said the economic recession, that started in December 2007, ended in June 2009, 18 months later. It was the longest recession since World War 2 (1973-1975 and 1981-1982, both 16 months) and that any new economic downturn would be a new recession. […]

The Best-Kept Secret to Frugal Living

It’s easy to take the checklist approach to personal finance and frugality. Save more. Check. Spend less. Check. Invest wisely. […]

Tax Rate Comparison: Extend the Tax Cuts?

The government is currently tackling the question of whether to extend or end the Bush era tax cuts, and to what extent to do so. President Obama would like to end the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. […]

Ask the Readers: Help! I’m Overwhelmed! How Do I Get Started?

I’ll admit it: I’m way behind on posting reader questions. I get tons of questions, and can never reply to all of them. I do ask a handful of folks if they’d like to put their problems to the general readership. […]

Our HSA Investment Options are Horrible

Not quite a year ago we made the decision to switch to a high deductible health plan (HDHP). In our case, it was a no-brainer. The quality of the coverage was just as high as with our old plan; the only difference was a $3000 family deductible. Because we opted for an HDHP, we were also able to open a health savings account (HSA). […]

Avoiding the 10 Most Common Investor Mistakes, Mistakes 8-10

The following is an excerpt from 20 Retirement Decisions You Need to Make Right Now. This is the last post in the series listing all 10 most common investor mistakes. Mistake 8: Not Understanding the Downside Many investors are just convinced that their investment portfolios should always go up. When returns don’t meet these unrealistic expectations, they tend to throw in the towel and give up. […]

Carnivals for the Week of Sept 20

Reminder: FMF is on Facebook. Every weekday I post a couple pieces that usually aren't on FMF. […]

Developing Financial Goals: The First Step To Control Your Finances

When you embark on a trip, the first thing you do is map out your journey towards your destination. In the same way, when you begin the journey of taking control of your finances, you must figure out where you want to go. Financial goals are keys to determining this. […]

Mighty Bargains for 23 September 2010

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Treasury Department to Help Under-Banked Citizens at Tax Time

Every week, I’m bombarded by press releases from companies and publications wanting me to share their products and stories. I’d love to be able to pass this info on to you — at least the stuff that’s both relevant and good (actual subject line from one irrelevant press release this morning: “Rev. Jesse Jackson holds Automotive Summit in Detroit Sept. 30 - Oct. […]

13 Books Well Worth Reading: The Cream of the Book Review Crop

Every week, I review a different book on The Simple Dollar (those reviews appear on Sunday afternoons, for those who are new to the site). Over the years, that’s amounted to a lot of book reviews – 259 as of today. Here’s a full list of all of the books I’ve reviewed on The Simple Dollar. Obviously, I don’t currently own all of these books – 259 such books would overstuff a bookshelf. […]

Money on Wheels: How to Maintain the Value of Your Car

The following is a guest post from Miles Walker, a freelance writer and blogger who usually compares car insurance deals over at Car Insurance Comparison. Maintaining the value of your car is an important aspect of car ownership especially if you wish to protect the investment that you have in your car. […]

Dynamics Inc. Card 2.0: Multi-Use Secured Credit Cards

One of the biggest misconceptions about credit card security is that the sensitive information is located on the front of the card. While your card number, your name, and its expiration date are important bits of information, the magnetic strip contains that information and more. Dynamics Inc. […]

Get Your Free FICO Score From myFICO.com

You may have noticed a change in the way merchants are advertising credit reports and credit scores and that stems from new regulations enacted by the Federal Trade Commission. The ubiquitous FreeCreditReport.com commercials have been surreptitiously replaced with FreeCreditScore.com commercials, though the new commercials share the same attitudes. […]

Big Italy from Pizza Hut: Small, Bad Pizza

The other night we were headed back from car shopping and needed a quick meal. I suggested we pick up a new Big Italy pizza from Pizza Hut. We had just seen one advertised on TV and it looked great. It's billed as three toppings on an "almost 2-feet" in length pizza for only $12. What's not to love, right? So we ordered one, picked it up, and took it home. […]