The DOs and DON'Ts of Great Hostess Gifts

Whether you’re attending an evening soiree or crashing in someone’s pad for a week, you’re likely to find yourself in a position of needing a gift for someone you don’t know that well this holiday season. Giving a good “thanks for hosting” gift isn’t necessarily about spending a huge wad of cash or about DIY-ing until you drop, but by being thoughtful in your gift selection process. […]

Learn More About Money from an Investment Group

I love to learn. That’s part of what makes me who I am. And so I spend large chunks of time pursuing passions like astronomy and Spanish…and investing. Sometimes I’m asked if I have a method for picking up new skills and new knowledge. “Not really,” I say. […]

Best Money Tips: How to Not Gain Weight Over the Holidays

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on how to not gain weight over the holidays, ways to make extra money, and things not to buy during the holidays. Top 5 Articles How to Not Gain Weight Over the Holidays — Avoid gaining weight over the holidays by remembering to stay hydrated. […]

Investing With Your Values

If you care about the environment, you’d probably never throw something in the trash that could be recycled. But do you invest in companies that trash the environment? If spiritual matters are important to you, your faith probably influences many aspects of your life. […]

Reader Profile: TVO

The following is the latest post in my "Reader Profiles" series. Each post in this series details the financial situation and challenges of an FMF reader. […]

Review: Your Credit Score

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. […]

Podcast 139: Buying and Owning a Mac: Secrets Apple Doesn’t Want You to Know

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Bryan J Busch talks to Jonathan Zschau, author of the book Buying and Owning a Mac: Secrets Apple Doesn’t Want You to Know. They discuss the staggering frequency of commercials in daily life, how it’s easier to avoid than resist the temptation to shop, and the convincing argument that money and possessions don’t make people any happier. Consumerism Comm […]

Charity and Your Tax Bill

Edit: I made a mistake with the standard deduction math and explanation near the end of the original version of this post. I have since corrected it. Thanks to the readers who pointed it out. Monica writes in: Last year, I took the advice of my older brother and made several charitable donations during December to help out my taxes for the year. […]

The Poor: A Cornerstone of Christian Generosity, Part 3

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. The following is an excerpt from The Secret of Generosity, an excellent book on what the Bible says about the power of generosity. The author has kindly allowed me to publish excerpts of his chapter on "the poor" in support of my Red Kettle Challenge to help the needy. […]

The Poor, Part 4

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. For the rest of the year I'm going to be highlighting verses relating to the poor on Sundays as a reminder of why I'm doing my $20k Red Kettle Challenge. Here are two for today: Proverbs 31:10, 20: Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies. […]

Reader Story: Recovering from Divorce

This guest post from Gina is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. Back in 2007, I found myself experiencing an unexpected divorce. […]

Bargain shopping without the mobs — even now

Some of my wife’s Facebook friends posted some pictures the bumper-to-bumper traffic into the local mall / retail area today.  It’s definitely not the best time to run in and out of stores for a few things, being a week before Christmas and all that. So we stopped at our local antique mall this afternoon.  It was more crowded than usual, but nowhere near the traffic level at the typical retail out […]

Beginning Frugality with the End in Mind

One of the most empowering things I do on a regular basis is to create a detailed sketch of what I want my life to be like in five years or so, and then I repeat this exercise with periods further down the road (ten years and twenty years and then when I’m about 70). […]

Meeting With a Financial Planner From Vanguard Flagship Services

On Tuesday, I had a phone consultation with a Certified Financial Planner from Vanguard. It was an initial meeting, wherein we talked about each other, focusing on my goals. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #51

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Sounds of the Winter by Walt Whitman I love to get all bundled up and go on a walk in the winter. […]

College Towns Can Be Great for Retirement

Moneyland likes the idea of retiring in a college town saying the following: A lot of retirees find what they want in a college town. That means value, first and foremost. […]

Visiting Yosemite Park: Walking In A Winter Wonderland On A Budget

We’re not very sophisticated or worldly travelers, especially when we’ve got young kids to handle. Unlike many of our own friends who’ve managed to travel heavily even with babies in tow, we’re simple homebodies, content to hang out at home and savor our well oiled routines. […]

My Top Tactics for Reducing Online Shopping

I find it very easy to buy stuff online without adequate thought. I’ll click a few times and suddenly the item I want is on the way. I particularly struggle with three sites directly connected to three of my biggest hobbies: Amazon (for books), Cool Stuff Inc. (for board games), and Steam (for computer games – and, yes, Steam sales are particularly my weak spot). […]

The Massive Money Infographic

Awhile back, I ran across an amazing infographic by Randall Munroe, creator of xkcd. I haven’t mentioned it until now, however, because I didn’t really have time to dig into it. But now that I have, I have to say that I’m very impressed. This infographic (picture in miniature below) is absolutely huge, and it comes with a giant list of sources. […]