FMF March Money Madness, Round 2, Posts 5-8

Here's the second round of FMF March Money Madness (to follow all the action click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. […]


One of the basic guidelines that I try to live my life by is the Golden Rule. It’s a simple statement that pops up in almost every world religion and many significant works of philosophy. Simply put, treat others as you would like to be treated. All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye so to them; for this is the law and the prophets. […]

Reader Story: Re-Evaluating the Rat Race

This guest post from Joe 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. Over the last year, some of my friends have left their day jobs to become a full-time bloggers. […]

The Fair Tax

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 Building Your Financial Fortress in 52 Days: The Lessons of Nehemiah. This post is from Day 36. Forty shekels add up to about a pound of silver. […]

Focus on Buying Open-Ended Toys (69/365)

Yesterday, I wrote about the advantages of buying fewer toys, but focusing on higher-quality toys. This makes sure that you’re not replacing toys because they’re cheap, you’re not filling your house up with clutter, and the toys have resale value when you’re finished. If you’ve spent time around children, you’ll quickly notice a few key things about how they play. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #63

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. I spent some time this week planning a family trip this summer to Yellowstone. […]

More Rich People Who Lost it All

I recently found a couple pieces that illustrate you can, in fact, spend it all -- no matter how much you make.The first is from Daily Finance where they list 11 celebrities who went bankrupt as follows: Sherman Hemsley (George Jefferson) Kim Basinger Wayne Newton Vince Neil (Motley Crue) Mike Tyson Stephen Baldwin M.C. […]

Cheap Ways To Keep Fit And Stay Healthy

Doing simple, cost effective things to stay healthy today will keep you from spending more money down the line. The truth is, the cost of treating chronic disease can be debilitating enough to cause job loss; it’s cited as one of the top reasons why people go bankrupt. […]

Best Credit Cards for International Travel?

I’m not much of an international traveler, but I do find myself traveling outside the United States on occasion. In fact, I was out of the country just last week, and I was once again reminded that none of my credit cards are particularly good for international travel. As a reminder, my main cards are the Amex Platinum Delta SkyMiles card and the Chase Freedom Visa card. […]

Buy Fewer Children’s Toys, but Buy Higher Quality Items (68/365)

Every so often, Sarah and I go through our children’s toys and set some aside to donate to Goodwill. Our children tend to receive a lot of gifts on their birthdays from their army of loving grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, so they tend to wind up with a large number of toys. From those toys, we find ourselves pulling out the same type of toys over and over again. […]

FMF March Money Madness, Round 2, Posts 1-4

Here's the second round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. […]

Breaking Through the Frustration Barrier

Personal finance can be really frustrating at times. For starters, money success can take a long time to achieve. If you’re in a big hole of debt, you’re looking at years of digging just to get back to zero. People are often encouraged to start saving for retirement in their twenties, even though most won’t actually retire until their seventies. […]

Should You Pursue a Non-Profit Career?

I was never destined for the life of a high-income individual. While I was in elementary school, I decided, like many young individuals inspired by good teachers, to become a teacher myself. As I developed an aptitude for mathematics, science, computer programming, languages, and music throughout my time in public school, I eventually leaned towards the arts. […]

Your Take: Favorite Frugal Weekend Ideas

The weather this week was amazing here in Maryland, with temperatures reaching into the 60′s, but unfortunately those numbers are set to drop to around 30 degrees over the weekend. But that little taste of warm weather has sparked my interest in wandering the various hikes in the area and how it’s one of my favorite frugal weekend experiences. […]

The 5 Best Premium Credit Cards

Your credit card doesn't just have to be a card; it can also be the key to unlocking a hidden world of priority access and premium service. At one time, these services were reserved for the truly wealthy people that some now refer to as “the 1%”. […]

Women and Savings: What to Do at Your Life Stage

The recession has pushed almost all of us, regardless of age, a decade behind in building personal wealth. Don’t beat yourself up if you’re in your 20s and haven’t paid off student loans, or in your late 30s or early 40s and still paying off debt or saving up for a down payment. If your retirement account isn’t where you’d like it to be in your 50s, do the best you can to build it up. […]

Best Money Tips: Saving on Clothes

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on saving on clothes, getting your resume noticed, and teaching your kids good spending habits. Top 5 Articles 11 Tips for Stretching Your Wardrobe and Saving on Clothes — Ensure your clothes last longer by air drying them instead of using an actual dryer. […]

A Magician of Time

It’s strange sometimes to see yourself through other people’s eyes. Others see things — both good and bad — that you don’t see in yourself. “I see you as outdoorsy,” a new friend told me the other day, which caught me off guard. I’ve never thought of myself that way. Or a few months ago, a friend told me, “Every time I see you, you’re doing something amazing.” Me? […]

Screwdrivers to Saws: Stocking Your First Toolbox

“If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” This is a clever metaphor about the all-too-human habit of resorting to the same old coping mechanisms available to us, no matter what our problems. It can also be a literal, real-life lesson. Sometimes, there’s no substitute for having the proper tool for the job. […]

Reader Profile: MB

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. […]