Friday Finance Findings for March 11th

Are you ready to spring forward? We’re just a few days away from my favorite time of year. Daylight saving time! Living on the very western border of the eastern time zone we’re lucky in the summer because it often doesn’t get completely dark until 10 pm. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 2, Posts 29-32

Here we go with 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. […]

Dinner With My Family #9: Spinach and Artichoke Calzone

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. […]

Getting What You Want: Using Sex as Money

College students, professionals, and married couples are familiar with one of the oldest systems of bartering known to humans: bartering using sex. According to a survey of University of Michigan undergraduate students, 27 percent of unattached men and 14 percent of unattached women offered a service or gift, like laundry or football tickets, in return for sex. […]

Make the Goal the Process, Not the Results

Over the last few days, I’ve been thinking a great deal about the goals I’ve set for 2011. […]

Capital One Venture Card is Matching Your Airline Miles

I just ran across a pretty cool signup bonus from the Capital One Venture Card. In case you’re not familiar with it, this is a travel credit card that gives you 2 “miles” for every dollar spent. You can then redeem them on a penny per point basis for airfare, hotels, or car rentals. […]

Super Solid Yoga Tricks to Help You Relax

We are totally slammed pretty much all the time — bombarded by things to do, obligations to fulfill, places to go. There’s hardly a moment to relax and stretch out our muscles. Finding even a second of respite can be a challenge. […]

Your Take: Have You Ever Bribed Someone?

According to Transparency International’s Global Corruption Barometer, which I read about on the Freakonomics blog, 1 in 4 people surveyed had paid a bribe. Bribes are a lot more prevalent outside of the United States, where a few extra dollars or a few choice gifts, can really grease the wheels of whatever system needs greasing. Bribery is such a fascinating subject for me for two reasons. […]

Ask the Readers: Saving vs. Debt Reduction

The tone and content at Get Rich Slowly have shifted a lot in the past five years. When I started this site, I was a financial novice. I was learning about smart money management. Now, I’m in what I call the third stage of personal finance, and the basics come naturally. (Most of the time, anyhow.) I’m glad that GRS has evolved with me. […]

Reader Profile: Bad Brad

I'm starting a new series/category here at Free Money Finance. I'm calling it "Reader Profiles". Each post in this series will detail the financial situation and challenges of an FMF reader. […]

Carnivals for the Week of Mar 7

Here are some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week and my posts that were included: EDITOR'S CHOICE! Carnival of Money Stories - Secrets of a Former Credit Card Thief   EDITOR'S CHOICE! Festival of Frugality - How to Save Money with the Disney Dining Plan   EDITOR'S CHOICE! […]

6 Financial Cliches That Can Make You Rich

Ever since I got out of school at the age of 22, I had always been fascinated with the subject of personal finance, which is simply the business of making, keeping and managing one’s money. To be out on my own and independent was a formidable thought for me, so I took it upon myself [...]6 Financial Cliches That Can Make You Rich […]

Capital One Venture Card Matching Airline Miles

If you have an airline miles credit card, Capital One is offering the chance for you to double your mileage balance on that card, up to 100,000 miles. The cash value of those 100,000 miles is $1,000, so this is currently one of the best credit card bonus deals available, if miles are important to you. […]

A Quick and Easy Way to Check the Status of Your Tax Refund

This morning I posted my annual review of the Consumer Reports auto issue. Now might be a good time to publish another annual reminder: It’s tax refund season! If you have a refund due this year and you’re getting antsy for it, you can check its status easily with this simple web-based tool from the IRS web site. […]

Top 10 Frugal Cities

Money Talks News lists the ten most frugal cities as follows: Atlanta, Ga. Tampa, Fla. Cincinnati, Ohio St. Louis, Mo. Minneapolis, Minn. Charlotte, N.C. Nashville, Tenn. Cleveland, Ohio Pittsburgh, Pa. Raleigh, N.C. FYI, the rankings are by the number of coupons people downloaded in a year, so it's probably not the greatest measure of true frugality. […]

$4 Gas and Fragile Finances

Right now, as I look at AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report, the nationwide average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas is $3.53. Just one month ago, it was $3.12 per gallon, a $0.41 jump. I’m lucky – I work at home. My wife is at least somewhat lucky – she commutes in a fully-paid-for car that gets 45 miles to the gallon. […]

Citi Dividend Platinum Select $100 Signup Bonus

This is just a quick note to say that Citi is currently offering a $100 signup bonus on their Dividend Platinum Select Card. […]

Are Debit Card Limits On the Horizon?

Debit Card Limits Set Financial Reform Back Debit cards have increased in popularity at a record pace in recent years, and for good reason. Unlike credit cards, they are tied to your checking account and when you swipe that plastic you’re instantly pulling from money you have available. […]