Ask the Readers: What Are the Moral Implications of Spending?

Most reader questions I share at Get Rich Slowly are meant to solve a problem — somebody has a financial dilemma they’re hoping you folks can help them fix. But Rita sent a different kind of question. She doesn’t want to solve a problem — she wants to stir debate. Rita writes: I ask myself “How much is enough?” several times daily. […]

8 Alternatives to Cable TV That Will Keep You Entertained

According to the SmartMoney, nearly 144 million consumers watch videos online. A recent experiment by WalletPop revealed that “for the price Americans pay for cable TV, they can enjoy a mini-vacation.” Just how much are we spending for the convenience of cable? […]

College Move-Out Days: The Best Time to Dumpster Dive?

Ah spring, sweet spring. The flowers are opening their colorful buds, birds are chirping, and across the country, thousands of college students are throwing out working electronics, unopened containers of food, and other perfectly useful items. It's the same routine every year. […]

May 6 Giveaway: $100 Amazon Gift Card

I thought it would be fun to end the first week of Giveaway May at Consumerism Commentary with a bigger giveaway. Like many of the prizes I’m offering this month, this takes the form of a gift card from I generally choose because they sell a wide variety of items, both necessities and wants, so there is something for everyone. […]

Best Money Tips: What Does Your Homeowner's Insurance Cover?

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on what your homeowner's insurance does (and doesn't) cover, 3 green cleaning products you already own, and the best Mother's Day gift a dad can give. Top 5 Articles What Does Your Homeowner's Insurance Cover? […]

Reader Profile: Paul

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

Do we not want to own media anymore?

Last weekend I was looking around in a couple of stores for some CD storage.  The first store I went to I actually had to ask an employee where they were because it took me so long to find where they were.  “Are CDs on the way out already?” I asked only half-jokingly.  The next store, same thing:  There was only a very small assortment of CD folders. I’m probably already old-school because I like […]

Carnivals for the Week of May 2

Here are some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week and my posts that were included: EDITOR'S CHOICE! Carnival of Passive Investing - Index Funds: Not All Equal Totally Money Blog Carnival - Income Statement Affluent Versus Balance Sheet Affluent Carnival of Personal Finance - How Millionaires Become Millionaires Festival of Frugality - 25 Ways to Save Money Enjoy!P.S. […]

American Express Platinum Card Review

Today, I’d like to take a look at the Platinum Card from American Express. It’s a consumer card that is known for its high end rewards and travel benefits. There are a couple of things that will jump out at you when you’re scrutinizing this card, such as the fact that it caters to the [...]American Express Platinum Card Review Copyright 2011 […]

Use Technology to Save Gas Money

The last time average gasoline prices reached $4.00 a gallon, people were agitated. I wasn’t immune either; I’ve commented on the rising prices as well. […]

A Simple Request

Since my tongue-in-cheek post on Monday about my “seminar series,” I’ve been stunned at the outpouring of emails and notes from people who wanted to pay me anyway for that “seminar.” I really appreciate it. I deeply appreciate it. Right now, though, I’m in a financial situation where, for the time being and for the near term, I don’t need that money. […]

Net Worths by Age Groups

The book The 10 Commandments of Money: Survive and Thrive in the New Economy lists median, top 25%, and top 10% net worths by age groups. I thought I'd list them and comment on each group. […]

Review: Emotional Currency by Kate Levinson

I normally don’t review books targeted at women, for obvious reasons, but I chose to receive a copy of Emotional Currency, by Kate Levinson, because I think there are plenty of people, men and women, with unhealthy relationships with money (the subtitle of the book is “A woman’s guide to building a healthy relationship with money). […]

Yahoo Finance Looking for Savers: Be On TV!

Yahoo Finance is producing an ongoing series of videos for their Financially Fit column. Each video focuses on an individual’s story. For example, they follow a New York City resident who saved $14,000 throughout the past year by downsizing his apartment and by choosing staycations rather than traveling. […]

How to Win Friends with Coupons

We stop by Hobby Lobby once a month or so -- either to buy some sort of small box/treasure chest to give as a gift (with gold $1 coins) or for craft supplies for my daughter. For us, the rules for shopping there are as follows: Never buy at regular price -- their regular prices are ridiculously high. […]

Reader Mailbag: Sun Tea Season

As I write this, I’m enjoying my first ice-cold glass of sun tea of 2011. Delicious. 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. Student loan consolidation question 2. Tabletop or electronic games? 3. Retirement worries 4. Groceries and kids 5. […]

Mortgage Payoff Progress For April With Chart

In February of 2010 my wife and I purchased our very first home.  We have a conventional 15-year mortgage and our plan is to pay it off in less than 10 years.  Our stretch goal is to pay it off in less than 7. As of March 31, 2011, we have made 13 regular mortgage payments – and several additional principal-only payments. When I posted February’s update, we had paid off 5.72% of our mortgage debt. […]

Technical Update: Comments Now Functional

This is just a quick followup to let you know that the comments should now be working properly. […]

TradeKing Review

Launched towards the end of 2005, TradeKing is a relatively young discount brokerage when compared to many of their competitors. TradeKing, more than any other brokerage, is more in tune with today’s social networking and social media trend. This online trading network is somewhat of a forum just for investors, where they can connect with one another, share experiences, strategies and ideas. […]

Four Reasons Running Out of Gas Hurts

Every time that a gallon of gasoline starts to approach or break the $4 a gallon mark, you see a deluge of news stories about people running out of gas. They’re stories about people trying to “stretch their dollar” at the gas pump by fueling up less frequently, which is an absurd idea in the first place (running closer to empty doesn’t stretch anything except the time between fuel ups). […]