Traffic Cameras, Salad Dressing and Capital Losses

The snow is falling hard in my corner of New Jersey. After Christmas in Queens, New York, I rushed home last night to stay ahead of the storm. The current weather reports are calling for 12 to 18 inches of the white stuff on the ground by the time the storm has passed. We’ve stocked up on food to make life easier for us. […]

Review: First Generation White Collar

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. As soon as I read the title of this book, I knew I had to give it a read-through. You see, the phrase “first generation white collar” pretty aptly describes me. My parents were decidedly blue collar, as were their parents. […]

Podcast 88: Leigh Mutert, H&R Block, The New Tax Laws

On today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Flexo speaks with Leigh Mutert, CPA and Community Manager at H&R Block. […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Don’t Waste a Day

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 26. Don’t waste a day. An awful lot of you are spending this day after Christmas doing things like traveling or resting after spending the last few days with family members. […]

Prosperity, The Sneaky Side of Discontent, Part 1

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 book Christ-Centered Contentment. “There’s nothing to eat,” I murmured to myself as I stood staring endlessly into my kitchen pantry. […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Turn Off the Distractions for a Day

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 25. Turn off the distractions for a day. It’s Christmas day. […]

Merry Christmas from The Simple Dollar

Here’s hoping that your Christmas is a great one. Kick back, recharge with your family and loved ones, and enjoy the holiday season. […]

Merry Christmas

Just wanted to wish all FMF readers a very Merry Christmas!!!! Hope you all have a great day celebrating!! […]

Santa Claus doesn’t exist; plan accordingly

Hopefully I didn’t let the cat out of the bag to anyone reading today.  If so, I’m sorry.  (As long as I’m at it, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and the Great Pumpkin don’t exist, either.) The impossibility of such a character is easy to argue.  Let’s say that there are about two billion people on the planet who celebrate Christmas, and that they all get something in their stocking.  (I’ll giv […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Give to a Charity

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 24. Give to a charity. When you look at your own life, do you believe that you have all that you need and then some? […]

A TinTin Christmas: Merry Christmas To You!

Christmas is a time for kids and family — a time of remembrance and of reflection. One of the things I love to reminisce about is my childhood, which I spent in an entirely different world and culture. I grew up in a very loving family where I was lucky enough to have been cherished by wonderful grandparents. […]

'Tis the Season for Decluttering: Why and How To Do It

There is No Better Time to Declutter You've been putting it off for months, maybe years. But there is no better time of year to get rid of clutter than right at the end of the year. Here are five reasons why: Time You have a few days, maybe a week, maybe more to go through everything and take your time while you do it. […]

Empty Coupon Code Box? You’re Paying Too Much.

When you place an online order, there’s always that little coupon code box towards the end, beckoning you to enter a promotional code or gift certificate number to reduce your total. You know the box I’m talking about, right? Do you ever leave it blank? […]

Quit Your Job in 2011

The recession has been tough on everyone, particularly when it comes to the employment situation. The unemployment rate is still high, so we know there are many people who would like to be working but have not been able to find something. […]

2011 Resolution #1: Get Fit

In an effort to talk about the power of goal-setting along with some methods of setting and achieving goals, I’m going to discuss my three resolutions for 2011 this week. As many of you remember, I set a weight loss goal for 2010 that I exactly halfway achieved. […]

Merry Christmas!

This is just a quick note to wish you a Merry Christmas. If you’re not celebrating Christmas, then have a great weekend. Either way, be sure to read my list of ten year-end tax moves. You have a week left, so think things over this weekend and then kick it into gear on Monday. […]

How to Save $1 Million by 65

CNN Money tells a 28-year-old reader how to save $1 million by 65. Their thoughts: I don't care how brilliant an investor you are. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of Dec 20

Let's start off with a reminder: FMF is on Facebook. Every weekday I post a couple pieces that usually aren't on FMF. […]

The Pros and Cons of Banking Online

It seems like everyone is banking online nowadays, right? In fact, I’ve had the same online savings account for the past eight years. […]