Friday Finance Findings for March 18th

Are you ready for the Super Moon? If you haven’t heard, the full moon on Saturday will be super. Really. This will be the largest and closest full moon since 1993. This lunar alignment only occurs once about every 18 years, so if you miss this one you’ll have to wait a while before seeing it again. What makes this full moon so special you ask? […]

Some Thoughts on Balancing “Fun” Spending and Planning for the Future

One of my biggest splurges each year comes in August, when I travel to Indianapolis with a few friends and attend GenCon, a gaming convention. During a given year, my wife usually goes on some sort of trip by herself as well, often to visit family in the Pacific Northwest. I usually pick up a new game and a new book about once a month, on average. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Sweet 16, Posts 9-12

Here we go with the Sweet 16 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. […]

Working With a Financial Adviser: Whom Do You Trust?

This is a new series on finding, selecting, and working with financial advisers and planners. A few days ago, a friend asked me on Twitter whether I had any articles on this topic. While I had a few old posts marginally related to financial advisory, I didn’t have anything in-depth.People consider working with financial advisers for a variety of reasons. […]

Your Take: Would You Use Local Currency?

Local currency isn’t a particularly new idea but it’s one that seems to be gathering a bit of steam lately as “Main Street” revolts against the enormous financial machine of Wall Street. BerkShares is the most famous of the local currencies, an alternate currency used in the Berkshire region of Massachusetts, but they exist in a lot of different areas. […]

Why Recycling Is My Lowest Priority

We live in a world that loves sound bites and oversimplifications. We embrace concepts that sound wonderful without much critical thought. All the noise around recycling is a classic example of what happens when an idea gets a lot of press, but in isolation doesn’t really solve much. […]

Your Take: Do You Negotiate or Haggle Often?

Reading this article by Jane Boon on negotiating down the price for luxury watches reminded me of my trips to China as a kid. When I was younger, we’d visit my relatives in Taiwan once every two or three years. On those trips, we’d often go to various open air markets and street vendors where negotiation was not only expected, it was crucial to the buying process. […]

10 Outdated Job-Search Techniques to Avoid

I read a funny anecdote yesterday. It went something like this: The boss took half of the resumes we received today and threw them in the trash. He said, "I don't hire unlucky people." It's funny, it's probably fake, and it's generally not the way things are done. […]

Ask the Readers: How to Talk to Friends and Family About Money?

Last spring, Andy submitted a question he hoped readers could help him with. I promised I’d post it…and then went to Alaska for ten days and forgot. Well, Andy’s a patient man. And persistent. […]

Best Money Tips: Save Money At Work

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on ways to save money at work, how to build passive income streams, and ideas to trim your vacation costs. Top 5 Articles 7 Ways to Save Money during the Work Day — Save money while you are at work by making the most of your tax deductions. […]

Frugal Lessons from Spider-Man

As Marvel Comics' most well-known superhero, web-slinger Spider-Man has served as a role model for all that is good, noble, and spidery since 1962. […]

Cool Company Benefits

I always like to read the articles about the best companies to work for because they always have some cool benefits listed. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of Mar 14

Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week and my posts that were included: Carnival of Wealth - Dust Off Your Network    Festival of Frugality - Five Retro Rules to Save Money   Get Rich Slowly likes affirmation.   The Simple Dollar gives thoughts on choosing guardians for your kids.   FrugalDad offers ideas on cutting v […]

Earthquake Survival Tips & Nuclear Disaster Insurance

Don’t mean to be a downer, but it’s been a tough week. Everyone has been following the events unfolding in Japan over the last week and we’re all praying that this will somehow resolve positively and avoid a catastrophic conclusion. I haven’t really expressed this before, but I have the greatest admiration for the Japanese, [...]Earthquake Survival Tips & Nuclear Disaster Insurance […]

Making Homemade Yogurt

Yep, you read that right. Homemade yogurt, in our crock pot. Of course, before we get started, it’s worth noting that I’m sharing something we do routinely in our own home, and if you choose to do this in your own home, I assume no liability over the results. […]

Would You Move to Lower Your Taxes?

Yahoo has a piece on people who have moved to low-tax states to save a bundle of money. Their thoughts: Of course, changing your life just to save on taxes is extreme. […]

New Millionaire Income Tax Bill Introduced

Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois) introduced new legislation, the H.R. 1124 Fairness in Taxation Act, on Wednesday, March 16th, that would introduce new tax brackets for those who earned more than $1 million dollars a year. […]

3 Cheap Ideas for Spring Break

Spring break is coming up. Whether you are a college student getting ready to head out for a little party fun, or a family trying to figure out what you can do while the kids are out of school, there are plenty of possibilities for spring break. Unfortunately, some spring break ideas tend to be rather expensive. Do you really want to spend $1,000 on your spring break? […]

Chase Increasing ATM Fee to $5

Chase Bank can’t seem to stay out of the news. Last week, I mentioned that the bank was considering limiting debit card transactions to $50 or $100 as a protest against the industry’s regulation of interchange (swipe) fees. […]

Help a Reader: Trying to Save and Invest

Here's an email I received from a reader: I have a question/thought about a particular strategy that I wanted to get some advice on.  Here is the background... I am 34 years old and married with two children I am considered a Highly Compensated Employee in my 401k plan at my primary employer.  Therefore I am capped at putting around ~$7k into my 401k plan there. […]