Dinner With My Family #4: Bean Burritos

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. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. Here’s what I’ve had for a lunch and for a supper over the past few days: Bean burritos. Very simple. Very inexpensive. Very tasty. […]

Citi ThankYou℠ Preferred Card $50 Gift Card Bonus

Well-known for having some of the best balance transfer credit cards available, Citibank has recently launched a new line of credit card products, aimed at attracting the consumers interested in rewards credit cards. The Citi ThankYou℠ Preferred Card is one of their new cards and it offers a 6,000 ThankYou® point bonus after members make $300 in purchases during the first three months. […]

Healthy Food Choices Can Be Economical Too!

Some of my favorite things in life (and many of my guilty pleasures) revolve around gustatory delights. But unfortunately, when the family economics falls into question, one of the things that may get sacrificed is the food quality of the household. Is it the case in your home that when you want to cut costs or save up for something big, you decide to start stocking up on potatoes? […]

Jeremy Siegel’s Economic Outlook for 2011

Jeremy Siegel, the author of Stocks for the Long Run, was correct with his prediction for the stock market comeback in 2009. […]

Friday Finance Findings for January 28th

I’m going to keep things short and sweet this week because I’ve got a nasty cold and should probably be sleeping instead sitting on the computer. So, no detailed introduction, no comments about all of the individual links. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 1, Posts 21-24

Here we go with the first 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. […]

The Best Ways to Whiten Your Teeth

We all love the look of gleaming white teeth, right? The reasoning seems to be associated with our deep-seated obsession with physical attractiveness — white teeth equal good hygiene, which contributes to overall appearance. […]

Competitive Maxims Applied to Personal Finance

As some of you know, I spent a year or two in my past playing competitive Magic: the Gathering (a card game with organized tournaments), earning enough winnings for the hobby to pay for itself. […]

Best Money Tips: How to Live With Only 100 Items

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup! Today, we give you tips for living with less stuff, the things every frugal household should have, and the best time to ask for a raise. Top 5 Articles 6 Easy Tips for Living with 100 Items or Less — Keep something only if you can find multiple ways to use it. […]

Buying Gifts for a Family with Many Children

After my last article on whether a second marriage and wedding should be celebrated and financed like the first time generated some great discussion, it got me thinking about some similar situations we're confronted with. The most prominent topic that came to mind was children. […]

Win a Free Copy of CompleteTax’s Premium MVP!

I am giving away a copy of CompleteTax’s Premium MVP product! Here's how the giveaway will work: 1. All you need to do to enter is to leave any comment on this post. Be sure to leave your email address (no one else will be able to see it) when you leave the comment. 2. Within a few days, I'll select the winner at random and announce the winner on this post. 3. […]

It's a Jungle Out There: Spotting Fake Reviews

It’s an old admonishment, but now, more than ever, you really can’t believe everything you read. Exploring the jungle of the web, I’ve found a lot of places that look intriguing, but are actually traps for the unwary. No, I’m not talking about poisonous multi-level marketing come-ons, or religious or political voodoo diatribes. […]

Your Take: Goals for the New Year?

I hope you “enjoyed” this past Spring Cleaning Week. Nothing in the list is particularly fun but they’re all very important and very valuable to your finances, so if hopefully you can enjoy the fruits of your labor later on down the road! For this Your Take, I wanted to know your goals for 2011. They don’t have to be money related, they can be anything related. […]

The 10 Golden Rules of Saving on Everything

You resolved to save more this year, but it's just not happening. Take heart - it's still early in the year. Use these tips and you're guaranteed to spend less on the things you want. […]

How to Track Savings Bonds in Quicken

Not quite a year ago, my wife and I started investing in Series I Savings bonds. For those that are unaware, “I Bonds” are low risk, inflation-indexed savings bonds issued by the Federal government. Unlike CD rates, which are fixed, I Bond rates are adjusted for inflation on a semi-annual basis in May and November. […]

Ask the Readers: Should We Move to a More Expensive Part of the Country?

The Friday “Ask the Readers” column generally follows a set format: I introduce the topic, share a reader e-mail, give my best advice, and then ask for your feedback. Today’s column is a little different. Jennifer sent me a 1000-word question, and rather than write any sort of response, I’m just going to let her have the entire space. […]

Did Your Health Insurance Rates Go Up?

As we discussed different options for spending the drop in Social Security taxes this year, an interesting thing happened. I got comments like this: Well let's see. My health insurance just went up by $115 a month for the same plan as last year thanks to ObamaCare. […]

Carnivals for the Week of Jan 24

Here are the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week and my posts that were included: Festival of Frugality - Buyer Beware—Are You Really Getting a Good Deal?   The Wealth Builder Carnival - Compute Your Net Worth Once a Year   Carnival of Money Stories - How Not to Retire   Carnival of Personal Finance - Why You Shouldn’t Listen to Mainstream Media Financial “Experts”   […]

Prepare Your Tax Return: Tax Products vs Tax Pros

How far along are you with your taxes? If you’re still working on your records and documents, and looking for a better way to go about preparing your tax return, you may be interested about going over some options that are available. Prepare Your Tax Return With These Tax Products What if you want to do your own taxes? […]

7 Independent Personal Finance Blogs You Can Trust

In just the past few years, there has been an explosion of personal finance blogs, a niche that was vacant eight years ago. Those eight years feel like a generation or two, considering the way the Internet has changed since then. […]