The GRS Garden Project: April 2011 Update

Welcome to the GRS Garden Project. Every month, my wife and I track how much time and money we spend growing food. This is the report for April 2011. (Here are the results for 2008 and the results for 2009. We rested in 2010.) After a long vacation in February and a wet, dreary March, Kris and I finally were able to do a little work on our vegetable garden in April. Sort of. […]

Money Superstitions

The following book excerpt is reprinted with permission from Emotional Currency: A Woman's Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Money. Copyright © 2011 by Kate Levinson, PhD, Celestial Arts, an imprint of Ten Speed Press, a division of the Crown Publishing Group, Berkeley, CA. The ancient Greeks threw coins into their wells to keep them from going dry. […]

Stop Worrying About How You Got Into Debt, Start Focusing On How To Get Out

You’re in debt! How did that happen? Who cares! Too often, we spend so much time focusing on “the how” and become paralyzed about improving the situation and starting the process of getting out of debt. […]

What Worries You the Most? How Can You Fix It?

For the better part of the last decade, the biggest worry I had in my life was personal finance and the foundation (or lack thereof) that I was building for my future. My approach to this worry was, for the most part, to ignore it. […]

Dinner With My Family #16: Penne with Cannelini and Tomatoes

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. […]

How Much are Moms Worth?

In honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to highlight a recent analysis by on the value of the work that a mom does throughout the year. According to their Mother’s Day Index, all the stuff that a typical mom takes care of adds up to $61,436/year. Given the source of this info, it’s perhaps not surprising that they then translate this into life insurance needs. […]

Four Fun and Frugal Ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just about here. Chances are that you are trying to figure out a way to show mom that you care — while at the same time keeping costs down. For many, this economy is still tough, and buying a big bouquet or going out to a fancy brunch just isn’t an option. In most cases, though, mom is likely to be happy with whatever you can give. […]

American Express Gold Card Review

While the credit card market continues to change due to new regulations, American Express and its line of charge cards have not. For decades, AmEx has offered three different charge cards, each well known because of their color. […]

Ordering a Replacement Credit Card Due to Magnetic Stripe

When the magnetic stripe on the back of your credit card stops being effective more than two years before the card’s expiration date, you may take this as indication that you swipe the credit card fairly often. Maybe this is a frequent occurrence, but this is the first time this has happened to me. […]

What Is the “Bottom”?

Andrea writes in with a heartbreaking story. In your post about helping others, you made several suggestions for helping someone that appears to be in trouble. The item that most struck home for me was: “Wait for their “bottom,” then gently offer help. Although a low point can often be incredibly painful, it can also be an incredibly valuable learning experience for people. […]

Your Take: A Driving Tax?

There are reports of an undated draft of a plan to tax car drivers based on how many miles they drive. The White House was quick to say that it wasn’t an Administration proposal, just an idea that’s been floating around but never formally circulated. In other words, it’s just an idea. […]

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 […]