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. […]

Top 10 Mistakes of Forex Traders

The following is excerpted with permission of the publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. from The Little Book of Currency Trading: How to Make Big Profits in the World of Forex (Little Books. Big Profits) by Kathy Lien. […]

Planning Summer Travel

This seems rather strange, perhaps, but Sarah and I have our summer plans more or less penciled in through 2015. That’s right, 2015 This summer, we’re going to Seattle. The following summer is a trip to New Orleans with my family. The summer after that will feature a trip to Boston, with the summer after that featuring some extensive national park camping. The summer after that? […]

When Did I Become a Millionaire?

At some point within the past couple of years, I became a millionaire.There was no party, no celebration. In fact, it was clearly a non-event, considering I have no idea when it might have happened. If you’ve been tracking my financial progress monthly with me, you may be a little confused. After all, my December 2010 update listed my net worth as only $538,000. […]

Tradeking Launches New iPhone and iPod Touch Apps

Tradeking Brings Real-time Trading to Your iPhone or iPod Following the success with the BlackBerry trading app, Tradeking recently announced the launch of their newest mobile trading app for both the iPhone and the iPod Touch. […]

The Return on Your Social Security Taxes

Here's an interesting piece from Money Watch that discusses the return on your Social Security taxes that addresses the issue of whether or not contributors (on average) get the money they put into Social Security and Medicare (through taxes) back in benefits. Here's their summary: The question remains, though: Is it worth it? […]

8 Ways Technology Can Streamline Financial Management

There are so many financial tools we take for granted today that weren't possible just 10 short years ago. Here are a few features many people use daily that, if you haven't tried yet, you should. 1. […]

Best Money Tips: How to Save Old Towels

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup! Today, we share frugal ways to rescue your old towels, handy tax apps for the iPhone and Android, and tasty tips for homemade vegetable broth. Top 5 Articles Rescue Old Towels From Oblivion — Give your old, rough towels new life by running them in your washer for two hot loads. […]

Reader Mailbag: Sources of Information

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. Buying the next house 2. Starting over from scratch 3. Loan disqualification 4. Starting a business 5. Taking care of Mom 6. Building credit with business cards 7. Stocking my HSA 8. New side business and taxes 9. […]

You're Doing It Wrong, Moron: 5 Tips for Giving Better Compliments

There’s no denying that people love words of affirmation. Everyone enjoys being told when they do an exceptionally good job or when they look nice on a special day.  Then again, receiving compliments is a relatively simple and passive experience. Giving legitimate, truly thoughtful, and heartfelt compliments is something else entirely. […]

The Buy-Nothing Lifestyle: Lessons from a Frugal Experiment

Could you be ready for a lower-cost lifestyle? During the start of the year, many people resolve to make positive changes in their lives. They usually take on the goal to lose weight or to reduce their debt. But what about the "no buy" lifestyle? […]

The Causes of the Financial Collapse

In May 2009, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission was created to determine the primary factors that drove the economy to collapse, sparking the Great Recession. Their reports will be released in just a few hours to the public. […]

Set SMART Goals for a Kick Ass Year

We’ve done two days of “reviews,” from rebalancing your portfolio to reviewing your home inventory, and now it’s time to look forward. One of the most popular past-times for the New Year is to set a New Year’s Resolution. People resolve to lose weight, spend more time with family and friends, work harder, blah blah blah. Most of the time they abandon that by early February. […]

Take Five – A Roundup of Reads from Around the Web

A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the web. This week? Networking Techniques, Easy Home Improvements, Measured Savings, Advantages of Taking Longer to Graduate, and Investing vs Gambling... […]

The Tiger Mother and You: Are We Preparing Our Kids for a Better Financial Future?

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. […]

Dealing With Investment Stress

If you invest your money, you have to deal with stress. You ask yourself, “Is this the best place to invest?” and you ask yourself this question often. Besides family and health, there aren’t many things more important to you than your money. I know it. You know it. We might as well admit it. […]

A Retirement Myth

Have you ever heard someone say that in the "good old days" retiring was easier because most of the people had pensions (or something similar)? I have -- time and time again. […]