Best Deals for Wednesday 01/13/2010

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Housesit on Your Next Vacation

By Margaret Garcia... I just got back from spending two weeks in one of America’s most expensive cities, staying in one of that city’s toniest neighborhoods, for free. You can do it too, you know. It’s true. I spent two weeks in San Francisco and stayed on the north side of town (Russian Hill) and I didn’t spend a dime on accommodations. What did I do? […]

New Law Makes it Harder for Teens to Get a Credit Card Starting February 22

Good or Bad, The New Law Makes it Harder for Teens to Obtain Credit You may recall that back in May of 2009 the President signed into law the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, or CARD. This act was packed with all sorts of new credit card rules and regulations that would hopefully lead to more responsible borrowing. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Stomach Bug Edition

For the last few days, my entire family has been suffering from a vicious stomach bug. I was the first to get it – and the first to seemingly recover from it. After that, my daughter got it, then my wife got it, then my son got it, almost in domino-like order. […]

Frugality, Simplicity, and Sustainability

By Philip Brewer The frugality blogosphere was buzzing last week with an article by Katherine Hibbert about how she was getting by in London spending just about nothing. […]

Treat Your Employer How It Treats You

The more profitable your employer, particularly if it is a large corporation, the more attention the employer pays to its biggest asset, its employees. Profitable companies offer perks to employees like vacation days, 401(k) matching contributions, health care subsidies, free lunches, on-site day-care, unlimited restroom breaks, and development opportunities. […]

Are Prepaid Legal Plans Worth It?

A few years ago, my former company began offering prepaid legal plans as an employee benefit. I forget the exact terms of the deal but it worked a lot like medical insurance. You pay a set amount each month and you had access to the plan’s pool of lawyers. […]

What the New Credit Card Laws Mean to YOU

This is a guest post from Adam Jusko, founder of, an information and comparison site for credit cards that maintains a list of over 1200 cards. You can follow Adam on Twitter for quick credit tips and opinions. […]

What is the Retirement Savings Contribution Credit?

Did you know that you may be able to get an income tax credit simply for contributing to an employer-sponsored retirement plan, or to an IRA? This is over and above the tax deduction that you may get for making such contributions. Too good to be true? […]

Six Mistakes to Avoid When Converting to a Roth IRA

I'm making a prediction now: one of the most-discussed financial issues of 2010 will be the convert/don't convert decision many people will face regarding moving traditional IRA funds to a new Roth IRA. Why is this will be such a big issue? Because the modified adjusted gross income limits on Roths that have been lifted and a whole new batch of high-earners can now convert. […]

Announcing Winners For the $2,500 BillShrink Giveaway

By Will Chen Find out if you are one of the lucky winners of the Bill Shrink $2,500 giveaway! […]

Reader Feedback Request – Alternative To New Couches

I have a few questions for you guys, my awesome readers.  First, a little information. My wife and I have a couple of couches.  Structurally, they’re both in great shape.  However, one of them has some damaged fabric on its arms, and the other has been faded by the sunshine.  We’d love to keep the couches – they’re both very comfortable – so there’s no real (non-cosmetic) reason […]

How To Book Cheap Flights & Air Travel Deals

In my circle of friends, I am known as the budget traveler, a point of pride with me. I have a long list of cheap trips under my belt, and I love talking travel with whoever wants to listen, and not only to encourage them to travel often but to consider doing it cheaply. If [...]How To Book Cheap Flights & Air Travel Deals Copyright 2011 All rights reserved. […]

Ask the Readers: Would You Relocate for the Perfect Job? (Chance to win!)

By Linsey Knerl Some people are just happy to be where they are — and no amount of money (or the perfect job) could move them. Others are more flexible, willing to follow their dreams to the ends of the earth for a chance at something more. […]

Do You Expect Your Financial Advisors to Practice What They Preach?

About a month ago I received an email from a reader regarding this piece -- a story about a marriage counselor that got into credit card debt and eventually defaulted on it. […]

Trimming the Average Budget: Entertaiment

This is part of an ongoing series about how to trim the budget of the average American. As this series focuses on such broad-based tips, some will work for you and some will not. […]

5 Benefits of a Task Management System

By Lynn Truong This article is Wise Bread's contribution to Life Scoop, where ordinary people learn how to make surprising things happen with technology. I'm trying yet another task management system and I think I've found a keeper. […]

Open for Guest Posts

If you've ever thought of writing a guest post for Free Money Finance, now's your chance. I will be traveling in early February and am in need of a few guest posts to tide me over. If you're interested, check out my guest post guidelines. […]

Two Huge Blog Giveaways

I don’t normally write about blog giveaways but when I’m going to make an exception today because the giveaway prizes are all pretty rich. The first is from Kelly at The Centsible Life – she’s giving away $600 of stuff as part of her site’s one year anniversary. You can win all sorts of gift cards, tax preparation software, and any one of about a half dozen books. […]

American Express Membership Rewards Points Can Be Used to Pay Taxes

American Express offers a point-based rewards system called “Membership Rewards” to those qualify for and use their credit or charge cards. Points generally benefit only cardholders who pay their bill in full every month, so any accumulation of benefits does not first need to offset interest or late fee charges. […]