Ask the Readers: What Is Your Dream Job?

Editor's Note: Congratulations to NJJ, Lisa, and B for winning this week's contest! Everyone has envisioned their dream job. […]

25 Tasty Ways to Use Chicken Stock

Chicken stock is one of those ubiquitous bases for soups, sauces, stews, and more. I’ll bet, however, that I can impress you with at least one new use for this versatile ingredient. (See also: 25 Things to Do With Rotisserie Chicken) Before we get started, though, let me clear something up — chicken stock is different from chicken broth. […]

Giving Distressed Homes New Leases on Life

As with so many other things, the world of real estate tends to move in cycles. For proof, just look at the markets for single-family homes and apartments. It wasn’t that many years ago that every American was buying a home. If you didn’t own a home, people demanded to know why. What were you waiting for, anyway, an engraved invite? People who’d never owned a home before bought homes. […]

The Secret to Making Tough Financial Decisions

We all know people who are great at getting things done. But whether they deliver at work, always find the time to fit in a workout, or make tons of time for family and friends, it all comes down to the same thing — priorities. Yup, you know where I’m going with this. I’m talking about money, because the way you handle it is a matter of priority, too. How do I know this? […]

Best Money Tips: Save Money and Stick to Your Budget

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on saving money and sticking to your budget, using credit cards without getting burried in debt, and using receipts to save money. Top 5 Articles 12 Tips to Save Money and Stick to Your Budget — To save money and stick to your budget, shop during sales and make a list everytime you go grocery shopping. […]

Your Financial Health

The following is an excerpt from Securing Your Financial Future: Complete Personal Finance for Beginners courtesy of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. All Rights Reserved. If you want to know how tall someone is, you have them stand on a level surface, back against a wall, then make a mark on the wall and get out a tape measure. […]

Use Rechargeable Batteries (148/365)

Our house goes through quite a few batteries, particularly AA, C, and D cells. Between remote controls, flashlights, and children’s toys, we always have a few dozen batteries in use in our home at the same time. The cheapest solution in the short term is to just go to our local warehouse club and buy a few jumbo packs of batteries. […]

Reader Mailbag: Home Movies

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. Financially sensible graduation gift 2. Using lots of oregano? 3. Summer vacation reading 4. Basic expenses more than income 5. Retire now or later? 6. Unwanted friends for children 7. Should we replace this chair? 8. […]

One Million Dollars Isn’t What It Used to Be

There was a time the word “millionaire” carried cachet. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word was first used in French in the early eighteenth century and in English nearly a century later. Regardless of your station in French society in 1719, you would recognize a net worth of one million livres being notable. The same would be true for one million U.S. dollars a century later. […]

Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day so we won’t be posting anything personal finance. I think holidays like this are valuable to remind us of what’s important in our lives and to be thankful for the things we have. […]

6 Ways to Vet an IPO Before You Buy

In the aftermath of the Facebook initial public offering (IPO), the web has experienced a deluge of answers to the question “What went wrong?” What happens when one of the most hyped tech IPOs in recent history doesn’t rise to meet investor expectations? For months I’ve been advising family and friends against buying Facebook. The reasons were fairly simple. […]

Why Saving Money Is a Gift to Your Future Self

In the 1989 movie "Back to the Future Part II," former school bully Biff Tannen gets ahold of a sports almanac with 50 years of sports statistics and makes a fortune betting on games he already knows the outcome of. It's the perfect get-rich scheme. […]

Gas Prices, Revisited

Today is Memorial Day. In addition to be an important American holiday, Memorial Day also marks the traditional start of the summer driving season in the United States. I thus thought it would be worth taking another look at gas prices. While gas prices usually jump over Memorial Day weekend and then continue increasing into the summer, the past month has seen steadily declining gas prices. […]

Best Money Tips: Free Summer Fun for Kids

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on free summer fun for kids, money saving tips for families, and ways to save on vacations. Top 5 Articles Free summer fun for kids — This summer, sign your kids up for iMovie camp, where they can learn to make short films at any Apple retail store. […]

Happy Memorial Day

Just wanted to say Happy Memorial Day to everyone (it's a holiday where we remember the service and sacrifice of those who have given their lives for our country.) Like most others in the U.S., I'm taking the day off -- I'll be back tomorrow.In addition to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for America, I like to remember and thank all our veterans, enlisted personnel, officers, and their […]

Read the Manual, Especially for Rechargeable Items (147/365)

The actual use of electronic devices straight out of the box has become much easier than it used to be. Most of the time, items just come with one or two cables that are pretty clearly plugged into certain places, and then the actual operation of those items is pretty straightforward. […]

Podcast 162: TOPGUN on Wall Street

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Jay speaks with LT Commander Jeffery Lay, author of TOPGUN on Wall Street: Why US Military Should Run Corporate America. They talk about the leadership qualities missing from Corporate America and what investors should look at to make the right decisions. Consumerism Commentary Podcast TOPGUN on Wall Street: S07E06 / 162 […]

Handling (and Avoiding) Souvenirs and Tourist Traps

One of the things I really don’t like about vacations is the prevalence of gift shops and souvenir stands near every remotely popular attraction. […]

How Much Do You Need to Know Before You Give to Charity?

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. The Wall Street Journal suggests you check out how your church is using its funds (if you are concerned about it) and I agree. You should be able to find out how your church is using the money you contribute. […]