Handling the First Flush

When I graduated from college, I was lucky enough to have a job that I more or less walked straight into. I had about two weeks off between graduation day and the start of my new job. That new job paid far more per hour than any job I’d ever had – and it was full-time, too. Up until that point, all of my jobs had been part time jobs. The result? […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #20

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Flying a kite Our family spent a long afternoon at the park this past week just flying kites. […]

How to Get Retiree Health Insurance Before 65

One question I've gotten a few times about the possibility of retiring early is "what are you going to do about health care?" That's a very good question, right? If you retire at 55, what are you going to do to secure health insurance before you reach the age where Medicare kicks in?Well, US News has some options for health care before 65 as follows: Retiree medical insurance. […]

The Danger of the Rich Act

Dinner With My Family will return next week. Right now, I am in (arguably) the best financial shape of my life. I’ve paid off all of my debts except for my mortgage and I’ve got a healthy amount in savings as well. Each month, I’m bringing in more than I’m spending. Many families in this situation might find themselves eyeing more expensive things. Why not go to the nicer restaurant? […]

How You Can Make Over $600 for Very Little Effort

Update: See comments below. Looks like this deal is worth $500 CASH (pretty good) or $625 if you redeem as points (not as good IMO.) Still, $500 cash is a pretty sweet offer. Thinking of doing it myself... I don't often promote some sort of business offer. […]

eBay Buyer Beware: What to do if you’re scammed on eBay

Bid, pay, and wait. Yep, that’s exactly what I did after winning a heated eBay auction on a cool pair of Levi’s for my hubby. As he’s a slim-built 6 foot tall fellow, I was thrilled to be the winning bidder on these jazzy jeans and excited to see my boy’s buns decked out in the prized denim. And so I waited. Tick-tock, tick-tock. Nothing. […]

Friday Finance Findings for May 20th

This may be the last post you read from me because tomorrow is the beginning of the end. That is, if you believe in the famed May 21, 2011 doomsday scenario. Me? Well, I’m not going to lose any sleep over it. In fact, I’ll probably just spend the weekend getting ready for our upcoming vacation later next week. […]

How We Shop for Children’s Clothes

It’s the middle of spring. We’ve seen our first 90 degree day in central Iowa. That means, of course, that it’s time to take stock of our clothing. […]

Personal Endowments, Revisited

Earlier this week I proposed the idea of building a personal endowment. In short, this involves building an investment portfolio that is 25x-33x your annual living expenses. […]

Citi Credit Card Reviews

Citigroup is the third largest bank holding company in the United States, and Citibank is the consumer banking entity owned by this behemoth company. Sometimes, size is an advantage. Citibank’s size allows it to have a massive credit card division, branded as “Citi Cards.” The size helps the bank offer some of the best deals available among credit cards. […]

Your Take: Would You Consider Wedding Insurance?

I’ve heard of a lot of wacky types of insurance but here’s one that surprised me – wedding insurance. It’s the subject of Cameron Huddleston’s latest Kip Tips column, which, (not) coincidentally, was published after to the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. […]

Ask the Readers: But What If I *AM* Materialistic?

I’ve received a lot of interesting out-of-the-ordinary questions from GRS readers recently. Two weeks ago, for instance, Rita asked about the moral implications of spending. This week, Crystal wants to know: What if she is materialistic? Is that wrong? […]

11 Ways to Update Peanut Butter and Jelly

Most of us have been eating peanut butter and jelly sandiwches since we first moved to solid food. Inexpensive, quick, and easy to pack, it's unsurprising that many of us continue to nosh on these sandwiches well into adulthood. But the ubiquitous PB&J can also get a little boring after a while. […]

15 Ways to Make the Most Out of Warm-Weather Weekdays

As someone who works from home all year round, I look forward to the spring and summer months. During the wintertime, I hibernate — and that doesn’t bode well for my sanity. But as soon as the sun starts shining and the temp starts rising, I’m out and about as much as possible. […]

Reader Profile: Jack

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. […]

Carnivals for the Week of May 16

Here are some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: Festival of Frugality Carnival of Financial Planning Carnival of Wealth Totally Money Blog Carnival Enjoy!P.S. Carnival Hosts -- If my post is in your carnival in a given week, please send me the URL to the carnival and I will include it in my weekly roundup. […]

Win a Free Kindle: May 20 Only!

It wouldn’t be a weekday in May without another giveaway. This month is Giveaway May at Consumerism Commentary. Each day, I’ll have some to reward readers valued $50 or more. Today’s a good day for the winner; thanks to a partnership with personal finance blog Beating Broke, I am able to offer Amazon.com’s reading device, the Kindle. […]

On Graduation Day

Today, I’m pretty busy with family events. My son is graduating from his preschool today. We take him to a private preschool that has a great blend of academics and constructive play time that we just love, but this is his final day there. In August, he’ll be moving on to kindergarten. […]