Reader Mailbag: Presentation Video

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. Save or pay off debt? 2. Friends burdened by my frugality 3. Motorcycle questions 4. Basic tax questions 5. What’s next after debt payments? 6. Writer’s block 7. Tax moves 8. Credit card cancelling maneuver 9. […]

Replacing Dollar Bills With Dollar Coins

While politicians, political commentators, and opinion-yellers are knocking heads and locking horns in Washington, D.C. in an attempt to determine how to spur the economy while cutting the budget deficit, there is an old debate about currency that refuses to die. For the most part, the public isn’t excited about the idea of eliminating paper currency and replacing it with coins. […]

The 9 Secrets of Highly Successful Craigslist Sellers

Most of you have no doubt used Craigslist for the usual reasons. Either you’re looking for something (a home, used stuff, a job, or maybe a partner) or you’ve got something to sell or offer. Either way, there are tips and tricks that you can utilize to make the most of the service. […]

Carnivals Games You Should Play (And Games to Skip!)

My favorite part about spring, besides the good weather, is the arrival of carnivals. Carnivals are little bastions of legalized gambling wrapped up in a nice funnel cake shell and deep fried in clown makeup, less than safe rides, and bright flashing lights. […]

Book Review: The Road Out of Debt

The Road Out of Debt: Bankruptcy and Other Solutions to Your Financial Problems by Joan N. Feeney and Theodore W. Connolly You've read stories of people becoming debt-free. In personal-finance blogs, the stories are always ones of debt problems overcome through hard work and frugality. Sadly, in the real world, that doesn't always work. […]

Book Review: Living the Savvy Life

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. Last year I wrote about the stereotypes perpetuated by many personal finance books written for women, especially that women like to “shop till they drop.” As I mentioned in the article, a Consumer Expenditure Survey showed that women and men spend the same amount of money, just on different items. […]

TurboTax Review

In January I selected several readers to receive free copies of various income tax software programs. In exchange, they agreed to use the software to do their taxes and write an unbiased review. The summary below was written by FMF reader Nate and contains his thoughts about TurboTax's Premier 2010 product. […]

Marketplace & NYT Want to Interview Financial Consultants in Their 70s

Do you know someone who is an active or retired personal financial consultant in their 70s? If you know someone who fits the description, please leave a comment below (don't forget your email address) and I'll forward your info to the show's producers. […]

Review: Enchantment

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. […]

Podcast 98: Introducing Adaptu

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Mark Brundage, co-founder of Adaptu. Adaptu is an online financial life planning and management service.Consumerism Commentary Podcast #98 Introducing Adaptu: S04E19 / 122 Adobe Flash required Download – RSS – iTunesTable of contents[00:00] Introduction from Bryan J Busch [00:38] Interview with Mark Brundage – [00:59] What is Adaptu? […]

7 Frugal Lessons I Learned from Charlie Sheen

While out of work, Charlie Sheen is winning. There is so much to learn from him. Here are 7 things he taught me about living frugally. When Un-Employed, Downsize Don't pay someone to do something you can do yourself. Sure, some people may say that his publicist quit after outrageous comments in interviews. […]

Bed and Breakfast Inns: Operating Tips from the Pros

Bed and breakfast inns are a business opportunity that many of us fantasize about. Maybe it’s the romance of historical properties, the control that comes from running your own business, or the lure of being able to afford to live in an otherwise out-of-financial-reach location. […]

5 Tips On Evaluating Your Investment Portfolio Performance

When was the last time you’ve checked your online broker accounts or mutual funds lately? Once you build an investment portfolio, you’ll need to keep tabs on how it performs. Tracking your investments may seem like a lot of babysitting in some cases, but it all depends on what you own. […]

Walk the Walk Before You Talk the Talk

The other day, I was chatting with someone and I told them that I was a personal finance writer. That person’s eyes got big and they said, “You mean like Dave Ramsey?” I told them that I supposed so. She then proceeded to tell me all about how a great plan for debt repayment had really turned her life around and that everyone should be doing this. […]

Retirement and Building Wealth: The Wealth Snowball Vs. Ocean Tide

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. The following is an excerpt from The Bible and 21st Century Finances (a free eBook offered to people who subscribe to Money Help For Christians). Wealth is much more than a bundle of money. […]

Reader Story: Why I Spent $5000 to See the Space Shuttle

This guest post from Elizabeth Howell is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. […]

I Don’t Want to Be Your Client. I Don’t Want to Be Your Lender. I Want to Be Your Friend.

Let me make it simple. I do not like mixing financial relationships with friendships. I do not want to be friends with the person that is selling me a product. I do not want to be friends with my banker. At the same time, I don’t want my friends to be selling me products or asking me for loans. […]

Living In A Small House: Does Size Matter?

The joys of living in a small home. For many people I know, a big house to call their own sure sounds like the ultimate dream. Think of all that wonderful space and room and potential to do whatever you want in that space. But there are obvious downsides to having a huge house: number [...]Living In A Small House: Does Size Matter? Copyright 2011 All rights reserved. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #9

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. Winston Churchill on environment “You shape your houses and then they shape you.” – Winston Churchill You choose your friends, but then their continued presence influences you and alters your direction. […]