Friday Finance Findings for January 21st

I know readers come from all corners of the globe, but those of you who reside in much of the U.S. have had quite a winter thus far, myself included. It seems like it’s been snowing non-stop for weeks and some areas have over three feet on the ground. I’ve probably shoveled the driveway more in the past two weeks than I did all of last winter! […]

Itemizers Must Wait Until February 14 to Submit Tax Returns

Thanks to the bevy of new changes to the tax code for 2010, the IRS is still unprepared to handle tax returns filed early. If you itemize your deductions, you must wait until Valentine’s Day to submit your returns to the IRS.That doesn’t stop taxpayers from starting early. If you use software to file your taxes, like TurboTax or H&R Block At Home, you can start the process at any time. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 1, Posts 9-12

Here we go with the first round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. […]

Your Take: Do You Use a Financial Planner?

Ask anyone in personal finance about financial planners and the first few words out of their mouth better be “go with fee only, watch out for those commissioned guys.” The only people who don’t say that are the commissioned planners! That said, I’ve never actually met with a financial planner before. […]

7 Common Investing Mistakes

We all make mistakes. Looking back on my years of investing, I notice some small and some big mistakes I’ve made along the way.  As I’ve talked to other people, I’ve found that others have made the same mistakes. In order to help you learn, I’ve complied this list of the top investing mistakes. 1. […]

6 Ways to Win Free Stuff from Blog Giveaways

Some of you may recall that I used be a hardcore sweeper. My past winnings included everything from trips to cash to a private movie screening. In the years since I wrote that article, the landscape of prize promotions has changed drastically. […]

The Art of the Audacious Goal

I want to run for mayor of a large city. I want to publish a series of fantasy novels that appear in every bookstore in the country. I want to pay off the $300,000 in debt that I owe. I want to start a restaurant chain. I want to visit 100 countries by the time I’m 40. I’m a fan of overly audacious goals. […]

Win a Free Copy of H&R Block's At Home Premium Federal Tax Product!

I am giving away a copy of H&R Block's At Home Premium Federal Tax product! Here's how the giveaway will work: 1. All you need to do to enter is to leave any comment on this post. Be sure to leave your email address (no one else will be able to see it) when you leave the comment. 2. Within a few days, I'll select the winner at random and announce the winner on this post. 3. […]

Should a Second Marriage Be Celebrated (and Paid for) Like the First?

We recently had occasion to be in a wedding — a second wedding for the bride and groom. While I'm all about celebrating the union between two individuals, I couldn't help but question whether we really had to celebrate it with the same gusto that we did just a few years prior for this individual's first wedding. […]

Choosing Your Path to Prosperity

Let's imagine for a second that there is a contest going on where you can earn a cool $1,000,000 for finding a coin lying on the floor somewhere in a dark room. […]

The Best Prepaid Debit Cards, February 2011

Prepaid debit cards have always been a controversial topic, particularly the cards that carry insanely high fees just for making everyday purchases. Later last year, the Kardashian prepaid card was announced, followed by bad press due to its predatory fees and lack of customer benefits. That card was cancelled soon after it was announced. […]

Five Surprise Bonuses in 2011 – Make the Most of Them!

This is a guest post from Darwin of Darwin’s Money. If you like what you see here, please consider subscribing to his RSS feed. As the economy struggles to recover, 2011 promises to provide opportunistic consumers and businesses with plenty of surprise bonuses. You just need to be ready to take advantage of them! […]

25 Toughest Interview Questions of 2010

MoneyTalksNews lists the 25 toughest interview questions of 2010. IMO, these should be the 25 strangest interview questions of 2010. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of Jan 17

Let's start off with a reminder: FMF is on Facebook. Every weekday I post a couple pieces that usually aren't on FMF. […]

Average American Family’s Finances: In Shambles? (Infographic)

How do you feel about your personal financial situation? In our case, we are going with the flow. Our financial strategy has always been to try to adjust to the current environment whenever possible. My spouse and I were long term corporate hounds and it served us well to try to climb the career ladder while investing our savings in the stock market and even in real estate for a while. […]

How Much Is Your Smart Phone Data Plan Really Costing You?

The following is a guest post from Jacob at My Personal Finance Journey. Recently, I took a trip to the lovely land of Verizon Wireless. I embarked on this journey due to the fact that my family's chocolate lab, Portia, had chewed up my cell phone the day before, after it accidentally fell out of my pocket. […]

The Fundamental Ingredients for Financial Success

In today’s reader mailbag, a reader asked me if the questions I get for the mailbag make me depressed because, frankly, many of the stories I hear from readers represent a grim financial story. I told him, quite honestly, that most of the questions actually make me happy. They fill me with hope. […]

Be a Dividend Millionaire by Paul Rubillo

Be a Dividend Millionaire by Paul Rubillo is not just a book about dividend investing – there are a million of those. […]

Scottrade Review: A Discount Online Broker With Local Offices

Scottrade Offers Cheap Stock Trades and Local Branches Choosing an online broker can be a daunting task. There are literally dozens of companies to choose from and fee structures to examine. Not only that, but choosing the wrong brokerage could end up costing you if you don’t carefully read the fine print and see what you’re getting into. […]