Reader Mailbag: Kickstarter

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. Facebook alienation and human interaction 2. Save or pay debt? 3. Thoughts on inheritance 4. Privacy and blogging 5. Slow student loan repayment? 6. Parenting blogs 7. Loan or no loan? 8. Savings versus complexity 9. […]

Consumers Bear the Risk with Gift Cards

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. The chaotic holiday shopping season is in full swing, but many of us are still scratching our heads about what to get for some of the loved ones on our “nice” list. Sometimes it’s hard to think of something heartfelt for the person who has everything or who has tastes completely opposite your own. […]

Christmas Gifts Ideas: 15 White Elephant Gifts for Less than $15

Every year, my family does a white elephant party. It’s fun to see what creative things others come up with when the limit drops ever lower. […]

25 Ways to Feel Better Fast

Winter is often thought of the season of holidays and happiness. However, it’s also the time of year when you’re more prone to the sniffles, holiday stress, cold-weather sadness, and general irritation. When the bug bites you this season (whatever form it takes), don’t just take it lying down — fight back by using these 25 ideas to feel better fast! (See also: Feeling Stuck? […]

Gratitude and Frugality

I've been working a lot lately with the concept of gratitude and how it can attract amazing things into your life. And in so doing, I'm amazed at how my own life, happiness, and attitude has transformed. A few months ago, I was dealt some heavy blows that knocked me back a few steps. […]

Best Money Tips: Stay Sane While Traveling

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on tips to keep you sane while traveling, tax moves to make before the end of the year, and how to chose the best charity. Top 5 Articles 7 Time Saving Tips to Keep You Sane While Traveling — Keep yourself sane when traveling by slowing down and being safe. […]

The Top 10 Cheapest Cars to Insure

If you’re thinking about buying a new vehicle, make sure you’ve done your homework about average auto insurance rates. According to, the most expensive car to insure in 2011 was the Mercedes SL65 AMG, a sporty, two-door convertible that has the highest chance of getting in a car crash. […]

The New Parents' Guide to Managing Money

The following is a guest post from Elle at Couple Money.  My husband and I recently became parents for the first time this summer. We have a healthy baby girl and are absolutely loving it. When we first found out we were expecting, like many parents to be, we wanted to get an idea of what we're getting into. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 12/15, 12pm Pacific for a Chance to Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Making financial decisions. Learn about how to make decisions, which debt to tackle first, and involving others in your decisions. […]

A Great Way to Save on Weddings that You're Bound to Hate

Here's a piece from US News that gives five ways to be a bridesmaid without going broke. The first one is an idea that I LOVE but that most people (especially women) will hate. It is: Just say no. It may sound harsh, but sometimes it's the best solution. Ask yourself if you'll still be friends with this person in 10 years. If the answer is no, consider responding with a polite decline. Ha! […]

Arizona to Audit Everyone Who Fails to Report Sales and Use Tax?

As a followup to my recent article about paying sales tax for online purchases, I wanted to highlight an interesting article from last summer that a reader named Heather pointed out in the comments section. In short, Arizona has added a dedicated line to their state tax returns for taxpayers to reporting unpaid use taxes. […]

16 Money Moves For Your Year End Financial Checklist

Sometimes, it may seem that you’ve barely blinked and it’s suddenly the end of the year already. I like to treat our household like a mini-company that needs a financial once-over by year’s end to make sure we’re still on track towards our goals. Consider it an annual financial checkup. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Reliable Items

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. […]

How to Get Great Bargains on Craigslist

What is your opinion of Craigslist? Does it seem like a cyber garage sale that is full of the garage sale type of people? […]

Holiday Shopping: Know Return Policies

In the excitement of the moment, it can be easy to forget that what you buy now can cause problems later. […]

Reader Profile: MS

The following is the latest post in my "Reader Profiles" series. Each post in this series details the financial situation and challenges of an FMF reader. […]

USPS Closing 250 Mail Processing Centers, Longer Ship Times

The USPS announced that it would be closing roughly 250 of the almost 500 mail processing centers across the nation starting as early as March 2012. This is in addition to the planned closing of 3700 local post offices. In total, approximately 100,000 postal employees could be fired. Interestingly enough, these are all steps that the USPS can take on its own without Congressional approval. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Sick Daughter Edition

My daughter got incredibly ill on Monday evening. She was completely lethargic and was losing liquid as fast as we could give it to her. We were considering taking her to the emergency room. Tuesday morning, she’s completely fine. […]

Working From Home Can Benefit You and Your Company

In my old corporate job, upper-level management stressed the importance of work/life balance and flexible working arrangements. The idea of work/life balance stems from the idea that most corporate employees recognize that working in a cubicle is not all there is to life, and despite pressure from supervisors and bosses, family life is important, too. […]

The Follies of Fortune Telling

This is a post from staff writer Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. I grew up watching “60 Minutes” Sunday evenings, so like many people, I was saddened to hear of the death of commentator Andy Rooney last month. […]