5 Reasons Why You Will Retire Broke and Unhappy

Retirement is one of the major end goals for many of us. After putting in a few decades of hard work we hope to be able to break free from the daily grind and do what really makes us happy. That could be starting a new career, traveling the world, or simply enjoying a slower paced lifestyle. […]

25 Guidelines for Living Your New Money Story

The following is an excerpt from The Secret Language of Money: How to Make Smarter Financial Decisions and Live a Richer Life and lists 25 guidelines for living your new money story (making your finances what you want them to be.) In the end, your actions are the language in which your money story speaks. […]

Best Deals For Wednesday 11/18/09

By Paul Michael Today's WISEBUY. 80% Off Clarks Shoes: Deals From Just $8! Today only, 6pm.com cuts 80% off on 88 styles of Clarks women's shoes, with prices starting at $8. […]

Best of Personal Finance: The Most Shoplifted Items of 2009

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup.  This week, we tell you the final date you can order online and still get your stuff in time for the holidays, how to cook an amazing Depression-era meal, and what stellar deals you can expect at Walmart this Black Friday!  Plus, we'll share the most shoplifted items of 2009. Top 5 Articles of the Week Holiday Shipping Dead […]

Year-End Holiday Celebrations for Less

By Little House Whether you're hosting this year's Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts, or not, there are several small touches you can create that are both affordable and beautiful. My family has come up with a few ways to cook, decorate, and gift for far less. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Home Movies Edition

For the longest time, I didn’t really see the point of taking home movies. I would take some because I’d be encouraged to do so, but they always seemed to just wind up in boxes collecting dust somewhere. Until last night. I was digging through one of our closets and came up with a few tapes depicting the day our son was born, his first Christmas, and some other moments from early in his life. […]

What It Really Costs to Own a Home

By Julie Rains I'm a mortgage-free homeowner but I still have plenty of expenses associated with owning and maintaining my house. Some have been easy to anticipate — others, not so obvious. Either way, the dollars add up. […]

Coupons are a Waste?

I recently ran across an interesting letter to the editor in Time Magazine, and thought it would make good fodder for discussion. […]

Pontiac Silverdome Sold for Less Than a House

A year ago, a group of investors offered $20 million to buy the Pontiac Silverdome, the seldom-used, dome stadium that used to be the home for the Detroit Pistons and Michigan Panthers. The deal eventually fell through. […]

Best Employment & Job Search Websites

When it comes to finding a job, it’s a numbers game. As much as you turn the numbers to your advantage of tailoring your resume, writing a well-crafted cover letter, or only applying to the right jobs – the reality is that you need to pepper the job boards with resumes in the hopes that some of them stick. If you send out ten resumes and get one response, you’re doing pretty darn good. […]

Master Your Money with a Financial Health Day

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the advisor for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. Today at 3pm Eastern, Robert will by leading a live discussion about money and relationships at BlogTalkRadio. Howdy, folks. […]

How to Graduate from Harvard for $40k or Less

Here's a piece from Personal MBA that tells how to get a degree from Harvard for $40k or less. The highlights: There’s a little-known back door to getting a Harvard degree: the Harvard Extension School. All you need to do to become a student at the Harvard Extension School is pay a course fee and show up. […]

Has Black Friday jumped the shark?

I mean, it’s still there and all, but does it really mean anything? And if it does mean something, what more can retailers do that they already haven’t? WalMart Stores, Radio Shack, The Apple Store, Best Buy, KMart, Kohl’s, Toys “R” Us, and Target have already had their Black Friday ads “leaked.”   I can’t really believe that these leaks were anything but completely planned: orchestrated to create […]

Why Lottery Winners Go Broke: Prospect Theory At Work

A lucky few become millionaires overnight by winning the lottery. But before you start playing the game, know that rich people have their own set of problems. Many of them have their own share of headaches that I’m sure you wouldn’t want to have. […]

Poll: Do You Use Coupons?

Coupons have been around forever, but it sometimes takes a economic crisis like we have today to get people to start using them. On the other hand, many people have been using coupons long before we entered a recession. So, where do you stand? Have you been a coupon user all along or has the recession led you to begin using them? […]

Seven Red Flags for Home Buyers (And an Update on Our Home Search)

Kiplinger lists seven red flags for home buyers as follows: Poor water pressure. Aside from issues of comfort and convenience, low water flow may indicate plumbing problems, such as corroded pipes that will need to be replaced down the road. Ceiling stains. Something’s leaking. Troublesome doors. If you have one bad door, it may simply have been installed incorrectly. […]

Reader Story: A Very, Very Fine House

This morning, April wrote about trying to figure out how much house you need. In the comments, Tyler K. shared a photo of the house he and his wife live in. […]

Moose Tracks for Thanksgiving?

As many of you know, Moose Tracks ice cream has been a sponsor of Free Money Finance from day one. And since you're likely a week or so away from some sort of feasting (not sure why I think that, it's just a hunch), I thought I'd suggest you consider some for your upcoming big meal. […]