Win Free Online Tax Prep from TurboTax!

According to TurboTax, 27% of taxpayers wait until the last two weeks of tax season to file their returns. All I have to say to those people is "Tsk, tsk." ;-) But sometimes procrastination has its rewards. This is one of those times. TurboTax has given me three codes good for free federal and state tax preparation and e-file with TurboTax Premier Online 2010. […]

Spare Change: Contest Deadline Extended Edition

You know, sometimes I’m an idiot. When I scheduled this year’s Get Rich Slowly video contest, I basically just copied all of the parameters from last year. That makes sense, right? […]

Who’s to Blame for My Failures?

This morning, I sat at the keyboard in our basement, practicing a certain part of a song on the piano that I’d been working on for a while. I had attempted to play it during my last piano lesson, but my attempt at it had completely fallen flat and I was disappointed in myself. […]

An Easy Way to Save Over $1,000 a Year

The March issue of Kiplinger's contained the following suggestion with a list of money saving tips: Brown bag it. According to research by Harris Interactive, 45% of U.S. adults packed their lunches last fall. No wonder: A 12-inch turkey-breast-and-ham sub with chips and a drink runs about $8 at Subway. […]

How’s Your Financial Health? How To Become Financially Fit and Happy

Take care of your financial health and become financially fit and happy with these tips. Personal finance is a lot about common sense, and this article will reflect that. We put together some basic tips for the younger crowd that should serve as solid reminders for a healthy financial life. I’ve stuck to these guidelines [...]How’s Your Financial Health? […]

How to File Your Taxes for Free

The federal government can only operate with the help of the millions of individuals who earn income in this country and dutifully pay taxes. You would think that, in order to ensure a smooth revenue stream of considerable size, the IRS would make filing taxes as easy and painless as possible. […]

8 Ways to Survive the April 18th Tax Deadline

Brought to you by TurboTax Federal Free Edition — Free to prepare, Free to print, Free to efile. Tax day is almost here! The last day to file your taxes is April 18th (Monday). […]

How Much Money Should I Save?

A client came in today and he asked me an important question. We were doing some retirement planning and he asked me about the rule of thumb for saving. Andy and his wife Rachael are both 46 years old. They have two children, ages 7 and 4. They don’t have to worry about getting out of debt. They don’t believe in credit card balances. […]

Reader Profile: KH

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. […]

Reader Mailbag: Amazon’s Deal of the Day

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. Bank errors and credit cards 2. DirecTV contract 3. Pay taxes or shore up? 4. Next steps 5. Rental income as retirement strategy? 6. Iowa weather 7. High rate checking account 8. Sweating the small stuff 9. […]

British Airways Visa Signature® Card Free International Flight

It’s never completely safe to sign up for a credit card due only to its initial bonus. Many cards entice customers by offering a decent cash back bonus, then turn around and charge a high annual fee with a ridiculous interest rate. Before you know it, you’re saddled with thousands of dollars of debt, merchandise you never needed, and no way to pay it off. […]

Five Money Reasons to Get Married

Most people don’t marry because it makes financial sense. Most people get married because they love one another. They want to spend the rest of their lives together. […]

How to Spend Your Way to Happiness (Part One)

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. You know the old adage “money can’t buy happiness”? Researchers Elizabeth Dunn, Dan Gilbert, and Timothy Wilson say it’s a myth. […]

How to Make an Easter Basket for a Grown Man

Don’t let that big, strong man in your life fool you; past that tough-guy exterior is a soft, squishy, sensitive core that’s yearning for a pack of marshmallow Peeps. Easter baskets aren’t just for kids anymore. […]

10 Ways to Reuse Common Household Items

If you’re anything like me, you’re throwing out too much with the trash. Even though I recycle, I often think that I could surely be doing more to cut down on waste. With a little creative thinking, I’ve come up with a list of 10 household items I could be saving rather than tossing out. […]

Best Money Tips: Be Fire Safe

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on how to be fire safe, what to do if you can't pay your tax bill, and easy ways to save money. Top 5 Articles The 7 Things You Need to Do For Fire Safety — Make sure you are fire safe by keeping a small fire extinguisher in your kitchen. […]

Money Commandment #2

The book The 10 Commandments of Money: Survive and Thrive in the New Economy lists money commandment #2 as follows: The old-school rules: Save for a rainy day. The bubble economy rules: Who needs savings? […]

Stock Trading Rules To Play The Market

There are two investment rules that are popularly attributed to Warren Buffett, but which I think actually precede him. The two rules are: Rule #1 – Don’t Lose Money! Rule #2 – Don’t Forget Rule #1. Stock Trading Rules To Keep In Mind When Playing The Market No doubt you’ve seen these statements before and [...]Stock Trading Rules To Play The Market Copyright 2011 […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 4/14, 12pm Pacific for 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: How to make yourself indispensable at work. The best way to survive downsizing is to become the model employee. […]

Frugality Tips and “Red Flags”

A few days ago, a friend of mine told me that she runs a dehumidifier in her laundry room because it gets fairly steamy in there at times when the washer and dryer are both running. She takes the tray from the dehumidifier and adds it to the washing machine in order to save money on her water bill. Right off the bat, this tip struck me as being a bit out of balance. […]