How to Be a Great Party Guest: 7 Mostly Frugal Tips

A friend of mine keeps a stash of vases -- pretty, but cheap vases from thrift stores and yard sales -- and uses them to deliver flowers to a dinner or cocktail party. Flowers delivered in water and in a vase offer a host-friendly gift. Here are other tips for being a great guest. Most of the suggestions are frugal and fun. […]

Car Purchase 2: Judgment Day

A few months ago, I posted about our decision to buy a Prius after the fact. Although I’d mentioned for months that we were actively car shopping, I waited until after the purchase to discuss it. And the flame war was mighty potent. […]

Help a Reader: Home Buyer Credit

Here's a question a reader recently left here: My fiancée and I are looking to purchase a house this year. We want to take advantage of the $8k first time home buyer credit. I make around $50K, he makes around $85K; we both qualify as first time home buyers. Can we both claim the credit? Should we get married before April 1, 2010? How does being married v. […]

Granola Recipe: Easy and Healthy Granola Bars or No Bake Cookies

I have a thing for granola. No, I’m not a trippy hippie. But I do love the healthy simplicity of a delicious granola bar while outside on a hike or as an afternoon snack at work. The problem with most granola bar brands though is they’re laden with fat and unpronounceable ingredients - especially those fatty Nature Valley Granola Bars. […]

Movies are New Again with Fan-made Commentaries

When DVDs (and before them, Laserdiscs) were new, I really used to enjoy listening to the commentary tracks. […]

Breakdown: The Credit CARD Act of 2009

Some may wonder if its redundant to pass legislation that’s similar to regulation already imposed by banking regulators, but regardless, the newly minted Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act of 2009 has been signed into law. Here’s the breakdown on the changes when the law comes into effect February 22, 2010. Consumer Protection Retroactive interest rate increase are ba […]

Resumes in 140 Characters or Less

After talking about 30-second video resumes, I asked the people who follow me on Twitter to tweet their own mini resumes -- a resume in 140 characters or less. Here's what I got and the link to the source's Twitter account: @MyLifeROI: Self-motivated supply chain professional w/ excellent analytical, organizational & creative skills. […]

Friday Finance Findings for May 22nd - iPod Touch Giveaway Edition

Hopefully you already saw it, but I announced yesterday that I’m giving away an iPod Touch. In addition, there’s also a bunch of other finance stuff for prizes as well, from Quicken to finance books. So, if you haven’t done so already, make sure you enter for your chance to win! In other news, is it just me or is everyone else glad summer is almost here? […]

Best Deals For Friday 5/22/09

By Paul Michael Today's WISEBUY. Up to 70% Off Clarks MEn's And Women's Shoes at 6PM.com (dealnews) This weekend, 6pm.com cuts 70% off on nearly 500 styles of Clarks men's and women's shoes, with prices starting at $12. Pay $6.95 for shipping.   1. FREE Glad Forceflex Trash Bags (sample) Discover a revolutionary trash bag that redefines strength. […]

How to Make a Quadruple Batch of a Tasty Casserole Easily, Quickly, and Cheaply

One of my favorite comfort foods growing up was my mother’s tuna noodle casserole. Here’s her recipe for it: 1 medium sized bag of egg noodles 1 large or 2-3 small cans tuna 2 cans cream of mushroom soup 1 can peas 8 slices American cheese 1 handful potato chips Cook the noodles, then drain. Add soup, mix thoroughly. Add tuna, mix thoroughly. Add peas, mix thoroughly. […]

How to Find the Best Mortgage Rates

As a followup to last week’s article on whether or not you should pay off your mortgage early, I thought I’d talk a bit about how to find the best mortgage rates. To date, we’ve bought two houses, sold one, and refinanced three times. Thus, we have a good bit of personal experience when it comes to finding a mortgage. […]

Seven Great Gifts for College Graduates

If there is a college graduate in your life, he or she will likely receive a number of gifts. The first gift will be the realization that it can be difficult to find a job in this economy right now — if the goal is to get a job in the same field of study as the degree. […]

Ask the Readers: What Makes You Feel Rich While Being Frugal?

Earlier this week, Aaron asked whether repaying debt should be an obsession. I replied that for some people, “gazelle intensity” makes more sense. […]

More Living a Life of Weisure - 15 Suggestions to Help You Keep the "L" In Your Leisure-Time

By Fred Lee There were some excellent points brought up a few days back in a previous post about "weisure-time," a euphemism coined when we increasingly spend our leisure time engaging in our work. A few people indicated that it would be helpful to have some tips or suggestions as to how, if living a life of weisure was not desirable, to better manage our time so as to avoid it altogether. […]

Your Take: CARD Act Credit Card Legislation

The buzz in the personal finance blogosphere lately has been about the new Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009. The House passed their version last month, the Senate passed their version this week, and they’ve already reconciled it. […]

The Poor Economy is Having Very Little Impact on Me

After attending the Dave Ramsey Town Hall for Hope, I got to thinking about what he said -- the fact that many people aren't having financial difficulties these days. In fact, many are doing just fine. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of May 18

For weekday updates of what I find to be some of the most interesting personal finance articles on the web, follow me on Twitter. For now, here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile. After that, I have a list of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week and my posts that were included: Squawkfox lists best money advice from bloggers. […]

Is Getting Life Insurance for your Children Prudent or Prudish?

By Nora Dunn At some point in your parenting adventure, you may be introduced to the concept of getting life insurance for your children. There are a number of reasons why you might want to insure the life of your child, and about as many other reasons not to. […]

How To Avoid Foreclosure: Keep Your House In Troubled Times

With housing at the epicenter of the financial earthquake that has rocked our nation, more and more beleaguered homeowners are growing progressively concerned about their homes. There are long-time homeowners who are now facing foreclosure and who now believe that declaring bankruptcy will save them from losing their homes. […]

Are You Doing Bad Things with Your Money?

By Linsey Knerl Today my middle son hit my youngest son in the face with a Ziploc bag full of pennies.  It was premeditated, and as I burst into the dining room to sort it all out, I found myself saying the oddest thing:  “Don’t do bad things with your money.” It was an odd time to link money to intent, but it was also strangely fitting.  This discussion is in no way intended to establish what is […]