Financial IQ Test: Do You Have the Best Auto Insurance Coverage for Your Needs?

How well do you know your auto insurance coverage? Have you read — and do you understand — all the fine print? Is it structured it properly? Have you researched and comparison shopped for your ideal policy? […]

Ask the Readers: Should I Take Out a Loan to Buy a Car?

If smart money management were just about math or opening the highest interest savings account, this stuff would be easy. But there are a variety of complex factors that come into play when we have to make financial decisions. For example, Alyssa wrote recently to ask for advice. She needs to buy a car at the end of the summer, but she doesn’t know whether to take out a loan or pay cash. […]

Your Take: What You’d Like To See (And a Survey!)

Happy Friday! It’s been a while since I’ve done of these types of Your Takes where I ask you what you’d like to see me cover and today seems like a mighty fine day to do it. Next week we’ll have a New Graduate Guide series because you guys seemed to enjoy our Career Week series last year, and we did a couple more Devil’s Advocates posts this year, again because you guys liked them. […]

The Best Cash Back Credit Cards for March 2016

Cash back credit cards can help consumers practice responsible spending while earning a little extra for their efforts when used properly. The days of earning 5 percent cash back for all credit card purchases may be just a memory, but the smart use of credit cards can still be profitable for diligent consumers. […]

Do You Escrow?

The following is a guest post from Budgeting in the Fun Stuff.  As many of you know, when you buy a home, you get a choice to escrow your property taxes and insurance payments or not.  What a surprising amount of people don’t know is what does that mean? If you choose to escrow, the mortgage company will establish an escrow account for you with a neutral third party to pay property taxes and ins […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of May 10

For weekday updates of what I find to be some of the most interesting personal finance articles on the web, follow me on Twitter. Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week and my posts that were included: EDITOR'S CHOICE! Carnival of Money Stories - Comcast, Round #3 Wise Bread lists 52 uses for rubber bands. […]

What’s Your Biggest Money Mistake?

Money mistakes. We all make them. The important thing is to learn from them so we don’t make the same mistakes again in the future. […]

Online Budget Planner: PocketSmith Review

We’re please to offer a limited time discount this week for those looking to try out the “You Need A Budget” personal finance tool. If you wanted to take this great desktop budgeting tool for a spin, you can take up YNAB’s 30 day trial offer, or download the software for a 10% off discount by using this link. This offer is only good for a week. […]

Premium Gasoline Possibly Switched With Ethanol E-85

When I drive up to a gas station, I have a number of expectations. First, if I see a price advertised for regular-grade gasoline, that’s the price I expect to pay for regular-grade gasoline. […]

Link Roundup – Limping Man Edition

In my last roundup, I noted that I recently decided to start running. I’ve been taking it slow, but have still managed to develop some hip pain. I’m thus currently taking a week off to recover. The good news it that I’ve identified the problem. The main issue is that my feet supinate (roll slightly outward) when I run, so I picked up some new running shoes to better stabilize my feet. […]

How Being Late on Mortgage Payment and Foreclosure Impact Your Credit Score

CNN Money lists the following as the hits your credit score will take if you have trouble paying your mortgage (or worse): 30 days late: 40 - 110 points 90 days late: 70 - 135 points Foreclosure, short sale or deed-in-lieu: 85 - 160 Bankruptcy: 130 - 240 Ouch! Those are painful! And when I say "painful", I mean painful to your pocketbook. […]

Can You Actually Make Money Chasing Rates?

One common tactic I see on personal finance blogs is what I like to call “rate chasing.” This tactic usually involves carefully watching the yield rates on savings accounts over at (or a similar service), always signing up for one of the top accounts, and transferring their savings to that highest-yield bank. For me, at least, I don’t find this tactic of much use at all. […]

Shoo, Jimmy Choo! by Catey Hill

Shoo, Jimmy Choo! is a complete personal finance guide focused on guiding women towards making sound financial choices. While the language speaks to women, my feeling is that this book speaks to a lot of people who have just graduated and are considered part of the “young professional” group. […]

The Eight Money Ratios, Part 2

The book Your Money Ratios: 8 Simple Tools for Financial Security lists eight money ratios that are designed to help us all determine where we stand financially. They're so good that the Wall Street Journal called them "some of the best tools we have seen for gauging where you stand." So I thought I'd list each of them as well as tell you where I stand on each measure. […]

Reader Mailbag: Packing Books for Trips

My wife and I recently had a long discussion about how many books we should pack for a trip. I usually tend to read more when traveling, so I usually pack one book for every two days’ worth of a trip. So, let’s say we go on a ten day trip. That would mean five books. Does it make sense to tote that many books back and forth? Our idea is this. […]

7 Mistakes that Can Ruin Your Yard Sale

ShareThisWarm weather invariably means spring cleaning, and spring cleaning means yard sales. There's nothing like declaring open season on clutter and taming those closets, attics, and garages (if only to fill them again next season). […]

Essential Services for the Road

Link: ShareThisIn order to run your business from the road, you need to have some infrastructure in place to keep things going smoothly. […]

How to Get Burglars to Rob Your House

Being robbed is almost never a good thing. The idea of someone breaking into your home, rummaging through your stuff, and taking all the choice bits… it’s unpleasant. Most people who have been robbed will tell you that the worst part isn’t the loss of stuff, that can be replaced, but the loss of their feeling security. But what if you wanted to be robbed? Why would you want to be robbed? […]

In Search of Hotel Bargains

As a man who foresees a lot of travel in his future, I’ve become interested in ways to save on airfare, hotels, and so on. (I’ve also become obsessed with packing light, but that’s another story.) No surprise then that I was keen to receive the June issue of Consumer Reports, which contains eight pages of info on this very subject. […]

Making Money Taking Surveys: Worth It or Not?

Here's a piece from Smart Spending about earning extra income taking surveys. Their summary of the potential money-making opportunity it provides: You can't retire on this kind of income. Some sites offer low payback relative to the time involved. […]