Preparing for an Emergency

This post is from staff writer April Dykman, who recently wrote about ceviche and how to peel shrimp like a Hawaiian. A few weeks ago, I wrote about how hot it was in the Lone Star State. The update is that we’re literally on fire. Wildfires have destroyed hundreds of homes in central Texas, and they’re breaking out all over the state (more than 60 fires so far). […]

How to Wake Up Fast and Attack the Day

Every day at 6 a.m., my alarm goes off. I hit snooze several times before eventually rolling out of bed 30 to 45 minutes later. Why? Because waking up is hard to do. My still-asleep self tells me I’m still tired, and my bed is comfortable. If you’re anything like me, though, you want to wake up earlier; you just don’t actually follow through. […]

9 Ways to Save Money on Laundry

It's that time of year again. The kids are heading off to school, and you have to pay a little more attention to the laundry. Your hampers will be overflowing with sports gear and school clothes in no time, but getting your kids' clothes clean doesn't have to be expensive. (See also: 16 Ways to Make Your Clothes Last Longer Without Spending Big) 1. […]

Best Money Tips: Ways to Save Money on Halloween

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on ways to save money on halloween, avoiding impulse buying online, and ways to take the work out of work. Top 5 Articles 9 Ways To Save Money On Halloween — Save money on Halloween by purchasing candy in bulk and making your child's costume. […]

Cloud Computing and Your Wallet

There's an enormous flood of money rushing into the cloud computing industry (as you may have guessed from all the recent TV and internet ads). Whenever there are billions of dollars chasing a new innovation, it pays to ask questions about how it will impact you and your wallet. This article examines how cloud computing could effect you as a consumer, an employee, and as an investor. […]

Job-Hunting Gimmicks Sometimes Work and Sometimes Don't

MSNBC tells stories of some job-hunting gimmicks that can work including: Creating a website targeted at a single employer. […]

The Wealthy Barber Returns

This is a review of David Chilton’s new book, The Wealthy Barber Returns: Significantly Older and Marginally Wiser, Dave Chilton Offers His Unique Perspectives on the World of Money. Read on … After taking a 21-year break, David Chilton has (finally) written a follow up to his mega bestseller, The Wealthy Barber: Everyone’s Commonsense Guide to Becoming Financially Independent. […]

Guide To Buying An HP Laptop

This is a guest post by Dave at, thanks to the folks from HP. Buying a laptop can be tricky business, especially for the uninitiated. If you’re anything like some people out there, your first instinct would be to call up James, your family friend / nephew / cousin that knows computers like the [...]Guide To Buying An HP Laptop Copyright 2011 All rights reserved. […]


You would have much greater personal wealth if only they would get things in order in Washington. You would have received raises and promotions if only they would see your value at work. You would have a job if only they would actually read your incredible resume. You would be able to save money if only they didn’t manipulate you into buying stuff. No matter what is going on in your life, you can […]

Reader Profile: JS

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. […]

Kids & Money: Choosing Extracurricular Activities

Back to school time has arrived. For many, that means that it’s time to choose extracurricular activities. […]

Earn More Money: eBay Selling and Flipping

This is the second article in a series about methods of supplementing income with spare-time projects. I typically focus on the big changes people can make that result in earning significantly more money, but this series focuses on incremental income. The first article was about becoming a secret shopper. A friend of mine is stuck in a job she hates. […]

Money Market or CDs?

With record gas prices, rising food costs, and stagnant (or declining) salaries, it’s difficult to save money these days. […]

Update on the FIA Services ("Schwab") 2% Cash Back Credit Card

As I noted last week, our credit card number was stolen. The card in question was from FIA Card Services, the owners of the once-named Schwab 2% card (which I currently use as my "all other" card when I can't get a higher cash back rebate somewhere else.) They called me, we got the situation straightened out, and I followed up with some security steps. […]

Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, Labor Day 2011. Enjoy! […]

Avoiding Impulse Buying Online

Time for a confession here. The single biggest challenge I have when it comes to avoiding unnecessary purchases is avoiding them online. I think there are a few reasons for this. First, I don’t have a chance to talk myself out of a purchase. In a store, I typically have several minutes between when I pick up the item and when I’m actually at the checkout purchasing the item. […]

Taking a Salary Cut

In the midst of the recession, more than a few corporate executives made the difficult choice to cut their employees’ salaries. Companies whose profits depended on the health of the economy might have been at risk for bankruptcy if unable to cut costs. […]

What Are Structured Settlements?

I’m sure you’ve seen the advertisements on TV. People opening windows and shouting “It’s my money and I need it now!” They’re advertisements for JG Wentworth, a company that specializes in paying out lump sums for people who are collecting regular checks from some sort of settlement. On a recent visit home to New York, I saw a lot of these advertisements on TV (my parents don’t have DVR). […]

Compound Interest vs. Increased Income — Which Matters More?

Like nearly everyone else on the internet, I’m a fan of xkcd, the nerdy webcomic from Randall Munroe. My wife, who’s a chemist, loves xkcd’s science episodes (such as this and this), while I like everything else (especially this and this). […]

Ask the Readers: What Is the Best Career Advice You've Ever Been Given?

Your career is one of the biggest aspects of your life. If you work 40 hours each week, you are spending close to 24% of your week in the office. Whether you have a job or are looking for one, chances are you have heard more than your fair share of career advice, both good and bad. What's the best career advice you've ever been given?  What about the worst? […]