Best Money Tips: Great Mother's Day Gift Ideas Under $50

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on Mother's Day gifts, bad reasons to sell your home, and juicy secrets to job hunting. Top 5 Articles 20 Great Mother's Day Gift Ideas Under $50 — This Mother's Day, give your mom the day off. […]

Festival of Frugality: All Messed Up Edition

From personal experience this past week (both as a carnival submitter as well as the person who runs the Best of Money Carnival), I know that Blog Carnival (the site most bloggers use to submit their posts) was all messed up. Entries weren't being forwarded for much of the week. So this week's Festival of Frugality was a bit lighter than normal. […]

“Live Like No One Else So You Can Live Like No One Else”

The title of this article is my favorite single thing that Dave Ramsey has ever written. The idea here is pretty simple: if you live in a challenging way right now, you’ll be able to enjoy incredible opportunities and advantages later. […]

Help a Reader: Getting Wife on Same Page

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I’m a 28 year old person who is married to a lovely woman. We married only a year ago. We’re just starting our life together. I’m $30,000 dollar in debt. $12,000 of it is in credit card. Scold me for that. I used this money for the wedding. We HAD to travel. […]

Get 100k Bonus Miles from the Chase British Airways Visa Card

It looks like the airline credit card space is starting to heat up. Joining the recently-expired Capital One matching miles offer and the ongoing Chase Sapphire Preferred 25k point signup bonus, we now have a 100k mile signup bonus from the British Airways Chase Visa card. Here’s the deal: Simply apply for the card (and get approved) and you’ll get a signup bonus of 50k miles. […]

Don’t Check Stock Prices Every Minute

When I was in elementary school, we played a stock market game in which each team was given $10,000 to invest over the course of a month. It was about the time of the first Gulf War, when Iraq invaded Kuwait, and someone on our team suggested we purchase shares of Caterpillar. […]

Are Mail-In Rebates Worth The Hassle?

How much should the rebate have to be for it to be worth the time you spend on it? I don’t think I’m the best shopper around because I don’t really like taking too much time mulling over the best deals. When I purchase something, I don’t necessarily get it because it’s on sale, or [...]Are Mail-In Rebates Worth The Hassle? […]

Where You Can Go To College For Free

College can be incredibly expensive, but some colleges offer free tuition as well as room and board to their students.  One of the most recent to jump on the bandwagon was Stanford University, located in Stanford, California.  In an article dated March 2nd, 2008, in the Sacramento Bee, Stanford announced its plan to offer free tuition to anyone with an income of $100,000 or less.  Those families m […]

Finances in 55 Seconds: Create a Short-Term Savings Plan

We are often intimidated by financial projects. It seems like we should need hours to plan savings, or organize our finances. However, you might be surprised at what you can accomplish if you set aside some time to tackle one task. Too often we make things harder than they need to be. […]

Reader Profile: Rod Ferguson

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. […]

The Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, How Many Clothes Do You Need Anyway? Enjoy! […]

Reader Mailbag: In Ten Years…

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. Overinvesting or saving? 2. Home exercise equipment 3. Little change, big impact 4. Emergency fund or lower expenses? 5. Non-FDIC insured CDs 6. 401(k)s and job concerns 7. Basic home buying finances 8. […]

What If You’re Not Going to Get Your Taxes Done in Time?

Guess what? There’s just one week standing between you and the income tax filing deadline. Have you filed your tax return yet? If not, you’d better get moving! By now, you should have long since received all of the necessary paperwork, including your W-2 and 1099 forms. […]

Working With a Financial Adviser: How to Prepare for the First Date

This is a series on finding, selecting, and working with financial advisers or planners. Recently, I evaluated the types of financial professionals and described the common certifications to help readers start on the right track. I also wrote about selecting the right planner. […]

How to Find a Credit Union

Credit Unions kick ass. If you found yourself complaining about the “Too Big To Fail Banks” and still have your money at one of the TBTF banks, then you, my friend, have lost the right to complain. […]

Use a Financial Fire Drill to Prepare for the Worst BEFORE It Happens

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes a personal finance column for MSN Money, and writes about frugality and intentional living at Surviving And Thriving. Hey, federal employees: How many of you were you watching the Countdown to Shutdown clock and wondering how you’d cope if salaries were delayed by even a few days? […]

Surprising Items That Criminal Recyclers Are After

Tough economic times can breed innovation. For some, innovation comes in the form of novel sources of work. For others, it comes in the form of novel theft. The booming industry of criminal recycling is an example of the latter. […]

5 Things Our Realtor Told Us That Weren't True

I wanted to share this post because if this happened to me, it is undoubtedly happening to thousands of other Americans who are being "represented" by realtors. Let me start with a quick background. Our realtor was a friend, sort of — he is the husband of my wife's friend. He helped us out with a sale years ago. […]

Best Money Tips: Save Money After Your Baby is Born

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on ways to save after your baby is born, how to teach kids about money, and places to buy cheap travel supplies. Top 5 Articles 5 Ways to Save Money After Your Baby is Born — Save money after your baby is born by taking advantage of new parent coupons. […]

More Sales Insanity, This Time From Walmart

Sometimes this world really makes me wonder how even the smallest things got so weird and screwed up. I had already written about my adventure at Hobby Lobby. In this case, I was buying a movie set from Walmart. It was recently my birthday, and my folks back in England sent me some money to buy myself something nice. […]