Coin Collecting Is Dead

My memory may be fuzzy when I think back to when I was five or six years old, but one thing that stands out is my grandmother’s house in Queens, New York. […]

Watch Out for These 5 Holiday Scams

Any time there is a lot of money going being spent, scammers present themselves, ready to take advantage of our desire to get the best deal. There are all types of scams out there, from investment scams to other types of fraud. […]

Twelve Gifts That Encourage Frugality

My favorite gifts (besides board games, I suppose) are ones that encourage me to make positive changes in my life. […]

Free Paper Document Shredding

My crosscut paper shredder, a deal I got from Staples a few years back, has finally kicked the bucket. After years of dutiful service, it no longer turns on and for a $20 shredder, it did fine work. I knew it was on its way out though so it was no surprise when the light no longer turned on for me the other day. To be honest, I didn’t really mind it going because I don’t like shredding things. […]

Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card Promotion: 50,000 Points for $2000 Spend in 3 Months

This offer is no longer available. Southwest is easily one of my favorite airlines and so far even that allegiance hasn’t pushed me to sign up for their credit card. […]

Ask Readers: What Gift Do You Want Most This Holiday Season?

The holiday season is upon us! Chances are you've thought about what gifts you'd love to receive during the holidays. Whether your wish list is made up of fun splurges or more practical items, there is probably one item on your list that you want more than all the others! What gift do you want the most this holiday season? The new iPad Mini? A gift certificate to your favorite restaurant? […]

Gift Hacks That Will Save Your Money and Your Sanity

The holidays are fast approaching. This knowledge tends to stress me out for two reasons: Every major bill of mine is due between now and February. My property taxes. My insurance. Every ding dang subscription including Skype. I have no money extra money to buy gifts.   Every single one of my part-time jobs have end-of-the-year deadlines. […]

25 Things to Do Before the New Year

Before you know it another year will have passed and we’ll be on to 2013. In anticipation of that eagerly awaited fresh start, I thought it pertinent to remind you of a few loose ends you might want to take care of so you can kick off January 1 with a clean slate. To help you stay on track, here are 25 things you should do before the New Year. (See also: 25 New Things to Do Today) 1. […]

6 financial products that made the nice list (and 6 that didn’t)

How great would it be if you could get a better return on your savings? What if you could get a rate 300 times higher? Of course that’d be great! Who doesn’t want more money? But if you just opened a money market account with the local big bank branch, or you signed up for a credit card to get the free T-shirt, you might be leaving money on the table or paying sky-high fees. […]

Best Money Tips: Cheap Alternatives to Cable

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on cheap alternatives to cable, tips to save money in the new year, and savings ideas for online shopping. Top 5 Articles Cable TV Too Expensive? Why Not try Cheap Alternatives to Cable? — If your cable TV bill is too expensive, consider watching shows online as an alternative to cable! […]

The "I Knew It!" Benefit of Expense Tracking

It's worth tracking your spending because it's the only way to learn where your money is going. But it's worth doing for another reason as well. (See also: Track Your Spending. Or Not.) Unless you're tracking your spending, you don't really know where your money is going. […]

Those Money Problems, They’re All in Your Head

We’re a nation of individuals who have way too much credit card debt and far too little retirement savings. We start the spending habit extremely early in life, and catch the saving bug much too late. Our confidence in our abilities to live on our meager nest eggs is far too high, and our emergency reserves way too low. […]

Reader Profile: JL

The following is the latest post in my "Reader Profiles" series. Each post in this series details the financial situation and challenges of an FMF reader. […]

Pack Food and Beverages (344/365)

Whenever I leave my house and expect that the travel to my destination is going to take more than an hour or so, I pack snacks and beverages. It’s just part of my routine. Usually, I fill up a water bottle and add a bit of lemon juice to it, and I’ll look in the pantry to see what we have on hand for snacks. […]

5 Ways to Host a Frugal Holiday Dinner

The holiday season is a time of celebrating, and eating, together.  Christmas offers an excellent opportunity to share time with family and friends, but if you aren’t careful, hosting the meal can cost a bundle. However, there are simple things you can do now, a few weeks before Christmas, to make sure you can offer a delicious, yet frugal meal. 1. […]

Privilege and Luck Drive Success: Toxic Financial Attitudes

Let’s forget that most motivational stories are designed to get readers to purchase something or otherwise spend money. Gurus who consider themselves motivational speakers know this well. In a room full or listeners or an internet full of readers, a story with a positive message followed by a “call for action” is an effective sales technique. […]

5 Quick Tips to Save Money in the New Year

The new year is fast approaching and you may have made some resolutions where your finances are concerned.  I know I have.  Although 2012 was a relatively frugal year for me, I know there were a lot more corners I could have cut and things I could have done without. With this in mind, I decided to share five tips for saving more green in 2013.  Each is a suggestion that I plan on putting to good u […]

4 Ways to Get Free Shipping with Your Online Purchases

One of the reasons that many people hold back from making online purchases is the cost of shipping. What’s the point of saving $5 on a purchase when shipping will cost you $7? The good news, though, is that free shipping is becoming easier to come by. Indeed, I rarely pay for shipping anymore. If you want free shipping on your online orders, here are 4 strategies you can follow: 1. […]

Picking Up Money (Followup)

So… Shortly after I posted about the guy whose girlfriend shamed him into leaving a dollar on the ground, Lifehacker picked up the story and ran a poll asking their readers the following: What’s the least amount of money you pick up off the ground? As of right now, there are a little over 9k votes, and guess what? Just over 30% of respondents would stop to pick up a penny, but roughly 51% wouldn’t […]

We're Giving Away $600 for the Holidays!

Happy Holidays! Ready to Play? Want to win some money? Now that the holidays are fast approaching, we wanted to give a couple gifts to you, our loyal readers. […]