How to Get a Promotion

US News lists four ways to get a promotion in 2012, but it's the first option that is the most important IMO. It reads: Focus on achievements. No one gets a promotion without being valuable to a company, and the best way to show your value is by focusing on your achievements. […]

FSA Deadline Looming – Time to Use-It-or-Lose-It

If you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) then you’re probably aware of the use-it-or-lose-it rule. In short, you can set aside pre-tax funds to cover out-of-pocket medical expenses, but unspent funds are lost at year’s end. The good news is that many employers give their employees until March 15th of the following year to spend down their balance. […]

If You Have an Unexpected Windfall, Put It in a CD (61/365)

When I wrote 365 Ways to Live Cheap in 2007, a person could easily find a bank CD that offered a 6% return. All you had to do was lock up your money at the bank for a year or so and they’d give you back six cents on every dollar. That’s a pretty good deal. In fact, if it were available today, I would have a lot of my money in such CDs. […]

JetBlue Card From American Express Review

The JetBlue Card from American Express is offering 10,000 points after your first purchase. Each purchase on the card earns one TrueBlue point per dollar, and some purchases can earn up to eight points per dollar. Is the $40 annual fee worth these and the card’s other benefits? JetBlue operates major hubs in New York, Boston, Long Beach, Orlando, and Fort Lauderdale. […]

Roundup: “Don’t Pay $200 for Glasses” Edition

It’s been quite some time since we’ve done a Roundup here at Bargaineering and I thought I’d start doing them again. Roundups are lists of links to other sites that I read and I scour the web for interesting posts that I hope you’ll find interesting as well. […]

Why The Time May Be Right for Buying a House

I’ll be thirty-six years old this month, officially closer to forty than thirty. I’ve never owned real estate. Once in a while, someone judges this as a failure on my part, or a reluctance to “grow up” or enter a more sophisticated stage of development, as if maturity was somehow related to the ownership of property. […]

Rules Versus Facts

Personal finance articles often state “rules” of various kinds for people to follow when it comes to their money… You should be saving 10% (or 15%) of your pay for retirement. Don’t buy a home unless you have a 20% down payment. Don’t sell when the market is going down, and don’t buy when the market is going up. You get what you pay for. If you want to get a good paying job, you have to go to coll […]

Your Take: Share Your Tax Story, Win Copy of TurboTax Premier

It’s been a while since we’ve done a giveaway and the fine folks at Turbotax were kind enough to host a local event a few back in Washington D.C. They were showcasing Snaptax, they’re expanded mobile application that lets you take a photo of your W-2 and import it into TurboTax. […]

How to Not Be a Wage Slave

Choosing to be a wage slave is very different from choosing to be a debt slave, because it's a choice you make every day. (See also: The Best Way to Avoid the Worst Financial Problems) One doesn't become a wage slave with one decision, the way a single choice to take on debt can color your life for decades. […]

6 Ways to Get More Done on Airplanes

My line of work has required me to travel more, specifically by taking multi-leg flights to various places in the United States. While I used to use my flight time as a way to catch up on reading, sample new music, or even catch a nap, I now see flights as a wonderful opportunity to get some much-needed work done. […]

Reader Story: How My Nosy Family Taught Me About Money

This guest post from GenQwerty is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. […]

Best Money Tips: Saving for Your Child's College Fund

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on saving for your child's college fund, reasons to have a budget, and saving money at restaurants. Top 5 Articles 4 Things You Must Do When Saving for Your Child's College Fund — When saving for your child's college fund, remember to start saving early on in his or her life. […]

Chase Freedom: Get 5% Cash Back From Amazon and Gas Purchases

As a Chase Freedom credit card holder since 2007, I've dedicated a lot of time to learning about its rewards program. The best way to earn cash back on this card is by purchasing items in the rewards categories designated by Chase, which changes every quarter. […]

Reader Profile: TN

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. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of Feb 27

As a reminder, FMF is on Facebook and Twitter. Join me there if you frequent those sites.Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: 20's Finances lists 6 Tips for Young Job Applicants. Work Save Live tells how they survived a $70,000 pay cut. Waston Inc asks if you have the courage to be wealthy. […]

How To Pay Less For Necessities & Everyday Essentials

When we’re in a financial bind, it’s easy enough to cut back on the higher priced items and luxury goods. But when the prices of necessities jump, then that’s when some people may get worried, particularly if they’re living on fixed income. […]

Teaser: The 2012 Get Rich Slowly Video Contest is Coming!

Spring is on the way, which means it’s almost time for the third annual Get Rich Slowly video contest! Two years ago, to celebrate this site’s fourth anniversary, we invited readers to submit short videos sharing financial tips and success stories. We received 57 submissions, from which J.D. […]

Roth IRA Conversion 2012: Are You a Good Candidate?

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management.A tax tsunami is coming at the end of this year. And this is the absolutely last chance for a massive Roth conversion. Two years ago the Bush tax cuts were extended for two years. But the snooze button is running out, and this time the likelihood of another extension is slim. […]

Automatically Build an Emergency Fund (60/365)

Whenever I’m asked for a single piece of financial advice for someone, I usually offer up “spend less than you earn.” When they inevitably ask me for something more specific, I tell them “start an emergency fund and stick with it.” An emergency fund is one of the best financial tools a person can have. It makes the ups and downs of day-to-day real life so much easier to get through. […]

Should You Self-Prepare or Hire a Tax Professional?

Thanks to the internet and the evolving technology that comes with it, we are living in a do it yourself world that becomes more self-service as times passes. […]