Aligning Your Money and Your Values

The following is a guest post from Marotta Asset Management.  A common temptation is to judge our well-being not by what we have but by how much we have compared to others. Families at today's poverty level live as well as the upper middle class did a few decades ago. Nevertheless, they still feel deprived. Luxuries ultimately disappoint us as we become accustomed to a higher standard of living. […]

Free Triple Credit Score with

Recently the FTC cracked down on companies advertising free credit reports. These companies — the credit bureaus — created confusion between the government’s truly free and their own websites that advertised free credit reports but sometimes nefariously charged customers’ credit cards after a trial period expired for a service they didn’t realize they signed up for. […]

Three Tips to Make LinkedIn Work Harder

CNN Money lists three ways to make LinkedIn work harder as follows: 1. Get a vanity URL. "When you sign up, you get assigned a link to your profile that's a long string of random-looking code. Change that link to your name so it's easier for recruiters to copy and share your profile."2. Add the right photo. […]

Reader Mailbag: The “Good Old Days”

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. Self-discipline or habits? 2. Handling job loss 3. Basic blogging questions 4. Graduate school options 5. Handling old medical debts 6. Renting a home in limbo 7. Possibly over-saving for retirement 8. […]

Don’t Run on Empty, and New EPA Stickers for New Cars

Before my girlfriend purchased a new car, she was always careful to refuel her old car before the gas gauge dipped below a quarter of a tank. I’ve been living on the edge, letting my gauge drop to one-eighth of a tank or less before refueling. […]

Money Leaks Series

Starting today, running every Thursday until I run out of ideas, we’ll be identify a potential Money Leak in your financial life and figuring out ways we can plug it. A money leak is anything that you spend money on that you could, conceivably, cut back, replace, or otherwise do without affecting your life tremendously. […]

4 Cheap and Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellents

Many joke that the unofficial state “bird” of Minnesota, my home state, is the mosquito. When summer hits, the mosquitoes start swarming. Of course, Minnesota isn’t the only place with mosquitoes; most areas of the world with standing water and lots of trees experience these pesky creatures. […]

ING Direct Offers Kids Savings Account

ING Direct has started offering Orange4Kids, a kid’s version of their online savings account. It’s pretty much everything you like about the Orange Savings Account except with training wheels. For example, it’s FDIC insured, has no fees, no minimum balance requirements, earns 1.00% APY interest (at the moment), and you can login with a customer number and PIN. Where are the training wheels? […]

How to Run a Profitable Garage Sale

This is a guest post from Katy Wolk-Stanley of The Non-Consumer Advocate, a blog about frugality, food waste, environmentalism, simple living and finding thrift-store bargains. When not blogging (or napping) Katy works as a high-risk labor and delivery nurse. Garage sales, yard sales, tag sales, boot sales. […]

Great Sites for Online Wedding Shopping

Getting married today does not require buying into the wedding industry’s “your special day is priceless” sales pitch. When my husband and I got hitched last October, we skipped the sterile hotel banquet hall for a rickety gazebo and beach house overlooking our neighborhood lake. […]

How to Avoid Moving Scams

Moving is awful. More than 40 million moves occur each year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Paying someone to handle most of the heavy lifting can be a great way to ease stress and tension. (See also: The ABCs of DIY Moving) But it can also create a fiscal nightmare for consumers who aren't careful. […]

Best Money Tips: Turn Old Movies and Games into Cash

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on turning old movies and games into cash, debt reduction plans, and avoiding ATM fees. Top 5 Articles Turn Old Movies and Games into Cash — Get cash for your old movies and games by trading them in on Amazon. […]

Five Home Insurance Red Flags and How to Avoid Them

This is a guest post from Lisa White. During a recent wind storm, a friend was awakened during the night by a loud banging sound. Moments later, her neighbor called, saying that he had big pieces of her home’s siding on his front lawn. […]

Lower Expenses by Moving to a Rural Town

We've discussed the fact that some cities are quite expensive several times here at FMF, but we've never done the opposite -- look at rural areas and see what they offer in terms of cost. Well, in listing four benefits of retirement in a rural community, US News lists benefit #1 as follows: Low cost of living. Food is slightly more expensive in the local grocery stores. […]

Today’s Givaway: $100, $200, or More!

It’s another weekday in May, so it’s time for another giveaway. This month is Giveaway May at Consumerism Commentary, and it’s been quite a ride. The purpose of this is to thank Consumerism Commentary readers, new and old, and expose readers to some of the great partners that have lined up. Today I’m happy to be working with Evan from My Journey to Millions. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 5/26, 12pm Pacific for Chance to Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Charity on a budget. How do you give back to your favorite causes? Do you donate labor, funds, or your expertise? […]

Spare Change: RV Parking Edition

As many of you know, former GRS staff writer Adam Baker — aka the Babe Ruth of blogging — has spent the last few months on a cross-country RV tour. Adam and Courtney and three-year-old Milli have been living in a 31-foot gas-guzzler sponsored by Adaptu, a new online money-management tool. Note: Have I mentioned Adaptu before? I can’t remember. It’s like Mint, but with a larger social component. […]

It Adds On To Your Career

If I were to go sell my Honda Pilot right now for a new vehicle, I might drive in a bit more comfort, I suppose. However, that $25,000 invested would have to come from somewhere. I can think of several gadgets that might be fun to have around the house, but they would cost thousands of dollars. […]

How to Track Your Accomplishments

One of the major keys to growing your career is being able to track and communicate your past work accomplishments. […]

ING Direct Offers Read Only PIN Access for Aggregators

I’ve long been a customer and fan of ING Direct. They were one of the first online banks that offered a high yield savings rate worth worth talking about and they coupled it with the most functional website I’d ever seen. They set the standard for online banking. […]