Does Your State Tax Your Sins?

With a slow economy, many states are looking for ways to raise more money. […]

PNC Offers Videos and Interaction With Financial Advice

Last week, I criticized the McDonald’s corporation for producing a website and a toolkit, aimed at their employees, designed to help those employees tackle the financial obstacles they are most likely to face. My first point was that financial literacy education hasn’t been proven to help the most needy, and in some studies, has been shown to be detrimental. […]

The Art of Following Through

It’s very easy to make a big promise to yourself. I will get my finances in order. I will eat better and lose some weight. I will improve my marriage. I will give up drinking. Most of the time, it’s easy to maintain this promise to ourselves. […]

LastDollar, June 2013 Net Worth

Naked With Cash is the year-long series on Consumerism Commentary where seven readers’ households share their financial progress on a monthly basis. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. Read this introduction to learn more about the series. […]

Ten Common Money Mistakes, Part 2

This is part two of our Ten Common Money Mistakes series that we started yesterday. You can find Part one here. In part one, we covered the following mistakes: Carrying Credit Card Debt No Emergency Fund Not Monitoring Credit Score & Reports Not Saving For Retirement Using The Wrong Tools Here is part two and the conclusion of the Ten Common Money Mistakes: 5. […]

Do you read the fine print?

This post is written by staff writer April Dykman. We’ve all heard the advice to “read the fine print” before we sign anything, but does anyone actually do it? I recently spoke with a man we’ll call Randy. Six months ago, Randy went to a state fair, the kind that vendors of all kinds descend upon to hawk their wares. One of those vendors was a hot tub company with a very recognizable name. […]

Ask the Readers: When Do You Use Organic?

One way to reduce the harm done to our environment — and our bodies — is by going organic when we can. However, sometimes the cost of organic groceries and products (not to mention the uncertainty when it comes to labeling), can cause us to choose a non-organic alternative. When do you use organic? Is there anything that you always — or never — buy organic? […]

Best Deals for Tuesday 07/23

Link for teaser title: MTB 18.5" Cycling Backpack $12, Guess: Up to 65% Off, Amazon Outdoor Toys 50% Off, and more! […]

4 Quick Ways to Decide if a Company Is Worth Your Investment

Stock analysis can be as complicated as you want it to be. There are thousands of data points available to collect and consider. Sifting through this information may or may not be useful to making a timely, sound decision to buy, hold, or sell. […]

Don't Panic! How to Meet a Deadline

I'm going to make this quick, because this article is due in 15 minutes. Just kidding — I've got some time. I decided not to leave this work to the last minute. It just leads to a lot of unnecessary sweating, compulsive hair pulling and, in the most serious cases, tears. Plus, it would be kinda hypocritical considering the advice I'm about to give. […]

Best Money Tips: Getting a Job When You've Been Unemployed

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on getting a job when you've been unemployed, transforming your home on a budget, and getting ready for vacation travel. Top 5 Articles Getting a Job When You've been Unemployed for a Long Time — If you've been unemployed for a long time, give some serious consideration to self-employment. […]

Chill Out With These 6 Simple DIY Freezer Treats

Link for teaser title: Cool off this summer by making these easy, affordable, and — most importantly — tasty frozen treats! […]

Reader Profile: TW

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. […]

Is a few percent off always a bargain?

Spending less on a given purchase can be very easy. The difference in time and energy between going to a website directly, and first going to a rebate portal like Mr. Rebates or EBates, is trivial. […]

How Long Could You Go Without Spending Any Money?

Given the resources you already have on hand, how long could you go without spending any money at all? You can assume that paying taxes and paying for basic utilities like electricity is okay, but buying anything else isn’t allowed. What would you do for transportation? Could you get to every place that you need to on foot or via bicycle? […]

Reader Mailbag: Single Parent Respect

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. Selling everything 2. Spouse wasting money on politics 3. Dental insurance 4. Thrift shop 5. Car buying question 6. Cash in car 7. Tax allowances 8. Netflix as TV replacement? 9. Bullied by financial advisor 10. […]

JW, June 2013 Net Worth

In Naked With Cash, seven anonymous Consumerism Commentary readers publicly track and analyze their finances on a monthly basis. For almost a decade, I tracked my own finances on Consumerism Commentary; now I’m sharing the benefits of public accountability with the participants. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. […]

Ten Common Money Mistakes, Part 1

It’s been nearly ten years since I started Bargaineering and in those ten years, I’ve talked about and written about a lot of personal finance. To be honest, I’m amazed I’ve been doing it for this long and you might be amazed that I’ve had no formal personal finance education. I’m not a certified anything. I’ve taken no tests. […]

The Coolest DIY Youtube Channels

I love resources that encourage self-sufficiency – and help us save money.  I also love DIY projects – like my DIY rain barrel, the kids’ playhouse, and our compost bin made from old pallets. Youtube is my “go to” site for DIY videos. […]

Empty goal syndrome: What to do when your last goal leaves the nest

This post is from staff writer Lisa Aberle. I shouldn’t be admitting this in public, but it’s the truth. Hi, I am a staff writer for a personal finance blog, and I’m losing interest in personal finance. I’m not leaving the blog, and I’m not going crazy with spending. But I need a little shot of espresso in my ho-hum financial life. […]