4 Ways Credit Cards Manipulate You Into More Debt

Credit cards are engineered to make sure you become a long-term, loyal, and indebted customer. […]

Beyond Goodwill: The Different Types of Thrift Stores

If you’re just getting started in the world of thrifting, the enormous variety of thrift stores can be overwhelming. It can be daunting to navigate through the used TVs, broken alarm clocks, plastic picnicware, and worn-out shoes before finding a real gem (but what a rush when you find that diamond in the rough!). […]

Best Money Tips: Save Money on Amazon

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on saving money on Amazon, cashing in on creativity, and saving money today. Top 5 Articles 9 Ways To Save Money On Amazon — Save money on Amazon by shopping the sales. [SavvySugar] 6 Ways to Cash in on Creativity — If you love photography, consider selling your photographs to make extra money. […]

Help a Reader: Where to Meet Solid Money Management Mates

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: A close female friend to our family (to point of being our child's guardian) is a level-headed, sensible, focused MBA. She is 38, single, has no kids, and is still looking for "Mr. Right". […]

My spending triggers are here. What are yours?

Free From Broke strongly recommends that you know what your spending triggers are.  Spending triggers are those situations, mindsets, or excuses that increase your tendency to make less-than-wise spending decisions.  The ones that are mentioned by name are: “I deserve it.” “Everyone else has one.” “I have this, so I need that.” “Hurry!  Sale ends soon!” I can usually see through these kinds of t […]

Have Regular Talks About Your Financial Situation (280/365)

There’s an interesting phenomenon that happens in a marriage. After a while, you become so accustomed to the person you’re with that you often think you completely know what their desires and goals are and where they want to be heading in the future. That kind of complacency can be comforting. You can feel as though you have a rock to rely on. However, people change. […]

The Value of Personal Finance Seminars

Several months ago, I was contacted by a company that wanted to work hand-in-hand with me to develop a seminar series where I would take the ideas behind The Simple Dollar and convert them into a format not too unlike the seminars presented by Dave Ramsey and his group. While I considered the idea for a while, I eventually declined the offer, mostly because of the enormous time commitment and time […]

Reader Story: Go online to raise money-savvy kids

This post from Doug Lebda is part of the reader stories series. Doug is a personal finance expert, father of three, founder and chairman of Lending Tree, the Lending Tree Foundation and co-founder of Tykoon. Some reader stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success or failure. […]

Divine Intervention to Sell Homes

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. As most of you know, I've started the process of becoming a real estate investor. […]

Be Completely Honest with Your Partner About Money Issues (279/365)

Sometimes, I give in to temptation and spend money in a nonsensical fashion. I buy something I really shouldn’t buy. It’s out of the ordinary for me, but it’s still something that I do every once in a while. Several years ago, I probably would not have told Sarah about it. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #94

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. […]

Best Ways to Make Extra Money: Sell Products

Today we're continuing my series on the best ways to make more money. Last time I suggested various ways you could make money by teaching. This time we're going to focus on how you can earn extra income by selling products that you actually produce (or can acquire easily from someone else). Here are 5 ways to make money from selling products:1. CraftsCrafts make great sales items. […]

Newborn Essentials Checklist: Save money with just the baby basics

The pretty pregnant lady zapping a bazilion baby products with her barcode scanner was driving me batty. Four crib bedding sets, three baby monitors (one with video and a Wi-Fi remote), two highchairs, and one hundred too many pieces of newborn clothing all rounded out her insane baby registry at Babies’R'Us. […]

Realize Money Doesn’t Heal a Marital Problem (278/365)

Money is often a major conflict in marital situations. Lots of little unexpected events and some bad spending choices can quickly add up to a pretty poor financial picture and that can poison a marriage. Many people respond to this situation by thinking that they can fix everything by earning some more money. They add overtime at work. They take a second job. […]

Broke Athletes

Has anyone seen this? It's the ESPN series 30 for 30 -- with this show being about athletes who made a bundle of money and then lost it all (a topic we've covered here several times). I have it on DVR and will probably watch it this weekend, but I thought I'd highlight it for those of you who love personal finance and sports since it's being shown a few times over the next week. […]

Declining Interest Rates, Declining Common Sense

This is a guest article by Jason Larkins. Jason is the Director of Financial Education at Wise Wealth, LLC in Lee’s Summit, Missouri and the author of the website WorkSaveLive. For years I had my personal struggles with money: spending more than I made, following the status quo, and living life like I’d die tomorrow. […]

How Athletes (and Others) Go Broke

I just ran across an interesting interview with former NBA player Jalen Rose. […]

Your Take: Would You Marry for Money?

Would you marry someone for a $1? What about $500 million HK dollars? $500 million HK dollars is the equivalent of $64 million dollars – the amount Cecil Chao Sze-tsung has offered to the man who can woo his daughter, Gigi Chao. Ahhh… the quirks of the filthy filthy rich. So this naturally lends itself to a fantastic Your Take – would you marry for money? […]

Ask the Readers: What odd things have you done to save money?

This is a guest post from David Bakke. David is always looking for ways to save money and live frugally. He shares his tips and strategies on Money Crashers Personal Finance. During my journey to escape $30,000 worth of personal debt, I wore my frugality like a badge of honor. I had no problem bragging to people about all the ways I saved money, regardless of their quizzical reactions. […]