Minimize The Impact Of The Debt Deal On Your Finances

Congress proved something on August 1, 2011 –- the American people are resilient, but we’ll only take so much inaction. Most of us, whether Republican, Democrat or indifferent, were fed up with our government leaders by the time the first of August even rolled around. […]

Paper Towels and Frugality

For a long time, my wife and I have kept a big pile of rags in our kitchen as a cost-saving strategy. Instead of using paper towels for the endless small kitchen messes that come from having three children (wiping off faces, cleaning up spilled food and drinks, etc.), we strive to use rags from our “rag drawer” as a cost-cutting measure. […]

ING Direct Now Offering Paper Checks

In a move that’s sure to bring a smile to the face of many customers, ING Direct is now offering paper checks to go along with their formerly-paperless “Electric Orange” checking account. […]

Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express OPEN Review

American Express continues to top J.D. Power & Associates’ list for best credit card issuers for customer satisfaction, thanks mainly to its strong rewards programs like the one that accompanies the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card. […]

Your Take: Are These Really the Most Hated Jobs?

CNBC listed the ten most hated jobs: Marketing Manager CNC Machinist Technical Support Analyst Law Clerk Electronics Technician Technical Specialist Senior Web Developer Product Manager Director of Sales and Marketing Director of Information Technology There were three “types” of jobs that I saw on the list – boring jobs, being in charge or being part of a group with uncertain goals and directio […]

When Renting Is Smarter Than Buying

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and raising children at In my article on Spotify last week, a couple of commenters took me to task for suggesting that subscribing to access for music could be better than buying your own permanent copies of the songs you love. […]

Is Companion Airfare Really Worth It?

Companion ticket offers are used to peddle all sorts of products and services…magazine subscriptions, car rentals, expensive credit cards, and everything in between. With the high cost of air travel these days, it's obvious why these appear to be such a good deal. But like they say, appearances can be deceiving. […]

5 Money Lessons From Millionaires

There's an aura of intrigue about people with money. Millionaires seem above and beyond the normal problems of electric bills, consumer debt, and budgeting. […]

Best Money Tips: Things You Shouldn't Pay For

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on things you shouldn't pay for, ways to get out of debt, and last minute summer staycation ideas. Top 5 Articles 9 Things You Need to Stop Paying For — Don't pay for water or books. [SavvySugar] 10 Ways to Get Out of Debt — Get out of debt by cutting out major unnecessary expenditures. […]

9 Best Ways to Get Free Stuff

Everybody loves free stuff, but few spend the time hunting for it – time is money too. Save both by learning to find great freebies without much work. […]

Reader Profile: SS

The following is the latest post on my new "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 Aug 8

Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: Consumerist shares yet another reason why none of us should shop at Sears. The Simple Dollar talks about small steps to buying a home. Credit Score named FMF one of the top 20 frugal blogs. Dollar Versity lists three steps to organize your finances. […]

Routine Mistakes

Errors, like straws, upon the surface flow; He who would search for pearls must dive below. - John Dryden Humans are creatures of habit. We fill our days with lots of little routines that we often go through with scarcely a thought. I can still describe my typical daily routine from the days when I worked outside my home. […]

Box of Books #15

The box of books giveaways through my giveaway newsletter have been very popular, so below I'm detailing another set of them that will be up for grabs this month (if you want a chance to win, be sure to sign up for my newsletter here.) For now, here are the books I've received from publishers and a bit about them (from Amazon): The Warren Buffetts Next Door: The World's Greatest Investors You' […]

GRS Blogger Profile: Sarah Gilbert

Get Rich Slowly started as a place for J.D. to write about money. Over the past five-plus years, it’s grown beyond that. It’s now a multi-author blog. Last winter, the staff writers shared brief bios to give readers a little background. Today, our newest staff writer Sarah Gilbert does the same. I used to be an investment banker. […]

Frugal Gift Ideas for Anybody

I am not a craftsy person.  I don’t paint or draw well at all unless stick figures count.  I also have never taken up knitting or crochet.  In short, when I want to give thoughtful gifts that stay within our gift budget, I have to look elsewhere for ideas.  I’ve started thinking outside the box.  Here are some frugal gift ideas I have found work for almost anybody. Credit Card Rewards I know that […]

Why I Still Drive My Old Honda Civic

After noticing, month after month, that I include the value of my 2004 Honda Civic in my monthly net worth updates, a reader wrote in to Consumerism Commentary to ask why I haven’t given into my desires and purchased something newer or more exciting. […]

How to Avoid Panic Selling

One of the biggest temptations when you see the Dow drop 500 — or 600 — points in a day is to become involved in panic selling. Everything seems to be crashing, and it seems like the time to sell, SELL, SELLLLL! However, you need to keep a handle on your emotions, and stop and think. […]

Dealing With a Collection Agency (Again)

It’s been awhile, but we’ve once again found ourselves in the crosshairs of a collection agency. Long-time readers might recall that we were contacted by a collection agency a few years ago in relation to a medical debt that wasn’t actually overdue. […]