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. […]

How Long to Keep Old Tax Records

Wise Bread offers the following advice when it comes to dealing with old tax records: The basic period for IRS tax review is three years. Yes, that means that even if you filed your taxes this year, got your refund or paid your taxes due, the IRS can audit you for up to three years. […]

What Drives Foreign Currency Exchange Markets

Currency exchange rates are one of the most important economic factors in determining a countries level of trade, and therefore, its level of economic health overall. Given the importance of these levels, it is not surprising that the foreign exchange market (FX) is one of the most actively traded, tracked, and analyzed markets on the planet. […]

Reader Mailbag: Debt Ceiling Thoughts

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. Guilt for every little purchase 2. Handling partner without money skills 3. Auto insurance challenges 4. Handling elderly relative in decline 5. Preparing for a growing relationship 6. […]

ING Direct Now Offers Paper Checks

The internet is a-twitter with the news that ING Direct is now offering paper checks to accompany its Electric Orange “paperless checking” account. Apparently, customers have received emails from the bank confirming this long-needed enhancement, but I have not received an email yet. […]

Money Leaks: Buying vs. Brewing Coffee

It’s most commonly referred to as the Latte factor – it’s that morning cup of coffee that many of us rely on to jump start our mornings. For many, that cup comes from a machine at home. For others, it calls for a stop by your local Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks (or wherever). […]

Extreme Early Retirement in Practice: How Two People Did It

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He also has a blog, Twittering thing, and other things that are supposed to be important but he often forgets about, such as hygiene. […]

Shhhhh: How to Block Out Noise

As I’m writing this, the apartment to my left is having its kitchen smashed out with a sledgehammer, the apartment across from me has power tools running with the door open, and in the hallway, a couple of chatty fellows are spraying the ceiling down with something — pssst, pssst, pssst, talk, talk, talk. I am the last tenant on the fourth floor of an apartment building that is being completely re […]

How to Make Your Own Power

Have you ever wondered how to power your home, small electronics, or a generator using natural resources? I know I have. Countless times I've forgotten to charge my cell phone and wished I had a solar powered source to trickle-charge it throughout the day. While riding my bike I've pondered how to harness my own pedal-power and charge a laptop, especially when I'm no where near an outlet. […]

Syncing Your Savings

In this economy, it seems harder than ever to make your money work for you. Is a money market account the way to go, or is a long-term CD worthwhile? Should I open a basic savings account instead of an IRA? We work hard for our money. […]

Best Money Tips: Alternatives to Classic Wedding Registries

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on alternatives to classic wedding registries, what the S&P debt ratings mean for the U.S., and how to stay cool on a hot summer day. Top 5 Articles 5 Alternatives to Classic Wedding Registries — Instead of opting for a classic wedding registry, consider going for a honeymoon registry. […]