Reader Profile: CR

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. […]

The Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, The Definition of Broke: What Does It Mean? Enjoy! […]

Reader Mailbag: Fun?

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. Long term life insurance 2. Preparing for tax bill 3. Dental challenges 4. Fear of switching careers 5. Money from selling household items 6. Haircuts and appearance value 7. Considering purchases again 8. […]

Church Health Insurance: Effective in the Amish Community

The Amish community is exempt from the health insurance mandate that is now federal law. Members of this community rely on each other for taking care of their health, rather than relying on insurance companies. […]

Is AnnualCreditReport.com a Scam?

One of the common topics in personal finance is the importance of checking your credit report for errors. Credit reports are notorious for having errors and the most common credit report errors include listing accounts that aren’t yours, including personal information that is misleading or completely wrong, and attributing negative items, like accounts being in collections, to you. […]

10 Ways to Fall Back in Love With Your Job

The 9 to 5 grind can wear you down, and some of you may start to feel that all you're doing at work is counting down the hours till you can clock out. […]

Building a Collection Without Breaking the Bank

Before I moved out of the house and into my apartment, my cousin Nick paid a visit to play board games. After some rousing Carcassonne and Ticket to Ride action, I gave him a brief tour of my geek room, which was home to my board games, science fiction novels, and comic books. “Your comic collection is growing,” he told me. “I know,” I said. […]

5 Killer Free Investment Tools

If there’s one thing Main Street has in common with Wall Street, it’s a common dislike for one of the most hated words in the finance industry — fees. And you can avoid them by employing one of the financial lexicon's favorite words — free. […]

Best Money Tips: Making Fast, Healthy Meals on a Budget

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some handy tips for making healthy meals, boosting your energy, and writing professional emails. Top 5 Articles The Secret to Fast Healthy Meals on a Budget — Use flavor boosters, like sun-dried tomatoes or hot sauce, to make your budget meal interesting. […]

FMF Cruise Review, Part 4

This is a follow-up post to part 3.Today we cover one day at sea as well as our first land stops.Monday, January 16The moderate (4-7 foot) waves continued throughout the night last night, causing a rocking motion as well as a creaking in our room. The motion didn't bother me, but the creaking did. […]

Money 101: A Basic Financial Plan For Those Starting Out

If you subscribe to the do-it-yourself approach to managing money, then we’re on the same page. Many people have asked me through the years the same questions: What should I do with my money? Should I borrow more and build my credit? How do I invest what I have? […]

Get a Savings Account that Offers Better Interest (49/365)

Yesterday, I talked about the value of getting a (small) interest rate on your checking account. A similar tactic applies for savings accounts. Getting a good interest rate is money straight in your pocket. As I mentioned yesterday, when 365 Ways to Live Cheap went to press, we were in a bit of a different economic situation. […]

Podcast 148: Capital One Merger With ING Direct

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Bryan J Busch talks to John Taylor, president and CEO of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. They talk about the benefits and drawbacks of Capital One merging with ING Direct USA, and how the Federal Reserve Bank is treating this merger. Consumerism Commentary Podcast CapitalOne Merger With ING Direct: S06E19 / 148 […]

Dancing with Tomorrow

“Your house is paid off and you have some money in savings. […]

Strategic Tools for the Mission

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. The following is an excerpt from Building Your Financial Fortress in 52 Days: The Lessons of Nehemiah. This post is from Day 14. Financially, you are motivated to get going, to jump into the how-to’s, the nuts and bolts, and see the progress. […]

Reader Story: I Fought the Law (and the Law Won)

This guest post from Brooklyn Money is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success or failure. […]

Get a Checking Account That Offers Interest (48/365)

Interest rates are a funny thing. While interest is always a good thing to earn, predicting the exact rate you’ll get is far from an exact science. When I first wrote 365 Ways to Live Cheap in 2007 and early 2008, many checking accounts – even entry-level ones – offered interest. […]

FMF March Money Madness, Round 1, Posts 25-28

Here we go with the first round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. […]

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to Streamline Regulations

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is seeking suggestions from the public about how the government organization can streamline the variety of regulatory responsibilities they’ve inherited from other oversight groups. leave your comments with the CFPB here. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #60

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. Jenna McCarthy on what you don’t know about marriage This is a wonderful talk about what actually makes marriage work. I think there’s quite a lot to what she’s saying here, based on my own experience. 2. […]