It’s More Expensive to Raise Kids Today

Despite low or stagnant measures of inflation, at least as those numbers are reported by the government, families are faced with expenses that continue to rise. It’s been a while since I last wrote about the Department of Agriculture’s calculation of the cost of raising a child. […]

Insanity and Perseverance

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. We’ve all heard that chestnut many times. I’ve seen it attributed to many places: Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, mystery writer Rita Mae Brown, the Narcotics Anonymous handbook. The phrase makes a good point in some ways. All of us get stuck in ruts. […]

Your Take: Would You Buy a Doomsday Bunker?

At the depths of the financial crisis, interest in doomsday bunkers soared as some people feared the collapse of the United States. CNN profiled Patrick Geryl, who spent $130,000 on survival prep and author of How to Survive 2012, and discussed what he was doing to prepare. […]

Frugal or Foolish? Our Cruise-Ship Wedding

For the next week (or two), we’ll be sharing “audition” pieces from folks interested in being new staff writers at Get Rich Slowly. Your job is to let us know what you think of each of these writers. Pay attention, give feedback, and after a couple of weeks we’ll ask which writers you prefer. This article is from Honey Smith, who says she’s at the beginning of her debt-reduction journey. […]

How to See the Summer's Blockbuster Movies Without Breaking the Bank

The summer's blockbuster movies are here (finally!) so you can give your Netflix queue a rest. Are you gearing up to see The Dark Knight Rises, Brave, and/or Prometheus? Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the cinema alone or with friends (so long as their A/C is working). But "the full movie theater experience" — complete with popcorn, soda, Snow Caps, and the like — can be pricey. […]

10 Out-of-Fashion but Totally Frugal Old Tools

We all love the convenience that modern technology affords, but that convenience often comes with a hefty price tag. You don’t have to pay top dollar for newfangled devices, however. […]

Best Money Tips: Money Tips for Couples

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on money tips for couples, eating out on a budget, and online safety tips. Top 5 Articles 8 Money Tips for Couples — Couples should remember to think about retirement and not try to keep up with the Joneses. […]

Reader Profile: JY

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. […]

Carnivals for the Week of June 11

Here are some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: EDITOR'S CHOICE! Festival of Frugality Cavalcade of Risk Carnival of Personal Finance Enjoy!P.S. Carnival Hosts -- If my post is in your carnival in a given week, please send me the URL to the carnival and I will include it in my weekly roundup. […]

Clean Out Your Air Vents (165/365)

If you have a forced air heating and/or cooling system like many people do, it might be worth your while to pull the cover off of a few of the vents and peer inside. If you’re lucky, it’ll look pretty clean in there. […]

How To Determine The Total Cost for Kids’ Extracurricular Activities

Today’s kids are involved in many activities from Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts to sports and traveling teams. As a parent, one often must maintain a balance between involving your child and watching him grow physically and emotionally through his involvement in sports and your own bottom line. […]

Securing Your Credit

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. If you plan on applying for a new job or applying for a credit card, car or home loan, you may want to check your credit report first. A U.S. […]

5 Tips for Networking at a Business Conference

A couple times a year, I head to a blogging conference. It’s considered a business trip for me because I blog for a good chunk of my living. And, of course, while I am in a fun new town, attending workshops and speeches that (hopefully) help me improve, I also make connections. Meeting up in person, and making connections, is an important part of any business. […]

Mr. Cheap’s Guide to Grooming

The other day at my son’s baseball game, I got to talking to another dad about where he gets his hair cut. Yes, this is definitely something that moms talk about more than dads, but I think the conversation started when I told my wife I was going to cut our kids’ hair myself to save time and money. The look on my wife’s face when she heard this was priceless. […]

Reader Mailbag: GPS and Travel

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. Handling new income stream 2. Celebrating debt freedom 3. Car payments or emergency fund? 4. Bang-for-the-buck hobbies 5. Starting no-cash banking 6. Good cookbooks for quick meals? 7. Home sale proceeds question 8. […]

Investing in Your Most Valuable Asset – Invest in Yourself

Investing in Yourself Can Yield Returns Far Greater than Any Other Investment We spend a lot of time worrying about investing and are quick to gauge how things are going by looking at quarterly statements. It’s all dollar signs — bank accounts, 401(k)s, the value of your home — these are the things we invest in and can easily determine whether or not it’s a good investment. […]

Access Your Social Security Statement Online

A little over a year ago, the Social Security Administration stopped mailing out Social Security benefit paper statements in an attempt to reduce waste and enter the digital age. As someone who spends a lot of time online and is comfortable with going digital, I welcomed it. […]

Advice for Entrepreneurs

This post is by staff writer Sarah Gilbert. “This is a really intense spreadsheet!” I told Jay, another parent at my seven-year-old’s school. I was meeting with him for coffee to talk about a garden art product he had developed. It was beautiful, and he made the samples himself using the craftsmanship he’d developed while getting an MFA. […]

Better Brewing: 12 Ways to Make Coffee at Home

With all the time us frugal-living people spend harping on how smart it is to make coffee at home, you think we'd devote a little more time to how to actually make that coffee. After all, one of my big beliefs about frugal living is that you do not have to be miserable while saving money — frugality is about enjoying life while finding ways to spend less. […]

Always Answer the Call: Expert Advice on Debt Collection

Paying down debt can be a difficult proposition, particularly if the situation has progressed to the point where you have to deal with a debt collector. But there are steps that you can take to make the process more manageable and less stressful. Expert Michelle Dunn has experience on both sides of the table — both as a debt collector and as a debtor. […]