Offbeat Ways to Make Money as a Stay at Home Parent

I quit my full-time job in June, 2011 because the cost of having an infant and toddler in day care was prohibitive and would eat up most of my salary.  However, we couldn’t financially survive on my husband’s salary alone, no matter how many corners I cut.  Instead, I set about finding a way to work from home around my children’s schedules to help supplement the family income. More and more freque […]

How Much the Average Couple Spends on a Wedding

This piece from my local paper contains a chart listing what an average couple spends on a wedding. I've seen the total numbers previously, but don't recall ever seeing how it breaks down by category. […]

Should You Pay Your Mortgage Off Early?

One of the goals that many people have is to pay off the mortgage early. Once you have paid off your consumer debt, it seems natural to turn your thoughts toward your mortgage. But is it always a good idea to pay off your mortgage early? It’s exciting to think that you could “truly” own your home by paying off the mortgage. After all, who wants the threat of the bank taking your home away. […]

My Recent Credit Card Moves

Since I shared my latest credit card strategy last fall, I've given a couple updates (like how much I earned in 2011 and the fact that I lost $280 in rewards by not paying attention), but I haven't posted any details about what I'm doing on a daily basis to get the most cash back I can. Since I've recently made several moves, I thought now would be a great time to give you an update. […]

Ignore Your Mail and Lose Thousands of Dollars

The prevalence of junk mail and spam has certainly made weeding out noise more difficult over the last decade. With email, software does a great job of hiding the junk and making the legitimate messages obvious, but there are occasional mistakes. […]

More Money, More Problems

Jennifer writes in: I really appreciate the articles you write on frugality. My husband and I are very glad to have simple jobs that we can just walk away from at the end of the day without stress. We don’t make a ton of money, but we have everything we need and we don’t have the stressful situations that many of your readers encounter. […]

BillGuard Review: Personal Credit Card Statement Watchdog

One of the cool companies that I met at Fincon2012 was BillGuard. BillGuard analyzes your credit card transactions and tells you if they find anything deceptive or fraudulent. […]

What Matters in Matters of Love and Finance

“You need to keep your skills fresh,” said a commenter in a recent post about the finances of parenting, referring to the concept of a mother staying at home with the kids. “In case of death or divorce. I didn’t argue, but I shook my head and rolled my eyes. (I do this to avoid leaving snappy replies to people’s comments. […]

Ask the Readers: How Do You Save Money on Your Pets?

Editor's Note: Congratulations to Emily, Melissa Hansson, and KF for winning this week's contest! Pets can put a huge strain on your budget. Between vet bills, training, food, and toys, pet owners can end up spending thousands on their pets each year. […]

Breathe Easy: 10 Natural Air Fresheners

When something stinky takes over your home, the first thing you reach for might be Febreze. But when you run out, you have no choice but to rely on Mother Nature to provide aromatic relief (which, by the way, is better for the environment and your budget). […]

Great Financial Gifts for Children

Think back to your childhood and the toys you played with, and there's probably a toy you wish you had as an adult to either play with or give to your children. It could be a game, favorite doll, bike, little red wagon, or anything else that sparked your imagination. For me, after a Big Wheel Racer, I was always fond of piggy banks. […]

Best Money Tips: 21 Money Mistakes to Avoid

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on money mistakes to avoid, apps to help you save at the supermarket, and tasty tailgating recipes. Top 5 Articles 21 Money Mistakes and Problems to Avoid — Try not to rely on your job as the only source of income. Diversify! […]

Latest in My Comcast Saga

After my last Comcast update, I received an email from their social media representative asking if they could take one more shot at making me happy. I said "sure" and provided my account information.I didn't hear anything for a couple of weeks. Then I received a bill in the mail for $116.59 -- up from the $90 per month that I wasn't happy about. […]

Seven tips for bargain beach vacationing with friends

A couple of weeks ago we took an honest-to-goodness family vacation for the first time in what seems like forever.  We went to North Carolina’s Outer Banks with three other families for a week.  The weather cooperated nicely and we all had a chance to just chill out. […]

Shop Around for Homeowners and Automobile Insurance (253/365)

Obviously, you should shop around for any type of insurance, but these are the most common types of insurance that people have, usually because they’re required by local law. Why shop around? For better rates, of course. Shopping around for homeowners and automobile insurance can easily save you as much as 50% on your annual premiums. […]

What to Buy (What to Skip) at Dollar Stores

Some people swear by dollar stores and try to do most of their shopping there; others never step foot in the dollar store because they are convinced everything there must be cheap and poorly made. There is truth in both of these opinions. Some things you can buy at dollar stores are great deals, and others should be avoid at all costs. What to Buy at Dollar Stores Spices. […]

What Should You Do with an Unexpected Windfall?

Growing up, my husband knew someone who received more than $1 million from a settlement related to a work injury. Thinking that they had more money than they could possibly spend, they bought a bigger house, and more than one nice car. And the spending continued. […]

Kudos for Michigan

Those who read FMF frequently know that I live in Michigan. And I often give the state a rough time for its cold winters. But here's a video that makes me proud to come from Michigan (and surprised that there are so many great places here that I have yet to explore). Enjoy! […]

How to Grow Your Own Handmade Business

Do you have a burning desire to be your own boss?  Do you want to put your talents and skills to use by engaging in soul-satisfying work?  If you do, you’re the perfect candidate for starting your own business.  Keri Chapin, author of The Handmade Marketplace and the newly published, Grow Your Handmade Business: How to Envision Develop, and Sustain a Successful Creative Business, tells you how to […]

#Fincon2012: My Financial Blogger Conference Recap

I just got back from Denver where I attended the second annual Financial Blogger Conference, known as FINCON (you probably saw #fincon2012 blowing up over the weekend if you follow twitter and any personal finance bloggers), and it was a lot of fun. […]