Ask the Readers: Have You Filed Your Taxes Yet?

Tax season is upon us again! The joys of getting confused by tax code and sending your money off to the IRS tends to make this time of year not so fun for everyone. The filing deadline this year is April 17th since April 15th is a Sunday and April 16th is Emancipation Day in the District of Columbia.  Have you filed your taxes yet? Did you (or will you) use a tax professional to do your taxes? […]

Cheap Ways to Add Big Flavor to Your Food

Seasoning your supper with only salt and pepper when you’re craving a kick just won’t cut it. But there are ways to add lots of flavor to your food with spending a bundle. To get the mouth party started, here are a few inexpensive ideas to turn your meals up a notch. […]

I’ll Finish This Post Tomorrow: 10 Ways to Stop Procrastinating

“Procrastination is a powerful copilot when it comes to unpleasant duties.” – Randy Wayne White Why do we procrastinate? Well, as mentioned in the quote above, the task in question may be unpleasant. Maybe you are dreading making an appointment to have that aching tooth checked. […]

7 Deadly Energy Sinners: The Energy Hogs Hiding in Your Home

A good number of Baby Boomers can recall conversations with their grandparents about a time before electricity, or when an "icebox" was literally a container that housed a block of ice that kept food inside cool. But my, how times have changed. We have gizmos and gadgets that didn't even exist a decade ago, and we consume energy at an alarming rate. […]

9 Ways I Saved Money Between Jobs

Economizing doesn’t necessarily mean missing out on life. Here's how I trimmed expenses without cutting into my lifestyle. […]

Help a Reader: Switching Careers

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I am currently enrolled in a top 10 part-time MBA program and will be graduating in about a year. I decided to go part-time so that I could pay for the degree without taking on any debt and allow my employer to pay for a portion of my tuition. […]

Lower Your Car Insurance Rates! How To Cut Insurance Premiums In Half

How can we cut our auto insurance premiums in half? Here are a few tips to lower your car insurance rates. Even if you already have insurance coverage, it’s still always a good idea to review your car insurance needs and compare rates from time to time, as even a cursory check of quotes from [...]Lower Your Car Insurance Rates! […]

PNC Bank Checking $100 Promotion

One of the first bank accounts I had, after the credit union I joined because my parents had an account there, was at a PNC Bank in Pittsburgh, PA. PNC Bank traces it’s roots back to Pittsburgh, as it’s the product of a merger in 1983 between Pittsburgh National Corporation and Provident National Corporation, both of which can use PNC as an acronym! […]

Best Money Tips: Cheap Ways to Keep Fit and Stay Healthy

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on cheap ways to keep fit and stay healthy, tips for taxpayer newbies, and discounts hidden in plain sight. Top 5 Articles Cheap Ways To Keep Fit And Stay Healthy — Keep yourself healthy by washing your hands often and sleeping earlier. […]

Making the Most of Your Chase Freedom Rewards

There once was a time when you could exchange $200 worth of Chase Freedom rewards for a $250 check. This 25% bonus was a very nice perk, but it has long since disappeared. That’s the bad news. […]

Encourage Art Skills with an End Roll of Newspaper (71/365)

Two or three times a week, our dining room table turns into a giant art project. We cover the table with paper, crayons, markers, safety scissors, glue, watercolor paints, and other items and our children get down to the important business of creating something. One time, it might be paper snowflakes. […]

Did You Get a Bonus Last Year?

Now that 2011 is completely over and businesses/organizations all across the country have had the chance to close their books on the year (assuming that their fiscal years match the calendar year), I wanted to ask you all: Did you get a bonus from work for your efforts last year? And if so, what did you do with it? I received a bonus and did two things with it: 1. […]

How to Save When Gas Hits $5 a Gallon

Oil has been quietly creeping up in the early months of 2012 and if 2008 is any indication, as oil goes up, spending in other areas goes down and that’s not good for the economy. […]

IRS Warns: “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams to Watch Out For

Wherever there is money involved, chances are a scam isn’t that far behind. The more money there is available, the bigger and grander the scams. So it should come as no surprised that at a time, tax time, when people are focused on money and the complicated nature of our taxes, scams make their biggest splash. […]

Intuit Patches Quicken 2007 for Mac

If you’re a Quicken for Mac user, I have some welcome news for you… After a long wait, Intuit has finally released an update of Quicken for Mac 2007 that will run on OS X 10.7 (Lion). But before you get too excited… Keep in mind that this isn’t so much an update as it is a bug fix — with the bug being the complete inability to run on Lion. […]

Reader Profile: DV

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, Why We Seek Security Versus Freedom. Enjoy! […]

Reader Mailbag: Basic Manners

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. Bills in collection 2. First steps toward reading 3. Freelance work and being assertive 4. Network marketing thoughts 5. Bedtime reading 6. Finances, style, and a relationship 7. Premarital money to-dos 8. […]

Should the Government Ban Banks’ Payday Loans?

When we think of predatory lending practices, the first thought that often comes to mind is the payday loan industry, catering to people barely, if at all, living paycheck to paycheck. Payday loans service communities with an aversion or without a need for or trust of the mainstream financial industry. […]

The Case of the Martini: Is Instant Gratification Financially Responsible?

Few people would deny that we've become (perhaps degenerated into) an instant-gratification society. If you click a button on your computer and don't get an instant response, you click it ten more times in frustration. Waiting in line is excruciating. Waiting for anything is excruciating. […]