Happy Thanksgiving

Just want to wish you and your family a blessed and very happy Thanksgiving. May we all take a break from talking about money and focus on the things that really make us thankful. Here's my list -- still the same after five years (except maybe the KFC part.) ;-)Have a great, relaxing, joyful, thankful day! […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 11/24, 12pm Pacific for a Chance to Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Learn about Thanksgiving traditions, frugal decorations, and saving money on Thanksgiving dinner. […]

Is My House an Investment?

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. Just because something costs a lot doesn't mean it is an investment. An investment is something that pays you money.For most families the largest purchase they make will be their house. […]

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Whole Chickens

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money. […]

Essential Tools to Maximize Cash Flow

Link:  http://www.theopenappcenter.com/improve-cash-flow/essential-tools-maximize-cash-... ShareThisCash is King. Cash is your business’ life-blood. Happiness is positive cash flow. So many clichés about cash, yet so many businesses fail to maximize it. […]

More Thoughts on Mail-In Rebates

As a followup to last weeks post about why I hate mail-in rebates, I wanted to highlight an article that a reader named Sun shared in the comments. […]

Help a Reader: How to Protect Savings

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: My husband and I both work full-time and make a good living.  I am an attorney at a large law firm and he is a real estate entrepreneur.  We have a new baby.  We’ve agreed to split our living expenses 50/50 and do whatever we want with what remains of our income after living expenses, which is a necessary compromise because we have opposite ide […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Simple Sentences Edition

One of the most enjoyable parts of parenting a toddler is watching words and then eventually phrases and sentences start to emerge out of a verbal muck of sounds and noises. One day, your toddler is making nonsense sounds. […]

10 Cash Back Credit Card Traps

For my own finances, I’ve been a fan of credit cards with cash back programs. Some financial experts advise avoiding credit cards completely, even those cards that offer rewards like cash back. I’ve never been a fan of this approach — again, for my own finances — because I see a credit cards as just another tool for personal finance. […]

Finding Your Flow: Spend Less and Do More

This article is from new staff writer Tim Sullivan. How can you get the most out of the dollars you spend on entertainment? […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

I wanted to wish you and yours an early Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for visiting this past year, I hope you’ve learned as much from us as we’ve learned from you, and that you stay safe this weekend. If you observe Thanksgiving, Happy Turkey Day! To everyone else, you should join in the fantastic American celebration of gluttony on this fine day and eat something absolutely decadent. […]

4 Tips for Living Spontaneously on the Cheap

By nature, I am not a spontaneous person. I’m a worrier, a planner, and occasionally a make-sure-every-detail-is-just-so nutcase. But I have an airtight excuse for my lack of impulsivity — I don’t have enough money. […]

How to Throw a Fabulous (and Frugal!) Dinner Party

I’m excited to announce that we are fast approaching one of my favorite times of year. No, not Thanksgiving, or the holiday season, or even the New Year. No, it’s none of those things — it’s Dinner Party Season! I love dinner parties because they provide a fabulous excuse to dress up, decorate, and catch up. […]

Best Money Tips: Black Friday Myths

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on Black Friday myths, things to do before the new year, and ways to make money in college without a job. Top 5 Articles Black Friday Myths — Don't be fooled: Black Friday deals are not just offered on Black Friday. […]

Win a 2012 Money Planner Workbook!

Kimberly Palmer knows a few things about financial planning. As author of the book Generation Earn, a guide to finances for young professionals, and a personal finance columnist for U.S. News & World Report, Kimberly has an extensive understanding of how people can successfully achieve their financial goals. […]

Reader Profile: Jane

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. […]

A Black Friday special — on loans?!

I have to hand it to my credit union.  Their marketing is pretty good!  They advertised an unsecured loan special, good through today, at rates starting at 7.5% for up to 12 months for amounts between $500 and $2,500.  It ends today presumably so that people can have the money in hand to shop Black Friday.  The term is no more than 12 months so that it’s a sure thing that it will be paid off befor […]

Value Investing: How To Discover Bargain Stocks

Anybody who has some experience in the investing world has probably heard of the term “value investor”. It sounds like a great idea because all of us in our everyday lives are conditioned to operate with the idea that maximizing value in every area of our lives translates into a higher level of prosperity overall. […]

Ten Insurance Policies You Need To Own

The following is a guest post from Hank who writes about personal finance on Money Q&A. I wish I had more insurance coverage. How many times do you actually hear that or say that to yourself? Most people hate talking or even thinking about insurance. It isn’t a pleasant subject. […]

The Unemployment Plan

Craig writes in: I just found out that I’m being “downsized” at the end of the year. While I have a small emergency fund, I do have a mortgage and a bit of credit card debt. I also have three kids at home. My wife will continue to work, but she has only a part-time job with minimal benefits. […]