12 Habits of Highly Responsible Credit Card Users

Everyone should aspire to be a highly responsible credit card user. Besides obvious benefits such as staying out of debt, highly responsible credit card users will also be happier and less stressed out about their money because they’re in more control. So, what are the key habits of highly responsible card users? (See also: Keep Your Credit Card Safe While Shopping Online) 1. […]

The consumer, the ower and the owner

This is a post from staff writer Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. Happy Day After Christmas! Do you feel like you’re getting rich slower? Yes, ’twas the season for all kinds of holiday traditions, including, of course, Coca-Cola commercials. […]

Best Money Tips: Lowering Your Grocery Bill

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on lowering your grocery bill, getting health insurance with no job, and saving money on your data plan. Top 5 Articles Essential Tips For Lowering Your Grocery Bill — Creating 14-day dinner plans to lower your grocery bill. […]

The Best Job Hunting Tips of the Year

Some of the best news to come out of 2012 was that the economy had improved and that more jobs were being created. More openings meant more job search tips — and within the year, a new LinkedIn format, new ways of looking at cover letters, and more all made it onto our list of things to keep on our radar. […]

Reader Profile: DK

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. […]

Handle a Windfall Intelligently, Too (359/365)

Yesterday, we talked about the challenges of getting a raise. It’s always a good thing to increase your income, but if you make poor financial decisions with that extra income, it will go to waste and you’ll find yourself right back in the same difficult financial boat you were in before the raise. The same phenomenon is perhaps even more true when it comes to a big windfall. […]

Merry Christmas from The Simple Dollar

Here’s hoping you and your family are having a wonderful holiday season! Normal posting resumes this afternoon with the latest entry in the 365 series as it winds down. […]

Ask the Readers: What Was Your Best Money Moment of 2012?

The new year is almost here! As we reflect back on 2012, we all have moments that we will always remember. Some of us took dream vacations, others got married, and quite a few had kids! Chances are everyone had a money moment of 2012 that will stand out to them, be it paying off debt or saving up enough to make a big purchase. What was your best money moment of 2012? Did you buy a house? […]

15 Uses for Garlic That Deserve a Round of Applause

It always makes me giggle a little when a cooking-show audience claps for garlic. Ever notice that? Turn on an old episode of “Emeril Live” and wait for it. It’ll happen. But maybe garlic really deserves a round of applause. You can be the judge after browsing this list of 15 cool uses for this pungent cousin of the onion. (See also: 17 Uses for Stale Bread) 1. […]

Best Money Tips: Throw a New Years Bash for Less Cash

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on throwing a new years bash for less cash, paying off your auto loan early, and ways to donate to the Sandy Hook victims. Top 5 Articles Throw a New Years Bash for Less Cash — Invite your friends over and have a spa night to ring in the new year! [The Dollar Stretcher] Should You Pay Off Your Auto Loan Early? […]

Merry Christmas

Just wanted to wish all FMF readers a very Merry Christmas!!!! Hope you all have a great day celebrating!! […]

Handle a Raise Intelligently (358/365)

A raise is something well worth being proud about. You’ve worked hard and your employer is recognizing that in the clearest way they can – with their cash. The challenge is that when you get a raise, there’s a strong temptation to raise your spending right alongside it. First, there’s the temptation to celebrate and reward yourself. […]

Nine reindeer tax games before the ball drops

I met Kay Bell a little over a year ago in Chicago.  She’s kept Don’t Mess With Taxes as true to topic as any personal finance blogger I know: all taxes, all the time on her blog.  (As you’d expect from a tax blog, no?) Recently she’s come through with nine end-of-year tax games with a Christmas reindeer theme.  Enjoy! Dasher says to dash to use up your FSA funds; if you don’t get a grace period […]

Merry Christmas!

This is just a quick note to wish you a Merry Christmas. If you’re not celebrating Christmas, then have a great couple of days off. Also keep in mind that there’s only a week left in 2012, so be sure to make those charitable contributions and wrap up any other last minute tax issues before the calendar rolls over. […]

What are the 2013 Traditional and Roth IRA Contribution Limits?

With just a week to go before the New Year, I thought I’d put together a quick post on IRA contribution limits for 2013. As a reminder, contribution limits have been indexed to inflation since 2008, and can increase in $500 increments (as necessary). As you can see from the table below, nothing had changed in the past few years, but… Limits are increasing by $500 in 2013. […]

Reader Mailbag: White Christmas

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. Homemade vanilla extract and vodka 2. Secure money use on vacation 3. Moving to the United States 4. Donating to political candidates 5. Revisiting the Iowa Treasure Hunt 6. Walking away from debt 7. […]

10 Unique Christmas Gifts for Men

This holiday season think outside-the-box and give the men in your life something other than a tie, fishing pole, or other equally dissatisfying object.  Use your imagination to give the type of gift that the receiver will actually use and appreciate. Here are some unusual gifts for him that he’ll really love and would never think of buying himself: Go Bag/Bug Out Bag – This item should be in eve […]

7 Hot Credit Card Trends for 2013

Every December, I start thinking about what’s ahead for credit cards in the new year. No, I’m not psychic. Just a credit card geek who spends hours and hours every week following the credit card industry. These trends are listed randomly and not in any particular order. For example, number one  isn’t any hotter than number seven. […]

Financial Lessons From "It's A Wonderful Life"

You may have seen the classic film “It’s A Wonderful Life” that is often played over the holidays. […]

Driven crazy by car loans

My long commute means my car has a lot of miles on it. Right now, it’s cruising up to 180,000 miles and still going strong. While we’re hoping to make it to 250,000, approximately 30,000 miles goes on the odometer each year. My car-buying philosophy In a rare piece of verbal financial advice from my father, he told me to always pay for my vehicles with cash. […]