How To Save Money On Haircuts

If you want to cut costs on hair care, then read on! I’ve got another guest post from one of my favorite guest bloggers, Kosmo! In the past, he’s given us food for thought on topics such as donating one’s body to science and what constitutes tipping etiquette. Today, he’s decided to talk about his haircuts. […]

Summer Meal Series #11: Turkey Quesadillas

This summer, I’m going to be posting a series of fifteen low-cost, tasty, and easy-to-prepare meals that are literally straight from my own kitchen. Most of the meals I’ve shown so far in this series are perfect dinners. But what about the humble mid-day meal, where you just want something smaller and lighter – and something that’s very quick to prepare? […]

Citibank $50 Statement Credit Back To School Offer

If you’re a student in need of a credit card, you’ll want to do your homework on which card is the best for you. Are you looking for a credit card with a low APR so you can carry a reasonable balance from month to month? […]

Why Didn’t I Earn Bonus Rewards from Chase?

As I noted this morning, I happened upon our Chase Freedom Visa statement in the mail last night. […]

Paid Insufficient, My Old Friend

Last week on Facebook I was celebrating the new law that stops banks from auto-enrolling new customers into overdraft programs, making it merely optional instead. A more conservative friend from college expressed his dislike of the law, asking me (I’m paraphrasing) “What happened to personal responsibility in this country? […]

Interpreting Reviews and Knowing What to Buy

Wendy writes in: I know that you have touched on this a bit in the past, but I would love to see an article specifically addressing how you research an items technology, durability, and expected lifespan when making your purchasing decisions. I have two categories of interest: - rarely reviewed items. […]

What is "Quantitative Easing" Anyway?

Recently, the news is abuzz with the term "quantitative easing." What is it anyway and how does it affect you? Quantitative easing is the act of central banks injecting the economy with cash in every conceivable way. […]

Friday Finance Findings for August 13th

It’s Friday the 13th. Are you scared? I’m not. In fact, I’ve always viewed 13 as a lucky number, so I’m guessing it’s going to be a good day. Although, I guess there is one unlucky thing going on at the moment. If you recall last week, I mentioned the site had a new design in the works and should be up today. Well, as you can see, it isn’t. […]

Inactive Savings Accounts Can Be Turned Over to Your State

The state will take your money if you’re not vigilant. I received a warning the other day that I’m in danger of having the funds in one of my savings accounts handed over to the state of New Jersey. […]

How to Get What You Want On Customer Service Calls

Bad customer service experiences have become part of our collective narrative about modern life. […]

Hit the Road! National Parks Free This Weekend

America has the most beautiful national parks on the planet. This weekend is a great opportunity to check out one or more absolutely free. […]

Your Take: Bush Era Income Tax Cuts

Despite what you feel about President Obama, you have to appreciate the sheer amount of work he’s managed to get Congress to do in the few years he’s been in office. […]

Ask the Readers: Should I Sell My Home to Pay Off My Debt?

Yesterday we had a great discussion about some of the financial choices I’m facing, but today it’s time to look at a decision a GRS reader is trying to make. […]

The High Cost of Credit Card Debt

Last night while going through the mail, I happened upon our Chase Freedom Visa statement. Don’t ask why we’re still getting a paper statement from them, as I’m honestly not sure – guess I need to change that. Anyway, I don’t usually look at our credit card statements too closely, as we pay our credit card bills in full every month. […]

Are You A Secret Spender?

The Wall Street Journal asks if you are a secret spender -- if you're hiding purchases from your mate. Apparently, many people do: According to a recent American Express Spending & Saving Tracker of more than 2,000 adults, 27% of respondents have “misrepresented the amount of a purchase” while 30% said they have hidden purchases from their partner. But wait, it gets humorous. […]

Carnivals for the Week of Aug 9

Let's start off with a reminder: FMF is on Facebook. Every weekday I post a couple pieces that usually aren't on FMF. It's a great way to connect and get some extra money advice/news if you're on Facebook quite often. Here are some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week and my posts that were included: EDITOR'S CHOICE! […]

Explain to Me the Concept of a $166 Pair of Jeans

Maybe I just don’t get it. Maybe I just couldn’t understand why a pair of jeans made in Thailand may be better than another pair of jeans made in Thailand. […]

Where Are The High Paying Jobs?

With serious unemployment besetting the nation today, you may wonder where the demand for employees are. In fact, if you’re about ready to pack up and leave your town, you may be just as interested in finding out where the high paying jobs are. But before you do that, some research is in order. I actually stumbled upon some great charts from The Atlantic and the Creative Class. […]

Minimalism, Frugality, and Confrontation

As you might recall, last Sunday, I reviewed a book I quite liked entitled The Joy of Less by Francine Jay, who blogs over at the quite enjoyable miss minimalist. My book review got the attention of several more popular blogs, including Lifehacker, which chose to link to one of Jay’s more intriguing posts, 100 Things I Don’t Own. […]