Reader Profile: TN

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. […]

Is Upromise a Scam?

There are a lot of programs out there, and you might be worried about which programs are legitimate, and which really will help you earn rewards and save money. One of the more popular programs out there is Upromise, acquired by Sallie Mae in August of 2006. Upromise is a program designed to help you save up for college. […]

Beware of flawed packaging that pilfers your product

Pucker up your lips and kiss that lip gloss goodbye. That’s precisely what I thought after reaching for my CoverGirl NatureLuxe Gloss Balm to moisten my mouth. The hell? After fully extending my lip balm, the costly stuff was still trapped deep inside the packaging! […]

Are 401k Plans Too Risky For Retirement?

The 401k gets a bad reputation, especially when the markets and economy are on the rocks. We read countless stories about 60-somethings on the cusp of retirement who lost half their nest egg and need to continue working, and we hear about how people aren’t putting enough money into the plans to be able to afford the retirement they planned on. […]

Use Your Emergency Fund When You Quit

Last week, I offered eight questions you should consider before quitting your job, and one of those questions pertained to the preparedness of your emergency fund. A reader, Qixx, pointed out that the decision to quit your job is not an emergency, and shouldn’t warrant dipping into cash set aside for true emergencies. […]

Reader Mailbag: Yard Sale Searching

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. Handling a large gift 2. Free toothbrushes 3. Internet banking and future loans 4. Pieces of inspiration 5. Medical billing problems 6. Getting value from panini press 7. Toilet paper: quality or price? 8. […]

College Savings Tips: Interview with Gary Hoover

One of the big personal finance topics of the last year has been the skyrocketing cost of higher education. It’s a big topic because we’re talking enormous sums of money. […]

Financial Education for Fifth Graders

I’ve finally overcome my fear of speaking in public (though speaking in front of 1000 people at next month’s World Domination Summit may bring that fear back) and have actually found that I enjoy talking to various groups about money. […]

Why I Like Big Banks

With the mortgage crisis, housing bubble, bailouts, and record bank profits (and losses), big banks have made people really, really angry. Lots of folks are ditching their major banking institutions for credit unions. But not me. (See also: Credit Unions vs. Banks: What's the Difference?) I love my big bank. Here's why. Convenience Big banks have branches and ATMs everywhere. […]

Actually Get Things Done: Creating a Reasonable To-Do List

It’s far too easy to wind up with a to-do list that seems to go on forever. Just as you finish one task, you think of three more that need to get done. […]

Best Money Tips: Resume Red Flags to Avoid

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on resume red flags to avoid, part-time jobs for retirees, and credit card 101. Top 5 Articles 7 Resume Red Flags To Avoid — Don't make the resume mistakes of having a tacky email address or being vague. […]

Is It Time to Starve Your 401(k)?

In the early 1990s, I worked for a benefits consulting firm that managed retirement plans for employees of various companies. Though barred from providing direct investment or tax advice, my coworkers and I gave the standard 401(k) spiel that outlined the benefits of pre-tax contributions. […]

How to Be Richer, Smarter, and Better-Looking Than Your Parents

I LOVED Zac Bissonnette's first book Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching off My Parents. IMO, it's the best book on how to plan and pay for college out there. I have recommended it to several others who have kids preparing for college and they have given me similar feedback -- it was a great resource for them. […]

Put All Device Chargers on One Power Strip (154/365)

Like most other electronic devices, the chargers for our wireless devices consume a bit of phantom power, too. Cell phone chargers. Camera battery pack chargers. Portable gaming device chargers. iPod outlet chargers. Laptop chargers. All of these items (and many others) consume a small trickle of energy when they’re left plugged into an outlet. This is a pretty common problem. […]

New York’s Soda Ban and Your Money

On Wednesday, the mayor of New York City announced a proposed ban on large sugared drinks, which essentially limits all drinks with added sugar content to be limited to one pint (16 ounces) or less. Naturally, there was a lot of outcry over this. Overzealous government! Restriction of freedom! […]

Reader Story: The Real Cost of Work

This guest post from Robin is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success or failure. These stories feature folks with all levels of financial maturity and income. Want submit your own reader story? Here’s how. A few weeks ago, J.D. […]

A Non-Financial Benefit of Managing Your Money Wisely

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Recently the Christian Financial Alliance asked several bloggers the following question: “Name one non-financial benefit of managing your money wisely.” Here was my response: “Peace. […]

Get Rid Of Your Debt With These Debt Defying Strategies

Want to get rid of your debt? Check out our list of debt defying strategies below as well as these debt elimination tips. The “D” word…for Debt. Just about everyone is familiar with it, although some people are more intimately acquainted with it than others are. […]

Unplug Electrical Devices You’re Not Using (153/365)

Having electrical devices on a switch can make it very convenient to cut power to electrical devices, and cutting power to electrical devices when you’re not using them saves money. The problem is that most of our electrical devices are not hooked up to switches. Instead, they just sit there, plugged in, sucking down some amount of phantom power all the time. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #76

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Tree devouring a sign Nature is relentless. It will always find a way. Thanks to Jennifer Gensch for this wonderful picture. 2. […]