Chase Reversed My Annual Credit Card Fee

For about two years, I’ve been using a credit card from Chase that offers rewards in the form of miles for the airline I travel the most frequently, first Continental Airlines, then United Airlines. […]

How to Use Credit Karma [Video]

It’s no secret I’m a fan of Credit Karma, but I’m hardly alone in the world of personal finance bloggers. Plenty of people enjoy their service and part of the reason has to do with how they were first to market with a monitoring system. […]

Ask the Readers: Have You Ever Attended a Business Conference?

Editor's Note: Congratulations to Mami2jcn, Patrick, and Brenda for winning this week's contest! Business conferences are an awesome way to meet new people, promote your brand, and expand your professional network. Many industries have at least one major conference each year and most people can say they've attended at least one conference during the course of their careers. […]

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in September 2012

September marks the end of summer, as well as our countdown to November, Black Friday, and the holiday season. […]

Ingenuity: The Ultimate Frugal Skill

In our modern world, we’re often hand-fed information and ideas. We’re plugged in, tuned in, and logged on in unprecedented ways. It can be both liberating and limiting. […]

Best Money Tips: Tips for Reducing Your Water Bill

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on tips for reducing your water bill, banking tips for 20-somethings, and early retirement risks. Top 5 Articles 5 Quick Tips For Reducing Your Water Bill — To reduce your water bill, go to the car wash. […]

Reader Profile: YM

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. […]

Rent Out Unused Rooms (246/365)

Right now, we live in a four bedroom house. Soon, it may become a five bedroom house. That makes sense, because we have five people living here. Now, let’s roll the clock forward fifteen years. […]

What would you grab if your house was on fire?

It’s a question I’m forced to answer every summer. Since I live in the middle of a forest off the grid in rural British Columbia, I’m pretty much on alert with every puff of smoke drifting through the trees. But forest fires aren’t the only flames to fear — there are other natural disasters that spark, and man made fires that burn too. […]

Happy Labor Day!

This is just a quick note to wish all of you a happy and relaxing Labor Day. If you’re curious about how/why Labor Day came into existence, I recommend taking a look at the Department of Labor’s page on the History of Labor Day. Or just shut your brain off, toss some meat on the grill, and enjoy the day. We’ll be back tomorrow with our regularly scheduled programming. See you then. […]

Banks Won’t Let Everyone Refinance Mortgages

Mortgage interest rates are still low, a great relief to first-time home buyers, real estate investors, and households considering refinancing their higher-rate loans initiated over the past few years. Banks aren’t too eager to hand those low-rate mortgages out to everyone who wants them, however. […]

Reader Mailbag: Grilled Fish

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. Settling with creditors 2. Hunting for sustenance 3. Turning finance passion into job 4. Primerica opportunity 5. Electric toothbrush worth it? 6. Disappointed with emergency fund 7. Website for task management 8. […]

Happy Labor Day

Americans don’t take enough vacations and while today is a holiday, I’m going to do my part and do zero work today. I will not labor today. I suggest you do the same. Have some fun, spend time with family, we’ll be back tomorrow. Matthew Maguire would be proud. Or was it Peter McGuire… the Wikipedia article isn’t very clear about it. Either way, don’t labor. […]

7 Ways to Boost Your Energy and Get More Done

If you're feeling sluggish and can't seem to get anything done, perhaps it's time to work on your internal store of energy. By reinvigorating yourself, you'll be able to get more things done and have an easier time completing tasks. […]

5 Ways to Make Yourself Accountable

Sometimes motivation likes to play hide-and-go-seek, leaving you lethargically poking around, trying to find it, until you finally give up and flop onto the couch. It can be especially hard to find the motivation when there isn't an external force holding you accountable, like your boss needing work from you. […]

Best Money Tips: Enjoy Life's Luxuries Without Breaking The Bank

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on enjoying life's luxuries without breaking the bank, fabulous freebies, and trading in your car. Top 5 Articles Enjoy Life's Luxuries Without Breaking The Bank — If you are looking for a pure bred dog, head to a breed specific shelter or rescue instead of buying from a breeder. […]

Happy Labor Day

Just wanted to say "Happy Labor Day" to my readers in the U.S. I hope you are enjoying a day off -- and basking in the glow of some of the last days of summer.I'm not blogging today -- I'm spending time with my family. I'll be back tomorrow with more money news, commentary, tips, and thoughts. […]

Consider an Alternative Living Situation (245/365)

In most American family homes, you’ll find one or two adults, sometimes paired with some number of children. Anything outside of that is often considered a bit unusual. However, it’s outside of that typical situation where the best bargains in housing can be found. […]

Some Thoughts on Credit Cards

I am frequently asked what my views are on credit cards and their usage. Do I need to have a credit card? Is it okay not to have one? How does one use a credit card in a financially responsible lifestyle? How does a credit card help my overall credit rating? […]

FinCon12: The Second Annual Financial Blogger Conference

The 2nd Annual Financial Blogger Conference is just days away! From September 6th through the 9th, financial bloggers, financial professionals, columnists, authors, and financial companies will converge on Denver to network and learn. […]