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Looking for Guest Posts

If you're a blogger and would like to get some exposure for your site, you might want to consider writing a guest post for Free Money Finance. If so, please review my guest post guidelines for what you should and shouldn't do with any submission. […]

Reader Mailbag: Vehicle Shopping

My wife and I have looked at somewhere around a dozen vehicles in the last month as we search for a replacement for my truck that will be capable of seating five (and preferably capable of seating more). Rather than rushing in and just buying the first option we find that minimally matches our needs, we’re being patient. […]

Teach Your Way Around the World

By Sasha A. Rae You’re itching to hit the road, but can’t find the funds to do it. Still, you have some unexpected, maybe unwanted, free time on your hands and an urge to see the world. Now’s the time to check out the teaching abroad scene. Loads of jobs await in places near and far. From just across the border in Mexico to the furthest reaches of the Polynesian Islands, opportunities abound. […]

Poll: Is the Economy Really Recovering?

For the past year or two it’s all been negative when we talk about the economy–stock markets were down, unemployment was rising, and more banks failing. We’ve sort of become numb to those things as they were commonplace, but lately the news has been a little different. […]

Warren Buffett's Investment Advice: Why It's So Hard to Follow

By WC Porter A year ago, I wrote a piece called Cash is King: Now What Should I do With It?  After going through all the responsible options of what I could do with our pile of cash, I added one last one: what if I just threw it in the stock market and tried to double it? Obviously, the fear of getting stabbed and divorced by my wife told me that this wasn't worth it—the risk was too high. But yo […]

Working Americans Have Almost No Retirement Savings

CNN Money reported last week that 43% of Americans have less than $10,000 in retirement savings, which is a statistic provided by the Employee Benefit Research Institute in their Retirement Confidence Survey (2010 results). If that figure isn’t scary enough, it appears that 27% of workers have less than $1,000. […]

The Balance Between Splurger and Miser

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. Before I changed my habits, I spent money without much thought. In college, if I had a two-hour break between classes, I’d drive to the mall. Once I started working full time, my coworker and I would bring our lunches to work just so that we’d have the entire hour to shop. […]

Repay Second Mortgage or Student Loan Debt First?

This past Monday, I sent Lending Club a final check for $1,582.05 – thus settling our Lending Club loan and reducing our creditors to four. The debts we owe are now limited to two student loans and two mortgages. Today, I’m asking for your advice as to which we should repay next. Only student loan and mortgage debt left Remember the Jeep that I totaled and had in the shop for 8 months last year? […]

The Roth Conversion Option

The following is an excerpt from The Gospel of Roth: The Good News About Roth IRA Conversions and How They Can Make You Money, a book that argues everyone should convert a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA. There will be follow-up posts from this book later today and tomorrow to add more details to what is said below. […]

Foreclosure Rates, Job Statistics & Unemployment Numbers (Interactive Maps)

You know I love maps — economic maps, in particular. The last few ones I’ve featured here illustrated the U.S. unemployment rates and California’s unemployment rate history. […]

Investment Costs Everywhere - Another Point for Index Funds

Here's a piece from MSN Money that asks if your retirement fund is leaking. Why would it be leaking? Because investing costs are eating away at it. Consider this: In selecting mutual funds, most investors know to check the expense ratio, the standard measure of how much it costs to own a fund. […]

Litterless Juice Boxes: Do They Save Money If You Have Kids?

My kids love juice boxes. We usually allow them to have one a day as part of an afternoon snack. We’re pretty picky about the ones we buy, making sure that at the very least they’re 100% juice and, often, we buy juice that has vegetable juice in it, too. […]

Fun Trivia Facts about the $500 Bill

Nowadays the highest denomination bill you can find is the $100 but back in the early 20th century, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing was printing bills as high as $100,000 (1934-35). There aren’t any high denomination bills left, after printing was officially discontinued in 1969 by President Nixon. […]

Skills That Can Save You Money Part 1: Parallel Parking

By Paul Michael It may at first seem odd that a driving lesson would appear on a blog about saving money. But read on and you’ll see why something as basic (well, to some) as parallel parking can be a ticket to big savings. I passed my test late in life. I was 26, and I did it here in America. […]

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Six Levels of Emergency Funds

I always thought there was one basic level of emergency funds -- six to twelve months of living expenses. But in the book The Financial Crossroads, they suggest different levels of emergency funds based on a variety of factors such as the number of sources of family income, the nature of business supporting those sources, and the variability in those income sources. […]

Quicken Essentials for Mac – Taking a Step Backwards?

I just received a mailer yesterday announcing the arrival of Quicken Essentials for Mac, which is the long-awaited update to Quicken 2007 for Mac. Quicken Essentials was actually released back in February, but I somehow missed the announcement. On the surface, this update sounds great. […]