Slogging through the muddied waters of customer reviews

Many online retailers, such as, have customer reviews as an integral part of their site’s functionality:  user buys something, tries it out, posts what they thought.  The aim of having customer reviews alongside the product descriptions is to provide real, honest feedback from real people to allow for better-informed buying decisions.  A side benefit for the website offering the reviews […]

Start a Garden (196/365)

Last night, we had ratatouille for supper. For those unfamiliar, ratatouille is essentially a medley of vegetables, cooked together and put in the pan in the right order so that they’re all tender at the same time. You can pretty much put any vegetable you want into it. In ours, we had tomatoes, green beans, onions, potatoes, and various greens. […]

Second test

How about now? Second test from personal finance blog […]

Buying Less House Than You Can Afford

Recently, I was browsing through my journals from early 2007, the period when Sarah was pregnant with our second child and we realized that we needed a larger home. We spent a lot of our time in that period house-hunting. […]

Reader Story: What Would You Do If You Were Rich?

This guest post from Sean Ogle is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Ogle writes about location-independent living at Location 180. 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. […]

Free Yourself from the Debts of Another

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Today I'm posting Proverbs 6:1-5, a series of verses that talks about what we would call today co-signing a loan (the Bible calls it different things depending on the translation). […]

Make Recipes with Inexpensive Base Ingredients (195/365)

Right now, sweet corn season is starting here in Iowa. In the area where we live, you can barely drive five miles without seeing a roadside stand where some farmer is selling ears of sweet corn in bundles. At first, the prices are high. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #82

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. Three men in an alcove playing cards This is one of my favorite photographs I’ve stumbled upon in a long while. […]

Why You Don’t Need Long Term Care Insurance

The following is a guest post from Neal Frankle.  He is a CFP in Los Angeles and the owner of Wealth Pilgrim. […]

Avoid Frozen and Prepackaged Meals (194/365)

The freezer aisle at your local grocery store is often loaded with complete frozen meals. The aisles tend to have a wide variety of “meals in a box,” as well. It’s easy to see why these are popular. […]

World Domination Summit 2012: Community, Adventure, Service

Last June, I helped nine friends do something crazy. With the help of a few dozen volunteers, we staged a conference at the Portland Art Museum. We called this conference the World Domination Summit. After a year of planning and tons of work and worry, five hundred people came together and…well, the experience was truly awesome. This year, we repeated the experiment but on a larger scale. […]

Roundup: Shark!

Amazing huh? I had to watch it twice before I actually saw it. You might want to turn down the volume, the people get pretty excited. Here are a few other gems: I once watched my friend bowl a 300 and it was pretty exciting, I hope one day to see him roll a perfect series – three consecutive 300′s. […]

Time Is Money

In 2008, I made a very painful decision. I walked away from a career that I enjoyed, mostly because I didn’t have the flexibility I wanted to spend time with my children. I felt like I was missing the years where they were growing up and I did not want to be an absent father. I wanted to be there at every soccer game, at every martial arts test, at every spelling bee. […]

The Insidious Effects of Inflation

While watching Antiques Roadshow last night (I know… exciting life, right?) I saw a great example of the insidious effects of inflation. The show featured a guy who had brought in a huge (and rather ugly) “slit drum” from Papua New Guinea for an appraisal. […]

Groupon Class Action Settlement Details

It’s no secret that I’m not really a fan of daily deal sites. Yes, you have the potential to save money when using them, but they also create the temptation to spend money on stuff you don’t really want/need. Well, earlier this week I received an e-mail regarding a Groupon class action settlement. […]

Your Take: Utilities Charging Customers During Outages!

For residents in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore metro area, the recent hot weather was made worse when that big storm knocked out power. Hundreds of thousands of homes were without power, some for up to a week. […]

15 Ways to Have a Frugal Friday

When you shout out TGIF, does your wallet feel the same way? It’s easy to spend money on Fridays — it’s the end of the week, so you want to treat yourself, and sometimes it's payday. But by being conscious of the amount of money you’re spending on food and recreation at the end of the workweek and replacing them with low- or no-cost alternatives, you can save a bundle. […]

The Parable of The Flat-Screen TV

Most of us know that we should try to spend less and save more. But much of the advice we hear and lessons we try to learn are abstract. We seldom hear a real story of an actual person making a truly unfortunate financial decision. I’d like to help change that. Here’s a little tale about a dear friend of mine, who I’ll call Dan. […]

Best Money Tips: Seize the Summer

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on seizing the summer, steps to great finances, and steps to take in a financial emergency. Top 5 Articles Seize the Summer — This summer, take advantage of local festivals and summer produce. […]

Reader Profile: MS

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. […]