Best Money Tips: Ways to Cut Your Tax Bill

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on cutting your tax bill, saving on your grocery bill, and getting a job after college. Top 5 Articles 71 Ways to Cut Your Tax Bill — Cut your tax bill by funding an IRA or going green. […]

The biggest mistake I made at my first job — and what I learned from it

This post is from staff writer Suba Iyer. At my first job, fresh out of college, I was determined to prove myself, prove that hiring me was one of the best decisions the company made, prove that I could take any challenge and make it work well before the deadline and prove that I could handle multiple tasks well. […]

Paying for Pregnancy and Birth Without Health Insurance

Babies, whether planned or not, generally come into the world with wonder, delight, and a very high hospital bill. While it used to be that moms relied on their employer's health insurance (or that of their spouse's) to see them through with the expenses, the healthcare landscape is changing fast; no longer can you be guaranteed that baby will arrive while you're covered. […]

Thoughts on Rental Real Estate

The NY Times recently published a piece on rental real estate that listed the pros and cons of this investment opportunity. […]

Connecting Big Projects and Goals to Today

Quite a few people emailed me about my recent post where I encouraged people to live for today by actually achieving enough that you go to sleep happy about the productive day you’ve had. […]

Fifteen Things

Waking up to a two year old jumping up and down on the bed next to you shouting “Daddy! Daddy! […]

Reader stories: The importance of number crunching

This post is from Corinne Hoener. Corinne is a long-time GRS reader and personal finance geek living in Brooklyn, NY with her partner and two cats. Some reader 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 to submit your own reader story? Here’s how. […]

Sharing with the Poor

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 22:9, a great verse about sharing with the poor. […]

The Challenge of Lifestyle Deflation

It’s a pretty common story. Boy (or girl) wants something. Boy discovers that there’s easy credit available. Boy convinces self that they can just pay the debt later. Boy buys that thing on credit. Boy gets more credit and buys more things. Boy starts realizing the bills and interest are drowning him. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #122

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. Tao Te Ching on mastering yourself “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. […]

Social Security Q&A

Recently the Wall Street Journal posted what I consider to be a decent question and answer piece on Social Security. A couple of the highlights: Will I receive Social Security benefits? That's a big "It depends." If you're over 65, no sweat. If you're 45-65, you might see some changes from the relatively generous benefits enjoyed by your parents. […]

When Does Couponing Cross the Line Into Diminishing Returns?

A few days ago, I watched an old recorded episode of Extreme Couponing. I’d caught bits and pieces of the show before and had always intended to watch a full episode of the show. Clearly, the people shown on the program were very organized with their spending – and that organization reaped significant rewards for them. […]

FMF March Money Madness, Round 5, Posts 1-4

Here we go with the fifth round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. […]

Anne and Matt March 2013 Net Worth

This month is Insurance Month in the series Naked With Cash. Each month, seven Consumerism Commentary readers anonymously share their financial reports to gain insight about their progress towards their goals. Read this introduction to learn more about the series. Anne and Matt are twenty-seven years old, living in the Midwest, with two children. […]

Defeating Anger in Money Conversations

I really, really don’t like arguing with my wife. I love her dearly and I respect and value her opinions. Sometimes, though, we just disagree. We see things differently and bring different experiences and thought processes to the table. We might be married, but we are two different people. Those disagreements can easily translate into anger. […]

Spare change: The financial literacy edition

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. If you read Get Rich Slowly regularly, you probably know that this is Financial Literacy Month. And my inbox has been filled with press releases about it, like best practices for financial literacy and 30-day programs to get your finances on track. But for me, tactics like those didn’t spur me to become financially literate. […]

Your Take: Do You Owe Anything for Free Sporting Event Tickets?

Here’s a good question for you sports fans out there – Do you owe your friend a beer if he takes you to a game? The basic gist is that someone (James) wrote in that he sometimes gets tickets to games from his employer and when he takes a friend, he expects the friend to buy him two beers. […]

Make Your Own: Homemade Cleaning Wipes and Canister

When there's a mess, instead of reaching for expensive cleaning wipes, make your own for less than a dollar. With the help of vinegar and liquid dish soap, your counters will sparkle without the use of harsh chemicals. And you'll love how this easy DIY can be made over and over with the help of a repurposed coffee canister. […]