Reader Mailbag: The Time Spent

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. Overseas travel with kids 2. Bitcoins 3. Life or disability insurance? 4. Prepaying funeral expenses 5. Reaching a financially clueless student 6. Self-publishing a book 7. Emergency fund alternatives 8. […]

The Myers-Briggs Personality Test &Your Money

Since I am married to a man with a Ph.D. in Psychology, I’ve taken a number of personality tests — just for fun. My husband normally has me take them (he takes them, t00) before he uses them as activities in the classes he teaches. One of the most famous personality tests is the Myers-Briggs test. I’ve taken the Myers-Briggs test more times than I can count, including once for an employer. […]

We Are Working with a Financial Adviser

Over the last year, we’ve made some “direct” investments in companies that are doing some exciting things. They’re startups, in the sense that they’re not household names and they’re relatively new companies looking to make big changes in their respective industries, but these aren’t the familiar technology names you hear about in the news. […]

25 Tantalizing Fresh Tomato Recipes

Tomatoes can serve as an important part of a healthy diet, due in large part to their superior cancer fighting and antioxidant properties (according to Science Daily). Here are 25 tasty tomato recipes to start boosting your body. (See also: 15 Tasty Ways to Enjoy Tomato Juice) 1. Roasted Stuffed Tomatoes Looking for an interesting alternative to stuffed peppers? […]

Tax Document Checklist: What to Gather Before Doing Your Taxes

It’s that time of year again, and you may start feeling overwhelmed when you think about getting your paperwork together and calculating your income tax payment or refund. Tax season can cause anxiety for even the most relaxed people! Steady your nerves with this checklist to help you prepare for filing your taxes and go into everybody's least favorite season with an organized plan of attack. […]

Best Money Tips: Best Items to Buy Now

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on the best items to buy now, smart things to do with your tax refund, and the cheapest cars to own for five years. Top 5 Articles February Family Shopping Roundup: Best Items to Buy Now — Now is a great time to buy big screen TVs and winter apparel. […]

Food fight: Waging a war against food waste

Back in December, I decided to eat more fruits and vegetables. No matter what, I was going to eat more of them. And that’s saying something, especially since I’ve created a few excuses to avoid eating healthy food. Even though my main excuse wasn’t the expense, it’s still an obstacle to healthy eating. At least, that’s a common excuse I hear when eating better food comes up in conversation. […]

Grocery Jargon: 10 Terms to Know Before You Hit the Aisles

The last thing you want to be confused about is the food you're eating, but with all the grocery buzzwords out there, it can feel like you're staring at some insider jargon. To break it down, we've put together meanings behind common terms that you'll find all along your supermarket aisles. […]

Reader Profile: GP

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. […]

Making Financial Independence a Part-Time Job

Carrie writes in: I’m a 23 year old single woman with a solid government job that pays reasonably well. I have quite a bit of free time. What I’d like to do is somehow “bank” that free time so that I can have more free time later on when I (theoretically) have a child, as I’d like to be more flexible with my time then. […]

The Collection Plate Dilemma

According to various studies, approximately 40% of Americans attend religious services on a weekly basis (though that exact percentage is disputed). […]

Happiness Does Not Require Wealth

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 15:16, a verse that reminds me that money isn't the end all to having a great life. […]

Bouncing back from financial grief and loss

This guest post is from Psychotherapist Bobbi Emel who specializes in helping you face life’s significant challenges and regain your resiliency. Download her free ebook, “Bounce Back! 5 keys to survive and thrive through life’s ups and downs.” You can find her blog at […]

Knowing What To Do Versus Actually Doing It

Chris writes in: “I’ve read all of the usual personal finance books and I know exactly what I need to do to get myself out of this hole. The problem is actually doing it. When I make decisions, I make poor ones, even though I know that in the long run they’ll cost me. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #113

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. Gandhi on action “Action expresses priorities.” – Mahatma Gandhi There is no clearer representation of what you truly value than what you actually do with your time and energy. 2. […]

2012 Net Worth Review and Giving Update

Each year on FMF I post a review of my net worth (here's the one from last year) as well as list the charities supported by FMF (here's the list from last year) during the previous year. […]

How to Get Missing Tax Forms

Today is the day. You should’ve received your W-2 for 2012 by January 31st. If you didn’t you were supposed to go ahead and contact your employer to (gently) remind them that they dropped the ball. And then… You were supposed to be patient. Yes, the IRS is willing to help, but they didn’t want to hear from you until after February 14th. […]

When are 2012 Taxes Due?

This is just a quick reminder… Unlike the past couple of years, when the traditional tax filing deadline (April 15th) fell on the weekend and/or Emancipation day, April 15th, 2013 will be a non-holiday weekday. Thus, your taxes will be due on the 15th — exactly two months from today. […]