May 31, 2009

Good Business In A Bad Economy? Grow Your Business In A Recession

Good Business In A Bad Economy? Are there businesses that thrive during an economic recession? Definitely. I believe you can run a small business even in time of crisis. With the right amount of luck, planning and hard work, you can find business success and see your venture do well even in the worst economic conditions. […]

$250 Social Security Stimulus Check

I’ve been getting a lot of emails lately about the $250 Social Security stimulus check so I thought a post would be the best way to answer all of your questions. If you’re wondering where your $250 Social Security stimulus check is, wait until June 4th before trying to contact the Social Security Administration. […]

Jeans for 99 Cents & Other Consignment Store Deals

Consignment stores offer value and selection. That's what my sister Debra discovered after she complained about the cost of maternity clothes at a national chain. A fashionable co-worker shared her money-saving secret:Try consignment shops, which include items that are new with original tags. […]

Review: Oblivious Investing

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. The second I picked up Oblivious Investing by Mike Piper, I was immediately reminded of Michael Mihalik’s excellent Debt Is Slavery. The two books have much in common. […]

Podcast 6: Frugality and 397 Ways to Save Money

Kerry K. Taylor, author of 397 Ways to Save Money and creator of financial blog Squawkfox joins Tom Dziubek today to discuss her book, currently available from Kerry explains how she paid off $17,000 of debt in six months and how to make drastic life changes. […]

Lowest Foreign Transaction Fee

In a couple months, my wife and I will be taking an extended vacation to Europe. […]

Review: Money Strategies for Tough Times by Matt Bell

Matt Bell is a personal finance writer in Chicago who ran into financial difficulties early on in his adult life and, in turning it around, used his experiences and knowledge to try to help others who may have gotten themselves in a similar situation. […]

Amazon’s 25 Software Bestsellers - And Their Free Equivalents

A few days ago, I was browsing through Amazon’s software category when I stumbled upon the software best seller list. Intrigued, I took a look. Here’s the top twenty five when I found it (go ahead and check, it’s probably very similar right now): 1. Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 (Windows) 2. QuickBooks Pro 2009 (Windows) 3. […]

Why Do You Want to Be Rich?

I’m not the only one who has been thinking about the relationship between money and meaning lately. This is a guest post from CJ at, who is trying to live a rich life even as he works to pay down debt. “Wealth and riches are not synonymous. Wealth will get you riches, but riches will never make you wealthy.” – Dr. Edwin Louis Cole I love this quote from Dr. […]

The Price of Faith, Being Jewish

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Here's a piece from CNN Money that discusses the price of faith, what Jews, Muslims, and Christians have to pay/spend related to their faiths. […]