October 18, 2009

Personal Budgeting Made Easy With the 60% Solution

This is a guest post by our contributing writer, BEM. I’ve never made a budget, which is probably why I have struggled financially over the years. Well, truth be told, I tried it once, to no avail. I was riding in a car with a friend, who stopped to get gas and who then immediately jotted something in a little notebook. […]

Weekly Roundup – National Save for Retirement Week Edition

Guess what? Today marks the beginning of National Save for Retirement Week. Did you know that over half of all workers in the United States have less than $25,000 in total savings and investments? While these stats include a lot of younger workers, we can do much, much better when it comes to preparing for the future. […]

TradeKing $50 Bonus for New Accounts – Through October 31st

Have you been looking for a discount online broker? Look no further than TradeKing. I’ve written about them in the past because they offer some of the lowest commissions in the industry and back it with fantastic customer service and trading interface. The rules are pretty simple. You just have to create a new account, fund it with $2,500 or more, and then place a trade. […]

Munny Journey: A Journal for Your Child’s Financial Development

I have some financial blind spots. For one thing, Kris and I do not have children. It’s difficult for me to write about the concerns of parents. So when the publisher sent me a copy of Munny Journey, “a keepsake journal for baby’s first money”, I recruited a new mother to help me evaluate the book. Here are Chrystal’s thoughts about this unique publication. […]

Review: The Simple Living Guide

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal development, personal productivity, career, or entrepreneurship book. Since starting The Simple Dollar, I’ve gradually developed the belief that the reason many people get into financial trouble is that their lives become overwhelmingly complicated. […]

Podcast 26: Mark Frauenfelder, Creator of Boing Boing

Tom Dziubek and Flexo speak with Mark Frauenfelder, the creator of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of the MAKE magazine. […]

Dunhill Vacations Travel Deals Newsletter

As you might remember from a few days ago, my money vice is vacations. So I’m always on the lookout for things that will make our travel cheaper, which included signing up for the Travelzoo Top 20 deals email newsletter. I’ve been getting the weekly emails, plus some unscheduled last-minute offers or promotions, for the last few months and the deals have been pretty astounding. […]

Should you be able to give your tithe on a credit card?

At lunch yesterday I saw this:  Now even God takes credit cards!  The article lists a number of new (or relatively new) places that have come to accept plastic for payment, and number 2 on the list was churches.  Some churches now have debit- and credit-card kiosks for charging a donation.  (Closely related to this is number 7:  Salvation Army kettles.) This could end up being a giant can of worms […]

Money Tips I Learned from Poker

This was a guest post written by my friend John H. about the some money tips he took from the felt and put into his wallet. When you think of your bankroll, you probably think about how much cash you have in your wallet or how much money you have access to via your debit card that’s not already spoken for by bills. […]

Ethical Frugality Week: Hidden Replacements

Over the upcoming week, I’ll be posting a series of articles on the ethics of frugality. How far can you take things without crossing an ethical line or diving into seriously socially unacceptable waters? […]

A Man Skilled in His Work

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. I talk a lot about managing your career here at Free Money Finance because for most people, their career is their biggest financial asset. […]