December 16, 2011

Visiting Yosemite Park: Walking In A Winter Wonderland On A Budget

We’re not very sophisticated or worldly travelers, especially when we’ve got young kids to handle. Unlike many of our own friends who’ve managed to travel heavily even with babies in tow, we’re simple homebodies, content to hang out at home and savor our well oiled routines. […]

My Top Tactics for Reducing Online Shopping

I find it very easy to buy stuff online without adequate thought. I’ll click a few times and suddenly the item I want is on the way. I particularly struggle with three sites directly connected to three of my biggest hobbies: Amazon (for books), Cool Stuff Inc. (for board games), and Steam (for computer games – and, yes, Steam sales are particularly my weak spot). […]

The Massive Money Infographic

Awhile back, I ran across an amazing infographic by Randall Munroe, creator of xkcd. I haven’t mentioned it until now, however, because I didn’t really have time to dig into it. But now that I have, I have to say that I’m very impressed. This infographic (picture in miniature below) is absolutely huge, and it comes with a giant list of sources. […]

Free Shipping Day

Today is Free Shipping Day, and thousands of online merchants are participating in this movement, offering free or reduced price shipping so customers have an opportunity to receive last-minute orders in time for the holidays. Free Shipping Day was founded by an entrepreneur-couple in December 2007 as a location for finding shipping discounts offered by major brands. […]


In 2002, I started a blog about dreams and dream science. It eventually failed. In 2004, I started a blog about sports. It eventually failed. In 2005, I started a blog about parenting. It eventually failed. In 2006, I started a blog about personal finance. […]

Your Take: Frugal Christmas Gift Ideas

With the economy as rough a shape as it’s been, a lot of folks are turning towards frugal gift ideas this year. These are gifts that a frugal in the sense they don’t cost a lot of money but what they do replace with dollars and cents is oftentimes worth so much more. A gift doesn’t have to be expensive, it just has to have a lot of thought, care, and creativity in order to be a great gift. […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Frugal Living

I don’t do frugal living perfectly. There are times (usually around 8:00 a.m. on a Monday) when I cannot be stopped from my single-minded march toward Starbucks. At other times, I willfully disregard everything I know about paying retail and (albeit begrudgingly) fork over $75 for a pair of jeans. Still, I consider myself a pretty frugal guy. […]

5 Reasons to Ditch Other Stock Investments for the S&P 500

Getting someone to invest in a low cost S&P 500 index fund is tough, as owning just that one fund seems almost too simple. Doing so certainly offers no excitement. Yet, most people will be much better off in the long run by owning the S&P 500 index fund instead of buying a bunch of mutual funds. Here are five reasons why. […]

Ask the Readers: How Much Do You Spend on Health Insurance?

Behind the scenes, the GRS elves and I have been working to streamline the process for submitting reader stories, guest posts, and financial questions. As part of this, I’ve been reading through every question submitted over the past year. I’ve noticed some patterns. One topic I’m seeing over and over again is health insurance. […]

Best Money Tips: Stocking Stuffers Under $10

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on stocking stuffers for under $10, how to receive great customer service, and ways to jazz up your holiday wrapping. Top 5 Articles 5 Super Stocking Stuffers for Under $10 — This holiday season, try using lottery tickets or Monster Hands as stocking stuffers. […]

Save Thousands While Traveling: 25 Ways to Use Hot Water

Life on the road can be hectic, to say the least. Staying nourished and healthy while traveling for business, dealing with your daily commute, booking a romantic cabin getaway, or even taking a family vacation can take serious planning. It’s hard to be prepared for every emergency, however, particularly when space is limited for lunch items and vacation snacks. […]

9 Ways to Cut Your Monthly Costs

Between rising costs and an uncertain economy, we're all looking for new ways to save money. But instead of looking for the one-time big score, try saving a little bit each month. It adds up. […]

Reader Profile: Jetgirl

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. […]

Carnivals for the Week of Dec 12

Here are some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: Totally Money Blog Carnival Carnival of Personal Finance Carnival of Wealth Festival of Frugality Enjoy!P.S. Carnival Hosts -- If my post is in your carnival in a given week, please send me the URL to the carnival and I will include it in my weekly roundup. […]