February 21, 2012

Sample Portfolios Of Financial Bloggers: Investing For The Future

How do your friendly personal finance bloggers invest? Quite some time ago, I had the great opportunity to gain some insights on how a few financially savvy bloggers were constructing their investment portfolios. […]

Build Your Foundations

The following is an excerpt from Dollars & Uncommon Sense: Basic Training for Your Money. If you don’t change the way you think about money, there is no way you will change the things you do with your money. To achieve your financial goals, or in fact any goal, you need to start out with a strong foundation. […]

Make Sure the Bank’s Hours Match Yours (51/365)

The bank my parents use keeps some rather unusual hours. A few times recently, I’ve been visiting my parents and wished to accompany them to the bank to sign papers or other such things, only to discover that the bank is improbably closed at what seems like a completely reasonable hour. This is a common trait among smaller banks – and even a few bigger ones. […]

How to Help Your Kids & Your Taxes

We’re deep in to tax season and that means that Americans are thinking about the ways they can better position themselves in the coming year to pay less taxes. […]

Tips for Using Social Media in Your Job Search

Social media is everywhere. And, believe it or not, you can actually use social media in your job search. If you are looking to upgrade your career, a strong social media presence can help. Not only that, but you can leverage your network to help you reach out to more potential employers. As you prepare for a new year — and a new career path — don’t neglect social media. […]

12 Unique Ways to Score a Job Interview

This series is brought to you by TurboTax Federal Free Edition. These days, scoring a job interview is tough enough, let alone getting the position. With dozens (or sometimes hundreds) of applicants for every job, standing out in the crowd is more important than ever. And you’ll also need a little help from lady luck, too. But, saying that, I’m a firm believer in creating your own luck. […]

Are You Ready For Higher Cell Phone Bills?

As more consumers in the United States are jumping on the smartphone and tablet bandwagon — personally, I contribute to this mess with one of the latest phones with Android software as well as a first-generation iPad — there’s less room in the limited airwaves for customers’ needs to access the internet and occasionally make telephone calls over mobile networks. […]

Teens and Money

The last 10 to 15 years have seen unprecedented numbers of Americans doing wacky things with their money, and paying big time for their mistakes. About 12 years ago, for instance, a lot of folks bought into the tech bubble just before it became a tech wreck. […]

How to Take an Inexpensive Road Trip

I just picked up a copy of Road Trip USA: Cross-Country Adventures on America’s Two-Lane Highways by Jamie Jensen from my local library because I wanted to plan an inexpensive road trip this year. […]

Reader Profile: DM

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. […]

Chores, Allowance, and “Above and Beyond” Tasks

I’m often asked about our allowance and chore policies for our children. Recently, some snow on our driveway made us carefully think about these policies and decide exactly how we wanted to handle them. About two weeks ago, we had a snowstorm that covered our driveway with about two inches of snow. […]

Five Easiest Ways to Save Money

This post is by staff writer Sarah Gilbert. This is America Saves Week, and I am writing to you sitting next to a jar. This jar is stuffed full (okay, imagine it gently filled — it’s a small jar) of five dollar bills. […]

Your Dream Wedding: When to Save, When to Splurge

This is a guest article by Jennifer Calonia, Junior Editor at GoBankingRates. In the article, the author helps couples in search of their dream wedding decide which expenses are worth paying more money for. The pressure to plan a perfectly executed wedding is a monumental undertaking, especially for those lacking a savings fund or a generous benefactor. […]

What is a 1099-MISC?

Right about now, you will have received most of your tax forms. The Form W-2 if you are employed, a 1099-INT from all the banks that paid you all those pennies in interest, and maybe even a Form 1099-K if you sold a lot of things on eBay. Another common form that you may get is the Form 1099-MISC. […]

Ask the Readers: How Do You Travel Frugally?

Being able to get out and see the world is something everyone should budget for. It is important to save up to take trips to places you want to see, but it is also important to travel frugally once you finally hit the road. From airfare to hotel expenses to dining costs, there are always ways you can stretch your travel dollars! How do you travel frugally? What do you do to reduce hotel costs? […]

Frugal Drink Pairings for BYOB Restaurants

BYOB restaurants are gaining more and more popularity. Restaurant owners love the concept because they don't have to purchase a liquor license or hire a bartender, and you love it because you don't have to pay $10 for a glass of wine. And bringing your own booze doesn't just cut down on the bill. […]

Best Money Tips: How to Handle a Canceled Flight

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great tips for dealing with a canceled flight, getting kids excited about art, and saving money on appliances. Top 5 Articles 4 Steps to Handle a Canceled Flight — Spend the extra airport time a little more comfortably — ask your airline for a convenience kit. […]

FMF Cruise Review, Part 5

This is a follow-up post to part 4.Today we hit two more islands!Wednesday, January 18The weather was still "ok" today -- "ok" being defined as 70-75 degrees, a bit windy, and overcast. Better than Michigan, but not the tropical feel we wanted. In addition, the waves were high, so our excursion today (we pulled in to Tortola, British Virgin Islands this morning) was cancelled. […]