July 11, 2012

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Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Summer Travel! […]

Make a Grocery List Before You Go (192/365)

Eight or nine years ago, I never ever made up a grocery list before hitting the grocery store. I’d stop in there a few times a week after work, pick up whatever I thought I could throw together for supper the next night or two, and probably pick up a few other goodies as well. […]

Do It Yourself (DIY) and Save Money

We recently bought a new car and I’m interested in increasing the cargo capacity. Remember, we have four (rapidly) growing boys, so space is at a premium. As it turns out, this particular vehicle doesn’t come from the factory with roof rails installed, but you can get them as a dealer add-on. Not surprisingly, if you have the dealer install them, you’ll pay a premium. […]

Ooma Review: Frugal VOIP Home Phone Service

Home phone service can be costly, running a minimum of $25 to $30 a month. Once you add in long distance, you are looking at $35 or more a month. Some people try to eliminate this cost by moving entirely to a cell phone for both their mobile and home needs. […]

30 Steps to Great Finances: Steps 28 to 30

Welcome back to the final installment in our 30 steps to improve your finances (if you're just joining us, you can get a full recap from the beginning by starting here.) If you have been taking action since the beginning of this series, your finances are probably in much better shape now than they were earlier.  The last three steps focus on some final ways to improve your finances.   Take these s […]

Make Your Own Diaper Sprayer for 29% Less

At some point during your cloth diaper journey you’ll notice something a little funky. Now don’t get me wrong, funky can be fun. But this type of funk is often a little bit foul. It may challenge your senses. You may need a little extra help. Enter the cloth diaper sprayer, a handy tool for those who don’t want to use their hands. […]

Is Cash on the Way Out?

People still say that “cash is king.” However, the actually paper money representing cash might not be king anymore. Indeed, cash is probably on the way out. According to CNN Money, 43% of adults go a week at a time without making any payments with cash. I know that I’m guilty. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Fiction Edition

I’ve been struggling for several months with a novel I’ve been working on. It’s been hard to make any progress, mostly because I was having a very hard time with the motivation of one of the primary characters. Suddenly, on Saturday, it all clicked. I had a giant breakthrough. Now, I almost can’t stop working on the novel. […]

Is Your Money in the Right Place?

This is a post from staff writer Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks, and likes carrots. When it comes to investing, you have two big decisions to make: What to buy, and where to buy it. […]

Can You Afford to Stay Home With Your Kids?

This is a guest article by Mike Collins, creator of Wealthyturtle.com. In the article, Mike explains how he and his wife decided to become a single-income family and he shares some useful advice for those struggling with the same decision. Most new parents will at least consider the idea of living on a single income so one parent can stay home with the kids. […]

Smash Your Phone? Check Cell Phone Insurance Protection Plan

About a month ago, my lovely wife’s cell phone started experiencing microphone problems. I’d call her and she could hear me talk but I couldn’t hear her. A quick trip to the AT&T store revealed that her phone’s microphone was busted, a fix that should’ve been a quick swap out and covered under warranty. […]

20 Tasty Two-Ingredient Cocktails

I love a good cocktail, but I don't always like trotting out (or, moreover, buying) ten different bottles of stuff just to make one drink. […]

How to Have a Good Roommate Relationship

Over the years I’ve had my fair share of roommates — and not all of them were ideal. I’ve had roommates who have eaten my food and failed to pick up after themselves, and I’ve had roommates who never paid a dime toward household cleaning products or toilet paper even. […]

Best Money Tips: Having a Baby on a Budget

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on having a baby on a budget, items you should buy new, and steps to get back on the right financial track. Top 5 Articles Having a Baby on a Budget: Ways to Save Money — Opting for cloth diapers as opposed to disposable ones is a great way to save money on a baby. […]

Reader Profile: BU

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. […]

Who buys six-figure rings at Costco?!

I went with my family to Costco this past weekend.  Our typical shopping trip there is in the $100 to $200 range.  I’ve been eating almonds like crazy now that my wife has taken over my meals for the month, so we needed to stock up on that and some other low-carb foods. Before we got to the groceries, we passed the electronics section and the jewelry section.  I knew that Costco sold high-end item […]