September 10, 2012

Shop Around for Homeowners and Automobile Insurance (253/365)

Obviously, you should shop around for any type of insurance, but these are the most common types of insurance that people have, usually because they’re required by local law. Why shop around? For better rates, of course. Shopping around for homeowners and automobile insurance can easily save you as much as 50% on your annual premiums. […]

What to Buy (What to Skip) at Dollar Stores

Some people swear by dollar stores and try to do most of their shopping there; others never step foot in the dollar store because they are convinced everything there must be cheap and poorly made. There is truth in both of these opinions. Some things you can buy at dollar stores are great deals, and others should be avoid at all costs. What to Buy at Dollar Stores Spices. […]

What Should You Do with an Unexpected Windfall?

Growing up, my husband knew someone who received more than $1 million from a settlement related to a work injury. Thinking that they had more money than they could possibly spend, they bought a bigger house, and more than one nice car. And the spending continued. […]

Kudos for Michigan

Those who read FMF frequently know that I live in Michigan. And I often give the state a rough time for its cold winters. But here's a video that makes me proud to come from Michigan (and surprised that there are so many great places here that I have yet to explore). Enjoy! […]

How to Grow Your Own Handmade Business

Do you have a burning desire to be your own boss?  Do you want to put your talents and skills to use by engaging in soul-satisfying work?  If you do, you’re the perfect candidate for starting your own business.  Keri Chapin, author of The Handmade Marketplace and the newly published, Grow Your Handmade Business: How to Envision Develop, and Sustain a Successful Creative Business, tells you how to […]

#Fincon2012: My Financial Blogger Conference Recap

I just got back from Denver where I attended the second annual Financial Blogger Conference, known as FINCON (you probably saw #fincon2012 blowing up over the weekend if you follow twitter and any personal finance bloggers), and it was a lot of fun. […]

California Prepares for the “Amazon Tax”

As I noted a little over a month ago, it’s just a matter of time before we’ll all be compelled to pay sales tax on our online purchases. […]

Reader Mailbag: Fall Camping

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Dr. Bronner’s castille soap 2. Food magazine storage 3. Card for annual cruise 4. Handling parents with newborn 5. Early retirement and Social Security 6. Gifts without guilt 7. Not paying attention to advertising 8. […]

How to Save Money on Moving

I hate moving. I hate boxing up my stuff, sticking it in a moving truck (if you get it as scheduled), only to move it somewhere else to reverse the process. It’s so time consuming, something always breaks, and it’s invariably going to put a dent in your wallet no matter how frugal you are. […]

Earning More vs. Spending Less, Round 3: ‘The Queen of Versailles’

This is the third article of a series. The first one is here and the second one here. Earning and saving money both take time, effort, knowledge, attention, and continuous dedication. Since we know that willpower is limited, and so are energy and time, it can make sense for a lot of people to put a keener focus on making more money, which has a greater potential than saving. […]

Cheap Ways to Spend a Night Out

While I love entertaining at home and attending events at friends' houses, sometimes, I just want to go out in the evening. Well, that doesn't have to mean dropping lots of cash to be entertained. Below are 15 great ways you can affordably leave the house. […]

14 Dirty Details of Traveling Full-Time

Does a full-time travel lifestyle sound like a dream job? Well, it is. (Kind of). I've been doing it for almost six years, and I can't imagine what my life would be like had I not made the life-changing decision to sell everything I owned and discover what the world held in store. (See also: How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 Per Year or Less). But I've also had my fair share of bad days. […]

Best Money Tips: Ways to Save Money on College Textbooks

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on saving on college textbooks, never wasting money on spoiled food again, and surprising times when your credit counts. Top 5 Articles 8 Ways to Save Money on College Textbooks — To save money on college textbooks, review your syllabus for unnecessary materials. […]

Reader Profile: CH

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. […]