September 13, 2012

Increase Your Deductible (256/365)

Let’s say, hypothetically, that you have comprehensive and collision coverage on your car. It has a blue book value of about $6,000. […]

Why I’m Not Wary of Stocks

Kurt’s post yesterday made some good points, and I suspect he was hoping for a worthy counter. So, never one to disappoint his fellow blogger, I offered Jim a counterpoint and he said that sounds like fun, so here goes… Years ago in grad school I met Branco, a visiting professor from Yugoslavia, and a dyed in the wool communist (yep, that long ago). He hated America with a passion. […]

The Poverty Rate Remained Flat Last Year

In 2011, the percentage of Americans living in poverty declined from 15.1 percent to 15.0 percent according to the census figures released within the last few days. […]

How to Enter Internet Giveaways (and Win Big)

Remember the Publisher’s Clearing House commercials? A van pulls up to a modest home, people get out, ring the bell and hand the surprised home owner a huge check and shower her with balloons. […]

Reader Mailbag: Toothbrush Uses

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. Retirement or school? 2. Board games for free 3. Earning money on YouTube 4. Cheap routine meals 5. Expensive IRA 6. Aggressive insurance salesman 7. Blogging for free 8. Music for focus? 9. Family first over money? How? 10. […]

Working With a Credit Counselor in a Time of Need

Credit counselors provide a much-needed service to consumers. Thousands of people are drowning in debt, and they don’t know how to fix a low credit score or get rid of their persistent bill collectors. Credit counselors often teach their clients how to manage money, take care of a FICO score and pay down debts faster. […]

TradeKing Referral Bonus Promotion

For my investments in the stock market, I use TradeKing and Vanguard. Vanguard for their ridiculously cheap index funds (it’s not ridiculous in the sense that they are the only game in town, Fidelity also offers cheap if not cheaper funds…) and TradeKing for just about everything else. […]

Honey Progress Report: Credit Card Payoff Edition

This article is from new staff writer Honey Smith. I’ve been at GRS for well over a month now, and I’ve learned a lot. At this point, I’ve been able to implement some changes to my spending. I can now provide an update on the effect those changes have had on my bottom line — namely, that I’ve paid off the outstanding balance on my credit card! […]

Surprisingly Easy Ways You Can Support Charity

Supporting a charity can be surprisingly easy. For example, last week, I helped the Denver Parks & Recreation to improve an inner city park as part of a service project associated with a professional conference. During the course of a couple of hours, the playground area was made safer and the grounds were readied for the fall and winter. […]

Best Money Tips: Thrift Store Shopping Tips

Wecome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on thrift store shopping tips, recession proofing your career, and getting awesome free stuff. Top 5 Articles Thrift Store Shopping Tips — Be sure to check out any thrift store items you might buy for holes or stains. […]

Reader Profile: SC

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. […]