October 25, 2012

Hit The Brakes – Get Real About Your Expenses

Being in debt stinks.  For real. I know.  For years I lived with credit card and automobile debt, worried and frustrated.  So, one day, I decided to do something about my debt. I hit the brakes. I stopped – took a look at where I was – and decided to go in a whole new direction. No Credit Needed was born and my life changed – forever. I think it’s time for a new series here – one I’m calling Hit t […]

Share Purchases of Equipment with Neighbors and Friends (298/365)

There are a lot of pieces of equipment that are useful to have around, but that you don’t use very often. Gardening equipment is a great example of this. Most of the gardening tools we have simply aren’t used all that often. […]

There Are No Dumb Questions About Money by Liz Pulliam Weston

Most of us have questions about money. How can I build my credit? What can I do to pay for college? What should I look for in a financial advisor? Some of us may even feel as though the questions we have about money are a little stupid. Liz Pulliam Weston, one of the foremost experts on money, and a popular personal finance columnist, believes that there are no dumb questions about money. […]

Better Bargains With Foreclosures and Pre-Foreclosures

I’ve taken a cursory look at the possibility of investing in real estate near where I live, with the intent of buying a property for rental. The numbers don’t work well in my favor. I’ve confirmed this with friends experienced with renting their properties in the area; most would not do it again if given the choice. […]

Reader Mailbag: World Series

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. Visa renewal worries 2. Cheap exercise in winter 3. Cheap package mailing 4. Bankruptcy and libraries 5. Selling plasma? 6. Thief in home 7. Hand sanitizing and long life 8. Cutting hair at home 9. […]

Side Gig Thurdays: Robert Bragoli, Marathon Trainer

Starting this week, and for as long as I can sustain it, I wanted to share some stories every Thursday from our readers of side gigs they started. Some of these stories are from people who wanted to earn a little extra cash. Some are from people who just wanted something fun to do (and get paid to do it!). […]

We all have our Joneses

When I wrote last week’s post, I admit to feeling a bit pleased with myself when someone made a comment about wanting their furniture to all match (and thus free pile-ism was hard for them) now that they were fully adult. “Who cares!” I thought to myself. […]

25 Ways to Take Five Minutes for Yourself

Taking time for yourself may seem impossible if you're the type of person who packs your daily schedule, or if you tend to overcommit your time. Even taking a five-minute break seems unrealistic to parents and those of us with busy lifestyles. […]

Beauty Routine Basics You Could Be Spending Less On

We all like to look our best, and a solid beauty routine is critical to achieving that goal. However, it’s easy to let yourself be persuaded into thinking you need to spend top dollar for grooming supplies. Here are a handful of beauty routine basics that might have you overspending, and tips to reverse the situation. […]

Best Money Tips: Fighting Killer Gas Prices

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on fighting killer gas prices, hidden money wasters, and shrinking your smartphone bill. Top 5 Articles Killer Gas Prices: Six Ways to Fight Back — Stop warming up your car. It will save you money on gas. […]

Shifting Money Worries Into Reverse

If you’re old enough, you may remember when Americans were, by and large, pretty responsible about money management. They scrimped and saved, and stashed money into savings accounts. They squirreled away cash for vacations and home improvements, rather than funding those purchases with credit cards. […]

American Express Blue Cash Preferred Card Changing Its Terms

Readers of FMF know that I like and use the American Express Blue Cash Preferred card. It was even on my list of the best cash back credit cards for some time. […]