December 11, 2012

Explore Your Local Area (345/365)

Several years ago, I picked up one of those tourism guides for Iowa, similar to the ones that many states put out to attract travelers to their state. I live in central Iowa, of course, so everything mentioned in that guide was within three hours of my house. About four days and a lot of page-flipping later, I ended up marking about 200 things to see in Iowa with my family. […]

5 Steps to Prepare Your Car for the Winter

Most of us in the United States have felt a definite chill in the air the last few days. We are into December, which means if you haven’t, you should prepare your car for winter and include an emergency kit, just in case. […]

Coin Collecting Is Dead

My memory may be fuzzy when I think back to when I was five or six years old, but one thing that stands out is my grandmother’s house in Queens, New York. […]

Watch Out for These 5 Holiday Scams

Any time there is a lot of money going being spent, scammers present themselves, ready to take advantage of our desire to get the best deal. There are all types of scams out there, from investment scams to other types of fraud. […]

Twelve Gifts That Encourage Frugality

My favorite gifts (besides board games, I suppose) are ones that encourage me to make positive changes in my life. […]

Free Paper Document Shredding

My crosscut paper shredder, a deal I got from Staples a few years back, has finally kicked the bucket. After years of dutiful service, it no longer turns on and for a $20 shredder, it did fine work. I knew it was on its way out though so it was no surprise when the light no longer turned on for me the other day. To be honest, I didn’t really mind it going because I don’t like shredding things. […]

Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card Promotion: 50,000 Points for $2000 Spend in 3 Months

This offer is no longer available. Southwest is easily one of my favorite airlines and so far even that allegiance hasn’t pushed me to sign up for their credit card. […]

Ask Readers: What Gift Do You Want Most This Holiday Season?

The holiday season is upon us! Chances are you've thought about what gifts you'd love to receive during the holidays. Whether your wish list is made up of fun splurges or more practical items, there is probably one item on your list that you want more than all the others! What gift do you want the most this holiday season? The new iPad Mini? A gift certificate to your favorite restaurant? […]

Gift Hacks That Will Save Your Money and Your Sanity

The holidays are fast approaching. This knowledge tends to stress me out for two reasons: Every major bill of mine is due between now and February. My property taxes. My insurance. Every ding dang subscription including Skype. I have no money extra money to buy gifts.   Every single one of my part-time jobs have end-of-the-year deadlines. […]

25 Things to Do Before the New Year

Before you know it another year will have passed and we’ll be on to 2013. In anticipation of that eagerly awaited fresh start, I thought it pertinent to remind you of a few loose ends you might want to take care of so you can kick off January 1 with a clean slate. To help you stay on track, here are 25 things you should do before the New Year. (See also: 25 New Things to Do Today) 1. […]

6 financial products that made the nice list (and 6 that didn’t)

How great would it be if you could get a better return on your savings? What if you could get a rate 300 times higher? Of course that’d be great! Who doesn’t want more money? But if you just opened a money market account with the local big bank branch, or you signed up for a credit card to get the free T-shirt, you might be leaving money on the table or paying sky-high fees. […]

Best Money Tips: Cheap Alternatives to Cable

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on cheap alternatives to cable, tips to save money in the new year, and savings ideas for online shopping. Top 5 Articles Cable TV Too Expensive? Why Not try Cheap Alternatives to Cable? — If your cable TV bill is too expensive, consider watching shows online as an alternative to cable! […]

The "I Knew It!" Benefit of Expense Tracking

It's worth tracking your spending because it's the only way to learn where your money is going. But it's worth doing for another reason as well. (See also: Track Your Spending. Or Not.) Unless you're tracking your spending, you don't really know where your money is going. […]

Those Money Problems, They’re All in Your Head

We’re a nation of individuals who have way too much credit card debt and far too little retirement savings. We start the spending habit extremely early in life, and catch the saving bug much too late. Our confidence in our abilities to live on our meager nest eggs is far too high, and our emergency reserves way too low. […]

Reader Profile: JL

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. […]