December 24, 2012

Handle a Raise Intelligently (358/365)

A raise is something well worth being proud about. You’ve worked hard and your employer is recognizing that in the clearest way they can – with their cash. The challenge is that when you get a raise, there’s a strong temptation to raise your spending right alongside it. First, there’s the temptation to celebrate and reward yourself. […]

Nine reindeer tax games before the ball drops

I met Kay Bell a little over a year ago in Chicago.  She’s kept Don’t Mess With Taxes as true to topic as any personal finance blogger I know: all taxes, all the time on her blog.  (As you’d expect from a tax blog, no?) Recently she’s come through with nine end-of-year tax games with a Christmas reindeer theme.  Enjoy! Dasher says to dash to use up your FSA funds; if you don’t get a grace period […]

Merry Christmas!

This is just a quick note to wish you a Merry Christmas. If you’re not celebrating Christmas, then have a great couple of days off. Also keep in mind that there’s only a week left in 2012, so be sure to make those charitable contributions and wrap up any other last minute tax issues before the calendar rolls over. […]

What are the 2013 Traditional and Roth IRA Contribution Limits?

With just a week to go before the New Year, I thought I’d put together a quick post on IRA contribution limits for 2013. As a reminder, contribution limits have been indexed to inflation since 2008, and can increase in $500 increments (as necessary). As you can see from the table below, nothing had changed in the past few years, but… Limits are increasing by $500 in 2013. […]

Reader Mailbag: White Christmas

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. Homemade vanilla extract and vodka 2. Secure money use on vacation 3. Moving to the United States 4. Donating to political candidates 5. Revisiting the Iowa Treasure Hunt 6. Walking away from debt 7. […]

10 Unique Christmas Gifts for Men

This holiday season think outside-the-box and give the men in your life something other than a tie, fishing pole, or other equally dissatisfying object.  Use your imagination to give the type of gift that the receiver will actually use and appreciate. Here are some unusual gifts for him that he’ll really love and would never think of buying himself: Go Bag/Bug Out Bag – This item should be in eve […]

7 Hot Credit Card Trends for 2013

Every December, I start thinking about what’s ahead for credit cards in the new year. No, I’m not psychic. Just a credit card geek who spends hours and hours every week following the credit card industry. These trends are listed randomly and not in any particular order. For example, number one  isn’t any hotter than number seven. […]

Financial Lessons From "It's A Wonderful Life"

You may have seen the classic film “It’s A Wonderful Life” that is often played over the holidays. […]

Driven crazy by car loans

My long commute means my car has a lot of miles on it. Right now, it’s cruising up to 180,000 miles and still going strong. While we’re hoping to make it to 250,000, approximately 30,000 miles goes on the odometer each year. My car-buying philosophy In a rare piece of verbal financial advice from my father, he told me to always pay for my vehicles with cash. […]

Best Money Tips: Last-Minute Gifts You Can Buy at the Grocery Store

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on last minute gifts you can buy at the grocery store, stuffing an epic stocking, and what to do with a holiday bonus. Top 5 Articles Last-Minute Gifts You Can Buy At The Grocery Store — Still haven't finished your holiday shopping? Head to the grocery store and pick up some wine! […]

12 Ways to Host a New Year Party for Less

Want to ring in the New Year without wringing out your wallet? Here are some fun and easy ways to throw the party of a decade. […]

It's Christmas Eve!

Well, it's the day before Christmas and I'm celebrating with family. I hope you all are having a wonderful day as well (and not out rushing around for last minute gifts -- ugh!)I will be taking tomorrow off as well as a few days around New Year's, but other than that FMF will keep posting as usual.Merry Christmas (eve)! […]