February 15, 2013

How to Get Missing Tax Forms

Today is the day. You should’ve received your W-2 for 2012 by January 31st. If you didn’t you were supposed to go ahead and contact your employer to (gently) remind them that they dropped the ball. And then… You were supposed to be patient. Yes, the IRS is willing to help, but they didn’t want to hear from you until after February 14th. […]

When are 2012 Taxes Due?

This is just a quick reminder… Unlike the past couple of years, when the traditional tax filing deadline (April 15th) fell on the weekend and/or Emancipation day, April 15th, 2013 will be a non-holiday weekday. Thus, your taxes will be due on the 15th — exactly two months from today. […]

Where Is Your Future Pointing?

Where are you going to be in five years? What will that life look like, assuming you don’t do anything radically different than you’re doing now? Just think about that for a moment. Sketch out what your life will look like at that point. Where will you live? What will your family look like? What will your career look like? […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 1, Posts 13-16

Here we go with the first round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. […]

Anne and Matt January 2013 Net Worth

This month is Insurance Month in the series Naked With Cash. Each month, seven Consumerism Commentary readers anonymously share their financial reports to gain insight about their progress towards their goals. Read this introduction to learn more about the series. Anne and Matt are twenty-seven years old, living in the Midwest, with two children. […]

Renters and Keepers

A while back, I ran across this brilliant quote from Sam Lipsyte’s 2010 novel, The Ask: She was from the people who kept everything. I was from the people who rented some of everything for brief amounts of time. I knew I deserved no pity, would get none from the people who kept everything. […]

Your Take: College Rankings

Bill Gates made a little bit of news last week when he said that the metric rating system for U.S. colleges was “perverse.” The gist of his argument was that rating systems gave more credit to schools that attracted the best students rather than for improving them the most. His words: “The control metric shouldn’t be that kids aren’t so qualified. […]

Capital One Venture Rewards Card Review

Plenty of credit card users are fed up with the game that frequent flier programs have become. Credit card users dutifully earn tens of thousands of frequent flier miles, sometimes over the course of years, with the hopes of redeeming these miles for award flights. […]

Best Money Tips: Save Money for Big Expenses

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on saving money for big expenses, replacing lost tax documents, and picking the right car insurance. Top 5 Articles Five ways to save money for big expenses — Save money for big expenses by calculating a per-month amount based on life expectancy. […]

Ask the Readers: Can you retire without a pension or 401(k)?

This short reader post from GRS reader A Single Saver caught our eye. A 401(k) or IRA fund seems almost mandatory by personal finance standards, and yet, here a reader writes how her retirement looks good without them. What do you think? Would you be able to provide a retirement for yourself without retirement investment accounts? Can a single woman retire without a pension or a 401(k)? […]

Choosing a Retirement Account: What's Available, and What’s Best for You?

You know you need to save for retirement, no matter how many years away retirement is for you. But understanding your choices and picking the right account may seem daunting. The most popular and talked about retirement accounts are the 401(k) and the Roth IRA. Both of these have well-deserved, mostly positive reputations. […]

Reader Profile: JB

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. […]