February 2013

Reader Profile: WV

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. […]

Poor Service Made Right

Not quite a month ago, I wrote about a poor customer service experience at the Golden Arches, and what a poor job they did in making it right. Today I’m writing about another negative experience at a different establishment and a manager that went above and beyond what was necessary to make things right. We recently had lunch at a relatively well-known Italian sit-down restaurant chain. […]

The Range of Your Vision

Because of the strange trajectory of my life, I have friends in rural places and I have friends in cities. I have friends who are on food stamps and I have friends that are millionaires. I have friends who own their own business and I have friends who can barely keep a job. I’ve noticed something fascinating lately among the friends that I keep regular communication with. […]

FMF March Money Madness, Round 1, Posts 17-20

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.) Today's games are brought to you by the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card, which offers 40,000 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points after making $1,000 in eligible purchases within the firs […]

Now Covered By Umbrella Insurance

There is nothing that can derail your financial success or path to independence as fast as being held liable for some kind of catastrophic loss without the appropriate level of insurance coverage. Automobile and homeowners insurance (or renter’s insurance) cover only up to a certain amount of your liability if you or your property is involved in an accident. […]

Reader Mailbag: The Time Spent

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. Overseas travel with kids 2. Bitcoins 3. Life or disability insurance? 4. Prepaying funeral expenses 5. Reaching a financially clueless student 6. Self-publishing a book 7. Emergency fund alternatives 8. […]

The Myers-Briggs Personality Test &Your Money

Since I am married to a man with a Ph.D. in Psychology, I’ve taken a number of personality tests — just for fun. My husband normally has me take them (he takes them, t00) before he uses them as activities in the classes he teaches. One of the most famous personality tests is the Myers-Briggs test. I’ve taken the Myers-Briggs test more times than I can count, including once for an employer. […]

We Are Working with a Financial Adviser

Over the last year, we’ve made some “direct” investments in companies that are doing some exciting things. They’re startups, in the sense that they’re not household names and they’re relatively new companies looking to make big changes in their respective industries, but these aren’t the familiar technology names you hear about in the news. […]

25 Tantalizing Fresh Tomato Recipes

Tomatoes can serve as an important part of a healthy diet, due in large part to their superior cancer fighting and antioxidant properties (according to Science Daily). Here are 25 tasty tomato recipes to start boosting your body. (See also: 15 Tasty Ways to Enjoy Tomato Juice) 1. Roasted Stuffed Tomatoes Looking for an interesting alternative to stuffed peppers? […]

Tax Document Checklist: What to Gather Before Doing Your Taxes

It’s that time of year again, and you may start feeling overwhelmed when you think about getting your paperwork together and calculating your income tax payment or refund. Tax season can cause anxiety for even the most relaxed people! Steady your nerves with this checklist to help you prepare for filing your taxes and go into everybody's least favorite season with an organized plan of attack. […]

Best Money Tips: Best Items to Buy Now

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on the best items to buy now, smart things to do with your tax refund, and the cheapest cars to own for five years. Top 5 Articles February Family Shopping Roundup: Best Items to Buy Now — Now is a great time to buy big screen TVs and winter apparel. […]

Food fight: Waging a war against food waste

Back in December, I decided to eat more fruits and vegetables. No matter what, I was going to eat more of them. And that’s saying something, especially since I’ve created a few excuses to avoid eating healthy food. Even though my main excuse wasn’t the expense, it’s still an obstacle to healthy eating. At least, that’s a common excuse I hear when eating better food comes up in conversation. […]

Grocery Jargon: 10 Terms to Know Before You Hit the Aisles

The last thing you want to be confused about is the food you're eating, but with all the grocery buzzwords out there, it can feel like you're staring at some insider jargon. To break it down, we've put together meanings behind common terms that you'll find all along your supermarket aisles. […]

Reader Profile: GP

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. […]

Making Financial Independence a Part-Time Job

Carrie writes in: I’m a 23 year old single woman with a solid government job that pays reasonably well. I have quite a bit of free time. What I’d like to do is somehow “bank” that free time so that I can have more free time later on when I (theoretically) have a child, as I’d like to be more flexible with my time then. […]

The Collection Plate Dilemma

According to various studies, approximately 40% of Americans attend religious services on a weekly basis (though that exact percentage is disputed). […]

Happiness Does Not Require Wealth

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Today I'm posting Proverbs 15:16, a verse that reminds me that money isn't the end all to having a great life. […]

Bouncing back from financial grief and loss

This guest post is from Psychotherapist Bobbi Emel who specializes in helping you face life’s significant challenges and regain your resiliency. Download her free ebook, “Bounce Back! 5 keys to survive and thrive through life’s ups and downs.” You can find her blog at http://www.TheBounceBlog.com. […]

Knowing What To Do Versus Actually Doing It

Chris writes in: “I’ve read all of the usual personal finance books and I know exactly what I need to do to get myself out of this hole. The problem is actually doing it. When I make decisions, I make poor ones, even though I know that in the long run they’ll cost me. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #113

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Gandhi on action “Action expresses priorities.” – Mahatma Gandhi There is no clearer representation of what you truly value than what you actually do with your time and energy. 2. […]