March 22, 2013

The Influence

One of the most powerful factors in turning my financial situation around was the impact of the other people in my life. My wife, Sarah, is first and foremost in that. She’s at least as committed as I am to keeping spending under control. […]

FMF March Money Madness, Round 2, Posts 9-12

Here we go with the second 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. […]

The Government Wants to Regulate Bitcoin and Other Virtual Currencies

Currencies work as a means of storing and trading value because the people who use them have faith in their value. Faith involves putting trust in an entity more powerful than oneself, whether that entity is a market or a government. Even when the value of money was based on a commodity like gold, its value required faith that everyone would value the commodity similarly. […]

Storage Space and Spring Cleaning

Storage space is one of the biggest money drains that people have. Think about it for a second. What do you do with storage space? You fill it up with stuff that you don’t have any consistent use for. […]

SteveDH February 2013 Net Worth

Naked With Cash is the year-long series on Consumerism Commentary where seven readers’ households share their financial progress on a monthly basis. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. Read this introduction to learn more about the series. SteveDH is retired, and he and his wife have two grown kids. […]

Your Take: Sheryl Sandberg’s, Leaning In, and Embracing Success

This week we did a series inspired by Sheryl Sandberg’s new book Lean In and the associated media blitz. I first learned about it on NPR’s Morning Edition (a good 8 minute piece if you have the time) and the subsequent discussion about the message she was trying to convey and people’s responses to it. […]

Spare change: Cheap and fast fitness edition

This post is by staff writer April Dykman. As many longtime readers know, GRS founder J.D. Roth used to write “Spare Change” posts, which were a quick round-up of personal finance articles from around the web. He also used these posts as a chance to share bits and pieces about non-financial aspects of his life. Well, today I’m going to do those two things and attempt to revive a reader favorite! […]

12 Ways to Stay Grounded Even When Super Busy

If you find that you're still clutching your phone at the end of the day checking for emails and texts, then it's time to take a deep breath and get grounded. When you're overly preoccupied with work or social networking, you are more apt to miss out on what really matters: friends, family, and taking care of yourself. […]

How to Get Free Medication (for You and Your Pet)

As most of my regular readers know, I’m all about sharing pet hacks. No matter how frugal you try to be, owning a dog, cat, or other animal is far from free. Whether you are trying to travel affordably with your pet, offer them the best nutrition, or even make your own pet toys, there’s always a cost. […]

Best Money Tips: Savings Strategies That Work

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on savings strategies that work, making a killing by picking garage sales, and budgeting for home maintenance. Top 5 Articles Savings Strategies That Work — When you get home at the end of the day, pull your single bills out of your wallet and save them! […]

Get Ready to Manage Your Bank (and Other Cash) Accounts

For most of the last five years, there's been no reason to pay much attention to how you stored your cash — it doesn't earn enough interest to worry about. That's about to change. (See also: Managing Your Short-Term Money) Back in the 1980s, it made a big difference where you held your money. Bank interest rates were capped at below the rate of inflation. […]

Reader Profile: RV

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. […]