March 29, 2013

Buy Your Groceries Sensibly

I live close enough to the Des Moines area that I often shop in the city for groceries. In Des Moines, unsurprisingly, there’s a lot of grocery competition. […]

Ally Bank Review – Great option in online banking

A brief background about the bank Ally Bank is the banking unit of Ally Financial. The company started in 1919 as the General Motors Acceptance Corporation or GMAC and ever since has been involved in the financing of numerous vehicles for production. Because of the recent financial and economic crisis in the U.S., GMAC’s control and ownership has changed. […]

First Impressions and Displaying Your Social Status

Like it or not, we all display signs of social status when we go out in public. From our clothing to the car we drive, we give others indications of all kinds of things about us. Quite often, people buy into the idea that expensive items display high social status. […]

Damage Control: Taking an Unwarranted Vacation (From My Finances)

This week should have been a vacation. It has been, for the most part, but not entirely. While I’ve traveled occasionally over the past few years, and even chosen destinations meant for relaxation and time alone with loved ones, I haven’t had one of those fabled true vacations. My cell phone was still near by. I still took business-related calls. […]

FMF March Money Madness, Round 2, Posts 21-24

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. […]

Your Take: What Are Your Plans for Your Tax Refund?

The average tax refund is always in the neighborhood of three thousand bucks and we always enjoy asking you what you plan on doing with yours. Some people use it like “forced” savings and put the whole slug away for a rainy day. Others look to pay down debt. I always like hearing the stories of people who take a fun trip with the funds or buy something for themselves. […]

Ask the Readers: What will you invest in this month?

And before you know it, it’s April, and hopefully, you’re starting to see some signs of spring where you live. Our first two challenges were about sowing some seeds, and now maybe we can watch them grow. Here’s our challenge to the GRS community for April: What will you invest in this month? […]

8 Ways to Be a Better Human by Living Like a Vampire

If you were to make a quick list of "what's hot" in today's society, vampires would definitely rank in the top five. […]

The End of an Era

Nearly eight years ago – on May 1, 2005 – this site went live. In the time since then, we’ve published nearly 3,300 articles. I say “we” because, though I ran this site solo for nearly four years, it eventually became a group effort. In the spring of 2009, I took on my first two staff writers (Matt Jabs and Laura Martinez). […]

Best Money Tips: Spring-Clean Your Closet and Make Money

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on spring cleaning your closet and making money, requesting a tax extension, and getting on the road to riches. Top 5 Articles Spring-clean your closet and make money — When spring cleaning your closet, sell your unwanted clothes to make extra money. […]

What I Miss About the Recession

The recent "Great Recession" was officially deemed to be over in 2009, but it is only recently that the economic recovery seems to have really picked up speed. While it is nice to see the stock market go up and the unemployment rate go down, I do miss a few things about the recessionary years. […]

Taking a Vacation Day

It's Good Friday and an official holiday for my company. As such, I'm taking the day off today to enjoy time with family. Hope you all have a great weekend! […]

Carnivals for the Week of March 25

Here are some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: EDITOR'S CHOICE! Carnival of Personal Finance Festival of Frugality Carnival of Wealth Financial Simplicity Carnival Enjoy! P.S. Carnival Hosts -- If my post is in your carnival in a given week, please send me the URL to the carnival and I will include it in my weekly roundup. […]