April 1, 2013

A Seven Year Old Learns About Credit Cards

Here’s some food for thought for those of you out there raising children and hoping to teach them good lessons about money. I was at the store recently with my seven year old son. […]

How to make money with your photography using Foap

Make Money Off of Your Photography with Foap Do you snap photos with your iPhone?  Are you amazed at how well they turn out?  If you are, I have a money making opportunity for you.  It’s called Foap and it’s an iPhone app for stock photographers. If you’re looking for ways to make money or even just ways to make money on the side why not sell the photos you’ve taken?  Foap is free to sign-up for a […]

FMF March Money Madness, Round 2, Posts 25-28

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. […]

Avoid the Home Insurance Catch-22: Follow Through on Repairs

This is the second installment of The Simple Dollar writers’ personal stories. Take a look at Karla’s story about naming her baby the beneficiary of her life insurance policy over here. Today, I’m excited to share Randy Woods’ experience with home insurance claims and how much of a Catch-22 they can be. […]

How to Choose Health Insurance as a Young Professional

One of the rites of passage for those emerging into adulthood is choosing health insurance. Making this decision isn’t always easy, but it’s important. If you go long periods without health care coverage, you might not be able to get on the plan that you want in the future. […]

Reader Mailbag: Picnics

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. Snowballs and variable rate loans 2. Frugal haircut strategy 3. Startup farm funding 4. Sunday paper cost effective? 5. Debt payoff or emergency fund? 6. Hiding money from social network 7. Car payment options 8. […]

Should You Pay Your Taxes with a Credit Card?

If you’re one of the unfortunate taxpayers who will owe taxes when you file your return, you might be tempted to pay your taxes using a credit card and try to take advantage of any cash back or rewards programs you’ve joined. Why not pay with plastic, get a month or so of grace period, and earn a percent of cash back or rewards? […]

Is it possible you don’t need an emergency fund?

This post is from staff writer Lisa Aberle. Common personal finance advice recommends building an emergency fund. In fact, how and why to have an emergency fund has been covered here before. But like so much common advice, it doesn’t apply to everyone — and it certainly doesn’t apply to each stage of personal finance. […]

101 Useful Things You Can Do in 15 Minutes or Less

Do you have 15 minutes to spare? You can't tackle a long-term project or a complicated problem that requires deep concentration and uninterrupted thinking in the busyness of a typical day. But there are many things you can accomplish in 15 minutes or less. […]

5 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Used Car

Spring is a time when the used car market sees an uptick in activity. Tax refunds are in hand, the sun is shining, the open road beckons, and folks start to stroll through used car lots with a gleam in their eyes. But before you start test driving and haggling, take a moment to prepare and clarify what kind of car you need and what you can afford. […]

Best Money Tips: Alternative Uses for Household Items

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on alternative uses for household items, things to consider when choosing health insurance, and principles to increasing your net worth. Top 5 Articles 13 Alternative Uses for Stuff You Have Around the House — Did you know you can use cat litter instead of rice to cure a wet phone? […]

Tips from a recovering procrastinator

This post is from staff writer Richard Barrington. Co-workers tend to look at me as someone who dives head-first into projects and generally meets deadlines ahead of schedule, so they don’t realize my hidden secret. I’m a recovering procrastinator. When I was a student, I did everything at the last minute. […]

The State of American Money, April 1, 2013

As Wise Bread's Senior Editor, I have the opportunity to read several IMPORTANT FINANCIAL FACTS. How do I know that they're important? Because they're written in all caps. DUH. Here are the top five totally important, totally real financial facts I've learned in a variety of categories. […]

Happy Birthday to Me!

Today is the 8th anniversary of Free Money Finance! Yes, eight short years ago I began this blog with one simple post -- on how to contact me. :) I followed that one up with a short piece noting what the site would be about. […]