April 12, 2013

Do Something A Little Scary Each Day

Have you ever changed the oil in your car? The process is actually pretty easy. You just get an oil pan, climb under your car, unscrew a nut, and let the oil run out in the pan. After a while, you screw the nut back in, then open your hood, unscrew a cover, pour some oil in until it measures at the right level, then replace that cover. […]

FMF March Money Madness, Round 3, Posts 13-16

Here we go with the third 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. […]

Are Financial Planners Hurting Investors Approaching Retirement?

If you’ve watched the financial industry over the course of the last decade, you’ve probably noticed some important contradictions. It’s a good indication that taking generalized investment advice and applying it to your own situation is not a smart idea. Anyone who retired at the height of the recession is going to understand exactly what I’m referring to. […]

Five Little Pieces of Advice That Changed My Life

I’ve received so many great pieces of advice over the years, from family and friends, from great books, and from wise people. Recently, I sat down to make a list of the key pieces of advice that I wanted to make sure to clearly pass along to my children. […]

Your Take: TurboTax Lobbying Against Simple Tax Filing?

On pretty much the eve of tax day, imagine a world in which the IRS mails you a prepared return and all you needed to do was review and sign it? It’s estimated that tens of millions of taxpayers would be able to use it, save around $2 billion and 225 million hours of preparation time. […]

Ask the Readers: 4 options for the next step

Ken is sending his financial situation into the GRS ether to see what you have to say. Here’s a snapshot of his finances: I thoroughly enjoyed reading your article “What Next” and the “Ask the Readers: What is the Next Step?” because that is my situation. I have been struggling for the past year to figure out where to focus my attention. I am married with no children. […]

Easy, Frugal Ways to Have People Over (Even If You Don't Cook and Clean)

A friend once made the observation that people have the time (and inclination) to cook OR clean. Like me, she opted to cook, meaning, then, that she typically had a messy house. I had never really considered that there were two such types of people. But after doing a mental scan of the homes of friends and acquaintances, I realized she was spot-on. […]

Best Money Tips: Earn More From Your Garage Sale

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on earning more from your garage sale, saving on wedding reception food, and investing lessons from Monopoly. Top 5 Articles 11 Tricks to Earn More From Your Garage Sale — If you want to earn more from your garage sale, time your sale right! […]

Meet Jim, my millionaire next door

This guest post is from William Cowie, who has contributed to Get Rich Slowly and other personal finance blogs. He also blogs about investing and offers a free Investing Basics course on Bite the Bullet Investing. Like little ants, we moved and hustled all day, nine years ago, settling into our new house. […]

Great Ways to Save Money by Volunteering

I’ve always been the volunteering type, especially since I became a mom. I believe strongly in helping others, and I want my daughter to learn that value, too. For the last decade I have been part of a community recreation board, helped with youth sports programs, and served as a Girl Scout leader. Recently, I have taken an interest in helping out at a friend’s equine farm. […]

Making Museum Memberships Worth the Cost

Money Wise Pastor lists six things to consider before buying a museum membership as follows: 1.Is it tax-deductible? 2.What’s the difference in price between the one-day cost and the annual membership?3.What if you buy the annual membership but don’t go enough times to save money – isn’t that a waste? 4.What kind of special offers or discounts would you receive as a member? […]