April 23, 2013

Selling Fear

A few times a week, I’ll hear from a reader who’s really worried about imminent economic collapse. […]

Do You Trust Justin Bieber to Teach Your Teens about Money?

It’s true: Kids need to learn about how to manage their money, and teens need to learn how to properly use plastic. When was the last time you counted bills out to a cashier to pay for something? […]

LastDollar March 2013 Net Worth

This month is Insurance Month in the series Naked With Cash. Each month, seven Consumerism Commentary readers anonymously share their financial reports to gain insight about their progress towards their goals. Read this introduction to learn more about the series. LastDollar is thirty-three years old, an entrepreneur and single mom with two children with learning differences in private school. […]

Is Every Purchase Merely an Investment?

I’m going to use a long example of a car purchase to start off this post. Bear with me through it. Let’s say, for calculation’s sake, that a car has a life span of 200,000 miles before the maintenance issues catch up with it. For the last 40,000 miles of that drive, the reliability of the car is going to be seriously slipping, but up to that point, the car will be pretty reliable. […]

How Do Tax Brackets Work?

When I was younger and I just started working, I didn’t know how tax brackets worked because I would do my return in TurboTax and pay whatever I owed. I didn’t care much about tax brackets because, honestly, it didn’t really matter to me. […]

Invest like Warren Buffett… but not really

This is a post from staff writer Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. If you want people to read your investing-related post or book, you’ll increase your chances by mentioning Warren Buffett in your title. After all, I just did it — and it might be why you chose to read this. […]

Ask the Readers: What Is Your Favorite Frugality Tip?

There are tons of frugal living tips out there. TONS. Some make a lot of sense, others make you think "Huh. That's...interesting." Then there are tips that cause you to jump up and go, "Wow! I can't wait to try it out!" and it turns out that the tip is, indeed, as great as you thought it might be. What is your favorite frugality tip? […]

Psychology and Loans: The Strange Reasons Why You Make Bad Decisions

Watch any commercial television broadcast, and it's pretty clear that marketers believe that both sex and greed can sell nearly any product. […]

11 Ways to Eat Oats When You Hate Oatmeal

I went a long stretch of time without eating any oats if I could avoid it. I blame it on oatmeal — or rather, the pre-packaged instant oatmeal that I had foraged from my mom's pantry once. […]

Best Money Tips: Save $200 a Month

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on saving $200 a month, unexpected wedding venues, and ways to save on jewelry. Top 5 Articles 5 Ways to Save $200 a Month — You can save money each month by getting a new homeowners insurance quote. [The Dollar Stretcher] Unexpected Wedding Venues That Are Easy on the Wallet — Need a cheap wedding venue? […]

7 Reasons to Love That Used Car Smell

If you love that new car smell and aren't willing to settle for a "new car smell" scented air freshener, you'll need to be prepared to pay a hefty premium for your new car. If, however, you're willing to allow another owner to drive the first 15,000 miles or more, then you'll be able to save thousands of dollars. […]

Reader Profile: BW

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. […]