May 28, 2013

The Fear of “Missing Out”

For probably the last fifteen years or so, I’ve enjoyed building my own PC out of parts. I like the process of putting the pieces together, figuring out if everything works, and really understanding what’s inside my computer case. When I first started doing this, I found myself often stressed out about computer parts. […]

About David Bach

David Bach is a very prolific money expert and the first guru listed (alphabetically) on our Top Money Guru poll. He is most well known for two major ideas in personal finance. The first one, which I’m a firm believer of, was captured in his book titled The Automatic Millionaire. […]

Five Dilemmas in Teaching Children About Money – And How We’re Handling Them

Parenting is full of dilemmas. You’re constantly faced with difficult choices and your children expect you to have all of the answers. Not only that, if your answers aren’t the right ones, you’re going to end up setting a bad precedent for your child. The art of parenting is simply doing the best you can with these dilemmas as they come at you. […]

Kathleen, April 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. Kathleen is thirty-one years old, single, and living in Portland, Oregon. […]

Plowing through a furlough: The numbers

Going through a furlough — a temporary non-work, non-pay status, also known as a reduction in hours or a partial layoff — is a financial hardship.  Even if you’ve gotten into the right mindset, paychecks will still be smaller for a little while if the furlough goes through.  Even if you’ve fully internalized that the 20% reduction in pay is better than a 100% reduction in pay, it’s still a reducti […]

1st Annual Top Money Guru Poll

I’ve never been one to do “best of” or “award” types of posts but I thought it might be fun to find out, from you guys, the money expert you think should be given Bargaineering’s 1st Annual Top Money Guru award. […]

The high cost of saying “no”

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. Before I became a full-time freelancer, I worked in the communications department at a large non-profit. The organization hosted several events every year, from small local workshops to huge statewide conferences, and we always needed to fill some holes in the event schedule. This was never easy. […]

Should You Become Your Parents' Caregiver?

As our parents age, more and more of us are becoming family caregivers — and often filling the role with little preparation or planning. Nobody wants to think about their parents being unable to care for themselves — so often, we simply don’t. […]

Ask the Readers: How Do You Cool Off on a Budget?

The days are warming up, and they'll only get hotter as summer approaches. While it's easy to blast the AC nonstop whenever you break a sweat, this isn't the most energy-efficient or budget-friendly approach for most people. How do you cool off on a budget? Do you stay indoors, or escape to somewhere cooler outside your home? […]

Why I Love Lists

I love making lists. In fact, lists of all sorts organize and drive big parts of my life. […]

Control Your Debt With an Annual Clean Sweep

If you choose to use debt to manage fluctuations in cash flow, simplistic advice to live debt free isn't helpful. Here's a simple, practical test for keeping your debt under control. (See also: How Debt Fools People) If you spend more than you earn month after month, you're letting your debt get out of control. […]

Best Money Tips: Free Things to Do in the Summer

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on free things to do in the summer, getting free medication prescriptions, and budgeting when having a baby. Top 5 Articles 33 Free Things to Do in the Summer — This summer, have fun for free by reading a book or having a garage sale. […]

Introducing Wealth Lion

For the eight years that I've been writing FMF, I've used Typepad's service for the site. They include both the content management system (how I publish posts and control the site's design) as well as the hosting (how readers see/access the site on the web). It was a great beginning blogging service since it was very easy and my technical experience was zero. […]