May 2013

Help a Reader: Need Cash

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I need to see how everyone would proceed in the following situation: I’m 27 I make around $85k from my regular job I own a side business with my business partner investing in rentals and real estate (relatively new, but want it to become more serious) I own a rental house that cash flows around $1k per month. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 5/30, 12pm Pacific for a Chance to Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Your 6 Month Financial Checkup! Learn about re-evaluating your budget, savings goals, and checking your credit report! […]

Living Life to Its Fullest

“Make every day your masterpiece.” – John Wooden I have a really simple standard by which I live my life. At the end of each day, when I’m getting ready for bed, I try to write an entry in my journal, which means I reflect on the day that just passed. Mostly, I ask myself a single question about that day. […]

Choosing to Stay Home With Children

Since before the recession, an increasing number of mothers say they’d like to work full-time. The Pew Research Center analyzed new data from the U.S. Census Bureau and conducted a survey to discover this and other family financial dynamic trends. In 2007, 20% of mothers called full-time employment their ideal situation, while by 2012, that number increased to 32%. […]

About Clark Howard

Clark Howard is the first radio host on the Top Money Guru poll. The Clark Howard Show is nationally syndicated personal finance advice show that not only talks about the basics of personal finance (spending less, saving more) but also delves into an area many personal finance experts don’t – how to avoid getting ripped off. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Endless Rain Edition

Our Memorial Day weekend was filled with tons of rain. On the rare occasions when it wasn’t pouring outside, we couldn’t help but want to go outdoors and do something… after all, it’s Memorial Day weekend, the informal start of summer, right? Well, with everything being soaked, there was mud everywhere, and our children were attracted to the mud like moths to a light. […]

Win a Box of Books (#25)!

Welcome FMF newsletter readers (and those reading this post)! Here's a chance for you to win a box of personal finance books (the books included are here).Here's how it will work: 1. All you need to do to enter is to leave any comment on this post. Be sure to leave your email address (no one else will be able to see it) when you leave the comment. 2. […]

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About Jean Chatzky

Jean Chatzky is currently the financial editor for the Today Show but got her start in print as a financial journalist. […]

Where to put your next investment

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. Let’s say you’ve decided to add a new investment or two to your portfolio — maybe a stock, maybe a bond, maybe a mutual fund that invests in either or both. […]

18 Frugal and Romantic Dates at Home

If you're a parent, paying the babysitter can use up your whole date night budget. And even for couples without children, if money is tight, the cost of dining at a restaurant or buying tickets to the movies can be out of reach. Meeting in public may be important when you're first dating and need the opportunity to leave quickly if things don't go well. […]

How to Evaluate a Neighborhood Before You Buy

When it comes to buying a home, the old real estate saying holds true. It's all about "location, location, location." The neighborhood you live in can make a big difference in whether or not you enjoy your home. You can have a great house, but if you don't like the neighborhood, living there can be unpleasant. (See also: Think You Can Afford More House in the Exurbs? […]

What do you do with your windfalls?

This post is from new staff writer William Cowie. A few weeks ago, the lottery jackpot was almost $600 million. Did you buy a ticket? If you’re like millions of others, the answer would be yes. As the size of the jackpot climbs, more people buy tickets. Why? The “big pot” Powerball ticket costs the same ($2) as the one paying the minimum of $40 million, and the odds are identical (lousy). […]

Best Money Tips: Ways to Get a Job Quickly

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on ways to get a job quick, upping your LinkedIn game, and tips for finding and using online coupons. Top 5 Articles 14 Ways to Get a Job Quick! — To get a job quickly, hit up your alumni connections and search ads on Craigslist. […]

5 Ways to Make Money Selling to the Educational and Homeschool Markets

Thought you had to be a major curriculum publisher or a licensed teacher to make money from students? As a homeschooling mom of five, I have seen so many ways ordinary, talented individuals are making a tidy profit selling to home educators, tutors, and daycares. Here are just a few from which you can possibly earn a little pocket cash — or even start your own full-time business! […]

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 […]