July 2, 2013

Money and Paying Attention

Whenever I spend an afternoon playing with my children – actually focusing on them instead of being half-distracted by my cell phone or a conversation with a friend or something else – I always learn several new things about them. I learn how their relationship with each of their siblings is going. I learn what they think about a lot of things in their day-to-day life. […]

How Much Could You Be Throwing Away in Investing Fees?

When it comes to retirement investing, there is no way to avoid the fees. You will have to pay something at some point. However, just because you can’t avoid fees entirely doesn’t mean that you have to pay high fees throughout your life. One of the best things you can do for your financial future is to reduce fees associated with your retirement account. Why? […]

Best Deals for Tuesday 7/2

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Five Frugal Things I Don’t Do

I’m pretty well known online for being very frugal about some things. A few people even like to toss jokes my way about my “extreme” frugality, as I’ve gone so far as to calculate the cost of a sheet of toilet paper. It’s simple: I want to know the value of what I’m getting for every penny that I spend. […]

Anonymous S, May 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. This month, the participants and experts will be discussing retirement as part of their analyses. […]

Build Financial Systems to Match Your Tendencies

When I first started working, I kept a budget in an Excel spreadsheet. I recorded every single expense I had down to the penny. This was before there were tools like Mint, which would collect your credit card transactions and create budgets for you, and it was sometimes tedious to record every last transaction. […]

Travel on a budget: The all-inclusive vacation

This post is from staff writer Holly Johnson. Last year, I was talking with a friend right after she had returned from a relaxing week in the Caribbean. “We did an all-inclusive,” she said to me with a glimmer in her eyes. “A what?” I had no idea what she was talking about. […]

Ask the Readers: What Do You Do to Relax?

Everyone needs some time to get away from the stresses of our daily lives, but how we spend that time differs from person to person. What do you do to relax? How long does it take before you feel recharged? […]

Delicious Vegan 4th of July Menu Ideas

Hosting a vegan 4th of July bash can be a bit overwhelming the first time you attempt it. […]

12 Ways a Deep Declutter Can Improve Your Life

I love to declutter. In fact, I love it so much that I seldom have a chance to accumulate enough for proper decluttering. In my mind, a really deep declutter is more than just about cleaning. It's an opportunity to change our lives and reorganize our world. If you need to change things up in your own life, consider a deep declutter. It can help you in lots of unexpected ways. […]

The 3-Step Plan to Choosing Your First (or Next) Mutual Fund

I still remember buying my first mutual fund when fund families sold their offerings by telephone and mail. Research typically involved poring over the pages of reference books in the public library. So, rather than spend my time in this laborious effort, I called a fund company and started talking to one of its investment advisors. […]

Retire in a Foreign Country for a Fraction of What It Costs in the US

Some of you FMF old-timers may remember when I wrote posts like How to Afford Retirement: Move to a Foreign Country. The basic premise: it's often much cheaper to retire in a foreign country than it is in the US. […]