July 16, 2013

What Am I Doing with My Life?

I have a list of things I want to achieve in my life. I want my children to be curious and independent people who can stand on their own two feet and can discover on their own the answers to the questions that life deals them. I want to have a marriage strong enough so that Sarah and I are there to comfort each other during our final years of life and to experience many, many wonderful things alon […]

Financial Independence: What Does It Mean?

We’d like to thank Experian for having us on their Twitter chat a couple of weeks ago. The topic was financial independence, and we heard a lot of great opinions from Ready for Zero, Wise Bread, the Better Business Bureau Military Line, Madam Money and everyone else who participated. […]

Put That First Debt Balance In The Rear-View

After establishing an emergency fund, my wife and I began to eliminate our debt.  Here’s what we did. We made minimum payments to all of our creditors.  We never missed a payment and all payments were made on-time. We listed our creditors in order, by balance owed, smallest to largest. We attacked the first balance on our list, by sending principal-only payments to our creditor.  Click to read abo […]

Should You Move for a Job? 5 Things to Consider

Many people dream of moving to a new city and getting a new job. In fact, that’s a prospect that my family is facing right now. My husband will be interviewing for a new job, in a new city halfway across the country. We’re pretty sure that moving for the job (if it’s offered to him) is the right move for us. […]

Buying It for Life

Over time, as our various pots and pans have worn out, we’ve slowly been replacing them with enameled cast iron, which are fairly expensive – substantially more than the pots and pans at our local department store. My pocketknife’s blade became so beat up that it could barely cut string. […]

Is there morality in personal finance?

This post is from staff writer Kristin Wong. A while back, my blogger friend and fellow GRS writer Holly Johnson wrote about a healthy dose of lifestyle inflation. In that article, someone made a side point that there shouldn’t be morality in personal finance — it should be about practicality. […]

Ask the Readers: Do You Have Side Income?

One common tip for achieving financial security is to make sure you have other sources of income outside your primary job. Some people do side gigs on their off hours, while others find ways to generate passive income to help them earn money without too much work. Do you have side income? Do you feel secure in your finances with the extra money coming in? […]

Best Deals for Tuesday 07/16

Link for teaser title:  http://www.wisebread.com/deals $5.99 Music Deals, Children's Books Under $10, 15-LED Headlight/Tire Light $6, and more! […]

Keep an Eye on Your Money With These 7 Online Investing Tools and Apps

I'll admit that I have used investing tools and apps sporadically until recently. Watching market fluctuations is dizzying to me, either causing me to slack off when my portfolio growth outweighs my daily earning potential or making me fret at losses that seem insurmountable to overcome. So, in general, I'd rather keep my distance from a constant flow of real-time streaming information. […]

Cold, Frugal Drinks to Keep You Cool in the Heat

Link for teaser title:  http://www.wisebread.com/cold-frugal-drinks-to-keep-you-cool-in-the-heat When summer is in full swing, cold drinks are in order. Don't waste your money on sugar-filled store-bought stuff; make your own delicious drinks for cheap. […]

Best Money Tips: Sell Your Skills as an Older Worker

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on selling your skills as an older worker, schooling yourself post graduation, and preventing identity theft for your children. Top 5 Articles How to Sell Your Skills as an Older Worker — When trying to find a job as an older worker, use the fact that you have tons of experience as leverage to get a job. […]

7 Easy Ways to Have Energy After Work

If it's a workday, chances are you hardly have an ounce energy left by quitting time. About 40% of workers report feeling fatigued at work on any given day. […]

Reader Profile: KP

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. […]