August 22, 2013

The Heartbreaking Puzzle of Life Insurance

I want to tell you a story about a friend of mine. I’m obviously going to alter some personal details here to protect privacy, but the core of this story is completely true. This friend of mine spent the last ten years or so of his life in poor health. […]

McD Monopoly Game: Mail-in vs. Hash Browns Epic Challenge Part 4

It’s been a long month, to say the least. McDonald’s Monopoly unexpectedly started two months early, forcing Jim and me to scramble around and figure out what to do. Then in haste we decided it’d be smart to buy tons of food and write even more SASE letters than last year. And we did it. […]

JW, July 2013 Net Worth

In Naked With Cash, seven anonymous Consumerism Commentary readers publicly track and analyze their finances on a monthly basis. For almost a decade, I tracked my own finances on Consumerism Commentary; now I’m sharing the benefits of public accountability with the participants. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. […]

Reader Mailbag: Family Worries

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Controlling spending in retirement 2. Shaving not worth cost? 3. Checking out potential roommates 4. Losing hope 5. Financially irresponsible family 6. Child cost panic 7. Paying off student loans 8. […]

Do You Have a Digital Executor?

Increasingly, our lives are online. From online bill pay to discount brokerages to social media accounts, we all have technological footprints. But what happens to all of that information when we die? How can it all be taken care of? The answer is becoming a part of estate planning. […]

How to Build a LinkedIn Profile that Will Help You Get a Job

Last year, CareerBuilder released the results of a survey indicating that 37 percent of employers look at social media as part of the hiring process. As our society becomes even more dependent on technology and the web, more employers are likely to take a look at your online activity, and make decisions about you. […]

The Opposite of Spoiled: The Right Way to Teach Kids About Money

Note: This article is from J.D. Roth, who founded Get Rich Slowly in 2006. After a year off, J.D. is once again writing here at GRS. His non-financial writing can still be found at More Than Money. What’s the best way to teach kids about money? That question has haunted folks for decades — maybe centuries. […]

The 5 Best Back-to-School Laptops

A good laptop is an essential piece of equipment for many students, and with autumn right around the corner, a lot of folks will undoubtedly be in the market for a new one. There are a lot of things to consider when purchasing a new laptop, including price, features, and specifications, so we at Wise Bread thought we'd simplify your search by narrowing down the selection. […]

10 Fun Ways to Leave Your Job

I've talked in the past about creative ways to get laid off. These tips were designed to help you reap the benefits of a layoff, if your situation demands it. […]

How to Keep Long-Term Travel From Ruining Your Career

In good conscience, can you really take time off to travel long-term without ruining your job prospects? Whether it's a gap year after school or a sabbatical mid-way through your career, taking time off is rarely regarded kindly by the office. […]

Reader Profile: VA

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. […]