December 4, 2013

Join Our Tweetchat on Thursday 12/5, 12pm PST for a Chance to Win $400 in Prizes!

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 p.m. Pacific/ 3p.m. Eastern for lively conversation and a chance to win a $200 Amazon gift card, a $100 Amazon gift card or one of two $50 Amazon gift cards! Use #WBChat and #PassionProject to participate. This week's topic: Following Your Passion! Join us as we talk about spending your time wisely, finding work-life balance, and pursuing your passions. […]

Stuffing Coal Into Scammers’ Stockings

Was Charles Dickens particularly ingenious when he came up with the legendary character Ebenezer Scrooge? Was Dr. Seuss at his creative best when he unveiled the Grinch? Did director Frank Capra and the others involved in assembling the classic film “It’s a Wonderful Life” experience a lightning bolt of inspiration when they dreamed up old man Potter, that conniving rotter? […]

Re-Establishing Trust After Financial Infidelity

It happens in many relationships. One partner makes a spending mistake or another financial mistake (or two… or more…) and chooses to hide the evidence for that mistake from the other partner. Most of the time, that mistake just fades away over time. Sometimes, though, it all blows up. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: 3-D Snowflake Edition

As many of you know, I’m usually sitting here waiting when my children get off of the school bus each day. Many days, I try to have some sort of project or activity for them to do (admittedly, some “projects” are better than others). One thing we’re going to do this week is one of my favorite homemade Christmas decorations – the 3D snowflake. […]

Big banks consider charging for deposits, are probably bluffing

Claes BellWhat if banks gave you a negative interest rate, actually charging for deposits, rather than paying interest? That’s what some banks are contemplating if the Federal Reserve stops paying them .25 percent interest on the gigantic reserves they hold at the central bank. […]

Want to Cut Costs? Get Yourself a Frugal Filter (or Two)

Plenty of people equate "frugality" with "deprivation." It ain't necessarily so. My personal mantra has long been "I save where I can so I can spend where I want." That's not deprivation — it's applying focus to my funds so I can create the life I want to live. (See also: How to Get Cash Back By Shopping) Does that mean interrogating every purchase? Well, yes. […]

5 Best Amazon Deals for Wednesday 12/04

57% Off Black & Decker Hand Vacuum - Features rotating, slim nozzle which targets dirt in tight spaces and 50% more reach than the previous Dustbuster design for less bending and better accessibility. 85% Off Memory Foam Mattress Topper - Memory foam's ability to reduce pressure points is one of the reasons so many people are using it to get the best night's sleep. […]

50 Ways to Walk More

The American Heart Association recommends walking 10,000 steps a day to improve health and decrease the risk of heart disease. That’s about five miles. One study found that walkers who got their 10,000 steps a day lost 10 pounds after eight months of walking, along with dropping their blood pressure and losing two inches from their waist size. […]

The power of speaking up

This article is by staff writer Kristin Wong. Last month, my boyfriend and I took a weekend trip to Seattle to celebrate our anniversary. We got a great deal on a hotel using a discount app. We’d stayed at this hotel before, and the view was gorgeous. The price was also reasonable and the room was clean. […]

10 Easy and Delicious Eggs-for-Dinner Recipes

It's difficult to say anything bad about eggs. Sure, they might be a little hard on your cholesterol, but they're packed with protein (and some heart healthy B vitamins) and can give you all the energy you need for a morning — or in this case, an evening. (See also: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Eggs) Perhaps you feel the same way. […]

20 Fitness Gifts for $15 or Less

Link for teaser title: From cyclists to swimmers, find great (and inexpensive!) gifts for the fitness-lovers in your life. […]

The 5 Best LED Monitors

In the past, we’ve covered keyboards and mice, accessories that allow you to input and be productive on computers. This time around, we will be covering another crucial component of the basic computer system: the monitor. […]

Reader Profile: RE

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. […]