January 27, 2014

Anonymous S, December 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. […]

Falling Short on Retirement Savings

It’s a fear that many of us have. For some, it’s a reality. You’re close to retirement age, but when you sit down and run the numbers, it’s pretty clear that if you retire at 65, you’re going to have to make some very tough choices. No matter how you slice it, the money simply isn’t there. What do you do? This can easily be a nightmare situation. […]

Reader Mailbag: Babysitting Service

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. Alternative payment options 2. Worried about spoiling child 3. Stop gap job? 4. Credit limit increases 5. Rolling over old 401(k)s 6. Maintaining old professional connections 7. Struggling with job interviews 8. […]

Your electric bill: so much Billshit, so little time

Kristin WongSince October, I’ve spent only about $25 a month on electricity. Impressive, eh? Well, maybe I shouldn’t toot my own horn quite so loudly. Because last summer, I spent an average of $130 a month on electricity. Since then I’ve made an effort to reduce my energy usage, and it looks like it paid off. […]

25 Essential Tricks for Quick and Easy Cleaning

Even though many of us are smack dab in the middle of winter, the stores are on a completely different schedule. They're all rolling out their spring clothing and organizing solutions in preparation for spring cleaning — which is still several months away. […]

Why We're So Materialistic (Even Though We Know It's Dumb)

I recently came across a photographic essay that showed the bedrooms of dozens of children around the world. It's beautiful and interesting, but what stands out the most is how much stuff some of these kids have — closets bursting with toys and other possessions, while others have so little — a straw mat, a cup, a threadbare shirt. […]

How to winterize your home

This article is by staff writer Lisa Aberle. As I write this, the back side of my house is mostly exposed to the studs with loose fiberglass hanging out in the area where landscaping will be someday. That’s right: Some crazy people choose to do remodeling projects in the middle of the coldest part of winter. […]

Best Money Tips: Ways to Eat Better for Less

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on ways to eat better for less, things that will cost less in 2014, and tax preparation tips to ease the stress of filing. Top 5 Articles 10 Ways to Eat Better for Less — Eat better for less by doing your own prep work and eating less in general. […]

10 Productivity Tips From Visionaries

In and of itself, productivity can be difficult to nail down in that it can look different depending on the person and profession; and while there are no silver bullets, there is definitely plenty we can learn from those who have proven to be successful and productive people. […]

Reader Profile: VF

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. […]