February 21, 2014

Approaching Fears

All of us have a fear or two that keeps us up through the night. Maybe it’s debt or being unable to take care of your family. Maybe it’s a lack of money for retirement. Maybe it’s a health issue or early death. My biggest fear, without a doubt, is passing away before my children reach adulthood. I’m not worried that Sarah will be able to provide a good childhood for my children. […]

Looking Ahead at Automotive Decisions

Every once in a while, it’s useful to look at the state of the automobiles that your family owns and ask some hard questions about upcoming costs, both in terms of repair and eventual replacement. I thought I’d walk through these questions as they relate to our own cars to provide some ideas of what you might want to be thinking about. […]

Why saving money is for idiots

Virgil.TexasThese days it seems you can’t surf the Web without running into some self-proclaimed “finance guru” peddling easy, painless answers for complex money problems. These shysters are always going on about “saving money” and “planning for the future” while your bank account gets drained buying their expensive ebooks and PDFs. […]

Forget Your Weaknesses and Build on Your Strengths to Find Success

Best-selling author Robert Greene writes, "To rise to the level of mastery requires many hours of dedicated focus and practice. […]

10 Fun and Delicious Ways to Use Tortillas

One of the most versatile food items in your pantry is not a spice or vegetable — it's a tortilla. Whether you stock your kitchen with flour tortillas or corn, you can expand your menu with these low cost, readily available products. (See also: Homemade Gluten-Free Flour Tortillas) The many uses include substitutions for bread, pizza crust, and even dessert. […]

Ask the Readers: 5 questions about your taxes

It’s that dreaded time of year, but we all must face it. So let’s talk about taxes today. I’ve got some questions (and offer my answers). 1)      Do you get a refund or max out your withholding? A recent Moneyrates.com survey found that 31 percent of the 2,000 people surveyed prefer to get a refund. I confess – I get a refund every year. […]

Best Money Tips: Start Earning More Money Today

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on ways to start earning more money, combining your finances, and how much you need to earn to buy a home. Top 5 Articles The Easiest Ways to Start Earning More Money Today — If you want to start earning money today, use your tech skills or make something. […]

15 Bad Networking Habits That Will Kill Your Job Prospects

For those facing the competitive arena of the job market you likely know that networking with other people in your peer group and beyond could be the ideal way to get your foot in the next door with a job opening. Networking has helped many land great jobs. […]

You Are Lying to Yourself About Your Money

In a recent survey, most Americans give the average American a failing grade when it comes to personal finance, while those same respondents give themselves an A or B. It shows very clearly that there is a disconnect between how we perceive our own financial responsibilities and how we perceive those of the public at large. We know somehow that there's a problem with the way we handle our money, y […]

Reader Profile: KR

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. […]

Precious metals: The effect of QE tapering on gold and silver

This post comes from Keith Guyot at our partner site Zing. Gold prices fell more than 25% from January 2013 to January 2014, according to Goldprices.org. Silver was down nearly 36% in that same time period. Meanwhile the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet ballooned from $3 trillion to $4 trillion in 2013, and has grown nearly fivefold since the beginning of the recession in 2008. […]

Review of The Safe Investor by Timothy McCarthy

I received a review copy of Timothy McCarthy’s The Safe Investor: How to Make Your Money Grow in a Volatile Global Economy a few weeks ago.  Any book that can give me at least one good idea is a win.  It usually covers the cost of a book, or an e-book, or a membership to a site.  This book had many good ideas for me. There are common threads among finance books, particularly personal finance books […]