April 2, 2014

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Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 p.m. Pacific/ 3p.m. Eastern for lively conversation and a chance to win a $200 Visa gift card or one of two $50 Skype gift cards! Use #WBChat and #SkypeChat to participate. This week's topic: The Best Ways to Use Skype! Join us as we talk about using Skype for transferring documents, group calls, screen sharing, and Skype Credit! […]

“Savings Per Hour” and the Power of Frugal Intuition

Whenever I go beyond intuition and try to evaluate the exact savings found in a particular frugality method, the first thing I do is figure out exactly how much that method saves me regardless of how long it takes. Is this method providing a big savings or a little savings? For me, the tactics that just save a few cents aren’t really worthwhile unless they are extremely quick. […]

Psychological Advantages of the Debt Avalanche

The realist in me recognizes that the best plan for getting out of debt is any plan that allows someone to achieve that goal. The realist is constantly at odds with the optimist in me, the part of me that wants people to be high achievers, to strive for excellence, and to seek an informed level of knowledge and use that knowledge to make the best decisions for their actions. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Teaching Games Edition

My oldest son is on a board gaming kick as of late. Most days, when he gets home from school, he requests that we play a board game. He’s able to pick up the rules of many of the games in our family’s collection, more than I would have guessed a few months ago. We’ve enjoyed games like Lords of Waterdeep and Magic: the Gathering together. Most days, I don’t even suggest playing a game. […]

The cultural shift toward financial security

This article is by staff writer Kristin Wong. In the past few months, I’ve had a noteworthy number of conversations about the trend toward frugality. […]

7 Unnecessary Household Expenses You Can Cut Today

Sponsored by Skype — Use Skype Credit to call mobiles and landlines home and abroad at low rates. When cutting spending, household expenses are a great place to start. We tend to spend money on the same things month in, month out, all year — so when we change to a cheaper service provider or eliminate a service altogether, we only have to think about it once but the savings go on and on. […]

Eliminating Debt, Saving Money, and More with The Money Principle's Maria Nedeva

I recently had the priviledge of interviewing the amazing Maria Nedeva from the popular UK blog, The Money Principle! Maria is a personal finance expert and debt-slaying master; she was able to eliminate $157,000 in debt in three years. In addition to blogging, she teaches philosophy of science and innovation and even consults Prime Minsters on how to spend on science. […]

12 Things You're Doing Wrong Before Noon (and How to Fix Them)

Did you know that what you may be doing during the hours from the time you wake to noon could be sabotaging your whole day? Turns out this time of day can set the tone for how productive, happy, and satisfied you feel overall. Learn about some common missteps that may be derailing your day and what moves you can make to fix them right now. (See also: What Successful People Do Every Morning) 1. […]

Happy Birthday to Me (It May Be My Last)!

Today is the 9th anniversary of Free Money Finance! Yes, nine short years ago I began this blog with one simple post -- on how to contact me. :) I followed that one up with a short piece noting what the site would be about. […]

This Is How You Stop Online Impulse Spending

Technology has made it so easy for us to get what we want, when we want it, no matter whether or not we can afford it. Impulse buy opportunities online are rampant — appearing in our newsfeeds, through emails, and on practically every website we visit. But in order to stay on track financially, one must eliminate those urges to impulsively buy things online. […]

Best Money Tips: Get Job Recruiters to Come to You

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on getting job recruiters to come to you, how to get cheap life insurance, and creative ways to finance your wedding. Top 5 Articles 5 Ways to Get Job Recruiters to Come to You — To get job recruiters to come to you, showcase your work on a personal website. […]

Get a Bigger Refund With These Often-Overlooked Tax Deductions

Everyone knows that there are only two things certain in life: death and taxes. When tax time looms its ugly head, most utter a groan and diligently file their returns. One could argue that the tax code is a confounding minefield purposely written to confuse and frustrate. […]

Tax refunds: Why following the crowd makes sense

A few weeks ago, someone pulled out a gun and shot four people in a Detroit tax preparer’s office over a late income tax refund. […]