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You Can Retire Early on an Average Income

After posting a series of bad news items like Americans have low net worths, way too much credit card debt, and are terrible at money management, here's finally some good news. Here's a family who is bucking all the trends. They are sending 13 kids to college, are debt free, and plan to retire early. Good for them!!! So you're thinking "they must make a pretty hefty salary, right?" Nope. […]

Millionaire Interview 23

Today we have a brand new installment of Millionaire Interviews. This post is a bit unique in that it contains an original interview I did in the summer of 2013 plus an update as of now. The original interview was posted on a site I no longer run. So today's post will work like this: My questions will be in bold and italic font The original (2013) answers will be in black text The updated […]

Star Money Articles for Week of September 19

Welcome to this week's edition of Star Money Articles. Here's a post where the writer says he has every dollar he ever made. […]

Save a Ton by Having Your Wedding on a Thursday

Here's an interesting follow up to my recent post on how expensive weddings can be.  Money magazine has a piece on how some couples are saving a ton by having their weddings on Thursdays.  Yep, going off of prime time is always a saver no matter what you do and it's no different with weddings. Most people don't want to get married on Thursday, right? Of course not! […]

Why People Quit Their Jobs

Money Magazine lists the main reasons people quit their jobs as follows (with the percentage of people who gave this reason): Because they didn’t have room to grow (45%) Poor leadership (41%) Wanting better work culture (36%) Wanting more challenging work (36%) Wanted better pay (34%) Wanted better recognition at work (32%) I've left jobs for all of these reasons throughout the course of my care […]

Interviews are Back!

Back in the day, I used to run several reader interview posts that were very popular here at Free Money Finance. Well, it's my pleasure to announce they are back!! The series are: Reader Profiles -- These were interviews with readers of all sorts, asking about their current finances, plans for the future, and their best financial advice. […]

Star Money Articles for Week of September 12

Welcome to this week's edition of Star Money Articles. Let's begin with 13 Things You Need to Reach Your Money Goals. The twist? It's not money. :) Here's a funny take on internet trolls. How about this as a promise: How to Beat 80% of Investors With 1% of the Effort. Short answer: index funds.  Wondering if you're financially stable? […]

30 Ways to Earn Extra Cash

Kiplinger lists 30 ways to earn extra cash. Some of these are completely weak in my opinion (election officer? search for unclaimed property?), but there are ones I would consider including: Coach a youth sports team -- I wouldn't do this for pay (I've done it for free for my son's team), but I would consider going back to being a soccer referee. […]

The Big Financial Advantages of a 15-Year Mortgage

Here's an interesting piece from Money magazine that reminds us of the advantages of a 15-year mortgage over a 30-year mortgage -- namely, the cost. They list four reasons a 15-year mortgage is better but the main reason is point #1 -- it saves a TON of money! Key quote: Taking out a 15-year mortgage dramatically cuts your home-loan repayment time. […]

Weekend Money Traps

Here's a list of weekend money traps from Money Magazine: 1. The Movie Theater2. The Car Lot3. The Mall4. Restaurants5. Open Houses6. The Furniture Store7. Big Ticket Events8. The Weekend Road Trip Here's how my family does on these: 1. Nope, don't do the theater on the weekends. We go on Tuesdays when the movies are $5.75 versus $10. […]