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Budgeting Tips for Getting a Pet

It's been awhile since I've talked about the cost of pets and frankly I thought I had said everything that was to be said on the topic. Then I found this piece that lists budgeting tips for a new pet as follows: Estimate the one-time “start-up” costs and the ongoing “maintenance” costs of the pet. Slot those annual numbers into your budget. Prepare for unexpected surprises. […]

The Whip Cracks Both Ways

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. Inherently volatile, the average daily fluctuation of the stock market is about 0.76%. If this movement were always up, the market would appreciate to more than six times its value in a year. If all the movement were down, you would have less than 15 cents for every dollar you invested at the beginning of the year. […]

How to Determine Whether or Not You Need Long-Term-Care Insurance?

Here are some thoughts from the great personal finance book Grow Your Money!: 101 Easy Tips to Plan, Save, and Invest. They list guidelines for determining whether or not you need long-term-care (LTC) insurance as follows: Are you worth over a million dollars, excluding your home? […]

What Made You Care About Money?

Get Rich Slowly asks what made you care about money and shares the following responses from an admittedly unscientific survey as follows: Debt forced me to get better with money -- 22.5% I got engaged, married, and/or I reproduced -- 15.0% I got divorced, dumped, or widowed -- 12.5% I read a great book -- 12.5% I craved financial independence or a better life -- 11.3% I was making mor […]

How Much is a Good Commute Worth?

The Brazen Careerist talks about dealing with an insane commute and it got me to thinking -- just what is a "good" work commute worth? In other words, would you take a $10,000 a year pay cut if it meant you only had a 10-minute commute versus a 45-minute one? It's an interesting question. I had a friend who used to live in New Jersey and commute to New York City every day for work. […]

How to Retire Early

Here are some thoughts from the great personal finance book Grow Your Money!: 101 Easy Tips to Plan, Save, and Invest. They list secrets of successful early retirees as follows: Successful early retirees have their eyes on the early-retirement prize for decades in advance. Modest lifestyle -- before and after retirement. […]

Handling Money and Marriage Issues

The following is a guest post from Neal Frankle, the author of Why Smart People Lose A Fortune.  He also blogs at Wealth Pilgrim. Can you live with a spouse or partner who is super frugal if you aren’t? […]

10 Best Posts Available

The Best of Money Carnival this week is now up at Financial Highway. This week's winner was How Stupidity on Wall Street Violated the Most Basic Laws of Physics. Check it out if you're interested in the best personal finance posts from the past week. […]

How to Get Your Resume Read

We've talked a bit in the past about how to make your resume stand out so it's at least read by a human being -- not relegated to the slush pile where it will never see the light of day. In those posts, two readers left especially useful comments that I wanted to share with you all. […]

The Money Back Guarantee

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. […]