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The Prosperity Gospel

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. The following is an excerpt from Dollars and Doctrine. This excerpt and the one next week will deal with what the author calls the two extremes of how Christians view money. […]

A Realistic Look at Investing in Gold Coins

The following article is a guest post by Shaun Connell, a gold coin enthusiast from Learn Gold Coins. If you are going to be a successful investor, then you need to be as realistic as possible. Many people get in trouble with their portfolio because they are too ambitious or they are not looking at the realities of the current market. […]

I Earned Over $800 in Credit Card Rewards in 2009

I had a strange year in 2009 with my cash back credit card rewards. Why was it so unusual? Because I had three different cards as my "main" credit card last year. The details: American Express Blue Cash started the year as my top card. Then they changed their rewards structure so that it was less lucrative, so I bailed on them (as my main card -- I do still use them at Costco). […]

Eight Great Movie Rentals That Will Pay You Back

Kiplinger lists eight (the headline says "10" because two extras are added in the descriptions of the others) great movie rentals that will pay you back (along with what you'll learn) as follows: MAXED OUT: HARD TIMES, EASY CREDIT AND THE ERA OF PREDATORY LENDING (2006) CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC (2009) MR. […]

Carnivals for the Week of Jan 11

For weekday updates of what I find to be some of the most interesting personal finance articles on the web, follow me on Twitter. And before I get to this week's roundup, I wanted to say that I have two giveaways going on right now. You can win access to Sound Mind Investing's website and a free copy of You Need a Budget. […]

10 Things Not to Buy in 2010

Smart Money lists 10 things not to buy in 2010 as follows: DVDs Home telephone service External hard drives Smartphone also-rans Compact digital cameras Newspaper subscriptions CDs New college textbooks Gas-guzzling cars Energy-inefficient homes and appliances Here's my take on each of these: 1. I don't think we've purchased more than a few DVDs in our lifetimes. […]

How to Get a Raise or Promotion

Here's a piece from MSNBC that talks about how to get a raise or promotion in 2010. This article is full of stories that illustrate many of the principles I regularly talk about. Let's start with this one: He also just promoted two employees. “Both guys were often the last ones at the office at night and among the first here in the morning,” Sweeney said. […]

Those Who Give More Become Rich Faster

Here's a final thought from Start Over, Finish Rich: 10 Steps to Get You Back on Track in 2010 by David Bach. […]

Top 10 FMF Topics of 2009

I've already listed my top posts of 2009, and now I thought it would be fun to look at the top ten categories I posted in last year. Here they are in countdown order along with the number of times I posted on them in 2009 (FYI, I had over 1,254 posts last year): #10 -- Spend Less than You Earn (34 posts) - This category is always a favorite of mine. […]

Anyone Have a Good Money-Related Joke?

I'll be speaking to a group of 500 people or so near the end of February. In addition to leaving them with some basics of personal finance, I want to entertain them too (or at least keep them semi-interested in what I have to say.) One way of doing this is to infuse jokes/funny stories/compelling stories into the presentation. I'm not sure where to find these, but I thought you could help. […]