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Who Doesn't Pay Taxes

I was struck by these tax numbers in a recent CNN Money piece: In 2009, roughly 47% of households, or 71 million, will not owe any federal income tax, according to estimates by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. Some in that group will even get additional money from the government because they qualify for refundable tax breaks. The ranks of those whose major federal tax burdens net out at zer […]

Stop Acting Rich

The other day I ran into this piece. It's about a new book by Thomas J. Stanley, one of the authors of my all-time favorite money book, The Millionaire Next Door. It's titled Stop Acting Rich. Here's a summary: If you think that having a 5,000-square-foot McMansion means you’ve arrived financially, think again. You may be fooling the neighbors. You may be fooling yourself. […]

Help a Reader: Asking for a Discount

Here's a comment left on my post titled Asking for Discount Nets Guy $40k, which (again) talks about how we can all save money by asking for discounts: So this has been talked about here many times before with many people posting success stories. I have always been skeptical of this. No one ever seems to be willing to give me a discount. […]

The Power of Good Enough

Here are some thoughts on the power of "good enough" from the book Make Money, Not Excuses: Wake Up, Take Charge, and Overcome Your Financial Fears Forever: You don't have to be perfect. You don't have to be the best. You don't have to be at the top of some class. You don't have to be the smartest. You don't have to be the winner. You don't have to prove yourself. You do […]

Money Lessons from Jim Nance

If you watch even a bit of sports on TV, it's likely that you've seen announcer Jim Nance. Well, he's in the news again, this time not for his on camera ability but because he's going through a messy divorce. It's a good reminder for us all that a divorce can have a substantial negative impact on one's net worth. […]

Savings on Chicago Trip?

We're finally making our often-planned trip to Chicago soon and will be stopping by the Shedd Aquarium, the Museum of Science and Industry and either the John Hancock Building or Sears Tower. This is where I need your help. I'm looking for money saving coupons, discounts, passes, etc. […]

Another Case from the Clueless Files

Why are all these people from Pittsburgh? Sheesh, it gives one of my favorite places a bad name. Anyway, here's a story about a couple that's been "hounded by debt collectors". […]

Best of Money Carnival Up and Running

Just a note to let you know that the latest Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, Quit Worrying About 80% of Your Life. If you're a blogger and would like to be a future host, email me and let me know which date you'd like. […]

How to Become Wealthier

Here are some thoughts on how to become wealthier from the book Make Money, Not Excuses: Wake Up, Take Charge, and Overcome Your Financial Fears Forever: If you want to get rich, if you want to be wealthier than you are today, you really need to do only four things: You need to make a decent living. You need to spend less than you make. You need to invest the money you don't spend […]

A Man Skilled in His Work

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. I talk a lot about managing your career here at Free Money Finance because for most people, their career is their biggest financial asset. […]