Free Money Finance

Free Money Finance is a personal finance blog designed to help readers grow their net worth. The site is over four years old and contains more than 7,000 posts on saving money, making money, investing, planning for retirement, and all other personal finance related topics.

Profile of Free Money Finance

Latest Posts from Free Money Finance (page 380)

Taxes for the "Rich"

During the presidential election (boy, aren't you glad that nonsense is over?), there was a lot of talk about how to define a "rich" person. If I recall correctly, some estimates got as low as someone making $70k per year being "rich", though I'm not sure if that was someone's actual thoughts or their opponent's spin on their thoughts. […]

Can You Save Money on Food by Gardening?

The Wall Street Journal asks how much can a garden save you? Or at least that’s the question they start with. But after they start considering the potential costs associated with a garden -- not just the food savings -- the question became, "can you save money on food by gardening?" Here's their answer: Can you still save money with a garden? […]

Who Are Kid's Gifts Really For?

This is a guest post from MLR @ My Life ROI. If you like this post, check out his website or subscribe to his feed. You know the scenario… you are having a birthday party for your baby girl. She just turned two! She looks adorable in her little sundress and all of your family is there. Cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents… ALL of them. […]

Yes, Warehouse Clubs Really Can Save You Money

There's been a lot of talk lately about warehouse clubs and their ability to save you money. I thought I'd profile a few of the pieces written on the issue and offer my opinion as well. We'll start with a piece I did titled How to Save Money on Grocery Purchases. It was from some research done by Consumer Reports that ranked four types of food shoppers. […]

Response from Guy with $265k in Student Loans

For those of you reading/commenting on/interested in/asking questions about the reader who has $265k in student loan debt, he has responded to many of the issues brought up. If you want to follow up on it, check out the post here. […]

How to Buy a Bed

I HATE shopping for beds! Can I say it again? I HATE, HATE, HATE shopping for beds!!!!!!! No other product/industry I know of has developed so many ways to try and confuse consumers, mask the differences between products, and generally do all they can to rip off whoever they can. […]

How to Select a Good Tax Professional

Bankrate has some thoughts on how to select a tax professional. Here are the tips I think are especially important: Look for a certified public accountant, an Enrolled Agent or a tax attorney. "Typically, these preparers are required to maintain continuing education credits to maintain their designation," notes Hockenberry. […]

How to Make Money by Becoming a Referee

Update (4-29-09): There are some really good, insightful, and valuable comments below, so be sure to read them. […]

Is the 401k to Blame?

60 Minutes recently did a story on the poor economy and the impact on people's jobs and retirement savings. I found much of the report to be "typical 60 Minutes coverage", a biased view, looking for someone to "blame", and very little reporter knowledge on the issue he was covering. […]

Five Ways to Use Credit Cards Wisely

The Wall Street Journal lists five ways to use credit cards wisely including: Here are five instances when it's wise to use plastic: 1. Making larger purchases or ordering online. "If you use a credit card, you have far more leverage to return the product than you would have if you used cash." 2. When traveling. Ms. […]