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The Importance of a Thank You Note

There's a newsletter that gets passed around our office that recently quoted the following: According to a CareerBuilder survey, 58% of employers said it's important to send a "thank you" after an interview; 24% said it's very important. We've discussed this issue a lot in the past. […]

Are You in Your Dream Job?

A reader wrote the following comment to Money magazine in its April issue: One of the facts and figures packed into your March issue stood out: the Money Poll item that 14% of people are in their dream career. So 43 out of 50 commuters are going somewhere other than where they would like. Wow. […]

A Simple Portfolio of Three Funds

MSN Money lists a simple portfolio of three funds as follows: Some experts are pushing a back-to-basics approach to investing. As drastic as it may sound, they say it's possible -- even at times desirable -- to construct a very well-diversified portfolio using just three low-cost mutual funds or ETFs.Which three funds to use? A classic trio provides exposure to U.S. […]

Is Social Security Stealing Your Chance Of Being A Millionaire?

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. I have edited it a bit to tone down the political rhetoric and just focus on the facts.I've previously brought up the issue that I wish I had been able to keep what I have invested in Social Security. I know that society (and me as a result of that) benefits from people having a retirement safety net. […]

The Conversation About College is Turning in the Right Direction

This piece from the Wall Street Journal is one of the first I've seen from a mainstream media outlet that really digs deep into the cost/benefit considerations associated with going to college. Just a decade or so ago most media outlets bristled at the notion that money/economics/payback should play much of a role in selecting a college. […]

Thoughts on Being a Millionaire and Retirement

Here's an interesting piece from the NY Times that takes several views on being a millionaire:They begin with the "a million dollars isn't what it used to be" argument: In 1953, when “How to Marry a Millionaire” was in movie theaters, $1 million bought the equivalent of $8.7 million today. […]

The Key to Happiness

Yahoo asks if saving is the key to happiness. Some of their thoughts from a recent survey by Ally Bank: The size of an American’s bank account is a better predictor of happiness than the size of their salary, according to Ally Bank’s research, released this week.U.S. […]

Happy Birthday to Me (It May Be My Last)!

Today is the 9th anniversary of Free Money Finance! Yes, nine short years ago I began this blog with one simple post -- on how to contact me. :) I followed that one up with a short piece noting what the site would be about. […]

Two Questions on Tax Refunds

Here are two questions about tax refunds: Are you going to get one this year? If so, what are you going to do with it? I have not yet received my final tax return, so I'm not sure whether or not I will get one. My guess is that I will since I overpaid Social Security taxes (because I changed jobs). If I do, I'll simply save/invest the amount. […]