February 25, 2011

Cheap Lunch Box Ideas That Don’t Involve Sandwiches

There is nothing wrong with a good sandwich. But if you are like me, you probably get a little bored with them from time to time. Opening your lunchbox to find the same old flat looking sandwiches sitting in there every day can get a bit tiresome after a while. So let’s fire things up [...]Cheap Lunch Box Ideas That Don’t Involve Sandwiches […]

Get Five Free iTunes Songs From American Express

Here’s a bit of Friday fun… From now through March 15th, you can get five free songs via iTunes by registering your American Express card through this link. This is a promo for existing cardholders, not a signup bonus. To participate, simply click this link, register your American Express credit card, and use it to buy five songs via iTunes. That’s it. […]

Dinner With My Family #7: Spaghetti di Pesto alla Genovese

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. I love Italian food. […]

First National Bank of Omaha Maximum Rewards® Visa Review

While the most familiar credit cards come from big-name issuers like Capital One, Chase, American Express, Citi or Bank of America, some of the better offers come from less familiar banks. First National Bank of Omaha (FNBO) is one of the oldest and highly respected banks in the United States, known to Consumerism Commentary readers for their FNBO Direct Savings Account. […]

Friday Finance Findings for February 25th

Happy Friday! I wanted to thank everyone who entered the TurboTax drawing this week. We had a bunch of entries and four winners. If you didn’t win this time, no worries. Keep your eye out for other contests in the future. I usually like to use these Friday link roundups to complain about the cold weather, but I’ll refrain this week (even though it is still cold and snowy). […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 2, Posts 5-8

Here we go with the second round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. […]

Credit Card Usage Statistics – Do People Still Love Plastic?

We’ve all heard that the recent economic difficulties have prompted more Americans to start paying down their debt, increase their overall savings rate, etc. As a part of this trend, credit card usage has reportedly declined. Well… If you actually look at the numbers, you’ll see that reports of the demise of credit cards have been greatly exaggerated. Want proof? […]

Eight Minutes to Financial Success – Minute #6: Make a Weekend Plan

This week, The Simple Dollar is running a short series on some of the key moments in my financial turnaround and how you can experience those moments as well. For a full description of this, see the first article in the series. My weekend planning has always followed the same general structure (at least since I graduated from college). […]

Frugal Advice for the Gadget Addicted

Hi, my name is Jesse, and I’m a gadget-aholic. But I’m also a believer in frugal living, and new toys can add up quick. Small handheld gadgets are my weakness, but I’m learning to control the addiction. Here’s some advice to live frugally and enjoy your tech without compromising your financial goals. 1. […]

Book Clubs as Therapy

Regrets, uncertainty, and conflict rarely surface during normal conversation. […]

Southwest Promo Code: 15% Off! (via Visa Signature)

Wow. Just when I thought the whole Visa Signature stuff is at times pointless, out comes a fairly nice promotion from Southwest Airlines and Visa. […]

Advantages of Buying a House With Cash

The decision of whether to buy a house with cash or take out a mortgage may be one that most people never have to face. For the most part, American society is comfortable with the idea of going in debt to buy a house for two reasons. […]

Best Money Tips: Inexpensive Gifts for New Mums

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some amazing articles on inexpensive gifts for new mums, ways to boost your social security benefits, and common mistakes people make when trying to get out of debt. Top 5 Articles Baby fever: inexpensive gifts for new mums — Do you have to get a gift for a new mom? […]

Your Take: Providing ZIP Codes at Stores

The Supreme Court of California recently ruled that retailers do not have the right to ask for a customer’s ZIP code because a 1971 state law prohibits a business from asking credit cardholders for personal identifying information. I’ve personally never minded when the cashier asks me for a ZIP code but I know a few people who don’t like it. […]

Good Luck, Bad Luck: Who Can Tell?

Must the glass always be half-full or half-empty? What if there was a different way of looking at things entirely? A new perspective that eliminates the need to decide just how full the glass really should be? […]

Geographic Arbitrage: Save Money by Leaving The Country

This is a guest post from Gary Arndt, who has been traveling around the world non-stop since March 2007 and has visited over 80 countries. […]

Interesting Money Facts, Part 5

In the book Smart Is the New Rich: If You Cant Afford It, Put It Down, author Christine Romans list sets of facts (throughout the book) that she calls "Romans' Numeral". Today I'll be sharing a few of these and giving my comments on them. […]

Carnivals for the Week of Feb 21

Here are some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week and my posts that were included: Carnival of Wealth - Launching the Career of Your Dreams: How I Achieved My Dream Career Within 4 Years of College Graduation, Part 1 The Wealth Builder Carnival (last week) - How to Save 20% OFF MSRP on a Brand New Car Purchase   Festival of Frugality - How to Save 20% OFF MSRP on a […]

The Costs of Driving Under The Influence (or While Intoxicated)

Recently a friend confessed she had been caught driving under the influence of alcohol for the second time. I expressed safety concerns about her driving while intoxicated. She burst into tears, letting me know that these experiences were the most embarrassing and costly ones of her life. How Smart Are You? A lot of us [...]The Costs of Driving Under The Influence (or While Intoxicated) […]