January 27, 2013

The Beauty of the Open-Ended Creative Project

My children spent Friday afternoon and Saturday morning designing their own boardgame. The supplies they used for the game design were simple – several pieces of paper, a bit of glue, and a box of crayons.With each iteration, the game became more compelling. It started off as a Candyland variant, except using dice for movement. […]

Retirement Investment Obsession

Vitaly writes in:My problem is that I can’t stop looking at my retirement accounts. Whenever I see an investment option that’s doing a little bit better than whatever I’m doing, I start to feel sick to my stomach and I panic and I have to switch my investments over. […]

Are Christians Fat?

For those of you new to Free Money Finance, I post on The Bible and Money every Sunday. Here's why. Here's a piece from Fox News that says church goers are heavier than the population in general. Some highlights: Nearly one-half of the American population will be obese by 2030 according to a 2012 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. […]

Reader Stories: Starting to see financial fitness muscle!

This story comes to us from reader EmJay. EmJay’s story is the epitome of getting rich slowly, and readers can learn from her effort. This post is part of the Reader Stories series. Some reader stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success or failure. These stories feature folks with all levels of financial maturity and income. […]

Refinancing a mortgage with an 800 credit score

Mortgage rates have been in-the-basement low for quite a while.  After the financial crisis and subsequent bailout of large banks in 2008 and 2009, the banks are sitting on a lot of underwater mortgages and are reluctant to repeat that mistake.  They’re not lending to just anyone anymore.  The is contributing to the fall in mortgage rates to historic lows. An excellent credit score is a great asse […]