March 28, 2013

Blocking What We Can’t Deal With

For a few days last week, I spent a lot of time reading and playing video games. It was kind of out of the blue for me, so it didn’t take long for me to start asking myself why I was doing these things. What was triggering it was an avoidance of thinking about the pain in my lower legs. […]

Do You Qualify for Student Loan Income-Based Repayment Plans?

Late in 2011, according to estimates by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, total student loan debt in the United States passed the $1 trillion mark. That’s a lot of student debt. Many graduates struggle to find jobs, or work in low-paying jobs that don’t come close to allowing them to afford their student loan payments. […]

Reader Mailbag: World Building

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Home upgrade concerns 2. Choosing a major 3. Hedging bets on interest rates 4. The cost of sleep 5. Best use for savings? 6. Disgusted by product images 7. Transitioning to one income 8. Upgrading a computer cheaply 9. […]

Check Your 401(k) Fees: Invest in Index Mutual Funds

A few years ago, new regulations mandated that 401(k) retirement plan administrators change quarterly statements to include more information about expenses about each fund in which the employee is invested. This was a good move. I have mixed feelings about 401(k) plans. Today’s world of employment is different than that from a generation ago. […]

OptionsHouse Free Electronics Promotions (Amazon Kindle Fire, Dell Monitor)

Remember when a brokerage would give you a hundred free trades if you opened up an account with them? I never did any of those because a hundred trades was useless to me, especially since the offer expired a month after you opened the account (or some other super short time period). […]

The cost of workaholism

“What are your resolutions this year?” a girlfriend recently asked me. I thought about the areas of my life I’d like to improve upon and responded, “I’d like to work less. […]

5 Debt Lessons From Darth Vader

One of the most evil heroes in science fiction history is Anakin Skywalker, aka Darth Vader. He went from being a great man and good friend to betraying everyone he loved and becoming a sinister Sith Lord. Ultimately, the story of Anakin Skywalker is one of redemption. […]

How to Save on Babysitting Without Ending Up on the Local News

A recent survey by online childcare matchmaker UrbanSitter.com found that the average parent pays $14 per hour in my area — San Francisco — for care for just one child. My husband and I have three children. Combine these two facts and you might be able to guess that we haven't been out on a date in months. […]

Best Money Tips: Steps to Stop Procrastinating With Your Taxes

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on steps to stop procrastinating with your taxes, how to be a millionaire in the making, and maximizing social security payouts. Top 5 Articles 4 Steps to Stop Procrastinating With Your Taxes — To get yourself to stop procrastinating on your taxes, entice yourself with a reward! […]

An Affinity for Fraud

There are some who wear their religiosity on their sleeves. They never tire of telling people how devoted they are to their church or synagogue, how faithfully they attend services, and how God-fearing, spiritual and pious they are. Some go so far as to suggest others who don’t share their faith are headed hell-ward. […]

The 5 Best Espresso Makers

Now that we have given you our recommendations for the best tools to make great drip-coffee at home, it is time to move on to a more specialized form of coffee — espresso. Espresso is a concentrated form of coffee that can serve as the base for drinks such as lattes, cappuccinos, or mochas. […]

Reader Profile: KR

The following is the latest post in my "Reader Profiles" series. Each post in this series details the financial situation and challenges of an FMF reader. […]