Best Money Tips: 20 Healthy Foods for Less Than a Buck
Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup.
So when should you buy organic? Here’s a little primer on which organic foods you should work into your budget and which ones you can pass up. Chaos in the Kitchen
15 ways to save money at the supermarket. "In Why We Buy, the author notes that people tend to buy more when shopping in groups than when shopping alone. Men are especially suggestible to the entreaties of children as well as eye-catching displays." Get Rich Slowly
12 hidden costs of renting a car. Refueling charges, taxes, airport fees, mileage limits... it all adds up. Five Cent Nickel
Wisdom of crowds not a viable investment strategy. Media sensationalism, personal bias, and information delay may make wisdom of crowds a bad strategy for everyday investors. Consumerism Commentary
Inflation and rising prices aren't the same thing. "Inflation is an increase in the money supply, or put another way, a dilution of its value. (Or put even more cynically, theft.) Rising prices eventually result from inflation because people have more dollars (say) in their hands with which to bid up the price of anything that the money can buy." Mighty Bargain Hunter
Having a plan allows you to enjoy money. "My wife and I talk about this all of the time. Instead of new cars, we’ll drive used ones. Instead of name brand foods, we’ll eat generic. But, we’ll also go on vacations, send our kids to camps, and buy nice things for the new baby." No Credit Needed (see also budget is not a constraint)
Consumerist's Ben Poken on NPR. Ben Popken from the Consumerist was on NPR’s “All Things Considered” talking about how the products we purchase at the grocery store are shrinking and yet we’re paying the same amount. You can listen to the interview here, and check out a breakdown of the math on All Financial Matters
America's shrinking groceries. "Tropicana orange juice containers are shrinking from 96 ounces to 89; Wrigley's is dropping its the 17-stick PlenTPak in favor of the 15-stick Slim Pack; Dial soap bars now weigh half an ounce less, and that's even before they melt in the shower." Time
The complete guide to protecting your credit and identity. Help stop identity theft by forwarding this page to your friends and family. Trees Full of Money
How to turn your hobby into an income. If you're willing to be creative and a bit flexible, there are lots of ways to make a bit more money. Free Money Finance (monetizing your hobby is only one of 11 great ways to earn more money)
Ten signs you are getting bogus financial information.
- They want you to buy their product and doesn’t share much information without you making that purchase
- They talk about short term returns only - less than a year
- They require an immediate subscription to the product without a free trial of any sort
- They contact you via unsolicited mail
- Get all ten signs at The Simple Dollar
Hundred of tips for turning your financial life around. A list of the best money articles on Zen Habits, as a resource for anyone trying to live more frugally, get out of debt, save money, or simply create a better financial system in their lives. Zen Habits
Why worrying is completely unproductive. "We live in an age where people live longer, have better access to health care, have more opportunity for personal and professional growth... Yes, there are risks and potential dangers, but worry magnifies these disproportionately and blinds us to the wonders of our age." Dumb Little Man
IRS increases tax-deductible mileage rates. "Starting on July 1, when you use your car for business, you'll be able to write off 58.5 cents for each mile you drive, which is an 8-cent increase from the first half of the year." Kiplinger
Resisting the urge to splurge. Knowing and reminding yourself of your priorities at all times will help make achieving your goals easier. Our Four Pence Worth
Cut your spending by $500 per month. The Consumer Reports Money Lab shakes loose a bushel of savings hiding in everyday spending.
- Find cheaper auto insurance
- Optimize your life insurance
- Shop smart for food
- Stop paying bank fees
- Call up phone savings
- Pay off your credit card
- Increase your 401(k) contribution
Food stamp crunch intensifies. Food stamps are only designed to supplement food budgets. And now the working poor are relying on them more and more. And they need to spend their cash elsewhere. CBS Evening News
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