Best Money Tips: The Shopping Edition

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some of the best articles from around the web on all things shopping! Top 5 Articles 10 Online-Shopping Traps That Catch Even Smart Shoppers — Don't shop from a public wi-fi network or click links in unsolicited emails when shopping online. […]

Are You Underpaid? How to Figure Out What Salary You Deserve

The ultimate job question: How much should you earn? It can be surprisingly hard to figure this out, because employers tend to hide the pay disparities between employees. There are, however, some good ways to ascertain what salary you deserve. […]

How to Eat Well on Just $20 a Week (With Meal Plans!)

Can you eat for just $20 a week? Well, I've been feeding my family of three on an average of $65 a week for several years now — so you can certainly get close. Beyond a basic shopping list, eating on a budget — any budget — takes some patience, planning, and creativity. When I was cooking for only myself, I found shopping for two weeks at a time most helpful with my budgeting. […]

Questions about Fruits, Generic Buys, Belts, Emergency Funds, and More!

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. Time for a credit card? 2. Saving fresh fruits 3. Chefs and doctors buy generics? 4. Home value and insurance needs 5. Frequency of eating out 6. Writing and personal exposure 7. Housing conundrum with adult kids 8. […]

Questions about Home Buying, Windfalls, Icebreakers, and Diapers

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. Mechanical Turk to blog migration 2. Music for focused work 3. Costco, Sam’s Club, or BJ’s? 4. Investing advice for teens 5. Cheap lunches at work 6. Financial formulas 7. Home buying advice 8. Money saving in college 9. […]

Naked With Cash: Jake and Allie, June 2014

Naked With Cash is an ongoing series at Consumerism Commentary in which readers share their households’ finances with other readers. These participants benefit from the accountability that comes from tracking their finances publicly and the feedback of the four expert Certified Financial Planners (CFPs). For more information, read this introduction. […]

4 Ways Stores Trick Us Into Impulse Buys (And How to Resist)

Paco Underhill's Why We Buy is the seminal book of retail psychology. I first read it when I was fresh out of business school and newly employed by Toys 'R Us as we worked on revamping the brand and the physical stores. It made me realize all of the tools that retailers use to their advantage to entice customers. Because over half of purchases in the U.S. […]

Using “Decisive” for your decisions

This article is by staff writer Lisa Aberle. The older I get, the more complicated my life gets — and the harder it is for me to make decisions. Do we have anything in common there? By far, the most complicating factor has been having children. Not that that’s a bad thing. It’s not bad, just … complicated. […]

Successful Women Have These 7 Things in Their Bags — Do You?

First of all, it's a bag — not a purse. The successful woman can't possibly tote around all her must-haves in a dainty little purse. Perhaps U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, Democrat of Missouri, said it best when she told the New York Times this: "I think most of us, while we may look at the cute little purses, our lives don't fit a cute little purse. […]

Is Your Partner Financially Unfaithful? (1 in 3 Are)

One in three adults in a combined financial relationship admits to financially deceiving their partner, according to a recent poll published by the National Endowment for Financial Education. Even worse, 76% admit that financial deceptions have had an impact on their relationship. […]

Do You Know About This Movement?

Is there a new movement happening in your backyard that you are unaware of? A new reality television series has probably never been the impetus behind a major change in how we live, but could this one be different? The show in question is called “Tiny House Nation,” and it kicked off earlier this month on FYI, an A&E cable channel. […]

Stop worrying…You probably didn’t pay too much for your new car

Russ HeapsMost of us like to tell “fish stories,” and they often include tales about the great deal we negotiated on our new car or truck. But behind closed doors, many of us obsess that we really paid too much. […]

Best Money Tips: The Travel Edition

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some of the best articles from around the web on travel! Top 5 Articles Ten Money-Saving Vacation and Travel Tips — Packing smart and sleeping cheap can help you save money on your vacation. […]

8 Little Ways to Become More Present (and Love Your Life More)

Do you ever pull into the driveway after a long day of work and wonder where the day went? Ever find yourself living for the weekend only to marvel on Sunday night how quickly it passed? Sometimes life demands not only that we multitask, but "hypertask." And in the process we're skimming above the moments of our lives, exhausted. […]

If You're Eating These 6 Things, Your "Diet" Is Doing Nothing

Dieting is hard. But guess what? Bad dieting can require the same amount of stress and effort, and no positive result. (See also: 14 Dumb Things Holding You Back From Losing Weight) If you're trying to lose weight, it's hard to know what foods to avoid. Sometimes we fall into the traps set by food marketers, or fall prey to our own sweet tooths. […]

Christmas in July

The average American family spends $749.51 on Christmas gifts. That’s a painful amount – it’s approximately 2% of the annual take-home income of an American family. As I’m writing this, Christmas is five months away. […]

10 Unexpected Things You Should Consider When Picking Where You Retire

Retirement often brings about relocation — possibly to a warmer area, a place with better health care, a quieter community, or just wherever Sal and Judy ended up. What a nice couple! Retirees often focus on things like hospitals, access to national parks, closeness to family, or an established community of senior citizens — and rightly so. […]

Ask the Readers: When was the last time you went to the bank?

This article is by editor Linda Vergon. It used to be part of everyone’s existence, like going to the grocery store once a week. You’d stand in a teller’s line and hope everyone in front of you had uncomplicated transactions. Then you’d hand over your cash and the teller would stamp your passbook to record your deposit. […]

10 Easy Pesto Recipes (And Only One Uses Basil!)

I love summer (and fall) for the bountiful produce we receive from our CSA share each week. Thing is, as the weeks go on, the fruits and veggies start to pile up faster than I can use them in my cooking. Thankfully, I've learned some basic preservation techniques so we can enjoy them in the off-season. […]