Can “Churning” Credit Cards Really Work?

There are a lot of credit card offers out there that reward you for signing up by giving you a bunch of frequent flyer miles, hotel discounts, or big gift certificates. […]

Reader Mailbag: Helicoptering

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. New company 401(k) question 2. Freezing in plastic 3. Eating cheap on road trip 4. Leasing an electric vehicle 5. Too much money into retirement? 6. Midlife crisis? 7. Pay mortgage or start investing? 8. Nonstick pans 9. […]

My year-long quest to create a guide to mastering money

Note: This article is from J.D. Roth, who founded Get Rich Slowly in 2006. J.D.’s non-financial writing can be found at More Than Money, where he recently wrote about how to be happy. “How would you like to write an Unconventional Guide?” my friend Chris Guillebeau asked me last spring. As long-time readers know, I’ve joined Chris to travel across the U.S. […]

9 Cool Things You Didn't Know Skype Can Do

Sponsored by Skype — Use Skype Credit to call mobiles and landlines home and abroad at low rates. Skype is famous for free instant messaging and online voice calls, and I love using Skype to keep in touch with my friends and family. But Skype offers so much more than messages and online calls. Here are 9 cool ways Skype can make your life easier. 1. […]

Do This One Thing a Day to Defeat Clutter Forever

The problem with most advice on clearing clutter is that it runs on the assumption that people actually have enough storage space in their homes. I am 100% sure that anyone who saves closet space by rotating their winter clothes out of their closet to make room for their summer wardrobe isn't storing their Christmas sweaters under their house in the crawlspace. […]

4 Secrets to Getting the Lowest Rate From Travel Websites

Personalization is the next big thing in tech. Google customizes your search results when you're logged in to your Google account. And if you often see the same ads on multiple websites, it's because the ad network's algorithms suggest that you'd be interested in those products. […]

Best Money Tips: Ways to Live a Life With No Regrets

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on living a life with no regrets, cutting your own hair, and tasks you shouldn't put on the backburner. Top 5 Articles 11 Ways to Live a Life With No Regrets — If you want to live your life with no regrets, be afraid of being afraid. [Lifehack] How to Cut Your Own Hair - An Updated Guide! […]

20 Snacks That Will Keep You Energized Through the Day

Looking to bust through the afternoon lull? A snack can be a fantastic energy boost, but try your best to avoid those vending machines. Sure that tasty candy bar might give you a temporary high, but you'll come crashing down hard and have less energy than you started with. Plus, over time those quarters add up. […]

3 Reasons Why You're Still in Debt

You feel like you've been working to pay off your credit cards forever, and yet each statement seems to have a higher balance than the last. It's enough to tempt you to break out the credit card for some retail therapy — even though you know that's just going to make the whole situation worse. Why can't you seem to get any traction with your debt payoff? […]

5 Great Ways to Network That Don't Feel Sleazy

While some seasoned professionals can market and network in a natural way, too many can come off as pick-up artists. Whether they are pitching a new health shake multi-level-marketing plan, their child's Girl Scout cookies, or their new tech startup, when someone you encounter has you in their sights to close a business deal, it can feel very, very uncomfortable. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thursday 4/17, 12pm PST for a Chance to Win $300 in Prizes!

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 p.m. Pacific/ 3p.m. Eastern for lively conversation and a chance to win a $200 gift card or one of two $50 gift cards! Use #WBChat and #YourFinancialLife to participate. This week's topic: Your Finances: What Matters! Join us as we talk about the different components that make up your financial life! […]

The Pasta Sauce Conundrum

Two or three times a month, my family enjoys an evening meal that features pasta of some kind. We might enjoy spaghetti or lasagna or something else, depending on the mood. However, when I go to the store to buy pasta sauce, I absolutely cringe at the prices. The “cheap” sauces are loaded with high fructose corn syrup and taste overly sweet. […]

Want to Fail? Ignore Survivorship Bias.

Whether you’re making a decision that has apparent, immediate consequences that could affect the rest of your life, like deciding to quit your job and open a business, or making a purchasing decision big or small, it is worthwhile to gather information and think about the future. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Take Action Edition

A friend recently pointed me to the research work of Jennifer Aaker, a researcher at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. […]

Giving makes us happier, but what if you don’t have much to give?

This article is by staff writer Kristin Wong. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, or maybe it’s that I’m in a better financial place than I was just a few years ago, but lately, I’ve been thinking a lot more about giving back. In recent years, it’s becoming more important to me to be socially conscious and charitable. I’m secure, I’m healthy, and I’m free. […]

8 of Your Childhood Heroes Filed for Bankruptcy

Every schoolchild learns about Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, but few hear about his earlier declaration…for bankruptcy. And Honest Abe's not the only role model to have filed. Some of our most successful businessmen, celebrated creatives, and upstanding philanthropists have at one time gone up for Chapter 11. […]

8 Airline Fees That Are Actually Worth Paying

Airlines are using more and more excuses to tack on extra fees to your airfare. Services that used to be included in the airfare are now only provided if you're willing to dig deeper into your pocket. (See also: 37 Hidden Travel Fees) Sure, you can avoid paying these charges by going with just the basics. But as with everything else, you get what you pay for. […]

Make Your Fridge Last (Almost) Forever With These 8 Tips

After the furnace, the most important appliance in your home is probably the refrigerator. It's also one of the most expensive ones. When you spend $1,000 or more on an item, you want it to last for many years. (See also: Best Refrigerators) The tips below will ensure that your fridge is running efficiently and for years beyond the warranty. 1. […]

Are You in Your Dream Job?

A reader wrote the following comment to Money magazine in its April issue: One of the facts and figures packed into your March issue stood out: the Money Poll item that 14% of people are in their dream career. So 43 out of 50 commuters are going somewhere other than where they would like. Wow. […]

Best Money Tips: How to Start Investing

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on how to start investing, time management for part-time entrepreneurs, and home staging on a budget. Top 5 Articles How to start investing — If you are just getting started with investing, remember to not try to beat the market and keep fees low. […]