The First Financial Metric: Net Worth

The following is an excerpt from the book Set for Life. One’s net worth is simply the number of assets one owns, minus the debts one owes. Folks track net worth in a variety of ways, and have a variety of theories about the best way to do this. […]

4 Parenting Mistakes to Avoid When Teaching Kids About Money

No matter how well you manage your money, you want your kids to grow up making all the right financial decisions. But if they see you overspending, they might adopt your poor money habits without you realizing it. Some parenting fails teach children about money — in a bad way. Rather than... […]

5 Cheap Travel Destinations for Wine Lovers

For those who like to swirl, sniff, and sip their way around the world, a tour of one of the world’s great wine destinations can be a dream vacation. Staying at a winery is a fantastic experience and many vineyard restaurants around the world offer fresh, farm-to-table style dining, prepared... […]

10 Ways to Make This Your Most Productive Summer Yet

Summer's a ton of fun, but most of us can't hit the beach every day. You have to fit work and chores in there somewhere, and this time of year is perfect because of all that sunlight that lasts into the evening. But it's easy to succumb to the exhaustion that summer heat brings, and just lounge... […]

Best Money Tips: Do's and Don'ts of Flea Market Flipping

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found articles on the dos and don’ts of flea market flipping, easy ways to go meat free, and how to plan an eco-friendly vacation. Top 5 Articles The Dos and Don’ts of Flea Market Flipping — Make sure you bring a van or... […]

How to Think Like a Billionaire When You’re Broke

It’s not easy being broke. As of 2014, there were almost 47 million Americans living below the poverty line. That’s roughly 15 percent of the population. To simply tell these people to "start thinking like a billionaire" may seem tone deaf, or even cruel. But it actually is... […]

Meal planning recipe: Hamburger soup

This exercise in meal planning has gotten me through a lot of lunches … One of the most straightforward ways to reduce expenses is to pack your lunch if you're not already doing so. The trick is taking the time to prepare the lunch. It's not difficult, but it does take some time. […]

Best Deals for Wednesday 05/24

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What to Do When Saving Anything Meaningful for Retirement Seems Impossible

Frank is a reader of The Simple Dollar who has messaged me on Facebook a few times. He has a solid job working for the state and makes about $42,000 a year. He is married and has three children. However, Frank’s wife is pretty ill. She has multiple sclerosis and is now wheelchair bound. […]

The Proper Ways to Discuss Salary in a Job Interview

Interviewing for a new position can be stressful. It's also a balancing act that can take time, and practice, to perfect. When it comes to salary expectations, the pressure increases exponentially. How much will they pay you? How much dare you ask for? What about benefits, and other deciding... […]

How to Save Big at a Going Out of Business Sale

There are few shopping events that beat a Going Out of Business sale. Even Black Friday and Cyber Monday often pale in comparison to the deals bargain hunters can score from a failed retailer. However, to maximize savings during a Going Out of Business sale, you have to be vigilant. Shoppers can... […]

10 Ways for College Students to Save Loads of Money

Between big expenses like tuition and housing, and smaller everyday expenses such as school supplies and coffee, the costs of being a student can rack up fast. According to the College Board, tuition, fees, and room and board at a public four-year in-state school cost an average of $20,000 a... […]

Ask the Readers: What Do You Look For at Thrift Stores?

You can find a ton of great stuff at thrift stores, from gently used designer clothing to top-of-the-line kitchen appliances (still in the box!) to antique furniture that only need a little TLC. What do you look for at thrift stores? Do you buy things to use at home, to flip, or both? What are... […]

Best Money Tips: Get Free Coffee From These Places

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found articles on places to get free coffee, easy ways to add storage to every room, and how to use Google to save money. Top 5 Articles 5 Places To Get Free Coffee — With 7-Eleven's 7Rewards app, you get a free drink (coffee... […]

7 Biggest Ways Procrastination Hurts Your Finances

Remember those days in college when you'd put off studying until the night before a big exam? You'd stay up all night, desperately trying to cram everything in at the last minute. If only you'd taken the time earlier, you'd have walked into your test rested, calm, and most importantly,... […]

Best Deals for Tuesday 05/23

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4 Ways Your Credit Union Is Changing — for the Better

Most of us understand the advantages offered by banking with credit unions, including better interest rates and customer service compared to their major bank peers. But even the savviest among us can learn new tricks, and to that end, CO-OP’s 2017 THINK Conference highlighted some of the... […]

Questions About Avocado Toast, Paper Shredders, Hiking, Job Searching, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. The inevitable “avocado toast” question 2. Small balance for credit score? 3. Exact recipe for laundry soap 4. Destroying documents without paper shredder 5. Inactive credit cards 6. Selling a car 7. […]

Give Your Home an Outdoor Makeover on the Cheap

If you believe everything you read in the Lowe’s or Home Depot mailer, you probably think you need a new grill, decorative stones leading to your glamorous garden shed, and protective paint on the floor of your garage. […]