Inspiration from Sketchnotes, Fountain Pens, Voltaire, Ralph Waldo Emerson and More

Once a month (or so), I share a dozen things that have inspired me to greater personal, professional, and financial success in my life. I hope they bring similar success to your life. 1. Barry Schwartz on how the way we think about work is broken From the description: What makes work satisfying? […]

Guide to Consignment Shops

Photo: Don Gunn It’s a classic quandary: You have way too much stuff, but your wallet is empty. Selling your items on consignment can help solve both of those problems. […]

Best Money Tips: Small Changes for a Happier You

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on small changes that will make you happier, challenges your budget will face this fall, and a few rules for bringing less stuff into your home. Top 5 Articles Little Changes That Will Make You a Happier Person... […]

Why a Leased Smartphone Is a Dumbphone

Don’t be hypnotized by the hype: Leasing your smartphone is a dumb move. You can save more than a thousand dollars over two years by purchasing a phone outright and using a cheap month-to-month plan. Photo: Eduardo Woo If you find yourself itching to have the latest gadget, take comfort knowing you’re not alone. […]

The Best Way to Freeze Produce and Meat

Buying meat and produce in bulk can save you money and ensure you always have meals on hand for last-minute dinners. It can also mean lots of freezing — freezing the leftovers, freezing items that are in season now so you have them for later. Freezing can save you hundreds of dollars. The... […]

6 Ways to Sell or Donate Your Airline Miles

Do you have a bunch of airline miles that you're not going to use? Hoping to get rid of them or help someone less fortunate? You've come to the right place. Here are six different ways that you can part with your hard-earned miles without violating the frequent flyer terms and conditions of airline... […]

The Locus of Control

Do you feel like the course of your life is mostly determined by your own actions, or by external forces you can’t control? Photo: Neal Simpson Let’s start off by talking about exactly what a “locus of control” actually is. […]

Pay Down Debt and Get Cash Back With These 6 Services

Let's face it — being in debt sucks. Quite literally, it sucks up your money, and if it makes finances a struggle for you, then it can suck up your energy and your happiness, too. And it's great to talk about paying debt off early, but what if you don't have any extra money? Fortunately,... […]

Five Reasons Everyone Should Get the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

Year after year, the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card earns top billing as the best flexible travel credit card out there. Because of its many partners, its flexible rewards program, and how easy it is to actually earn points, it is often suggested alongside top hotel, airline, and cash-back credit cards as well. But, is the card really worth the hype? […]

6 Things to Never Do When Sharing Finances

Getting married or moving in together implies that you're ready to share your life and living space with another person. It also usually means sharing finances. Merging your income with your partner's is by far one of the fastest ways to upgrade your lifestyle. If you were struggling to make ends... […]

Your turn: Taming the ‘I wants’ when money is tight

This article is by staff writer Katie O’Connor. It’s hard enough to say no to ourselves when it comes to unnecessary spending — getting that $4.35 latte just because, for example. So why is it always such a surprise when we lose battles against the everyday wants (not needs) of our very determined and savvy children? If this sounds familiar, you aren’t alone. […]

How to Make Your Sluggish Workday Go (a Lot) Faster

How many times have you looked longingly out the window beside your office desk, wishing you were outside enjoying the fresh air — or taking a nap at home? We know you're raising your hand right now, and we understand 100 percent! Sometimes, the day feels like it's crawling by slower than a... […]

Best Money Tips: How to Eat Healthy on a Tight Budget

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles to help you eat healthy on a tight budget, save money on coffee, and make Halloween costumes that cost next to nothing. Top 5 Articles Ten Tips on How to Eat Healthy on a Tight Budget — Modify your favorite... […]

Best Deals for Thursday 10/01

Link for teaser title: Nordstrom Rack Clear the Rack Sale: Extra 25% off, Fila Men's Hometown Extra Shoes for $25, Hasbro Toys at eBay:... […]

Six Bills You Can Negotiate Down to Save Money

When it comes to your cable, Internet, insurance, or credit card bills, it never hurts to pick up the phone and ask for a lower rate. The worst they can do is say no. Photo: Marjan Lazarevski If you have a love-hate relationship with your monthly bills, you’re not alone. […]

5 Easy Things Science Says You Should Do for Your Family

We'd all like to create healthier, stronger families and deeper, more meaningful relationships. Fortunately, science provides some simple things to strengthen your family bonds. (See also: 5 Easy Things Science Says You Should Do for Your Body Every Day) 1. Learn to Communicate With Each... […]

Walmart vs. Sam's Club: Who Actually Has the Better Deals?

Can you save enough money at Sam's Club, compared to Walmart, to justify the $45 annual membership fee? I did the research and compared the pricing on over 100 everyday items at both retailers. The price tags were very similar on the majority of the items I examined. But interestingly, I did find... […]

Some Thoughts on Markus Persson, Wealth, Goals, and Life

Minecraft founder Markus Persson sold his company for more than $2 billion. Photo: Widjaya Ivan Many people who have their finances under control have some pretty strong personal finance goals. They want to retire quite early, a goal that for most people requires an amount well north of a million dollars in the bank. […]

Why You Should Be Saving Big With Bi-Weekly Mortgage Payments

Sending a check to your mortgage lender every two weeks instead of once a month — through what is known as a bi-weekly mortgage program — could shorten the length of your mortgage and reduce the amount of interest you'd pay over the life of your loan. But is making mortgage payments... […]

22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them

You'd like to get paid to write online, but many websites are looking for contributors with experience. If you don't have significant experience, what can you do? Good news! There are a lot of websites, small and large, that will pay you regardless of experience. If you've ever looked at a... […]