7 Ways to Save Money When Dining Out

Who doesn’t love to go out to eat? You get a night off from cooking and doing dishes, you get tasty food that you may not be able to recreate at home, and you get to relax. Unfortunately, you usually have to pay a rather large bill, especially if you are dining out with your family. […]

Stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is one of our stock market’s most venerable indicies. Every single business day, financial news outlets will report how the Dow, Nasdaq, and S&P 500 performed as a barometer for the overall market. […]

More Valuable than Money or Possessions

There was a time about eight years ago when I woke up thinking about the possessions I had and the money I was earning. I was a collector of stuff and I was immensely proud of the money I was earning. Not only did I want lots of stuff for my own enjoyment, I also wanted to flaunt it to a certain extent. Over time, though, I began to realize that something was missing in my life. […]

The Poor Are Priced Out of Checking Accounts

Reminder: This is the last week to vote for Consumerism Commentary and your favorite financial blogs in this year’s Plutus Awards. Take a moment — after reading this article, naturally — to show your appreciation for the best writing about money management and personal finance outside of mainstream media. It’s no surprise that low income families are unbanked or underbanked. […]

Eight Valuable Costco Secrets

It’s no small secret that I’m a big fan of Costco. We probably make a trip there once a week, whether to get gas or to shop at the warehouse, and while we never really fill up a cart, we usually walk out with something good. I like Costco for their staples goods, whether it’s toilet paper or tissues, and only occasionally buy food that isn’t fresh or frozen. […]

Student Loan Debt: How I Got in Deep

This article is from new staff writer Honey Smith. My mother was quadriplegic by the time I was in high school. My dad was a real estate agent who worked on commission, so he worked long hours to make ends meet. As a result, I took on a lot of responsibility at a young age. I cooked and cleaned and did all the grocery shopping. […]

Your Money Problems: Why They're All Your Fault

I love writing about money — not because I’m obsessed with wealth (or my relative lack thereof), but because I think the way we spend our money reflects who we are, good or bad. That’s probably why I bought the very first condo I saw. I’m known to be impatient, impulsive even, in just about all things. Was it a mistake? […]

8 Fun and Cheap Things to Do During the Weekday

A Wise Bread reader recently asked us what are some fun and frugal things to do during the day, since she works at night. Since I quit my day job, I have found that there are many things in my community happening during the weekday when most people are at work. Here are some of my suggestions. 1. […]

Best Money Tips: The Credit Edition

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today, we are bringing you some of the best articles about all things credit! Top 5 Articles How to Get the Most from Reward Credit Cards — To maximize your credit card rewards, don't carry a balance on your rewards card. […]

15 Perfect Puff Pastry Recipes

In order to pull off fine food in a hurry, it’s important to have a few gourmet tricks. That’s where keeping some puff pastry on hand comes into play. It adds gourmet goodness to your meal preparation, and it cooks in jiffy. There are even vegan puff pastry options, according to this article from PETA’s web site. Here are fifteen phenomenal recipe ideas for this time-saving food. […]

When It Comes to College, Begin with the End in Mind

Stephen Covey, author of the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, recently passed away. I was sorry to see him go because his book has made such a difference in my life. […]

Ask Your Doctor about Generics (225/365)

As I’ve mentioned before on The Simple Dollar, I take Synthroid every morning, as I’ve done since I was three days old. Synthroid is a medication used to treat hypothyroidism, which I’ve had since birth. A few years ago, my doctor decided to switch my medication to a generic version of Synthroid for a trial run. For most of a year, I took the generic version of the drug with no ill effects. […]

American Express Prepaid Card $25 Promotion

American Express is really amping up their promotions for their prepaid cards. Last month, they were offering a $10 bonus when you opened and loaded a card with $50. This month, they’re bumping it up to a $25 complimentary gift card when you load a card with $200 or more. The complimentary gift card is nominally higher ($25 instead of $10) but the amount you have to deposit is more. […]

Free Museum Visits

If you like museums and you enjoy getting a good deal, then be sure to circle September 29th, 2012 on your calendar. Why? Because that’s when you can get free admission to select museums as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s “Museum Day” promotion. You’ll need to check to see if any of your favorite museums are participating. […]

Going Into Debt Gives Away Your Power

Debt fuels the financial industry. Without the profit that lenders of all types earn by collecting interest and other fees, the economy wouldn’t be able to hum along. […]

How to Correct Mistakes on Your Social Security Statement

Every year after you turn 25, you should receive a Social Security Earnings Record. Sometimes, this is referred to as your Social Security statement. […]

Reader Mailbag: Watches

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. Life insurance question 2. Too many activities for kids? 3. Student loans and garnishment 4. Financial strain with friends 5. Parenting thoughts 6. Fulfillment in the moment 7. Handling a settlement 8. Vintage comics 9. […]

Make Money Giving Tours of Your City with Hip Host

I love making money on the side and fully believe that passive income can save you from many financial emergencies.  That’s why I was excited to find Hip Host, a website that matches local hosts with travelers wanting a more up close and personal view of their destination location.  If you live in a tourist hotspot, why not sign up for a free account and make money giving tours of your city? Peopl […]

Reasons to Wait on Buying Your First Home

If you’ve been thinking about buying a home, you’ve probably heard or read, in about a million difference places, that now is a fantastic time to buy a home. Interest rates are absurdly low, with 30-year fixed mortgages well under 4%, inventory is high, and it’s a great time to be a buyer. I don’t, and I don’t think anyone can, dispute any of that. […]