From Whole Foods to Food Stamps

This post is from new staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. The recession has hit families where they live. For many, it’s forced a change of address. Think about all those foreclosed homes and urban deserts: One in every 400 homes received a foreclosure notice last year. Unemployment is approaching 10%. […]

Join Our Tweetchat at 4:00 CST For a Chance to Win Prizes

By Lynn Truong Join our Tweetchat today from 4:00 – 4:45 pm CST for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! This week, we're talking about ways to make every day household items last longer! Remember to join us weekly from 4pm – 4:45 pm CST each Thursday for lively conversation and a chance to win Amazon gift card prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. Thanks for joining :)     […]

Make and Save Money by Getting Rid of Your Junk

I've noted previously that selling stuff you own is a great way to earn some extra money. There are actually three ways you can both make and save money around this idea, but I'm getting ahead of myself. […]

2009 Plutus Award Nominations: We’re Up For Best Career Blog!

Some exciting news! One of the forefathers of personal financial blogging , Flexo, has organized an awesome new annual event for the personal finance blogging space. He is the guy behind many other such community based efforts in the personal finance blogging world, and is therefore a huge reason why this online community is particularly tight. […]

The Resume That Speaks Volumes: Capture Your Contributions

The following is an excerpt from Indispensable By Monday: Learn the Profit-Producing Behaviors that will Help Your Company and Yourself by Larry Myler. As I've said several times, your resume needs to scream RESULTS! As you implement the ideas you’re learning, you’ll need to document your indispensability. […]

Some Thoughts on Post-Purchase Rationalization

When I was a child, I went to the store with enough birthday money in my pocket to buy a new game for my Nintendo. After carefully thinking about the options before me, I whittled my choice down to two video game titles: Rampage and Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest. […]

Best Deals for Wednesday 02/24/2010

Strathwood Cotton Fabric Hammock: Deals from $24.99 + free shipping SpongeBob SquarePants 1GB Micro MP3 Player for $9 + free shipping CTA Crossbow Gun for Wii for $9 + $5 s&h "The Fray" MP3 downloads for $3 App Store Children's Freebies: PennyMe, Math Kingdom, Chuggington, more […]

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How I Built a Solar Panel for $100

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. Today, we share tips for building a solar panel for under a hundred bucks, ways to save money on your nylon purchases, and unique apples for a killer cider! Top 5 Articles How I Built a Solar Panel for $100: You Can, Too! […]

Too Young for a Credit Card?

In case you missed it, the CARD Act of 2009 went into effect on Monday. Among other things, the new legislation aims to curtail the marketing of credit cards to college students and others under the age of 21. More specifically, the CARD act requires colleges to disclose any marketing agreements they may have with credit card issuers, perhaps by just posting the info somewhere on their website. […]

Vote for Wise Bread at the 2010 Plutus Awards!

By Will Chen Plutus Awards celebrate the best resources in personal finance. We have been honored with 4 nominations: "Best Collaborative General Personal Finance Blog", "Best New Personal Finance Book", "Best Deals and Bargains Blog", and "Best Personal Finance Podcast". Please take the time to vote for Wise Bread and your favorite personal finance resources! […]

List of Free Specialty Consumer Reports

After my post on requesting your CLUE reports, Reader Bob sent me an exceptionally long and comprehensive list of all the specialty consumer reports that you are entitled to every year. When I wrote my first request your specialty report post, I had about half a dozen… this expands the list by a lot. I was amazed by the sheer number of companies that collect information about me. […]

16 Things Your Lawyer Won't Tell You

By Will Chen While most lawyers are honest professionals, the legal industry does have its share of rotten apples. From overbilling to downright incompetence, our recent interviews with legal experts revealed 16 dirty secrets bad attorneys don’t want you to know. 1. […]

Help a Reader: Getting Out of Debt

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I'm currently 25 going onto 26 soon.  My net worth is currently -$73,520 roughly and although that's (really) bad, I'm not in a horrible spot overall but want advice.  Currently I have : $3k in emergency fund, a few hundred in my savings/checking (which I'm trying to have a base of 1 to 2 thousand) no credit card debt. […]

8 Tips to Keep Your Credit Card Information Safe When Shopping Online

How to Keep Your Credit Card Safe Online Using your credit card to buy something online has become an almost daily habit for most people, and it’s especially popular around the holidays. Even so, there are many people who are still uncomfortable with submitting their credit card information online. Their fears aren’t completely unfounded. […]

New Credit Card Rules: Who Really Benefits?

By Jabulani Leffall By the time you imbibe these words with your eyes it will be easier to pay your credit card bill, easier to run up your bill, and easier to absolve yourself the responsibility of charging your card to the max. As a preface, some of the new credit card reform rules that passed earlier this week did eliminate some very annoying and predatory business practices designed to line t […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 2, Posts 1-4

Here we go with the second round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (if you wonder what's going on in these posts, see my article announcing March Money Madness and/or click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when […]

6 Steps for a Woman's Financial Self-Defense

By Hollis Colquhoun Women account for over 80% of consumer spending, and at the same time elderly women make up over 80% of this country's impoverished. How can that be possible? As a consumer buyer, it appears as though women are spending their money to satisfy the immediate needs of the household. […]

Vote for Your Favorite Financial Products and Blogs

Earlier this year, the personal finance blogging community nominated their favorite products, services, and blogs to be considered for a new annual awards ceremony, The Plutus Awards. (The name comes from the relatively unknown ancient Greek god of wealth, Plutus.) These awards are designed to celebrate the best in personal finance.I’ve been working on establishing the Plutus Awards for a while. […]

Closing E*Trade Bank Savings Account

You may have read on the interwebs that E*Trade is shutting down bank operations to focus more on the brokerage. As part of that process, all accounts are being sold to Discover Bank in what seems like the first bank sale that didn’t involve the FDIC. Unfortunately for E*Trade and the hilarious E*Trade baby, taking away the bank account takes away their last differentiator. […]