Worst Money Advice Ever

MSN Money lists six stories of people telling the worst financial advice they ever received. […]

Amazon.com Retail Stores: Another Threat to Small Businesses?

I was torn when Amazon.com, the online-only retailer for books, music, and movies, became popular. I liked the convenience, but it was clear that local brick-and-mortar bookstores would have difficulty competing with Amazon’s prices in the long term. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Marriage Advice Edition

If I had to give someone advice on how to keep a marriage in good shape, here’s what it would be. Every day, do two things. One, tell your spouse that you love them and tell them something specific about them that you love. Two, spend half an hour doing something that helps them in some way and expect no compliments or comment from it – do it just because you care about that person. […]

Is Retirement Just Too Dang Risky?

This is a post from staff writer Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. I’ve been saving for retirement since my mid-20s, and I write a retirement-planning newsletter every month. […]

Soft Credit Check vs. Hard Credit Check

If you’ve done enough research about credit scores, you’ve probably heard the term “soft credit check” and “hard credit check.” They’re sometimes referred to as “soft pulls” or “hard pulls,” but the terms mean the same thing. A soft credit check is any check of your credit score or report that doesn’t affect your score. It’s soft because it doesn’t hurt, things that hurt are hard. […]

15 Tested Tips for Creative Efficiency

Creative pursuits and efficiency don't always seem to go together; in fact, our age-old wisdom tells us that in order to be truly creative, we need wide open swaths of time, unbounded by other obligations like work, kids, and the need to get dinner on the table. […]

How to Select the Best Jeans for Your Money

It's awesome to score a pair of jeans for super cheap, but it's even more satisfying if you know that pair will last you for a long time. But how can you really know what the longevity of your jeans is before they actually get put into regular wardrobe rotation? […]

Best Money Tips: Managing the Family Shopping Chore

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on managing the family shopping chore, financial benefits to being sick, and having a productivity routine. Top 5 Articles Tips for Managing the Family Shopping Chore — Manage shopping for your family easily by only buying what is on your list of things to buy. […]

Where Do You Stand on These Financial Ratios?

Dough Roller lists a set of financial ratios and gives guidelines on where each of us should stand in relation to them. These can be used as a sort of financial check-up to see if you're on track. […]

Mr. Rebates is turning 10 … and giving away $10,000

I’ve talked about Mr. Rebates before many times.  This website, which has now been around ten years, allows you to save money online through thousands of stores simply by clicking through Mr. […]

Do You Plan to Move When You Retire?

Kiplinger recently had a piece saying people should stay put when they retire. In other words, don't look to move to Florida or Arizona -- simply keep living in the same city (even the same house) that you lived in pre-retirement.Staying put in retirement seems to be a growing trend, forced on many people because of the housing market. […]

Unemployed Lawyers Sue Their Law Schools

A group of fresh, unemployed lawyers have banded together to sue law schools. 73 alumni have filed at least fifteen class-action lawsuits, alleging the schools inflated employment figures and salary data to attract students and increase rankings. […]

Practice Good Gas Conservation Habits (37/365)

One of the fun things about my wife’s car is that it has a constant readout of the miles per gallon on the dashboard. It lets you know what your miles per gallon over the last five minutes is, the mpg of your entire trip, as well as your estimated miles per gallon right at that moment. The data it produces is really accurate. […]

Help Out with a Study on Finances

The other day I received an email from Utpal Dholakia from Rice University. It is as follows: I am a management professor at Rice University in Houston, Texas. I conduct research on financial decision making and specifically, how to get individuals to make good financial decisions. […]

Why Your Portfolio Needs Bond ETFs

Exchange traded funds or ETFs are to the investment market what the IPhone may be to the cell phone market. It’s one of the fastest growing, game changing products to hit the investment markets since the 401(k). There is an ETF for just about everything and what makes them so popular is their relative low cost. […]

Rebalance your Couch Potato Portfolio with these free tools

Use the Couch Potato strategy to build a low-cost and well diversified portfolio, and then download these free tools to rebalance your stock and bond holdings back to the perfect mix. At the beginning of every month I contribute some saved cash to my Couch Potato and rebalance my mix of stocks, bonds, cash, and other assets. It’s a habit I’ve stuck to over the years to build my savings. […]

Citibank to Issue Credit Cards in China

Here’s an interesting development in the world of finance… Citibank has apparently gained approval to issue a credit card in China. This makes Citi the first non-Asian bank to enter the market. Citi has actually had a co-branded credit card in China since 2004, but those cardholders are technically customers of Shanghai Pudong Development Bank. […]

How to Have a Memorable Valentine’s Day Without Spending Any Money

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it’s all too easy to fall into the trap of spending money you don’t have on things that you don’t need. If you’re looking for ways to make your loved ones feel special this February 14th but don’t want to go broke doing so, you’ve come to the right place. Consider this your guide to a fun and free Valentine’s Day. […]

Kids & Money: When to Look for Scholarships

If you plan on sending your child to college, you know that it’s expensive. The cost of an education rises each year. And, while you are hopefully saving up for college with the help of a savings account or a 529 plan, it doesn’t hurt to look for other ways of paying for school. Scholarships can provide a way for your child to get free money for college. […]

Debt Collections: Do You Have To Pay?

People who borrow money generally understand that they will eventually need to pay borrowed money back to the lender. This understanding, whether codified in a contract or not in any particular case, makes lending and borrowing money work as an economic mechanism. It’s interesting that regardless of what’s written in a contract, most debt can be legally ignored. […]