Best Money Tips: Frugal Ways to Hire a Babysitter

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on frugal ways to hire a babysitter, how to spend a tax refund, and ways to get money fast. Top 5 Articles Frugal Ways to Hire a Babysitter — Save money on childcare expenses by bartering. [Saving Money Today] How to Spend a Tax Refund — This year, spend 5% of your tax refund on something nice! […]

Using Credit Cards to Save Money

We talk a lot about using credit cards (specifically cash back credit cards) to MAKE some extra money over the course of a year, but does anyone ever get a credit card because it will SAVE them money? Recently I've gotten two cards just for this purpose and I'm wondering if any of you have as well.The first card I got was the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express. […]

Update on Our Shopping List, February 2012

It's been awhile since I've given an update on our shopping list, so I thought I'd bring you all up to speed in this post. Here's what we've accomplished in the past several months as well as our plans for the next few months: Vacations -- We completed our Caribbean cruise in January (details coming soon). It wasn't the most frugal trip, but it was a blast. […]

Minimize Your Load (36/365)

Depending on the specific model, your car loses 1-2% fuel efficiency for every 100 pounds of extra weight in the car. That’s a surprising amount that can really add up. For example, let’s say you’re matching the extra weight that a friend of mine (who we’ll call Cathy) carries in her car. […]

How to Start Investing

Did you decide that this year you would start saving more and making your money work for you? That’s a great resolution but in order to do that, you’re going to have to go outside of your normal bank account and become an investor. Often, that means investing in stocks but before you put your money to work in the stock market there’s a lot to learn. […]

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

Here we go with the first round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action 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 the post was submitted. […]

Frugal Love: 9 Low-Cost Valentine’s Day Ideas

As February 14 steals ever closer, many wonder what they can do to show how much they care — without breaking the bank. The good news is that the vastness of your love doesn’t have to be measured in dollars. Indeed, if you can find a heartfelt, sincere way to express your love, you don’t need to spend a lot of money. […]

Three Questions to Ask Yourself about Preparing Your Own Taxes

MSN Money gives you three questions you should ask yourself to determine whether or not you should do your own taxes. Their list: 1. Are you prepared to give your taxes your time?2. Are you prepared to put up cash to hire a preparer?3. […]

Saving Money at the Grocery Store: Store Brand Pricing on the Rise

It’s been awhile since I published my list of 36 ways to save money on groceries, and it appears that the landscape has begun to change. According to the WSJ, stores have been increasing the prices on their private-label foods faster than the prices of the equivalent national brands. By the numbers, the prices on store brand non-perishables increased 5.3% last year vs. 1.9% for national brands. […]

Paying Taxes on Gambling Winnings (Like Crazy Super Bowl Bets)

Did you put in any wagers on the big game last night? I didn’t but my friend did and he cleaned up. Remember the safety to open the game? Tom Brady steps back, throws it down the middle with no one within twenty yards of the ball? Intentional grounding, safety, two points for the New York Football Giants? […]

Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, 20 Best Ways To Save Money by NOT being Normal.Enjoy! […]

Reader Mailbag: Saint Bernards

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. Vacuum sealed bags 2. Boardgame with new couple friends 3. Investing for house down payment 4. Roth IRA versus Roth 401(k) 5. Hedging bets for retirement 6. Multiple savings “funds” 7. Extra mortgage payment impact 8. […]

Your Ego and Your Wallet

This is an article by Marc Pearlman. Marc is a money management professional who has been in the finance industry over 20 years, and he is the author of The Positive Money Mindset and host of the radio show, Your Money Matters. I watched as these two were duking it out — at the poker table, that is. Fortunately for me, I was out of the hand with my lousy cards safely in the muck pile. […]

How to Buy A Car

Do you absolutely hate going to the dealership and buying a car? Do you hate the games, the time wasted, the haggling and the long drawn out dance? It’s one of the reasons why CarMax has been so popular (we bought a car from CarMax just last year because they offered the best price and no dance), people just hate this silly game that dealerships make you play just to buy a car. […]

10 Smart Things to Do With $25

So, you’ve got $25 burning a hole in your pocket. Or, you just found it in an old pair of jeans. Maybe it represents the contents of your piggy bank, or a check you got from an aunt in another state for your birthday. […]

15 Tips for a Better Work-Life Balance

Staying on top of your A-game and maintaining a healthy work-life balance can feel like an oxymoron. Most of us experience an uneven pull between our social lives and work commitments, which isn't surprising considering the current economy and fact that employees everywhere are working overtime to show they're an indispensable part of the team. […]

Can Money Buy Freedom?

On Saturday, my friend Tyler hosted a blog meetup. I first met Tyler several years ago. He was a GRS reader who dropped me a line to see if I’d meet him for dinner. I said “yes” — as I almost always do. Now, several years later, Tyler runs a successful blog of his own. […]

Best Money Tips: Free Valentine's Dates

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on free Valentine's Dates, ways to build up your emergency fund, and how to save more in 2012. Top 5 Articles Love Don't Cost A Thing: 10 Free Valentine's Dates — This Valentine's Day, save mone and have a beach bonfire. […]

22 Ways to Reuse Paper

Do you feel guilty tossing stacks of flyers, scrap paper, and junk mail into the recycling bin? All that perfectly good paper, hardly even used. What a waste! Recycling is good, but it still takes energy and creates waste and emissions. The good thing is, there are plenty of things you can do to reuse paper before recycling it. (See also: 17 Ways to Use Old Newspaper) 1. […]

Flexibility or Salary: Which Do You Value More?

Kiplinger highlights a salary versus flexibility survey of Gen Y workers with this being the most controversial finding: About one-third of the respondents, representing college students and young professionals from around the world, said they'd choose more personal freedom, or flexibility, in the workplace over a higher salary. What does "flexibility" mean in this case? […]