Fun McDonald’s Monopoly Game Trivia

When McDonald’s started their Monopoly game in 1987, it blew people’s minds. Here was a fast food chain offering prizes for eating their food! […]

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

Note: This post is from Get Rich Slowly founder J.D. Roth. I’ve been traveling for more than a month now. While much of this travel has been for pleasure — I spent three weeks in Turkey with my cousin — there’s been plenty of work involved too. While I’ve been traveling, I’ve also been writing — and networking with other bloggers. […]

Ask the Readers: What Are the Best Gifts for Women?

Congratulations to Monique, Marybeth, and Lynda for winning this week's contest! Editor's Note: For the next few weeks, we will be doing a gift giving series on Ask the Readers and will focus on the best gifts for certain demographics! Ask the Readers: What are the Best Gifts for Women? is part two of our series! Finding the perfect gift for your mom, sister, or girlfriends can be tough. […]

Life Is Like Investing in the Stock Market

Remember that famous quote in "Forrest Gump"? Forrest said, "My momma always said, 'Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.'" While I believe there's lots of truth to that statement, I'm going to modify that quote to try and get you to think differently. Here's my version — "Life is like investing in the stock market. […]

What Are Secured Credit Cards?

There's a reason plastic is so prevalent as a payment method. Cards are small, convenient, and accepted at a wide variety of merchants. But even though various credit cards, prepaid cards, and debit cards look similar and are used the same way, they are not the same. A secured card, unlike an unsecured card, is connected to a bank account. […]

Best Money Tips: Enjoy the Movies for Cheap

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on enjoying the movies for cheap, ways for consumers to save money, and the best items to buy now. Top 5 Articles 5 Ways to Enjoy the Movies for Cheap — Enjoy the movies on the cheap by buying less snacks. […]

My First Property Purchase Goes South

I've detailed how I decided to become a rental real estate investor as well as the process I  use to select potential rental units. Today I'm going to give you specifics on my first rental property  purchase.As you may recall, I agreed to set aside $300,000 to invest in rental real estate. […]

Encourage Your Partner’s Frugality (281/365)

Whenever Sarah makes a financially smart choice, particularly one that involves her doing something outside of her usual comfort zone, I usually make an effort to compliment her on it. […]

Rescheduling My Life: Using Google Calendar for Better Time Management

Time management has never been my strength. Part of my approach to time management is rooted in my disdain for over-organization. I don’t want to treat my time as if I were on an assembly line. For most of my life, however, I was somewhat bound by daily schedules, just like most people. In school, classes began at certain times. […]

Reader Mailbag: Baseball Playoffs

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. Different hobbies than wife 2. Eliminating credit card debt 3. Handling comic book collection 4. Retiring overseas 5. Finances and relationships 6. Establishing credit 7. Personal belongings after death 8. […]

Happy Columbus Day

Wondering why banks are closed today? It’s Columbus Day. We’re celebrating the day that Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas back in 1492, when he, of course, sailed the ocean blue. […]

Free Box Economics

On my way home from selling some magazines at Powell’s, I happened upon a whole street’s worth of free piles. First one, then another, then another. The second one was the jackpot, though. I saw the chair, a tall swiveling kitchen chair; it was just what I’ve been looking for, meant for my youngest son. He loves to swivel and has been asking me for a chair like that. […]

4 Ways Credit Cards Manipulate You Into More Debt

Credit cards are engineered to make sure you become a long-term, loyal, and indebted customer. […]

Beyond Goodwill: The Different Types of Thrift Stores

If you’re just getting started in the world of thrifting, the enormous variety of thrift stores can be overwhelming. It can be daunting to navigate through the used TVs, broken alarm clocks, plastic picnicware, and worn-out shoes before finding a real gem (but what a rush when you find that diamond in the rough!). […]

Best Money Tips: Save Money on Amazon

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on saving money on Amazon, cashing in on creativity, and saving money today. Top 5 Articles 9 Ways To Save Money On Amazon — Save money on Amazon by shopping the sales. [SavvySugar] 6 Ways to Cash in on Creativity — If you love photography, consider selling your photographs to make extra money. […]

Help a Reader: Where to Meet Solid Money Management Mates

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: A close female friend to our family (to point of being our child's guardian) is a level-headed, sensible, focused MBA. She is 38, single, has no kids, and is still looking for "Mr. Right". […]

My spending triggers are here. What are yours?

Free From Broke strongly recommends that you know what your spending triggers are.  Spending triggers are those situations, mindsets, or excuses that increase your tendency to make less-than-wise spending decisions.  The ones that are mentioned by name are: “I deserve it.” “Everyone else has one.” “I have this, so I need that.” “Hurry!  Sale ends soon!” I can usually see through these kinds of t […]

Have Regular Talks About Your Financial Situation (280/365)

There’s an interesting phenomenon that happens in a marriage. After a while, you become so accustomed to the person you’re with that you often think you completely know what their desires and goals are and where they want to be heading in the future. That kind of complacency can be comforting. You can feel as though you have a rock to rely on. However, people change. […]

The Value of Personal Finance Seminars

Several months ago, I was contacted by a company that wanted to work hand-in-hand with me to develop a seminar series where I would take the ideas behind The Simple Dollar and convert them into a format not too unlike the seminars presented by Dave Ramsey and his group. While I considered the idea for a while, I eventually declined the offer, mostly because of the enormous time commitment and time […]

Reader Story: Go online to raise money-savvy kids

This post from Doug Lebda is part of the reader stories series. Doug is a personal finance expert, father of three, founder and chairman of Lending Tree, the Lending Tree Foundation and co-founder of Tykoon. Some reader stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success or failure. […]