Coping with Unplanned Medical Expenses

This is a guest post from Jason Price from One Money Design. Dave Ramsey is right. He’s always saying that you have to be prepared because of Murphy’s Law. Murphy eventually catches up to all of us. The law says that whatever can go wrong, will eventually go wrong. […]

Alternative Uses for Everything in Your Bathroom

As a kid, I used to love using other people's bathrooms — there was always a new, exotic array of creams, cleaners, and conditioners to stare at, wondering “What's this for?” (And, in some cases, “Why does this [insert: soap, lotion, powder] smell so flipping awful?”) These days, I still get a little excited about the products we keep in our bathrooms — but now, it's because I like discovering alt […]

How to Start a Frugal Dinner Club

A dinner party never has to be over the top, but anyone who has ever hosted one knows that the cost can escalate quickly. In an effort to impress their guests, many hosts opt to make a fancy dish with expensive ingredients. Or they go out all out on table decorations. Or they pick up pricey bottles of wine. […]

Best Money Tips: How Much to Tip

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on how much to tip, why you need life insurance, and things you pay too much money for. Top 5 Articles How Much to Tip (and to Whom) — During holidays, be sure to tip your garbage collector $15-$25. […]

Make the Best of Your Investment in College

The following is an excerpt, reprinted with permission, from 10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College, Revised: The Skills You Need to Succeed by Bill Coplin, copyright © 2012. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group. […]

Lending Club Update – August 2012

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated our Lending Club performance so I thought I’d share some details. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 8/23, 12pm Pacific for a Chance to Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: College Savings! Learn about saving on textbooks, housing, food and more! […]

Look for a Fixer-Upper but Avoid Homes with Problems You Can’t Fix (234/365)

A year or so ago, a friend of mine purchased a home in the Des Moines area. When I first visited his home, my first reaction was that it was just run down. The carpets looked worn. The cabinets looked very beat-up. The appliances looked straight out of the 1970s. […]

The Best Things to Buy at Garage Sales (and What to Skip)

Some people wait all winter for garage sale season to begin so they can start snapping up frugal treasures. States have actually turned garage sales into tourist attractions such as the 212 mile garage sale in Michigan every August and the Highway 127 Corridor Sale that sometimes stretches as far as 675 miles. […]

HSBC Direct Confuses Account Holders With Fee Notice

Millions of HSBC Direct customers received a strange email yesterday or the day before indicating a few changes to the bank’s fee structure. […]

5 Mid-Year Tuneups for Your 401k

Most of us tend to put our retirement plans on automatic. It’s much easier to just have the money automatically taken out of your paycheck, and have it put into your 401k (hopefully with a match). Just leaving your 401k on auto-pilot, though, can be problematic in the long term. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Dickens Edition

After my article last week on free online books, I wound up downloading all of the novels by Charles Dickens to my Kindle with the intent of re-reading all of them in the near future. I read them all so long ago that I only remember bits and pieces of the plots and some of the most memorable characters. What I do remember is just loving the books. […]

Life Insurance: Who Needs It?

Vote today for Consumerism Commentary or your favorite blog in the People’s Choice Plutus Award! Simply type into the ballot or click the button next to your favorite. Having worked for an insurance company in the past, I may be more critical of the industry than most. Don’t get me wrong. It’s very important to have different types of insurance. […]

Find Actual Savings, Not “Savings Theater”

If you want to save money, there are a few tried and true techniques that almost every personal finance expert will tell you. Brown bag your lunch. Make your coffee or tea at home. Cut the cable. The list goes on and on and on. […]

The Many Roads to Retirement

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. “Work, work, work, work, work, work. […]

11 Tips to Spend Less on Eating In

Although we've shared plenty of tricks to save on eating out, you should also be conscious of cutting costs when eating in. Food in general can get pretty expensive, so even when you're cooking at home, it can become one of your biggest expenses. […]

7 Reasons Why Self-Storage Is a Really Bad Idea

According to The Self Storage Association, there are roughly 49,000 storage facilities in the U.S. alone. Self storage has consistently been the fastest growing area of the commercial real estate industry, representing $22 billion in annual U.S. revenues in 2011. But why? Why are Americans so willing to saddle themselves with material albatrosses that sap their monthly income? […]

Best Money Tips: Entertain Outdoors Without Breaking the Bank

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on entertaining outdoors without breaking the bank, buying a car online, and ways to save on drinks at your next party. Top 5 Articles How to Entertain Outdoors Without Breaking the Bank — You can easily save money when entertaining outdoors by planning ahead. […]

Life Insurance: What to Consider Before Replacing a Policy

You might consider replacing your life insurance policy if you think you can: Get a better deal on a policy — that is, higher coverage for the same monthly premium or the same coverage at a lower price   Buy a policy that is better suited to your financial goals, which may have changed since you signed a life insurance contract Life insurance policies and the regulations surrounding th […]

Ignore the Politicians and Take Control of Your Financial Freedom

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. As a resident of a battleground state, I'm already tired of the political campaign/ads. I thought this tongue-in-cheek piece was a funny take on the election and yet contains a solid truth -- what you do impacts your finances much more than what politicians do for you. I hate election years. […]