How to Find Great Deals on Airfare

The MintLife blog suggests that there's a "new" way to find the best airfare deals. […]

2010 Roth IRA Conversion Mini-Roundup

As 2010 winds down, you might be considering a Roth IRA conversion. 2010 is different than other years because the income restriction on conversions has been lifted. Last year, if you had an adjusted gross income over $100,000 then you couldn’t convert a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA. While this limit may seem high, remember that the limit applies to both singles and married couples. […]

How to Protect Your Kids from ID Theft

If it isn't bad enough that we all have to protect ourselves from problems related to identity theft, now we also have to watch out for the data on our kids. Kiplinger suggests how to protect your kids from ID theft as follows: Guard his or her Social Security number. Be careful about posting information about your child. Be careful with the birth certificate. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: “The Novel” Edition

If you want to follow the progress of the novel I’m writing for National Novel Writing Month, I’m posting daily updates of the work-in-progress at Each day that I make notable progress, I’ll be posting a Word document that contains the whole novel to date. […]

Best Money Tips: Beware These Online Degree Scams

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup! Today, we share online degree scams to avoid, unusual ways to use nail polish, strategies for secondhand shopping, and an ingenious way to color your drinks. Top 5 Articles Online Degree Scams to Avoid — Watch out for unaccredited programs! […]

The Complete Book of Baby Bargains Review

The Complete Book of Baby Bargains by family savings expert and founder of Kimberly Danger is worth its weight in gold.  Consisting of 1,000 tips and practices to help you save money on baby gear, maternity wear, furniture, and more, this book is a must-have resource for any parent wanting to save up to 80% on the things they need for their little ones. […]

For Delicious Cocktails, Infuse Alcohol

If you've been to a liquor store recently, you might've noticed the increasing variety of flavored liquors. Sure, there are the classics like lemon vodka and coconut rum. […]

What’s Your Employment Outlook?

With the 2010 elections now behind us, I thought it would be interesting to run a quick poll about one of the most talked about subjects – jobs. It seems that campaign ads this year either focused on a personal attack aimed at tearing down the opposing candidate, or they talked about jobs. While there are clear signs that the economy is improving, it looks like it will be a long, slow recovery. […]

The Worst Investment California Has Seen

I wouldn’t gamble more money than I could afford to lose. I also wouldn’t spend my own money in order to win an election, but I’m not, and nor will I ever care to be, a politician. […]

Meet Brooke Kaelin, Our Daily Deals Editor

Hello, my name is Brooke Kaelin. I’m the Daily Deals Editor here at Wise Bread. I’m a wife, a mother, an author, and a total penny pincher. I don’t purchase anything (with the exception of certain food items) unless I can get it at least 50% off. As I write, it’s the beginning of November, and I am almost done with my Christmas shopping. […]

2009-2010 Best Value Home Renovation Projects

I like taking a look at this list every year because it gives me a good understanding of what makes a good renovation project, in terms of ROI, and what makes a terrible one. When it comes down to it, I know it’s not about ROI. You don’t add a deck to your house because of the ROI, you add one because you want a deck. […]

More Women Participating in Retirement Plans

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. There’s a lot of bad news during a recession: High levels of unemployment, foreclosures, and huge dents in the average Joe’s net worth. But one good thing to come out of the financial crisis is that more people, women especially, are making an effort to better understand and contribute to retirement plans. Participation increases in employer-sponsored p […]

The Net Worths of US Presidents

The Atlantic listed the net worths of all the US presidents a few months ago and I'm just getting around to highlighting the piece. […]

We're Hiring: Community and Social Media Managers

With our recent media exposure and the launch of our new Top 100 Chart, we're getting a ton of new readers and media attention. […]

Giant List of Freebie Finds From Kiplinger’s

I’m one of those people who is skeptical about the proverbial free lunch. I figure, if it’s free, then one or more of these things could be true: (a) It must be lame or be of poor quality. (b) There must be a catch. (c) You’ll get what you pay for. (d) It could take a lot of your time to deal with. […]

A Rough Patch

This week, I’m going to take a look at a few of the longer questions that have been languishing in the reader mailbag. […]

How Much do You Need to Feel Rich?

CNN Money asked people how much money they needed to feel rich. As you might imagine, the answer varied widely. Even answers from the experts varied widely -- they said you needed "somewhere around $2 million to $12 million in savings" to feel rich. […]

How to Start an Emergency Fund on any Budget

Yes, you really do need an emergency fund. Sure, there are exceptional people out there who never get sick, never have a car repair, and never lose their jobs. But I’m not one of those people. Over the last few years I’ve had knee surgery, totaled my auto in a freak car accident, and have pounded the pavement (without a car and with a new knee) in search of work. […]

Fed Hints at Potential of QE2

The Fed, in it’s FOMC meeting notes (September 2010), announced that it might be using quantitative easing again this year, with the market calling it QE2. In it’s September meeting, it echoed sentiments from its August meeting about the slowing economy and stated that the Committee is prepared to provide “additional accommodation” if necessary – codeword for quantitative easing. […]

Ask the Readers: What One Frugal Holiday Gift Would You Enjoy? (Chance to Win!)

*Congrats to our winners!* Comment from Marie #9 - I would love a pretty 2011 calendar! It would brighten up my office and be practical, too! Tweet from @semerp  -  Tweeting to try to win a $20 giftcard so I can buy myself a frugal gift like rechargeable batteries! […]