Customers Say Retailers Are Not Living Up to Durbin Amendment Promise

Retailers, represented by the National Retail Foundation, promised that consumers would benefit when retailers, particularly small businesses, were to benefit from regulated interchange (swipe) fees charged by Visa and MasterCard. […]

Want to Save on Groceries? Cook like a Peasant

This post is by staff writer April Dykman, who just discovered the wonders of walnut sponge cake. Ever notice how most cultures have their own take on rice? […]

Why Expense Ratio Matters (A Lot)

At last count there are about 23,000 mutual funds and exchange traded funds (ETFs) available to investors in the U.S. Picking from among them for your portfolio can seem daunting. Do you pay attention to past performance? fund management? or something else to find a suitable growth vehicle for your money? When picking funds, all else being equal (i.e. […]

5 Kitchen Luxuries That Are Worth It (and 5 That Aren't)

I love cooking. It's frugal, yes. But for me, it's more than that — cooking is a way to release stress, show people I love them, and (perhaps most importantly) feed myself delicious, healthy food. While I try to keep a pretty minimal and inexpensive kitchen, over the years, I have realized that there are certain luxuries that are well worth the cost. […]

Should You Talk to Friends About Money?

I have a friend (a loose term for this guy) who, whenever I see him, only talks about money. Everything has a price tag with this dude, and it’s incredibly annoying. Upon meeting my husband for the first time — who was my boyfriend back then and a lieutenant in the Navy — this “friend” had the audacity to ask, straight out, how much he made a year. […]

Best Money Tips: Quick Cheats to Save Time

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on ways to save time, fix furniture, and use rubber bands. Top 5 Articles Quick "Cheats" that Can Buy You Time — Line casserole dishes, baking sheets, and the bottom of your oven with aluminum foil to make clean-up a breeze. […]

Top-Rated Water Filters (Starting Under $20)

Grabbing bottled water may be convenient, but it's also costly. Filtering your own tap water is cheaper and better for you. Here's how to pick the right type of filter at the right price. […]

FMF Cruise Review, Part 7

This is a follow-up post to part 6.Today we hit another island and then head for home.Sunday, January 22Today we were up and had breakfast by 9 am, then hit an art seminar on the ship ("The Art of Collecting Art.") We had a quick snack in our room afterwards and got off the ship at 1:50 pm just after we docked at St. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 2/23, 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: Frugal Living. […]

Can I Deduct Donations Made In My Name?

When I worked at Northrop Grumman, they always celebrated National Engineer’s Week with a token gift to employees and some cake in the cafeteria. While I was there, I think I received things like a laser pointer and an insulated lunch bag. […]

$4 Million Not Enough to Retire on If You're Young

CNN Money had a reader write in with this question: I hope to have $4 million saved by the time I retire in 30 years. That sounds like a lot of money, but how much would that be in today's dollars? Their response talks about how the reader is right to ask this question because of the impact inflation has on purchasing power -- especially over a long period of time. […]

If You Can’t Get These Features, Start Shopping for a New Bank (52/365)

Over the last few days, we’ve talked about several features your bank should have: compatible hours, few (or no) fees, solid interest, and a large ATM network. On top of that, I’d add robust online banking as well. The question then becomes what do you do if your bank doesn’t offer these things? I’d suggest shopping for a new bank. Here’s how. First of all, I’d check out local banks. […]

Financial Disaster: How to Deal with Divorce

According to the CDC, in 2009 the divorce rate was 50%. Per 1,000 people there were 6.8 marriages and 3.4 divorces. Looking at the data from the past three years, it might look like the trend is reversing as the number of divorces per 1,000 people has fallen in each of those years but the number of marriages has fallen at the same rate. […]

Best Discount/Online Brokers for 2012

In their February issue, Consumer Reports looked at the best brokers based on reader feedback. […]

FMF March Money Madness, Round 1, Posts 33-36

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. […]

Payroll Tax Cut Extended

Late last week, members of Congress decided to go ahead and extend the payroll tax cut through the end of of 2012. Set to expire at the end of 2011, the payroll tax cut was extended by a couple of months as a stop-gap, and now has been extended through the end of the year. The move is designed to keep the employee portion of the payroll tax at 4.2%, instead of the usual 6.2%. […]

Why Didn’t I Get My Tax Refund?

Have you filed your taxes yet? I haven’t. In fact, I rarely get things pulled together this early. But some people do. And it won’t be long before at least a few of them are wondering why their tax refund has shown up. Well, the good folks over at WiseBread have some answers… Errors on your return. […]

FMF Cruise Review, Part 6

This is a follow-up post to part 5.Today we hit two more islands!Friday, January 20This was our best day of the whole trip. Absolutely amazing!We were up early and it was a bit overcast and raining. But by the time we went to breakfast and came back, the sun was out!We exited the ship in Antigua at 9:20 am and walked along the dock. […]

Improve Your Finances By Modifying Your Behavior

Improving your financial situation requires more than just trying harder. People who write financial websites offering advice often think or imply that the reason for financial misfortune is ignorance of the basics. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Games and Drinks Edition

For some reason, three people have contacted me within the last day or two asking me for suggestions on how to deal with drinks and snacks when playing board or card games with friends. They do make a mess. If we’re just playing a game with an ordinary deck of playing cards, I don’t sweat it. […]