Mass Affluent: College is Worth the Investment

You can be financially successful without a college degree. One summer when I was younger, fresh out of college, I worked for a touring drum and bugle corps. It’s a group of 128 adolescents and young adults and 40 staff who drive around the company in buses, performing almost every night for seven weeks, marching on football fields for dwindling audiences. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Political Sign Edition

I’ve become aware in the last week or two of multiple incidents of people having political signs in their yard tampered with. Someone just goes up in their yard, pulls the sign down, and usually tries to damage it in what looks like a hasty fashion. […]

Do You Stalk Property Tax Records?

Libby wrote a guest post on PT Money titled Stalking Property Tax Records in which she said that “If we’ve ever met in real life – and even if we haven’t – and I know your name, address, or both, I’m going to look up your home’s tax records online.” She learned about it after her realtor suggested she look up local property values to get a better sense of what the homes were worth. […]

Learning how to work a student discount

This guest post from Steve Robinson is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Steve writes for, an Australian real estate portal that caters to student shared housing. Some reader stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success or failure. […]

What is the Main Reason for Your Financial Success?

I was recently taking a survey for a financial services firm (I don't usually take these, but I have an affinity for this group) and the following question came up: Considering your past experiences, which of the following do you consider the most helpful in terms of success now and in the future?   Parents/guardians Graduate school College High school Elementary/Middle school Friends […]

5 Ways That Charitable Giving Can Improve Your Finances

Most of us have finite resources. So giving to your favorite charity means that you have less to spend and save. But that generosity can also improve your finances. Certainly, if you make a large donation without examining or restructuring your priorities, habits, and bank accounts, then giving depletes rather than increases your resources. […]

Best Money Tips: Steps to Buying a House

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on steps to buying a house, reasons you need a spending plan, and Black Friday myths exposed. Top 5 Articles 9 Big Steps to Buying a House — When buying a house, don't forget to get an inspection. […]

Killer Gas Prices: Six Ways to Fight Back

The news that gas prices are on the rise again reminded me of the summer of 2007. At the time both of my sons were playing travel baseball, which meant we were driving all over northern Illinois every weekend. We owned a beautiful Chrysler Pacifica at the time — a sporty, comfortable, large car that was perfect for toting baseball players and their gear. […]

Offer to Trade Skills with Your Friends (296/365)

I have friends who are either professionally trained or have significant experience in many, many different fields. Carpentry. Electrical wiring. Plumbing. Home building. Computer repair. Home decor. The list goes on and on. There are a lot of things I’m good at, too. I can handle (or at least help with) many home repair tasks. I can cook just about anything. […]

5 Glamorous Jobs that Aren’t as Cool as You Think

We have this idea that certain jobs are very glamorous. They’re cool. They’re sexy. You make a lot of money or you experience a ton of excitement. What if you learned taht someone were a spy or work in show biz, you probably think their lives are just so much more exciting than yours. The reality is that it might not be the case. […]

5 Low Cost Halloween Party Food Ideas

Have you eaten Mummy Dogs before? How about Witches’ Fingers? We’re rounding out our week of Halloween ideas with some party food ideas that will surely make your parties the scariest on the block! My daughter was born 3 days before Halloween, so when we had her first birthday party, we had a Halloween themed party complete with Mummy Dogs and Witches Fingers. […]

External Motivation Doesn’t Work

Quite often, I’ve written about how my family has been a tremendous motivation for me. […]

My Journey: Handwriting 100 Letters for McDonald’s Monopoly Pieces (Part 3)

This series chronicles my journey to hand-write 100 letters to McDonald’s requesting Monopoly Game Pieces for their annual Monopoly Game sweepstakes. The game rules state that McDonald’s will mail back 2 game pieces if a participant sends a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) to McDonald’s. […]

Frustrations with my new student loan servicer

This post is from new staff writer Honey Smith. Since I only took out Stafford loans while I was in school, I was able to consolidate almost all my student loans into a single balance through a program called the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP). […]

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

Congratulations to Dani, Pamela, and Kelli 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 Teens? is part four of our series! […]

Why We Spend More When We Pay With Credit Cards

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to treat myself to an afternoon at my favorite shopping destination, Barnes & Noble. Even though I usually have very tight controls on the number of (purchased) books that I may bring into the house, I generally let myself buy two or three new titles a few times a year. (I know. […]

Best Money Tips: Low-Budget Ways to Celebrate Halloween

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on low-budget ways to celebrate Halloween, where to find unique presents for kids, and green ways to save money. Top 5 Articles 6 Low-Budget Ways To Celebrate Halloween — Celebrate Halloween without breaking the bank by borrowing or reusing costumes. […]

Thoughts on Two Personal Finance Truths

I recently ran into a couple articles that reinforced personal finance truths I've noted previously on FMF. It's been a while since I covered them, so I thought I'd review the pieces with you.The first one (of all things) is an interview with country music singer Kenny Rogers. […]

When Making a Major Purchase, Tap Your Social Network (295/365)

Whenever Sarah and I think about a purchase of any kind above roughly $100, the first thing we do is turn to our social network. I’ll put out a message on Facebook to my personal friends asking them if they know anything about, say, point-and-shoot digital cameras. The next time I see some friends face-to-face, I’ll ask them about the item as well. What do I usually get in return? […]