Life Lessons from A&E’s Storage Wars

A few years ago, I attended a local storage facility auction like the kind you see on A&E’s Storage Wars. It wasn’t nearly as interesting and the lockers didn’t go for thousands of dollars, like they often do on the show. […]

Ask the Readers: Do You Buy Organic Food?

Eating healthy is important to your well-being and can also be beneficial to your wallet. Having a healthy diet can decrease health issues in the long run. As such, many people opt to eat organic foods! The health benefits can be great, but sometimes the price of organic food can steer people away from buying organic. Do you buy organic food? […]

How to Escape Reward Card Spending Traps

I've talked before about how rewards cards are created specifically to make even the most frugal of card-holders take on debt. Our brains are wired so that even a little incentive to spend (like getting 1% cash back or a few airline miles) will make us decide to buy something we would otherwise leave at the store. […]

Fight the Post-Holiday Blues: 20 Cheap Ways to Make January Special

January can be a tough month — the post-holiday blues and dreary weather can be enough to make anyone feel a little down. Combine this with failed New Year's resolutions and a long month, and you've got a case of the winter doldrums. (See also: 4 Tips for Making Resolutions Stick in the New Year) But don't give in to the Holiday Hangover. […]

Join the Debt Movement

This is a guest post from Jeff Rose, a Certified Financial Planner who writes about financial planning topics at Good Financial Cents. His first book, Soldier of Finance, is slated to be released the fall of 2013. His latest project, named The Debt Movement, is to help people pay off $10,000,000 of debt in 90 days. […]

Best Money Tips: Increase Your Income This Year

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on increasing your income this year, why you shouldn't engineer your own layoff, and organizing your way to savings in 2013. Top 5 Articles 5 Ideas To Increase Your Income This Year — To increase your income this year, turn your hobby into a moneymaker. […]

Find Your Hidden Spending Habits and Save

We all know saving is important — some of us may have even made “Save More” one of our New Year's resolutions. Unfortunately, though, when the end of the month rolls around, many of us don’t have anything left to save. (See also: 37 Savings Changes You Can Make Today) But it doesn’t have to be that way; there may be some hidden spending habits you haven’t uncovered. […]

Reasons Why You Should Engineer Your Layoff

The following is an excerpt from How to Engineer Your Layoff. If you're interested in quitting your job and profiting from it, this book is for you! Today's post gives several reasons you should consider quitting your job. […]

Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions with These Free and Cheap Apps

It’s the New Year and there’s nothing that you want more than to stick to a resolution. You may have failed at dieting and budgeting in years past but 2013′s going to be different, right? […]

The Most Valuable College Football Teams

In honor of the BCS National Championship Game, which I’m watching as I write this, here’s a rundown of the most valuable programs in college football: Texas Michigan Florida Notre Dame Ohio State Auburn Georgia Alabama LSU Oklahoma These ranking are based on the hypothetical sales price of each program based on revenue, expenses, and projected growth rates. […]

Overcoming the Expiration of the Payroll Tax Cut

Over the past couple of years, you’ve been spoiled. You’ve had an extra 2% in your paychecks thanks to the payroll tax holiday. Normally, you pay 6.2% in Social Security taxes. But during the past two years, you’ve paid just 4.2%. […]

Simplify. Everything.

My main goal for 2013? Simplify.  Everything. Over the past few years, I have worked very hard to simplify my life – to focus on  the essential, important things, people, and opportunities in my life. In my relationships, with friends and family, at church and in the community, I have learned to connect with and care for people who add to my life.  This is not to say that I have no time or room fo […]

Quit Your Job This Year

If you’ve been thinking about leaving your job, do it this year. If you haven’t been thinking about quitting, but think you might be valued as an employee somewhere else or have something more to offer the world, start thinking about saying goodbye to your boss. Every time as an adult I left one job for another — or to work for myself — it was something I regretted not doing sooner. […]

6 Skills to Boost Your Career Prospects This Year

As a new year gets underway, you might be trying to figure out how you can improve your career prospects. […]

Reader Mailbag: The Lesson

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. Businesses and kids 2. Bill pay in advance 3. Cutting own hair? 4. Satellite radio solution? 5. Used sporting goods 6. Treasury Direct today? 7. Retaining childhood artwork 8. What are Roth and 401(k)? 9. […]

American Taxpayer Relief Act: Fiscal Cliff Resolved

We haven’t been writing much about the fiscal cliff because it’s something we’ve known about for months, but Congress, last week, reached an agreement that would resolve the tax aspects of the cliff. […]

4 Easy Credit Card Resolutions That Anyone Can Keep

If you think about it, January 1 is a lousy time to start new resolutions. To be productive on the first day of the year, you’d have to have a sensible dinner and go to bed early the night before. And I'm sure everyone does that on New Year’s Eve, right? I’m guessing the answer is no. […]

Fear of investing: Divide(nd) and conquer!

I’ve read hundreds of books, articles, and blog posts about money. I save. I like to pay cash. I avoid consumer debt. I know how to make more money. Sounds good, right? Well, I have a skeleton in my closet: I am afraid of investing. And 2013 is my year to conquer it (or at least subdue it a little). At first glance, you may not believe me. […]

What to Buy, and Avoid Buying, in January

Happy New Year everyone! It's 2014, and another year of great bargains and money-saving tips is upon us. As we wind down from the festivities, it's important to know what deals are out there, and what "bargains" are actually just red herrings. Let's break it down for you. […]