3 Ways to Beat Holiday Shopping Stress

I can always tell when the holiday season is approaching; not only does a chill appear in the air, but automobile drivers appear much more anxious than normal, shouting remarks such as, "Move it buddy! Get out of my way!" followed by a series of shrill honks. […]

Review: Psych Yourself Rich

In the last ten years, I’ve read a lot of personal finance content. Whether it’s in books, magazine articles, or just chatting with friends, I’ve come into contact with a lot of good, and bad, personal finance advice. One thing stands out, the vast majority of the advice focuses on tactics. It focuses it on what you should be doing, rather than how you should be thinking. […]

Body Parts You Can Sell

As I mentioned a few days ago, Consumerism Commentary is matching your charitable contributions. Please take this opportunity to give to your favorite charity. Here’s how to make your charity count twice.If you’re desperate for cash, you may have considered selling some of your extraneous body parts. In some ways, I’m glad there isn’t much of a market for this. […]

Life Lessons From E.T.

My 11 year-old daughter and I went to Universal Studios to celebrate her birthday not too long ago. While we were there, we saw a host of movie characters – E.T. among them. Of course, E.T. tells the story of a cute little visitor from another planet. All he wants to do is “phone home” and then go home. I don’t remember how he ended up on earth. I just know that he didn’t want to stay here. […]

The Dangers of Store Credit Cards

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. When I was a freshman in college, I did two very bad things (ahem — two bad things related to personal finance). Bad thing #1 First, I opened a VISA credit card. There was a guy at a booth on campus, and being too naive and timid to tell him to buzz off, I stopped and listened to his pitch. Next thing I knew I was filling out an application. […]

How to Buy and Save on Eyeglasses

In its December issue, Consumer Reports offers some advice on buying eyeglasses. They start by listing three general findings from the research they did: A chain doesn't always equal cheap. Customers at LensCrafters and Pearle Vision paid more than those who shopped at an independent shop or doctor's office. For great selection, go indie. […]

Tie allowance to chores or not?

The answer to the problem of how to expose children to money doesn’t have one right answer.  (There are wrong answers, though, such as “Give the child as much money as she wants.”)  One of the points of debate is whether to tie the allowance to chores or not. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on 12/2, 4:00pm CST for a Chance to Win Prizes

Link for teaser title:  http://www.wisebread.com/join-our-tweetchat-at-400-cdt-for-a-chance-to-win-prize... twitter_bigger.png Welcome to the Wise Bread weekly tweet chat! This week we're discussing Holiday Wish Lists. Yes here's our chance to be selfish. […]

Using Negative Publicity To Generate Buzz: A Cautionary Tale

I went shopping yesterday, trying to beat the holiday crowd and was not too satisfied with the merchandise in the stores I normally visit. I ended up spending more money than I’d like for stuff I wasn’t intending to buy, so I’m going to have to change my shopping strategy. I think I’m going to stick to shopping at online cash back sites and plan my purchases more carefully. […]

Retail Therapy: The Benefits of Shopping

Oddly enough, the relationship between money and happiness might best be summed up in the Hitchcock classic Psycho, when minor character Tom Cassidy explains why he's buying a house for his daughter's wedding gift: “Forty thousand dollars, cash! Now, that’s not buying happiness. […]

Stupid Stock Market Tricks

USA Today has just published what might be the most irresponsible piece of financial journalism I’ve seen in the past five years of writing Get Rich Slowly. It embodies everything that’s wrong with the popular perception of stock-market investing. Author Adam Shell touts a hot trading trend: Stocks jump on the first day of the month. […]

Interesting Facts on Cars and Wealth

My recent posts titled My Recent New Car Purchase and Why I Buy New Cars spurred a lot of good discussion/comments. A few days after posting them I read some interesting stats on millionaires and car ownership from Dr. […]

Sony Card From Capital One $50 Gift Card

The holiday season is one of the best times to hold a rewards credit card. The Sony Card from Capital One is a good example of this. Each year around the holidays, Sony bumps up their credit card offer. This year, the card is offering new cardholders 5,000 bonus points just for signing up. […]

How I Save Money On Electricity

Over the past few months, I’ve been working hard to save money on our monthly power bill.  So far, here’s what I’ve done - I replaced most of the incandescent light bulbs in our house with compact fluorescent light bulbs.  I found a big box of compact fluorescent bulbs on sale at our local hardware store and quickly purchased them.  According to the Energy Star website, compact fluorescent bulbs […]

Out With The Old, In With The New: Calculate Your Net Worth

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. […]

Best Money Tips: Becoming Self-Sufficient

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup! Today, we share advice on how to become more self-sufficient, and how to tell if something is a rip-off or a real deal. […]

Improve Your Life With Productivity Courses From Top Online Entrepreneurs

I’ve been following a business that a fellow financial blogger is running, called Only72 and I’ve signed up to be one of their partners. That financial blogger is the fellow behind ManvsDebt.com, Adam Baker, whom I had the pleasure to meet not long ago. He has partnered with Karl Gajda, the owner of Ridiculously Extraordinary.com. […]

Why Should Successful Corporate Employees Not Start a Side Business?

The following is a guest post by Sunil from The Extra Money Blog. I just realized that everything I have been blogging about to date has been horse crap.  It is absolutely false information that has misguided so many aspiring corporate employees to start a side business.  As a result, an outraged group of “side-giggers” set my house on fire.  But then I woke up this morning and realized that it w […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Christmas Decoration Edition

Over the past few days, my family has started the early December tradition of pulling boxes out of the crawlspace and decorating our home. The tree should be up by the time you read this, full of (mostly) homemade ornaments. […]

Christmas Gifts for Teachers: 10 Great Possibilities

While there is no requirement for your child to give a holiday gift to his or her teacher, it is a pretty nice way to tell an educator “thank you.” My parents, both teachers, have received a wide variety of gifts from their students, and over careers of 30+ years, they have amassed some interesting items. […]