Eight Ways to Save Money When Eating at a Restaurant

Eating out is fun, relaxing, tasty…and darn expensive! The current tough economic times have forced a lot of people to trim their dining budgets, but it’s a hard thing to give up altogether. […]

The Gap Between New Car and Used Car Costs Shrinks

Personally, I prefer to buy new cars (then keep them for years.) The numbers argue for a different option -- to buy used instead because you'll save a TON of money. That said, the gap of what you'll save by buying used versus new is shrinking. […]

The Worst Celebrity Tax Problems

It’s with a tinge of schadenfreude that people are fascinated with the failures and foibles of famous celebrities. Every year, the IRS chases people who evade or underpay federal income tax, and actors and popular figures in the media, who often don’t manage their own finances, make the news. The latest is Lindsay Lohan. […]

Reader Mailbag: Sickness and Timing

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. Helping partner build credit score 2. Rechargeable batteries 3. Job and heavy course load 4. Renting a mailbox 5. Reading time 6. Thrift clothes for tall folks 7. To sell or not? 8. Car search in new location 9. […]

12 Month Calendar and Task List For A Secure Retirement

Your retirement plan is only as strong as the weakest link. The final link in that chain is the 12 months leading up to your actual retirement date. It is a critically important time period requiring specific action steps to realize the full value of your long-term savings plan. […]

What Really Makes Your Retirement Accounts Grow

This is a post from staff writer Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. As far as investing goes, 2011 won’t be a particularly memorable year. […]

LCD Price Fixing Settlement

Near the end of last year, there was a settlement in the big price fixing lawsuit against some LCD panel and LCD panel component makers. Samsung, Sharp, Hitachi, and several others had agreed to pay $538 million for colluding to inflate the price of thin film transistor LCD panels, which are used in a variety of products from computer screens to televisions. […]

How to Go on a Financial Detox

You've probably heard the term "cleanse" or "detox" in reference to physical health. "Detoxification" originally referred to the process that drug addicts go through when experiencing withdrawals associated with severe addiction. […]

8 Cool Mint Tools for Managing Your Money

Mint.com allows you to view all your financial accounts (brokerage, mortgage, loans, etc.) in one place. It's a very convenient way to navigate your financial landscape and track your spending. But Mint is capable of way more than that. I recently re-discovered Mint and found some cool, convenient tools that everyone can use to better manage their money without wasting time. […]

Best Money Tips: Should You Get a Prenup?

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on getting a prenup, ways to a cozier home, and how to live within your means. Top 5 Articles Should You Get a Prenup Agreement? — If you own a business, you should sign a prenup before you get married. [Cash Money Life] 11 Ways to a Cozier Home — Make your home cozier by displaying artwork. […]

The Tyranny of Stuff

My holiday wish list last year was simple — I just wanted one pound of good coffee. For all the folks who were kind enough to ask, “What would you like for Christmas?” my answer was the same — a bag of good, dark, aromatic French roast coffee. […]

Economic Lessons from "Farmville"

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. Because I've loved games all my life, I am very careful about which games I choose to spend time on. To interest me, a game must have a simple but thought-provoking premise that allows for deep strategy. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 1/12, 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: Actions That Don't Save You Money. Learn about buying in bulk, signing up for store credit cards, and doing your own taxes. […]

Save Money in Retirement by Going to One Car

US News suggests reducing driving in retirement to save money. One of the suggestions they make in this post is to share a family vehicle. Their thoughts: Many families have two cars or more, but couples can cut back to one car in retirement. While it’s very convenient to have your own car, the cost of operating an extra vehicle is very expensive. […]

Suze Orman Shows True Colors With Her Approved Prepaid Debit Card

If you haven’t heard by now, personal finance guru Suze Orman has launched a new prepaid debit card called The Approved Card. That’s right, another celebrity-backed card similar to what Russell Simmons has done, and what the Kardashians tried to do. But since this card is being endorsed by a well-respected personal finance expert it has to be a great card, right? […]

Automate Your Savings (10/365)

Whenever I find myself with extra cash in my pocket, I’m often tempted to spend it. I usually look at that cash as having already been accounted for, so there’s really nothing bad about spending it on something fun, right? When those thoughts pop into my head, I know exactly what I need to do. I just go empty that spare change into the spare change jug on my dresser. […]

What if you Lose Your Job?

It’s happened to so many people since 2008. You weren’t fired because you were doing a bad job. You were laid off because your company, like so many others, fell victim to the softening economy. The layoff happened and now you’re faced with what to do next. Before anything else, remember that you’re not in this situation because you did something wrong. […]

Trade Your House Through A Home Swap or Vacation Rental Service

This house for trade! There are a couple of ways that homeowners engage in home swaps. We’ll talk about both of these ideas. How To Trade Your House In The first method is to actually swap your home permanently for another residence. […]

Are You Ready for the Incandescent Light Bulb Ban?

In an effort to encourage energy efficiency in homes across the country, incandescent light bulbs are being phased out. One of the early steps in this process takes place this year. As of January 1, 2012 light bulb manufacturers are supposed to stop making 100 watt incandescent bulbs. […]