Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 1, Posts 37-40

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. […]

The Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, When Can You Lie About Money to Your Spouse? Enjoy! […]

Are Scholarships Taxable?

With many high school seniors looking forward to heading off to college next year, I thought I’d spend a little time talking about a topic that I’m frequently asked about… Whether or not scholarships are taxable. The tax treatment of scholarships is address in IRS Publication 970. For starters, let’s define some terms. […]

Reader Mailbag: Super Weekend

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. Generous severance, no job 2. Should I sell my bike? 3. Road tripping with kids 4. Health insurance in retirement 5. Moving from saving to investing 6. Disability insurance and credit cards 7. […]

6 Frugal Promises I Have Not Kept

When I started blogging for Wise Bread many eons ago, I was making a great salary and had just bought my own home. […]

10 Hidden Costs That Hurt Your Wallet

When we see two places selling the same products at different prices, it is trivial to figure out which one costs less. But there are hidden costs, such as the time and money it takes to get to the store, that determine which decision is truly the less-expensive route. […]

Financial Motivation to Get in Shape

I started the year out right. I didn’t join a gym for my exercise, but I signed up for a “class” using RunKeeper, a mobile application that tracks my progress as I run, walk, or get any physical exercise, and posts my results publicly. […]

Best Money Tips: Eat Healthy for Under $5 a Day

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on how to eat healthy for under $5 a day, cheap ways to heat your home, and zen habits of highly efficient minds. Top 5 Articles How to Eat Healthy for Under $5 a Day — To save money on food expenses, try eating smaller meals on a more frequent basis. […]

How to Win Big in Online Sweepstakes

One of our Best Money Tips roundups recently included an article from MSN Money that shared how to win contests and sweepstakes. I’m pretty fascinated by the concept, because entering them is fast, easy, and doesn’t take a lot of thought. Think you don’t have a chance at winning anything? […]

We Are Living Debt Free – 5 Years And Counting

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, my wife and I just celebrated our fifth year of living debt free. Here’s how our decision to get out of consumer debt changed our lives: We do not pay interest.  We earn it. This one is pretty obvious.  Instead of paying interest to various credit card companies or financial institutions, we earn interest on our savings.  Even though rates are relatively low, i […]

Least Evil Banks

I think it’s always dangerous when you start assigning “feelings” to financial institutions. While I realize that CNN Money just wanted to throw “evil” out there to sensationalize a bit, I think it’s a little irresponsible to say that a bank is evil. A bank is a create of our financial environment and, ultimately, it’s a business. […]

Our Plan For Remaining Consumer-Debt Free

This week marks our fifth year of living debt free.  In a previous article, I shared how our decision to get out of debt has changed our lives.  Now, it’s time to share our plan for remaining (consumer) debt free – and paying off our mortgage. We continue to live on a budget. One of the benefits of being debt free can quickly become a curse – “extra” cash.  Think about it.  Without monthly paymen […]

How to Avoid Common Money Mistakes

This is a guest post from Laura Adams, also known as Money Girl. Adams is the author of a new book, Money Girl’s Smart Moves to Grow Rich. She also hosts the weekly Money Girl podcast over on Quick and Dirty Tips. […]

How to Save 20% OFF MSRP on a Brand New Car Purchase

The following is a guest post from Sunil at the Extra Money Blog. FYI, here's how I save buying a car. My lovely Wife is looking to buy a brand new SUV this year.  Why would she want to give up her beautiful Silver Honda Accord Coupe up is beyond me? Buy anyway . . […]

Five ways to pay down your mortgage without betting it all on Green Bay

As much as I follow football, I thought the Pittsbay Stackers and the Greenburgh Peelers were playing.  (But seriously, congratulations to the Packers.  Something needed to knock my rabid Steelers fan colleagues down a few notches.)  I caught this tweet from @blondeonabudget regarding the outcome of Super Bowl XLV: “My only regret was that I didn’t bet my mortgage.” – friend about Superbowl That’s […]

Identify A Flat Base Chart Pattern For Stock Trades

If you’re an investor who wants to maintain some positions with stock picks, then these trading tips may prove helpful. But take care not to trade money that you can’t afford to lose. Times have definitely changed in the investing world. […]

Review: The Power of Passive Investing

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. […]

Podcast 94: The Ten Commandments of Money, Liz Weston

Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast is Liz Weston, author of The 10 Commandments of Money: Survive and Thrive in the New Economy, and the most-read personal finance columnist on the Internet. […]

Celebrating 5 Years Of Being Debt Free

February 6 is a very special day around our house.  It’s not our anniversary.  It’s not one of the kids’ birthdays. It’s the day, five years ago, when we paid off our final debt to become debt free! Even now, half a decade later, I still find it hard to explain how important getting out of debt has been for us and our marriage.  Suffice to say, we are free from the stress associated with debt’s b […]

Is The Sunday Paper Still a Value?

At the start of 2011, I started an interesting experiment. I grabbed the first five Sunday papers of the year, clipped the coupons that I found in those issues, and saved them in a separate coupon envelope. Most of the coupons were for toiletries and household supplies. […]