How to Get Rid of Bees

Bees are very important to our food supply; cross-pollination is necessary for many plants to fertilize and grow. Still, the insects can be a major annoyance around the house. There's nothing worse than a bee sting, and many people have allergic reactions to them. The good news is that there are some specific things we can do to keep bees away and deal with them if they do pop up. […]

Best Money Tips: Credit Card Tips to Live By

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on credit card tips to live by, what to do if you hate your job, and road trip money saving tips. Top 5 Articles 10 Great Credit Card Tips To Live By — Limit the number of credit cards you have. One or two is enough. […]

Make All Your Money Work as Hard as Possible

Somehow I stumbled on Early Retirement Extreme's series of posts on how he became financially independent in five years (a very interesting read -- the gist is to live on 10% to 40% of what you make and save/invest the difference). […]

Cutting payments as late as possible: More trouble than it’s worth?

My grandfather was an extremely frugal person.  (As I suppose many people who lived through the Great Depression of the 1930s were.)  One of his frugal habits I remember was that he used to walk downtown to pay his bills in full by check, on the day they were due.  In this way, he got credit for paying the bill on time, and the money in his checking account was earning interest as long as possible […]

Choosing a 529 Plan

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. On Facebook, Edita asks a simple question: “Among diffrent 529 plans.. which one to choose?” First of all, let’s talk about what a 529 plan is. […]

Another TV Show that Teaches Personal Finances

Here's another program to add to my list of TV shows that teach personal finance: Pawn Stars. Here are the details on the show: Shown on the History Channel. The basic premise: people bring their (theoretically) valuable items into a pawn store where the items are reviewed and then a price (usually for sale, not to be pawned) is negotiated if the store is interested. […]

Tips for Getting a Great Deal at a Car Dealership

I have been working with a car dealership software company for 6 years.  In that time, I have seen thousands of deals from a dealership’s point of view.  The only difference between making a good deal and a bad deal is what you know before you step onto a car lot.  Here are a few tricks I have figured out to get a great deal on a car if you will be buying from a dealership. Research The key to ge […]

Finances in 55 Seconds: Create an Alternative Income Plan

One of the ways that you can improve your finances is to come up with ways to earn more than you spend. While cutting back on your expenses can be helpful, it can also be a good idea to cultivate alternative income sources. That way, if you have an income drop from your primary revenue stream, you can supplement it. […]

Save Money On Books: Don’t Pay Full Price For Your Reading List

I am a self confessed book lover. If anyone ever asks me what I would like as a gift on a special occasion, the first thing that always comes to mind is a book. I’m a bookworm and I definitely enjoy reading. However, the one thing that I don’t quite enjoy is to pay full [...]Save Money On Books: Don’t Pay Full Price For Your Reading List Copyright 2011 All rights reserved. […]

Extreme Couponing Fuzzy Math

I’m a big fan of saving money on necessary spending. Grocery shopping is expensive, and food and household staples present an excellent opportunity to find coupons and save money with every visit. […]

25 Documents You Need Before You Die

The Wall Street Journal lists 25 documents you need before you die as follows (FYI, the piece is not written as a list, so I had to try and pull out the 25 items. […]

The Best of Money Carnival

The Best of Money Carnival is now up. Congrats to all participants and especially the winning post, Freedom 55 Is Just A Dream. Enjoy! […]

Reader Mailbag: Camping on My Mind

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. Stock broker help 2. Handling large private party transactions 3. Building a cottage 4. Is deferrment a good idea? 5. Unrealistic investing advice 6. Staying motivated while self-employed 7. […]

Buying Paper Savings Bonds in a Paperless Era

Last week I mentioned that paper savings bonds (both Series I and EE bonds) are going away at the end of 2011. […]

A Few Tips for Repairing Bad Credit

Getting rid of negative marks on your credit history is a problem facing many hard working people these days. With a poor economy making it difficult to pay bills, it’s no wonder more and more people are looking for solutions to get out of the rut they are in with bad credit. […]

Three Insurance Policies to Skip

Long time readers of Bargaineering probably recall that I don’t have collision or comprehensive insurance on my car. It’s a decision that paid off with my first car and one that I’ve stuck with on my current car. […]

Crammed! A Shocking Utility Tale

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes a personal finance column for MSN Money. She also writes about frugality, intentional living, and life in general at her own blog, Surviving And Thriving. My cell phone is billed directly to a rewards credit card, so I usually just give it a quick glance. Bad consumer! Bad! […]

The Produce Worker's Guide to Choosing Fruits and Vegetables

We've had a few requests lately from readers who want to know more about how to get the most out of their fruits and vegetables. Keeping your produce fresh begins at the store. As a former produce stocker, I can tell you that most grocery stores use a variety of tricks to keep profit margins high and the waste to a minimum. […]

No-Sew Ways to Update Your Wardrobe

There are many ways to update old articles of clothing that don’t involve sewing machines. […]

Best Money Tips: Inexpensive Family Outings

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on inexpensive family outings, how to negotiate fees and save on expenses, and Netflix alternatives. Top 5 Articles Eight Inexpensive Family Outings — Have an inexpensive family outing with your family by going for a bike ride. […]