Stock Lock-Ups at Facebook Cause Falling Share Prices

Today is the final day to vote for Consumerism Commentary and your favorite financial blogs in this year’s Plutus Awards. Take a moment — after reading this article, naturally — to show your appreciation for the best writing about money management and personal finance outside of mainstream media. Starting soon, voting will open for the People’s Choice Plutus Award. […]


We all want to have a life that we can be proud of. We want a life that we’re happy to show to others. We want relationships where we feel like equals with the other person. We want a life full of memories and activities that accurately reflect the values we hold dear. Quite often, that pride can drive us to great things. It can push us to work harder. […]

Your Take: Would You Ship Out of State to Avoid Sales Tax?

We know that a sales tax on internet purchases is probably on the way, either federally or slowly expanding across the states, with Amazon firmly in the sights of every state Treasurer. Unless there is a nationwide system, the rates will always vary among the states because they vary right now. The retail sales tax in Virginia is 5% but a hefty 6% in Maryland. […]

Back to School: Saving on College Textbooks

Heading into the fall semester, many new college students and their families may be shocked by the prices of textbooks, which generally range from $50-$200+. Some community college students may even find they’re spending more on books than tuition. […]

Get the Most Out of Safeway's Just for U Deals

Safeway is on the forefront of personalized grocery deals with its Just for U online savings program. If you shop at a Safeway or its affiliates (Dominick's, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Vons) you have probably seen signs urging you to sign up for Just for U. Signing up is a no-brainer — once you're using Just for U, you'll have access to discounts above and beyond the weekly advertised sales. […]

Best Money Tips: Retirement Questions People Forget to Ask

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on important (but often forgotten) retirement questions, easy part-time jobs, and work-life balance tips. Top 5 Articles 9 Crucial Questions about Retirement People Forget To Ask — Are you really going to retire? […]

When Is Checked Baggage a Good Idea?

A high percentage of travelers make it a point to avoid checked baggage whenever possible. The extra fees, transportation issues, and need to lug it up multiple flights of stairs in historic hotels make the entire process more feel like more effort than it’s really worth. […]

Do You Take a Lunch Break at Work?

Here's a Moneyland piece that contrasts two views of taking a lunch at work: It's just another office task to cram into some portion of an already too busy workday. It's a midday break that can be mentally rejuvenating and, in some ways, more productive than staying glued to your chair. I actually believe both are right. […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of Aug 13

Here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week: Work Save Live offers an irregular income budget. Moneylicious discusses shopping unconsciously. Budgets are Sexy is considering getting into real estate investing. Freedom Thirty Five Blog details the value of human capital. […]

Consider a Cheaper Neighborhood (228/365)

When Sarah and I were shopping around for our home, we looked at the options available in several different communities. During our first rounds of looking at housing, we looked in more affluent neighborhoods. The homes were beautiful and the neighborhood seemed very friendly and well-kept, but the prices were often astronomical. We kept looking. […]

Possible $75 Cashback Bonus for Current Discover Cardholders

My pal Jim over at Bargaineering recently wrote about a $75 cashback offer that he received from Discover. What’s remarkable about this offer is that it’s associated with a card that he’s had for over a decade as opposed to being a signup bonus. All he has to do is spend $1k on this card by September 30, 2012 and he’ll get the bonus. […]

Pros and Cons of Making Money By Donating Your Bodily Fluids and Eggs

We live in an amazing medical time where people who cannot conceive can have children thanks to sperm and egg donors, and people who would otherwise die of cancer can live a full life thanks to bone marrow donations. […]

Did You Get a Health Insurance Rebate?

While there has been a lot of attention of attention on the individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act, there are other provisions involved. […]

Salvage: Your Home Improvement Secret Weapon

This is a guest post from Jessica Ward. Many of our readers have used Freecycle, Craigslist, and thrift shops for day-to-day needs, but have you ever employed these techniques on a DIY home-improvement project? This summer, I replaced two floors in my house with Brazilian cherry laminate flooring, as well as moldings in both rooms, by employing some DIY skills, rented tools, a library book and som […]

Reader Mailbag: Sleep Interrupted

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. Starting kids with credit 2. Trailing large vehicles on interstates 3. Gifts for children 4. Cost of cheap looking decor 5. Moving and car trading 6. Swimming in ponds 7. Distributing inheritance money 8. […]

This sale was flagged as a possibly abnormal transaction.

For the last year, my lovely wife and I have spent our free Sundays poking around at local open houses. We aren’t really in the market to buy a new home but we enjoy looking around and checking out what’s available around us. […]

Earning More vs. Spending Less, Round 1: Housing

Spending less than you earn can be accomplished by earning more, spending less, or both. Yet most people in the personal finance world tend to support one strategy over the other with greater fervor. […]

Financial Math Basics You Need to Know

What kind of math skills do you need to manage your finances? Much of the time, addition and subtraction serve you well. There are times, though, that math specific to finance is useful. When you are facing a decision or contemplating how to improve your financial position, do the math. […]

5 Things to Spend More on Now

Whether we are focused on saving for the distant future or for a rainy day, we are constantly reminded about the importance of budgeting our hard-earned dollars. However, sometimes you'll save more money in the long run by spending some now. Take, for example, these five items that can save you big money — and improve your quality of life — down the line. […]

Best Money Tips: 15 Cheap Car Security Tips

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles with tips on cheap car security, affordable organic food, and reusable household items. Top 5 Articles 15 Inexpensive Car Security Tips — A locking gas cap will make it harder for car thieves to fill the tank. [Saving Advice] 5 Ways to Afford Organic Food — Buy from bulk bins. […]